Hi Y’all! It is November and that is always the month I am reminded that there are tons of things that I am thankful for in my life. This year November will be known as the Month of Thanks. I am going to do 30 days of Thanks here on Geeky Bloggers Book Blog! Each day I will highlight one author (and the book they wrote that moved me) and one blogger (and their awesomeness) that I am thankful for! These are not in any particular order and by no means is 30 going to cover everyone that I love.
I am thankful for Karin Slaughter and her newest entry in the Will Trent series: Criminal! This story was important on many levels! I believe that it was a pretty accurate portrayal of what it was like for women in the workforce (specifically the police force) in the 1970s and how far we have come (also a nod to just how much we have left to accomplish). I also think it was a fantastic example of how to do split timeline storytelling. Not everyone can pull it off but Karin did so with a masterful touch. The story was just fantastic all the way around.
I listened to the audio version of Criminal and highly recommend it!
Karin Slaughter’s new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets.
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 Will’s father was imprisoned for murder—this was his home. . . .
Flash back nearly forty years. In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is going to college, making Sunday dinners for her father, taking her first steps in the boys’ club that is the Atlanta Police Department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner, Evelyn, are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made.
Now the case that launched Amanda’s career has suddenly come back to life, intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. And 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.
I am thankful from Amanda from On a Book Bender! I originally met Amanda through Tara (who is on a blogging break right now) and we just kind of clicked. She is one of the originators of Top Off Tuesday and writes (along with Kelly) the most giggle worthy reviews of free erotica. She also runs an editing business, teaches, hosts a couple of a read-a-thons a year, and manages to think up the greatest discussion threads I have seen. All around she is just one fantastic friend!