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False Witness: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2021; vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Karin Slaughter (Tekijä)

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21312100,029 (4.21)12
Jäsen:Texapina
Teoksen nimi:False Witness: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Karin Slaughter (Tekijä)
Info:William Morrow (2021), 448 pages
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This is the kind of thriller that hits all the right notes without feeling predictable. It concerns two sisters, one a trial lawyer working in a successful, upmarket law firm in Atlanta and the other an addict of no fixed address. When the lawyer is hired by a man they both babysat many years ago, to defend him against rape charges they have to work together to prevent their past from destroying their future.

Slaughter had a lot of fun creating a man so evil he often began to feel like a comic book villain, but she's skilled enough to make it feel plausible. Where this thriller shines in her portrayal of the characters and in the relationships they have with each other. She knows how to pace a novel and how to alternate scenes of grim poverty or gruesome violence with moments of tenderness or connections between the characters. It raises the stakes considerably. The book is also set in 2020, with all the masks and distancing that entailed, adding a interesting bit of grounding to a story that was, but never felt, unlikely. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Sep 26, 2021 |
Leigh is navigating the COVID19 pandemic as well as anyone, co-parenting her daughter, Maddy, with her not-quite-ex-husband Walter and helping her addiction-troubled sister, Callie, too. Leigh is known as a great defense lawyer, one who brilliantly uses her outside-the-box thinking to get her clients off the hook. But Leigh has just met a new client who knows all about a secret crime that Leigh and Callie are guilty of, down to the last detail. And he's going to use that connection not just to get his own acquital but to blackmail Leigh into damaging his victims even further.

I'm a Karin Slaughter fan-girl, so it's little surprise that I enjoyed this one. I think it's the best of her stand alone novels yet. Even though her subject matter is rough, you can stay with it because the writing is just so good. She has mastered the art of internal dialogue and pacing.

I do want to say that I feel this book would be very triggering for those that have suffered sexual abuse or who struggle with addictions. ( )
  VictoriaPL | Aug 2, 2021 |
False Witness by Karin Slaughter is a very highly recommended intense, gritty, complex, and excellent standalone crime thriller. Slaughter has done it again; this one of the best thrillers of the year. Right at the start False Witness was unputdownable. It grabbed my attention immediately and only continued to get better as the complications multiplied.

Leigh and Callie Collier are sisters who have been running away from their abusive childhood for years. In the summer of 1998 when the two were teens, Callie was viciously attacked by the father of the boy she was babysitting. Fighting for her life, Callie fought back. When called, Leigh immediately came to help her sister deal with the clean up of the situation. Now Callie is an addict, trying to numb her pain while Leigh is an attorney who has recently join a large Atlanta law firm, although she tries to sabotage her happiness. Although she is separated from her husband, Walter, the two still care for each other and amicably parent their daughter Maddy. When Leigh receives a phone call from one of the firm's partners while at her daughter's play, she is perplexed why she as a lower level attorney, was called. When she arrives at the firm, however, Leigh realizes why the client, Andrew Tenant, fired his attorney and asked for her. He recognizes her as the sister of his babysitter twenty-three years ago. It becomes clear immediately that Andrew is a violent psychopath, guilty of the current brutal murder as well as others, and wants her on the case for reasons beyond her legal prowess.

The characters of Leigh and Callie are skillfully portrayed as realistic and complex characters. Opposites in many ways, they both experienced a difficult childhood with their mother and their own actions. They both feel like real people and their relationship is as complicated as their history, but they are always there for each other and share a bond. Their devotion to each other and their willingness to risk everything to protect the other sister is clearly depicted through out the novel, both in their past and present. Andrew is a particularly creepy, evil, and frightening character who will make your skin crawl. As you learn what seems to be his plan, what he is demanding, some other fact will come to light and predicting what will happen next, what he is planning, is impossible.

This is a masterfully written novel. As the plot unfolds, the complications add up and the already convoluted twisty plot becomes even more intricate. The nail-biting suspense grows with each chapter. The narrative alternates between point-of-view of Leigh and Callie. Both narrative threads are equally compelling. While reading the thoughts and perspective of one sister, you will be wondering what is happening to the other sister. And you will not be able to predict the twists and the direction this novel is taking. For readers who need to know, you should be forewarned that this is a violent novel, and it should also have a language warning.

