False Witness by Karin Slaughter

Howdy friends!! I did that thing again where I decided to change the blog theme and then everything disappears and I have no idea how to get it back. So our blog in under maintenance while I wait for a reply from my own personal computer support tech. LOL In the mean time I wanted to get this review posted because it’s been awhile since our last post.

One of the reasons I love to read is to understand the world and humanity, but now the books on top of my list are the ones that show us humanity at its worst. With everything going on in the world today and how unbalanced social rights and justice are, I am in a dark and angry place. I find myself seeking out the darkest and most disturbing books. Those dark and disturbing thrillers with diabolical villains to despise who commits a heinous crime and with a flawed and likeable protagonist to root for. A story with high stakes, exciting, unexpected twists, and turns, with something horrible or profound that has me wanting to look away but can’t put it down because of the thrill of emotions I am experiencing. With increasing tension and suspense, to keep me turning the pages and have an unbelievable element that keeps the story from feeling too real.

Who better to fit that bill than Karin Slaughter. I used to be afraid of her, and now I can’t get enough of her books. On the top of my list was False Witness, and not only does it show us the worst of humanity with the brutal acts of violence, but we also see the best with the love sisters Leigh and Callie show for each other.

False Witness has all the elements of an exciting crime thriller. The action starts from the get-go, and Karin Slaughter takes that even further with a surprising hook that caught my attention right away. The conflict drives the story forward, and the characters are tested with every turn of the story. The stakes are high for our main character Leigh and the danger, tension, and suspense increase with every scene to the exciting climax. I was on the edge of my seat right up to the memorable, unexpected twist at the end.

A diabolical villain here indeed commits horrible crimes, and with all of Karin slaughter’s books comes a minefield of trigger and disturbing graphic warnings. Her books are not for the lighthearted reader. I was a bit worried going into this one. There are some violent and disturbing details I glossed over, but overall I found the story dark and compelling rather than too much to take Some creepy snippets of dialogue were hard to shake from my head.

What I loved

  • The story is set amid the pandemic as the characters go about their lives.
  • The dynamics between Leigh and Callie gave a softer side to the story.
  • Their love and protection for each other make them as dangerous as the man who has targeted them.

What I didn’t love as much

  • Some things are replayed over and over again, slowing down the pace at times.
  • Leigh’s guilt and self-doubt felt repetitive.
  • Drug addiction is explained in detail and felt unnecessary with too much information.
  • Some things don’t add up and feel unreal, but that was probably a good thing for me with how horrifying the crime is

What the book is about

Leigh has worked hard to build a normal life for herself, to protect her sister Callie and hide their devastating childhood. A childhood tarnished by secrets and destroyed by a brutal act of violence. Now those secrets have back to haunt her and threaten the life she has built for herself when she is called to defend a wealthy man accused of violent rapes. Leigh and Callie’s love and protection for each other make them as dangerous as the man who has targeted them.

I received a copy from the publisher

6 thoughts on “False Witness by Karin Slaughter”

    1. Thank you, Sandy! After looking at a few themes I then decided I wanted to stick with the one I had but it’s retired. My husband started building our own theme, so hopefully it won’t take too much of his time.

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  1. I’m sorry this world has gotten you down. It is daunting navigating all the injustices, etc. I hope you’re feeling a bit better these days. 🙏🏽
    You’re brave to read Karin Slaughter. I haven’t read any of her books. I tried to watch one of her movies a few weeks back but I couldn’t take it. 🙈
    Thanks for reviewing. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Laurie for your kind words!! I am still struggling and now find it harder to find those books that quiet my mind. So while I am reading other books I am still making my way through Karin Slaughter’s books. I do ask myself what is wrong with me but I guess how shocking they are can quiet the noise in my head. LOL I am still a bit afraid of her and it probably a good thing you avoid them.

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      1. I am a quite sensitive person so I use books and tv programs to distract my mind. I do watch a great deal of Investigation Discovery (ID) type shows for some reason. But generally choose the milder programs instead of ones like Wives With Knives. 😅

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