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He saw what you did.

He knows who you are....

From the New York Times best-selling author of Pieces of Her and The Silent Wife, an electrifying stand-alone thriller.

An ordinary life...

Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defense attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilized - her life is just as unremarkable as she’d always hoped it would be.

...hides a devastating past...

But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood that was far from average...a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.

...but now the past is catching up...

Then a case lands on her desk - defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It’s the highest profile case she’s ever been given - a case that could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it’s no coincidence that he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened 20 years ago and why Leigh has spent two decades running.

...and time is running out.

If she can’t get him acquitted, she’ll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her estranged younger sister Callie, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice....

©2021 Karin Slaughter (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Stunning!

I just finished this audiobook, and perhaps I should apologize to family members and dogs who have needed my attention over the last couple days. Wow. This is a powerhouse novel by Slaughter, who grabs your attention from the get go. She never fails to shock and dazzle with her knowledge of abuse, the law, anatomy and drug use. Thank goodness she knows how to insert humor, wit and charming characters to bring us some relief. I don’t usually cry while reading or listening to her books- but I did this time. It was rich with relationship nuance and real life complexity stemming from trauma.

And while I am being thankful, let me thank the author for continuing to employ Kathleen Early. I do think this is a literary -Oscar performance for Early. She is incredible. She seamlessly moves from character to character.. while other books require multiple actors.

My only regret is that I will have to wait for her next novel- to get my own personal fix…

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WHAT A READ!

I've read/ listened to all of Karin Slaughter's novels, with the Will Trent series my favorite until now. I very much love this novel. I highly recommend!!!

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alright already... I GET IT! YOU ARE AN ADDICT.

I am moving on before I get to chapter 3. Your obsession with all that is shooting up gets tedious in chapter one and that is 55 minutes long..I never actually got to the story. Endless descriptions of herione and its paraphernalia reminds me of of a bad 12 step meeting with addicts wallowing in the glory of their habit. Blah Blah... if you have any experience with recovery it is all that dull.

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Had to return

I love Karin Slaughter books! She is one of my favorite authors. However this book. Holy cow. I think if you take out all the references to COVID and masks half the book would be gone. If I wanted to read about COVID I would just go to the cdc website or get on Facebook and read people bickering. I wanted a good thrilling story to get away from all that stuff. It’s fine for an author to have a preference or lean one way or another, but this entire book is about what kind of masks the people are wearing, whether it’s pulled over their nose, when they take it off, when they put it on. Seriously. I read some of the earlier reviews and I thought they were exaggerated and it couldn’t be that bad. After all her books are usually so good. Trust me it’s that bad. If you want a book about masking during COVID, then this is the one for you.

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Someone tell kathleen how to pronounce Uga!

As a die hard bulldawg, my skin cringed when Kathleen butchered the pronunciation of Uga. But besides that, this book (and the narration) were hands down one of my favorites!!! Buy it now— you won’t regret it!

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A new favorite

This may be my favorite Karin Slaughter stand alone novel. I loved the characters and their relationships. As with each of her books, Ms Slaughter is a master of description and I can visualize every moment. I am once again sad that I have finished the book so quickly and now have to wait for the announcement of her next book.

As for the narrator Kathleen Early, I am so happy she continues to be the voice of Ms Slaughter's books. It is like hearing a good friend I have missed. Her performance is exciting and gives such power to the novel.

thank you both.

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Too Woke To Handle

This story started out by pushing all of the major liberal talking points, it didn't take long to realize that the entire book was likely to continue in this fashion. A true disappointment as I have loved Karins previous work and was very excited to binge this one as well, though I ended up returning it. Most people are drawn to this genre to get away from the ever present drama of politics, it's sad to see that it has infiltrated this (as our lib friends would call it) "safe-space" as well. I wish I had read the reviews first as many of them clearly address this same issue but unfortunately I was too eager to get swept away in Karins latest work. I will be more cautious about my purchases in the future.

-A disappointed former fan

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Non stop Covid preaching ruined a GREAT story

Slaughter is a great writer and I normally love her work. I was looking forward to reading this, but I really had to force my way through it at times. I almost stopped at chapter two. The constant covid verbal vomit was just too much. The first two chapters, usually devoted to back story and character development, was 90% covid preaching. It got better after the first few chapters, but covid was still woven into everything in the story. Every single time a character entered a room she made a point to tell the reader they put on their mask. The characters stood 6 feet apart. She pushed the elevator button with her elbow. Was all that really necessary? Would she normally mention that a character picks up and takes her purse every single time she leaves a location? No, because it’s irrelevant information unless the book is about a serial purse snatcher. Spoiler alert, it’s not. People read fiction because they want to escape reality for a while, to enter a world different from their own, to relax, unwind and get caught up in a great story. Everyone is tired of the stress of the last 1.5 years and the entire covid debacle. We have to read about it in the news, hear it on the radio, see it on the TV, live with it every single day in our professional and personal lives. Do we really need it in our fictional novels too? Novels like this are meant for entertainment, not political “enlightenment”. Wrong genre entirely. The story is great. The characters, the plot, the pace, it’s all great and I would have loved this book and recommended it to everyone, if not for the CONSTANT covid references on nearly every page. It became so redundant it lost all meaning and seriously took away from the story. I’m not completely giving up on the author just yet, but if her next book is this overwrought with political agenda I’m done.

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Addiction - Spoiler Alert

Our oldest son died from a heroine overdose on his son’s first birthday. He had chronic pain for years. I have never felt more at peace with his addiction and death as I do right now. Thank you Karin Slaughter

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Ugh. Ruined with SJW drivel

I've enjoyed Karin's books and understand she has an agenda. No problem. The stories are worth it. This one was SUPER heavy handed and it was extremely off putting. I regularly listen to books multiple times. I'm not returning this one, but I don't see myself listening again. It's too bad, really, because Lee and Cali's story was a pretty good one.

As usual, Kathleen pronounces words oddly, pauses at strange times, etc. I avoid books that she narrates but deal with her for Slaughter stories because I usually enjoy them.

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