Karin Slaughter's favorite recent reads

Adrian Liang on August 29, 2019

Karin Slaughter should be in the thesaurus next to the word "chilling." Her get-under-your-skin thrillers keep readers up late at night, flipping pages and flinching at strange sounds.

Some of Slaughter's best-loved characters are those in her Will Trent series. In August she published the ninth novel in the series, The Last Widow, featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Trent, his partner Faith Mitchell, Angie Polaski, and Sara Lintonwhom readers might recognize from Slaughter's Grant County series.

We asked Karin Slaughter what books she's been reading and loving lately, and this is what she said:

My love of reading started in childhood, when I used to spend my summers in the library escaping the heat, my allergies, and my sisters. Like many authors, reading is a life-force for me. It is a source of education and entertainment, and I couldn’t imagine life without books. Here are a few books I’ve read recently and loved. —Karin Slaughter

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

What an amazingly fresh voice. I love the author’s style, and the fact that she doesn’t stop to explain dialect and culture to the reader. Anyone with an out-of-control sister can relate.

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The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

Another out-of-control sister story, but this one told from a completely different, though still compelling voice. Burke is one of my favorite contemporary authors.

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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel by Max Porter

I read this after losing my ninth-grade teacher, who was my mentor well into adulthood. It’s hard to describe what the story is about, but it so deftly deals with the absurdity of grief that one need only read the first few pages to understand.

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