Books & fairytales - TUESDAY EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s feature is “a thriller that’s part True Detective, part The Girl On The Train. All parts gripping.”  The Kept Woman, by Karin Slaughter, is about:

Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.




Intro:  (Prologue)

For the first time in her life, she cradled her daughter in her arms.

All those years ago, the nurse at the hospital had asked if she wanted to hold her baby, but she had refused.  Refused to name the girl.  Refused to sign the legal papers to let her go.  Hedging her bets, because that’s what she always did.  She could remember tugging on her jeans before she left the hospital.  They were still damp from her water breaking.  The waist was baggy where it had been tight, and she had gripped the extra material in her fist as she walked down the back stairs and ran outside to meet the boy waiting in the car around the corner.


Teaser:  Sara leaned her head back against the wall.  She stared at the dark sky outside the windows.  She’d seen death too many times to believe that there was such a thing as angels, but if there were demons in the afterlife, Angie Polaski was out there cackling like a witch. (p. 199).


Synopsis: The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.


I am definitely ready to follow this story, as it promises to be a page turner.  What do you think?



    • This will be my first in this series, and I think I’ve heard that it can be a stand-alone. I believe that the author gives enough backstory on the character, and each book delves into different mysteries. Thanks for visiting, Margot.


  1. This sounds like a great book. I’ve been interested in trying out one of Karin Slaughter’s books to begin with so I may have to add this to my TBR.
    Thanks for stopping by my TT earlier! 🙂

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