False Witness

Morrow. Jul. 2021. 448p. ISBN 9780062858092. $28.99. THRILLER
Slaughter’s latest stand-alone thriller (following The Silent Wife) tells the story of Leigh and Callie Collier, two sisters trying to run away from their childhood filled with uncertainty and abuse that culminated in murder. When they were in their teens, the sisters babysat a young boy whose father abused them both. They killed their abuser, cleaned up the crime scene, and hid the body. Leigh escaped and went to college, then built a family and a successful career as a criminal defense attorney. Callie, after a gymnastics injury, became addicted to drugs, living only for the next high with no hope or will for anything better. When the son of the man they murdered so many years ago hires Leigh as his defense counsel after being charged with a brutal rape, the sisters know they have to stop running and confront their past, no matter the cost.
VERDICT Slaughter skillfully and assuredly relates the violence of a sociopath, while creating an emotional connection to lives touched by tragedy and addressing current events. Her latest will be a favorite for thriller lovers, as well as fans of Jennifer Hillier, Michael Koryta, and Alafair Burke.
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