The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

Will Trent, Book 9

Synopsis: A mysterious kidnapping

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. Vanished into thin air, the authorities are desperate to save the doctor.

A devastating explosion

One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhood’s has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

A diabolical enemy

Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.

Review: When I took this novel, I didn’t realize it was part of a series and that it was a volume 9. If I had a good time with the story, I think it’s better to read the previous novels to have all the cards in hand.

A woman has been kidnapped in front of her daughter and after a month without any news, Sara and Will are going to meet her and the group that holds her during an attack. But then, while Sara is kidnapped, Will is beaten up and left behind. The latter, determined to find her companion, will make every effort to find out where she is. She will be taken to a kind of sect where several people are sick and she will have to do what she can to keep them alive. Yet this place could hide many secrets.

I liked to follow all these characters alternately to see what they were doing in parallel and to see how our heroes were evolving each in their own way.

It was a rather different novel, dark and where the attacks are at the heart of the story. I’m quite curious to go back and read the first volume now.