False Witness By Karin Slaughter
‘False Witness’ is the latest book by Karin Slaughter.
Leigh and her sister Callie are not bad people â€“ but one night, more than two decades ago, they did something terrible. And the result was a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, devastated by violence. Years later, Leigh has pushed that night from her mind and become a successful lawyer â€“ but when she is forced to take on a new client against her will, her world begins to spiral out of control. Because the client knows the truth about what happened twenty-three years ago. He knows what Leigh and Callie did. And unless they stop him, he’s going to tear their lives apart.
Today I spent my day with my head in Karinâ€™s latest book, a gruesome and gripping story about revenge, absolution and survival.
The story is seen through the narrative of sisters Leigh and Callie whoâ€™s lives change for the worst one evening and one day many years later, it comes back to haunt them when Leigh now a successful lawyer has to represent a man accused of rape. A man called Andrew Tenant specifically asked for Leighâ€™s representation bringing up old ghosts that Leigh and Callie had hidden.
I love crime thrillers and Iâ€™ve actually not read many by Karin, so when I was given the opportunity for this tour, I jumped at this.
The story is set during the pandemic and is not for the faint hearted. Leigh has to defend Andrew and she fears that heâ€™s not quite the wholesome man that he leads people to believe. From a wealthy background, people find it hard to believe that heâ€™s committed gruesome sexual assaults and the scenes are quite upsetting and hard to read.
Her younger sister Callie has never properly recovered from that particular night and has since developed a drug addiction that helps numb the pain of the past. I loved Callie, for all her issues and problems, she was a breath of fresh air to read with her wit and warmth. Her mother Phil was also entertaining, a hard woman whoâ€™s heart only softened for animals. Whilst Leigh, the eldest of the two is extremely protective of her sister and her family.
Karinâ€™s books are not for the timid and focus on hard hitting issues such as child abuse, drug addiction and sexual assault and there were times in the story, when I had to physically put the book down as it got a bit too much at times. The story is current and is set during the pandemic which adds a time stamp to the story.
Cleverly written with compelling characters that made for gripping reading and with twists and shocks that keeps the reader on their toes, â€˜False Witnessâ€™ is an intense story of sibling love, protection and made a for a rollercoaster of a thriller.
You can buy ‘False Witness’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.