False Witness by Karin Slaughter (ARC Review)

False Witness by Karin Slaughter

Format: Paperback

Source: Publishers via LoveReading UK

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from LoveReading):

“An ordinary life…

Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defence attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilised – her life is just as unremarkable as she’d always hoped it would be.

Hides a devastating past…

But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average … a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.

But now the past is catching up…

Then a case lands on her desk – defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It’s the highest profile case she’s ever been given – a case which could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realises that it’s no coincidence that he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades running.

And time is running out.

If she can’t get him acquitted, she’ll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her younger, estranged sister Callie, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice …”

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My Thoughts & Review

Karin Slaughter is back with another great standalone!! It’s been a while since I’ve actually picked up one of her books but when I got the opportunity to read an ARC thanks to LoveReading UK I couldn’t say no. 

False Witness follows a lawyer named Leigh who has a past that she has tried to keep buried since an horrific incident that happened when she was 18. Leigh has been successful in keeping her past hidden from all who know her for almost 2 decades but suddenly someone from her past hires her to get him off some serious charges that have been filed against him. Her world is turned upside down and she is forced to find her drug addict sister. So, she can protect her and their secrete once again!!

The writing in this book was really well done, yes a little long but and a bit repetitive in places but the plot was brilliant. I was drawn in from the very first page and couldn’t stop thinking about the story and characters. I a just wanted to finish the book so I could find out what would happen next, while  at the same time not wanting to the book to end.

What I liked most about False Witness is the way Slaughter has taken challenging and sensitive topics and written a story around them, yes some of the details were a little difficult to read but at the same time I thought they made the book feel more realistic. I also liked how Slaughter has included details of the impact that Covid has had and is currently having on society. This may be off putting to some but I think it was a nice touch as this the “new normal” at present time. 

The characters are well-developed, some not as likeable as others but after learning about their past you do get a better understanding of the decisions on certain actions and behaviours throughout the book. 

Overall I thought this was a great read and look forward to catching up with reading Slaughters previous books as well as looking forward to seeing what she has instore for her readers next. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of gripping thrillers! However, I would like to point out that there are topics and a lot of graphic and violent scenes in this book which some people may find extremely triggering so I please pick this book with caution.  

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Rape, Paedophilia, Child Pornography, Murder, Violence and Drug Abuse

My Rating


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