Book Review – Genesis by Karin Slaughter

Welcome to my review for Genesis by Karin Slaughter. This year, I’m trying to write review for each book on my 21 books and ebooks for 2021. I’m not sure if this is too ambitious but only time will tell!

Genesis is the third book in the Will Trent series. Based in Atlanta, Will works for the GBI as a detective alongside his partner Faith Mitchell. I’ve read books 1, 2 and 8 (whoops, not in order) and I’m steadily working my way through the others in chronological order.

Title: Genesis (Undone in the USA)

Author: Karin Slaughter

Publication Date : 15th July 2009

Genre: Thriller

Format: Hardback

Rating: 4 out of 5.

(4.5 Stars)

Goodread Synopsis

Three and a half years ago former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror.

The woman has been hit by a car but, naked and brutalized, it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind. When Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Investigation Team returns to the scene of the accident, he stumbles on a torture chamber buried deep beneath the earth. And this hidden house of horror reveals a ghastly truth – Sara’s patient is just the first victim of a sick, sadistic killer.

Wrestling the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner Faith Mitchell find themselves at the centre of a grisly murder hunt. And Sara, Will and Faith – each with their own wounds and their own secrets – are all that stand between a madman and his next crime… 

My Thoughts

CW: violence, sexual assault, imprisonment, gore, medical trauma

Another disclaimer: I really like Karin Slaughter. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by her so far. She is an auto buy author for me.

This is the third book in the Will Trent series. It can be read as a stand alone as this does not impact on the action; however the breadth of character development and the relationships between them is best experienced chronologically. In this novel, Will, his partner Faith, and Dr Sara Linton are investigating the kidnapping and torture of women and are trying to figure out the connection between them all.

What I love about this series is the flaws of each character are centre stage. The characters are really complex and haunted by their past, which makes each plot really intricate. For example, Will is from the care system and hides his dyslexia from the majority of his colleagues. His tumultuous relationship with Angie, with whom he was also in care, makes for an emotional ride.

This book really packed a punch – it opens with an elderly couple running over a woman who has escaped from her torturer and is now in a coma. She has severe injuries, including a missing rib which appears to have been extracted while she was awake. This book isn’t for the faint hearted – the descriptions of the injuries and acts of crime are very detailed. This isn’t a trigger for me and keeps me on the edge of my seat the whole way through!

Karin Slaughter is fantastic at a climactic ending! The action starts to pull together in an almost cinematic way, as we, along with the characters, start to connect the dots. The peril of the loveable character is at the fore and I could not stop reading!

The only tiny thing that stops me from giving this the full five stars is that I think there is a little bit of lazy stereotyping every now and again with a few of the minor characters… but that’s really small!

If you like exciting crime thrillers with complicated but loveable characters you can really root for, this is the series for you!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this review – let me know if you’ve read anything by Karin Slaughter in the comments. I’m also totally up for suggestions for my next crime read!


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