Book Review: “Snatched” by Karin Slaughter

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Book Review: “Snatched” by Karin Slaughter

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Snatched" by Karin Slaughter
Genres: Thriller
Published by Dell Publishing on May 14, 2012
Pages: 73
Format: eBook
Source: the library

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Also by this author: Kisscut, Indelible, A Faint Cold Fear, Triptych , Faithless, Beyond Reach, Blindsighted , Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken, Criminal, "Busted", Unseen, "Cleaning the Gold", The Silent Wife, Blindsighted , Kisscut

A short story, 5.5 in the Will Trent thriller series and revolving around Special Agent Will Trent. The focus is on Will’s worry that he’s seeing things.

My Take

That Will, he’s stubborn. Through third person point-of-view, we learn that Sara likes to run her fingers through his hair, so he ain’t a’gonna cut it. Even if he spends the rest of his career on toilet duty, lol.

He does indulge in a terrible diet…don’t mind me. I’m jealous.

I do feel for Will. Our justice system gives too much weight on criminal rights, and I can understand his concerns about challenging the guy. But, I’d think a parent or caregiver would be fine with being challenged. Keeping a child, their child, safe.

When I read through the interview with the perpetrator, I was so disgusted. Even more so when Will notes that the person is unlikely to get more than five years. I’m with Will on the death penalty. I don’t want creatures like them to live.

It may be a short story, but it’s a complete one. Complete with tension, drama, and plenty of fear.

The Story

It’s a lousy assignment, staking out the men’s bathroom stalls, and Amanda Wagner won’t let Will off unless he cuts his hair.

Bored, Will Trent starts second guessing himself when he overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: “Please, I wanna go home.”

It’s a decision that tears at Will, can he justify shutting an entire airport down on a hunch?

The Characters

Special Agent Dr Will Trent, a dyslexic who’s hidden his disability, has been with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for fifteen years.

Dr Sara Linton is Will’s sort-of-new girlfriend, an ER doctor who specializes in pediatrics.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)
Special Agent Faith Mitchell is Will’s partner. Dr Amanda Wagner is the deputy director of the GBI in Atlanta and Will’s boss.

Anna Ward is the Atlanta district attorney. Sheriff Phil Peterson is with Clayton County.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Commander Vanessa Livingston, a close friend of Amanda’s, is in charge of the Atlanta PD’s airport precinct.

Joseph Allen Jenner is a tax lawyer who does pro bono work for a children’s charity, coaches Little League, and is a certified lifeguard at the local Y. Eleanor Fielding is supposedly Abigail Fielding‘s foster parent.

Travis McGhee is a cowboy who drives a red pickup. Rebecca Brannon, who lives outside Post Falls, Idaho, is missing her seven-year-old daughter. Paul Riggins is her boyfriend who services medical equipment for operating rooms.

The Cover and Title

The cover is a brilliant, smudgy gradient of orange on the sides blending to yellow through an offset middle. The text begins with the series information in black with a yellow shadow with the author’s name immediately below it in white with a deep orange shadow. There’s an info blurb immediately below that in black with the title below that in black with a yellow shadow. Below the title is a pink satin ballerina slipper with an elastic band. To the right of it is scratched “Save Me”.

The title is the literal truth, Abigail’s been “Snatched”.

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