A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.
But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.
But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out . . .
In The Kept Woman, we see Sara and Will still testing the strength of their new relationship but it's about to be well and truly tested because Will's estranged wife Angie is about to set the cat amongst the pigeons!
I had to think carefully about this review because I feel this book will divide fans. The first half concentrates on the aftermath of a bloody murder Will is investigating and the shocking discovery that not only was Angie’s gun found at the scene of the crime but also masses of her blood! So much blood in fact that Sara quickly determines the chance of Angie surviving is pretty low. Will free falls, the emotional fall out tears him apart but it's the secrets he has kept from Sara that rock their relationship.
Okay, second half and still so many questions about the almost psychotic Angie remain unanswered. Why was she there and where is she now? Well now Ms Slaughter changes focus giving us a flashback to events from one week ago but told from Angie’s perspective. Angie has always been a character it's hard to empathise with but here we see how her mind works and can I just say that is one clever and scary female! Without revealing the twists and amazing turns, I will say there's almost a feeling of redemption here but note I said almost. Bribery, corruption and degradation all play their part but when I got to about eighty percent a huge lightbulb went off! Wow, I just didn't see that coming, but fear not as it's not over yet!
My favourite character was Will with all his baggage and yet he still carries on. Sara I just wanted more from this time. Angie stole the show for this reader but I'm still loving the supporting characters that all add up to make this a complete world I can believe in.
Drama, twists, and emotion it's all here and a fabulous length in this tightly plotted story.
I was gifted a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.