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The Last Widow

Will Trent, Book 9
Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Series: The Will Trent Series, Book 9
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won't see coming. 

It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but it's as if she disappeared into thin air. A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer's day is broken by the wail of sirens. 

Sara and Will are trained to run towards an emergency, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind....

Praise for The Last Widow:

"With a plot as timely as it is riveting...this is one of her best." (Booklist)

"Prepare for a rollercoaster ride, Slaughter is back with a vengeance." (Woman magazine, UK) 

"Enthralling, fast-paced, tense and compulsive." (It's All About the Books)

©2019 Karin Slaughter (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Terrible narration

I won’t ever listen to anything narrated by Laurence Bouvard again. The mispronunciation of words drove me crazy. Loved the story though. Brilliant Karin Slaughter.

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How narration can murder a good story

I have been enjoying the Will Trent series. Most books in the series are narrated by another person. When telling the story the narrator is quite OK, but then she attempts to 'put on a voice' of another character. Don't know whether to laugh or cry when she does! Truly horrible!

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Another great story

Bit of a shock hearing the new voice but soon loved it. Great storyline 👍

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Long but satisfying

I enjoyed the narrator, the Will Trent series, it seems that Karin Slaughter is my new favourite author. Now to listen to the Grant County Series.

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fantastic read

loved this. performance excellent. looking forward to more adventures. I am new to audio books.

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  • Kay
  • 18-12-2019

Couldn’t get past the first 2 hours...

The storyline is interesting & there was nothing wrong with the narrator. However short scenes are described ad nauseam for 40 mins from one perspective & then again from the beginning from a different character perspective... I really wanted to hear the rest of the story but just couldn’t keep listening. Will be returning.

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Not the usual KS book

I enjoyed this book once I got into it. The timeline style of chapters took a little bit of getting used to. The Sarah and Will story is so touching and real. The graphic nature of Karin' s books keep me coming back.

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Narrator wasn't bad but...

It's hard to listen to different narrators in the same series unless it's an improvement.

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Thrilling and addictive

Another excellent novel, from start to finish it was exciting, thrilling, explosively descriptive. I was sad to reach the end. A wonderfully talented writer.

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She does it again!

Another wonderfully written Will Trent story. I’ve been waiting on this book for what feels like forever and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I could listen to Karin Slaughter novels all day.

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  • 19-01-2020

Repetitive and boring

Way too much repetition by retelling the same events from multiple points of view makes for a BORING story. Very disappointing given the popularity of this author and price paid. Don’t think I will even make it through the entire book. Life is too short to listen to drivel. A real shame as this author has written some great stories but this one is complete garbage

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  • Natasha Zar
  • 27-06-2019

Far Reaching Story with Awful Narrator

I used to be a die hard Karin Slaughter fan, but her last 2 books have really failed to hit the mark with me. When I first listened to Triptych (my first Karin Slaughter book), I was absolutely blown away by the story and narrator (Michael Kramer). It is a book that stayed in my thoughts for a long time after I first listened to it. The first 3 Will Trent Series books became my all time favourites and I listen to them all at least once a year. But honestly, since Sara and Will became an item it's ruined the series for me. The Last Widow just doesn't gel. Karin used to have a great way with words, laying down the foundation of the story for the reader, weaving her little web around you so that you are totally ensconced in the story. Her last 2 books (Pieces of Her and even The Kept Woman) and now this book are just far reaching. It feels like they are long just for the sake of being long with "twists and turns" thrown in for content rather than because it adds to the story. I found myself really not caring about Sara's predicament or whether she was going to be ok or not. I just don't like her as she has developed as a character since the Grant County Series. Will started out as an interesting, multi faceted person who overcame a traumatic history of childhood abuse and neglect to become an intelligent and successful GBI Agent, in spite of his dyslexia. You understood his vulnerability and always rooted for him against whatever adversaries he came across. Since he and Sara got together, Will just seems like a caricature of a moony, love-sick teenager and it's such a 180 turn in the wrong direction that I can't stand him anymore. I find myself skipping over the chapters with Will and Sara because I just find myself rolling my eyes and getting annoyed. From the moment they got together, Sara has been moony in love with Will but always reflects on the things about him that she doesn't like - his (ex) wife even though she knew he was married when she became interested in him. His difficulty to communicate like a "normal person" (because - HELLO! - he was abused as a child!). She gets upset with him and flounces off, only to call him back again because she doesn't want to give up. They've been together a while now and they're both still insecure about how the other feels about them - it's ridiculous and pathetic. It seems like in every book they're together their relationship is in some kind of turmoil. Then there's the cringe worthy descriptions their sex life and them getting hot for each other. Ugh. It's exhausting and irritating and isn't what relationships should be like. I honestly preferred it when he was with Angie. Come to think of it, I am totally on Angie's side against mealy-mouth Sara. The narrator was deplorable. Her voice was grating and shrill when narrating the female characters and for some reason always spoke in a nasal tone too and she made the men sound like red necks or dumbasses, no in between. I hate to say that this will be the first Karen Slaughter book I will ask for my credit back.