Audio Review: Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Title: Criminal (Will Trent #6)
Author: Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin
Narrator: Kathleen Early
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 15 hours and 35 mins, 626 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars


Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before, when his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.

Grace Review

Story: 4.5 stars
Thought I’d mix things up a bit for this review. As this book primarily centers on two characters, Will and Amanda, I thought it would be best to share my feelings on them on a more personal level.

Dear Will,

You slay me. I thought I knew everything there was to know about you, and then this is crazy author who controls your world, flips everything on it head.

My heart hurt for you with your return to your foster home. The memories, both good and bad, had to be overwhelming. And then finding Amanda there? I shared your frustration and confusion as to why a boss, would be at your childhood home when their was a major investigation with a missing woman.

Every wall you tore down looking for answers, hurt that much more. I felt your raw pain and anger.

With all of that said, why are still letting Angie into your world? WHHHHHHHYYY? Do I think she evil? Yes, most of the time I think so. But every once in awhile she does something to help and it frustrates me to no end, because it keeps her in your world.

Sara is your savior. Don’t turn your back on her. Lean on her. Be honest with her. And show, in your own weird way, how much you care for her.

I hope this book gave you some closure. The horrible person that ruined your life and others, can no longer torment you. Relish that moment and move on. Do what you do best? Solving the unsolvable crimes.

With admiration,

Dear Amanda,

Since I know you can handle this . . .you are one crazy bitch!!

I have never understood your motives, and I don’t have much clarity now. But at least I feel like I know more about your past and the difficult path you’ve taken to your new role.

Reading what you and Evelyn went thru on a daily basis back in the 70s, I don’t know how you did it. It shows a lot about your character and fortitude to put up with all that bullshit.

I was also surprised to learn the history you and Evelyn share. Given your current friendship, it was interesting to see what a rocky start you both had and how your partnership set a new course for your both. I liked how you both stood up for yourselves, took chances that terrified you, and refused to give up on searching for answers to the disappearances of girls most people try to ignore. Your coworkers are a bunch of jackasses, but despite their words, actions and threats, you persisted.

I’m glad you finally gave Will some answers about his past. Those were long overdue. Hopefully the closure will help your team more than hurt it.

Is this a sign you will stop playing games when it comes to Will?
I won’t hold my breath.


Performance: 5 stars
This narrator was stellar, masterfully creating different voices and dialects while delivering a weight of emotion. It was easy to relate to Will’s anguish and Amanda’s fears with this great delivery.

Overall: 4.5 stars
This story, like all other in this series, took time to unravel. The timeline switches kept me on my toes and it really didn’t come until the end when I started to see where everything was going. But as I’ve suggested in my letters, I gained a lot of understanding about Will and Amanda in this book. Whether that new knowledge will change the dynamics, we shall see.

– Grace

Book 1, Triptych: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible
Book 2, Fractured: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible
Book 3, Undone: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible
Book 4, Broken: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible
Book 5, Fallen: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible
Book 6, Criminal: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible

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