The sudden abduction of infectious disease specialist Michelle Spivey causes panic in Karin Slaughter’s latest, The Last Widow (William Morrow). Despite their best efforts, both local and federal law enforcement find very little answers. Then the local medical center explodes.

Beloved characters Will Trent and Sara Linton are unknowingly brought into a mysterious case with an intricate web of characters and clues that will force them to make life-changing decisions. They may even face a future without each other. Slaughter’s ability to draw you directly into each character’s emotions means that you will feel intimately involved at every turn. You’ll feel Sara’s raw emotions in one chapter and then quickly become a detective in the next chapter, trying to piece it all together.

Will and Sara, off from work at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and medical examiner’s office, are thrown into chaos. Hounded by the ghosts of their pasts and dreaming of their future together, two explosions change everything.

Following their instincts, training and adrenaline, the two don’t hesitate to dive right into the action. Will is no stranger to high pressure situations as he’s been undercover several times, and Sara is eager to use her medical experience wherever she is needed. While on their way to aid in the explosion crisis, they encounter an unexpected car accident that leaves Sara with the feeling that something just isn’t right.

When the unthinkable happens, Will turns to his partner, Faith Mitchell, and their boss Amanda Wagner for help in putting the missing pieces together. However, the two are in the middle of another high-profile case involving convicted bank robber and “high-value prisoner”, Martin Novak. Novak may have connections to the Invisible Patriot Army (IPA), a paramilitary group of anti-government white supremacists looking to create a “pure” America. Faith is even more convinced that not only a connection exists between Novak and the recent explosions but also to the abduction. If Will, Faith and Amanda realize that the consequences are incomprehensible if they don’t solve the mystery.

This book was a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing at every possible outcome until the plot slowly starts to connect all the pieces. I was left with both “aha!” and “didn’t see that coming” moments. While the main themes of this book are not new, I think you’ll enjoy the way Slaughter has a fresh way of incorporating these topics into a great, thrilling read.

Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop Town, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.