Slaughter has incorporated the pandemic into the plot and some current events were mentioned in False Witness. I say this because I normally I like novelists to leave current events and opinions out of the plot and have been known to lower a rating due to that. Strangely enough, even though I took note of this, it didn't bother me this time. The novel is just that good. Once I finished the novel and got to the note at the end, Slaughter address this issue and why she did it.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2021/07/false-witness.html
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4125748418 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Jul 20, 2021 |
There have been some really great books published this year. Then Karin Slaughter comes out and resets the bar with False Witness.

Leigh Collier clawed her way out of her troubled upbringing to graduate from a top law school and work at a prestigious Atlanta law firm. She has a sixteen-year-old daughter that she adores and a husband she loves even after their separation. This life she has built is threatened when she is called in on a Sunday night by a partner in her firm to represent Andrew Tenant, who has been accused of a violent rape and has just fired his attorney on the eve of trial. She can’t understand why he has requested her to represent him until she meets him and realizes how she and her younger sister are connected to him. Now secrets she thought were buried 23 years ago are threatening to come to light. Leigh is forced to turn for help to her younger sister who she hasn’t seen in years.

Leigh frantically searches for a way out of the mess, but at each step the danger becomes greater and a solution further out of reach. Younger sister Callie faces her own demons and knows that finding a way out for her and Leigh is the only thing that matters.

The plot moves relentlessly forward as you get to know more and more about the characters and feel for them each time a new development drops on them like an anvil.

Slaughter pulls you in so firmly that when she drops a bombshell you are literally stunned. She carefully plants the breadcrumbs that lead to an explosive revelation that bursts in your mind and you are instantly able to trace back all the signs that pointed to this outcome in a moment of perfect clarity.

Slaughter writes in a way that is akin to virtual reality. You see through her characters’ eyes, feel what they are feeling and fear what they fear. She doesn’t shy away from describing the evil that people do to one another, particularly to women, and the ways that they often get away with it. Her plotting is outstanding and keeps you racing forward as you hope for the best and fear the worst.

Every year that Slaughter has a book come out, the race is for second place. She’s simply the best.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. ( )
  tottman | Jul 20, 2021 |
After I finish a Karin Slaughter novel, I always say 'oh, that was her best one yet'. But with this newest novel - False Witness - I really do think that it's going to be hard to top.

From the outside looking in, Leigh Collier has a 'normal' life - she's a successful lawyer, has a daughter and an amicable relationship with her ex. That's what everyone sees...but Harleigh has a dark past with secrets she has tried to bury in more than one way. Then, one of her law firm's partners assigns her to defend a wealthy man accused of rape. He has asked for her specifically. And when Leigh meets him, the past coming roaring into the present. "He saw what you did. He knows who you are…

The prologue is a gut punch scene from the past and sets the premise and tone for the story that's going to unfold. Harleigh is part of it - but so is her younger sister Callie. The relationship between the sisters is complicated and quite emotional, but unbreakable. Where Leigh has taken her life is in the opposite direction from Callie's life. Callie is an addict and has been for many, many years. Now, they're both part of the narrative, but I have to say - my heart and my hopes were with and for Callie. She was so well drawn. There's much more to her than her addictions. The scenes in Dr. Jerry's veterinary practice were so good. (And I loved Dr. Jerry) Their mother Phil is the epitome of lousy parenting both then and now. But it was the client - Andrew - that gave me the heebie jeebies. He is evil, manipulative and downright terrifying. And he's playing a scary cat and mouse game with Callie and Leigh.

Slaughter's plotting is, as always, brilliant. I couldn't predict how the story would unfold. (I love that!) Slaughter adds in additional characters, twists and a turn I didn't see coming. The tension is ramped up so high, I had to put the book down and walk it off before returning to rapidly turning pages. The ending? Not everything I wanted, but it was just right.

There's a lot of food for thought and social commentary throughout False Witness with sexual abuse, sexual harassment and drug use at the top of the list. Covid 19 is also a part of the book, with the timeline set squarely in the last year.

Gentle readers - this book contains many triggers and descriptive writing and may not be the book for you.

An easy five stars for this reader. I'm hoping there's a new Will Trent book in the works as well. ( )
  Twink | Jul 20, 2021 |
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