I broke my vow to never read Karin Slaughter again. The thing is, this past week, I haven’t had any luck with reading anything. I’d stopped and started so many books that I just gave up. Browsing Amazon, I saw twenty reviews with an average rating of four and half stars for Karin Slaughter’s novella, SNATCHED (2012) her latest Will Trent short story.
The subject is a disturbing one: pedophilia but the story itself is not violent or gory and the pedophilia stuff is implied. It’s actually well written and suspenseful and shows Slaughter’s strength as a writer in that she’s able to create and flesh out her characters, admittedly already established. The build up of tension was masterfully done. SNATCHED is an engrossing read that gave a decent emotional punch at the end. Another plus was the absence of Sara Linton! The rest of Will Trent’s cohorts, Faith Mitchell and Amanda Wagner are in here too.
Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has to police the men’s toilets at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as punishment for not following regulation. His boss, Deputy Director Amanda Wagner told him to get a haircut and he took too long to get to a barber. While he’s doing his regular routine of staking out men who cruise the toilets for sex, a man and a little girl enter the restroom. While Will is hidden in the stall, he overhears the little girl say that she wants to go home. Will’s instincts go on high alert and after seeing the two of them, he debates over whether to intervene because the look of the man and the girl’s reaction to him just doesn’t look right. Continue reading