Read-Alikes for ‘After That Night’ by Karin Slaughter | LibraryReads

After That Night by Karin Slaughter is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

After That Night by Karin Slaughter (Morrow) is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

In her 11th Will Trent novel (following The Silent Wife), Slaughter skillfully weaves misogyny, wealth, violence, power, and control into a thrilling police procedural while poignantly addressing the lasting effects of trauma and the toll cases take on investigators. Emergency-room doctor Sara Linton’s patient, raped and beaten, speaks her last words: “Stop him. Please stop him.” Three years later, Sara, now a medical examiner at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is testifying at the civil trial of the man believed to be responsible, when the mother of the defendant (a former colleague of Sara’s) tells her that this case and Sara’s sexual assault years earlier are connected. With a renewed commitment to justice for her late patient, the abduction of another woman, and the need to know how the assaults are connected, Sara, her fiancé Will Trent, and Will’s partner Faith embark on an off-the-books investigation to stop a serial rapist. The case reveals a conspiracy of the rich and powerful intent on getting away with rape, forcing Sara, Will, and Faith to confront their pasts to move forward with the investigation and with their lives. VERDICT This title will appeal to fans of S.A. Cosby, Laura Lippman, and Stacey Abrams.—George Lichman

Take It Back by Kia Abdullah (St. Martin's)

Appeared on the December 2020 LibraryReads list

"Jodie, a teen with facial deformities accuses four Muslim boys of raping her after a party. Jodie’s mom, her best friend, and her classmates don’t believe her. The only one who believes her is Zara Kaleel, a former high powered attorney who now works as a sexual assault advocate. For fans of The Holdout and Night Swim."—Yvonne Selander, Somerset County Public Library, Bridgewater, NJ

The Witch Elm by Tana French (Viking; LJ starred review)

Appeared on the October 2018 LIbraryReads list

“This standalone novel has all the things readers love about the Dublin Murder Squad books—well developed characters, exquisite plotting, and deep explorations of human nature. Toby leads a charmed life with an idyllic childhood, a good family, a loving girlfriend, and promising prospects. But a vicious attack changes everything. Atmospheric, twisty, and perfect for readers who like Gillian Flynn or Kate Atkinson."—Laura Bovee, Chicopee Public Library, Chicopee, MA

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (St. Martin's)

Appeared on the August 2017 LibraryReads list

“One night, Emma and her sister Cass go missing. Three years later, Cass returns home without Emma and tells the story of a couple who held the girls hostage and kidnapped the child to whom Emma gave birth. FBI Special Agent Abby Strauss is brought in to interview Cass with the hope of finally finding Emma. The more answers Cass gives, the more questions Abby has, and she knows that beneath all of Cass’s stories lies the truth. This thriller, with many unreliable characters, will keep readers off-kilter and uncertain, even after one final twist."—Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

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