GBI Detective Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell are called to the scene of the aftermath of a prison riot. While investigating the murder of one of the inmates, another comes forward insisting he can help identify the killers and an inside scheme involving contraband but will cooperate only if they will investigate the assault of a young woman eight years ago that he was accused of committing. It’s a case that involved Jeffrey Tolliver and his team in Grant County and this prisoner is accusing him of deliberately framing him. The case will challenge Will in so many ways, especially as he’ll have to include Sara Linton, the medical examiner and his girlfriend who was married to Tolliver until five years ago when he was murdered.
Oh, this brought back so many memories, both good and bad. I loved the Grant County series (essential to read before starting this one!!!) with all its boils and interesting characters. I had a love/hate relationship with Jeffrey throughout but came to adore him by the last book. He’s not at his finest here as the story shifts between the past and present, focusing on the case from eight years ago and one that Will and Faith are investigating that’s remarkably similar. It’s also not a retread of old ground as the assault occurred during that time when Sara and Jeffrey had divorced and weren’t on civil terms. Jeffrey is remembered with such a halo in present day that it was jarring to recall that time when he most definitely hadn’t earned that distinction and had a much different reputation.
The case was intriguing but what really enthralled me was the personal angles involving Will and Sara’s relationship and the turmoil involved in having to confront his insecurities about Jeffrey’s memories and her unresolved feelings. It’s riveting stuff, raw and discomforting most of the time. And don’t get me started about the confrontation between Lena Adams, Will and Faith. That scene will stand as a classic. The narrator’s performance, always stellar, was just beyond outstanding as she nailed so many of the main characters’ personalities and nuances. I’ll never read this series again because of what Kathleen Early brings to the audio version. I had really high expectations for this book and it still beat them. It was 18+ hours of audiobook bliss.
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Series: Will Trent #10
Narrator: Kathleen Early
Audio Length: 18 hours, 33 minutes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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(Thanks to NetGalley for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)