Series: Will Trent #5.5
Published by AudioGo on July 1, 2013
Source: Audiobook obtained through Audiobook Jukebox
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
by Karin Slaughter
A gripping, action-packed short story available only as an eBook—from a master of character, crime, and urgent suspense.
Will Trent, a dedicated agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for fifteen years, knows that there’s definitely such a thing as a cop’s intuition. Which is why he should have listened to his own.
While in an airport restroom at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, Will overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: “Please, I wanna go home.” Something isn’t right here, thinks Will. He feels it in his gut. But he waits too long to act, and now the girl and the anxious, angry man she’s with have disappeared into the crowds at the busiest passenger airport in the world.
After a desperate search and with time running out, Will makes a call to his supervisor, Amanda Wagner. Will’s partner, Faith Mitchell, immediately sends out an abducted child alert. The entire airport will soon be grinding to a halt: Eighty-nine million passengers a year. Five runways. Seven concourses. Six million square feet of space that sprawled across two counties, three cities, and five jurisdictions. All shut down on a dime because Will has a hunch that he is certain is true: a girl, maybe six or seven years old, has been snatched from God knows where. And he intends to bring her back—no matter what it takes.
Includes an exclusive excerpt from Karin Slaughter’s thrilling new novel of suspense, Criminal.
I rarely read series out of order because almost all of my OCD tendencies have to do with books (well, except when it comes to my bookshelves, which are arranged wily nily to the extreme annoyance of some of my friends). But at BEA in 2012 I got a free audio download of Karin Slaughter’s Criminal (Will Trent #6). I had never read a Slaughter book, so I gave it a shot and loved it. So I was very happy to see this novella audiobook offered on Audiobook Jukebox, read by the same narrator of Criminal. What I love about thriller series is that they can read as standalones, and Snatched is a prime example.
The only thing you need to know about Will Trent is that he pissed off his boss and is stuck busting public sex in the men’s bathroom at the airport. Which is pretty much the worse job you can get stuck with. I personally would have just been reading a book and chilling, but Trent is more a man of action and less of a midnight book reader. The action starts almost immediately (which is a good thing in such a short audiobook), when Will’s super cop alarm goes off in what to most people would have seemed like a normal father taking his over-tired daughter to the bathroom. I felt anxiety for Will, how much trouble he would be in if this wasn’t a kidnapping, and even more anxiety over the sweet little girl’s fate. That is what a good thriller makes you feel, and reminds me that I really need to get more of Karin Slaughter’s books.
I have no doubt that Slaughter’s mind is a dark twisty place, because both books that I’ve read by her have been detailed so thoroughly. Her research skills are hella impressive. Once the book gets to the kidnapping plot it’ll make you want to cry over how easy it is for monsters to make children disappear. Probably not a great read if you’re a new mom, but I personally think it’s a good reminder to be more aware of the people that have access to your child.
The downside to Snatched? You’ll want more. I wish this had been a full blown novel, but it’s perfectly complete in its length, nothing’s missing. Thriller’s are my go to read whenever I’m in a book slump, or if I’m stressed, or upset, and definitely my go t0 Fall reads. All thrillers are not make equal, but for me Karin Slaughter and her Will Trent novels are up there with my favorite thriller authors- Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen and Chelsea Cain.
The book was narrated by Kathleen Early. She’s done the last few Will Trent novels and I really enjoy her no-nonsense approach to reading. She puts on the slightest southern accent (the books take place in Georgia) that really adds to the setting. She’s able to convey the emotions of the characters and situations without being over the top. I mostly think of her as the character of Amanda, Will’s boss, because that’s exactly how she would sound reading a book aloud.
Other than Criminal, this is the only other book I’ve listened to that Early has narrated. I really wish she’d narrated all of the Trent books, but she’s only got 7 books total on Audible.
Why, yes, I do stalk narrators on Audible and buy other books they’ve narrated. Don’t you?
Two thumbs up for Kathleen Early, I hope she sticks with Karin Slaughter and Will Trent.