Book Review: Genesis (Will Trent #3) by Karin Slaughter

“I don’t want you to think that I’m so good as you put it. I have a little evil side, too. I just keep it well hidden.”

The third book in Karin Slaughter‘s Will Trent series, Genesis is set three and a half years after the events of the Grant County series, as former medical examiner Sara Linton has moved to Atlanta. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room. The woman has been hit by a car but, naked and brutalized, it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind.

When Special Agent Will Trent returns to the scene of the accident, he stumbles on a torture chamber buried deep beneath the earth. And this hidden house of horror reveals a ghastly truth – Sara’s patient is just the first victim of a sick, sadistic killer. And Sara, Will and Faith are all that stand between a madman and his next crime…


As much as I’ve loved getting to know Will Trent in his own series, I missed Sara and Grant County. So when I opened this book and saw her name in the first chapter, I was beyond excited to see what was going on with her over three years later.

And Genesis is full of brilliant development. As Will and Faith’s world merges with Sara’s, we learn so much about each of them. And even Lena gets a mention! I’ve previously read the next book in the series so I know where some of the confrontations are leading, but I still can’t wait to see how these characters become closer.

As well as the exceptional character developments, there’s also a dark and gritty crime at the centre of the story. As usual, Slaughter provides an in-depth investigation which showcases the skills of all involved, bringing everyone together to highlight how their expertise are likely to complement each other in the future.

With my favourite characters finally meeting in this book, I’m even more excited to continue the series now, and I can tell that it’s only going to go up from here.

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