Character. The crime fiction that I like best tends to come from those novels in which the characters are well-developed, and their responses to violence and crime come across as authentic and familiar. Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series features a very complicated protagonist who may not be an everyman, but whose behavior rings true in every grisly or romantic situation. The latest novel, Unseen, has such an abundance of graphic violence, that I found myself choosing to read it only in daylight hours. Slaughter released some of the tension in the novel by alternating time sequences between the current action and the days leading up to it. This device also allows a reader to take a break to reduce one’s heart rate. Readers who like character-based crime novels and can tolerate a ton of violence should consider reading this novel and the whole series.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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