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False Witness: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 20, 2021
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"Annnnd she does it again. Slaughter's latest high-stakes thriller follows a defense attorney whose dark past is coming back to haunt her — all thanks to a new client she's called in to represent days before his trial. There's deception, sabotage, violence, family secrets . . . all the stuff you could want from a fictional page-turner, really." -- theSkimm on False Witness
“Slaughter offers us a high-stakes thriller that handles the tragedy of addiction with empathy and grace. Her heroines are believable, flawed and courageous.” -- Oyinkan Braithwaite, award-winning author of My Sister, The Serial Killer, on False Witness
“Karin Slaughter’s False Witness is a twisty, searingly contemporary mystery steeped in a dark past, and she weaves a story that catches your breath and keeps you gasping and guessing until the end.” -- Stacey Abrams, author of While Justice Sleeps
"Slaughter doesn’t save her twists for the end, instead peppering them throughout the intricately layered story amid stomach-churning near misses and gripping character revelations. Equal parts hyperrealistic thriller and epic tragedy, Slaughter’s latest is pitch-perfect storytelling." -- Booklist (starred review) on False Witness
"[False Witness] will keep readers transfixed. Slaughter is writing at the top of her game." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on False Witness
“Slaughter skillfully and assuredly relates the violence of a sociopath, while creating an emotional connection to lives touched by tragedy and addressing current events.” -- Library Journal on False Witness
"Slaughter reliably delivers high-stakes thrillers, but False Witness is the author at her best, weaving a multi-layered, addictive story with characters you won’t soon forget." -- The Augusta Chronicle on False Witness
"In the enthralling False Witness, Slaughter ramps up her storytelling skills to explore how two sisters cope with the aftermath of a crime. False Witness works well as a psychological exploration of its characters, as a legal thriller and as a family drama. . . . Slaughter’s mastery at suspense is at full throttle . . . A thriller that kicks into high gear from the first page to a stunning ending." -- Sun-Sentinel (South Florida) on False Witness
“Karin Slaughter is a master of the thriller genre and her genius comes through on every page, in every character, through every plot twist. False Witness is so suspenseful, it’s tension palpable, and the action so visual, I can’t wait to see its brilliance in film.” -- Francesca Momplaisir, critically-acclaimed author of My Mother’s House
"Written during the pandemic, False Witness, a standalone thriller by bestselling author Karin Slaughter, tackles many issues exacerbated and spotlighted during Covid like food insecurity, the housing crisis, inmate treatment in prison, racism, misogyny, and the overwhelming demands on women. Leigh, a female defense attorney whose latest client's engagement wasn't exactly a coincidence and, in fact, requires her to get him acquitted or risk her own secrets being exposed, will surely find her own place on the screen like the protagonist of Slaughter's bestselling novel Pieces of Her, coming soon to Netflix." -- GMA.com
"Slaughter has written a wickedly sharp and arresting tour de force that blends a riveting plot and emotional subterfuge with the kind of propulsive prose that makes False Witness absolutely unputdownable." -- Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of Book of the Little Axe, on False Witness
"A shared secret comes back haunt two sisters who are forced to confront a dark and terrifying reality. Rich characters and deft plotting make this an unputdownable story that will move you to the core. This is Slaughter's best yet." -- Camilla Läckberg, internationally bestselling author, on False Witness
"Slaughter’s latest stand-alone could very well be one of your favorite books of 2021 . . . It delivers on so many levels—from the gut-punch of the first chapter through to the heartbreaking last page—this is Slaughter at her very best." -- Seattle Book Review on False Witness
“All of Slaughter’s books . . . are satisfyingly surprising and plausible, but it’s Slaughter’s prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers.”
-- Washington Post
“Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth are unmatched.” -- Gillian Flynn
“If you’re into mystery thrillers, then you’re into Karin Slaughter.” -- theSkimm
“Her talent is the equivalent of an Edgar Allan Poe or a Nathaniel Hawthorne . . . An exemplary storyteller, weaving her words with skill and intelligence. She will be recognized as one of the great talents of the 21st century and will hold an honored place in the realm of world literature.” -- The Huffington Post
“Expect from a Karin Slaughter crime thriller . . . just the right amount of twists, turns, shocks, surprises and domestic thrill and shrill.” -- Parade
“[The Last Widow] does what all great Slaughter books do: keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s a chilling whodunit for our times.” -- Parade on The Last Widow
“There’s never a dull moment in Georgia with Karin Slaughter on the literary rampage.” -- Washington Post on The Last Widow
“One of the boldest thriller writers working today.” -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
"Fiction doesn’t get any better than this.” -- Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
“Slaughter’s work is like a professional athlete coming to the playground to show the kids how it’s done. With her themes, tensions and metaphors, she has a talent for classic literature that is often missing in recent fiction.” -- RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe, her twenty-one novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling stand-alone novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novel Pieces of Her is in production with Netflix, starring Toni Collette, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television.
- Publisher : William Morrow; First Edition (July 20, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062858092
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062858092
- Item Weight : 1.32 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.37 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My reviews are always whether or not I enjoyed a book and why vs what the book is about. Hope that’s ok!
I consider this author ‘intellectual’ and truly enjoy the twists and turns the storyline leads you. Her characters are always very complex people with HUGE backstories and it makes me get so caught up in them that I find myself thinking about them even when I’m not reading! This book was one of her best as far as having strong, complex but empathetic characters. I could not hardly put it down. There’s always an underlying theme to her books-one of ultimate sadness/darkness. Evil has invaded these lives and no matter what happens to rectify what’s been done wrong to them, they’re forever tainted by said evil. In other words, no “hallmark” ending! This book epitomizes that theory! It’s truly about familial love and ties, romantic love and the love a parent has for their child and the lengths that one will go to to protect those loved ones.
Totally awesome book! Can’t wait for the next one!
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This is a dark story. Karin Slaughter has never shied away from the depths of the adversity her characters face. Child abuse, adult survivors of rape, people in positions of power who abuse that power to extreme extents. These are all fairly common themes in her books. But, False Witness feels even darker.
Callie and Leigh are sisters. On the surface they are very different people. Callie is a drug addict, at her best when working part-time at a vet surgery where she steals maintenance level of drugs and sells them locally. Leigh is a lawyer at a prestigious firm, while she’s separated from her husband she loves him and their daughter dearly.
But, they have a huge secret in common. A secret that someone else knows, and could tear their lives apart if he shares it.
As always it is the strength of Karin Slaughter’s characters that this book finds it’s hook. The desperation and determination shared by Callie and Leigh had me rooting for these characters despite their bad decisions.
Yet there was also a big distraction - Covid and the pandemic loomed large over these pages and it really put me off. At one point it felt like every second page was referring to face masks or hand sanitiser. And, every time they were mentioned it pulled me right out of the story. In a note at the end of the book the author explains why she felt the need to make the pandemic part of the setting, but I really wish she hadn’t. Hand washing, face masks and physical distancing should be left in the real world, reading is how I get away from that.
A good story, but would have been better without so many Covid references.
I will buy the next Karin slaughter book when it comes , I just hope that the quality of story and subject matter are not overwhelmed by real life and spoil it
So, the first part of the book was marred for me and it took me a while to get into it - unheard of for a Slaughter novel - but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and raced to the end. Enjoy!
This is one of the books which you don’t want to put down and you start to read slowly, as you don’t want it to end. Karin has managed to compose yet another blockbuster book, while dealing with harrowing topics. If I could award more stars I honestly would. Karin just gets better and better. An immersive and engrossing read.