False Witness

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HarperCollins Publishers, Jul 20, 2021 - Fiction - 448 pages
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

There's deception, sabotage, violence, family secrets . . . all the stuff you could want from a fictional page-turner.-- theSkimm

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He saw what you did. He knows who you are...

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her and The Silent Wife, an electrifying standalone thriller.

AN ORDINARY LIFE...

Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She's an up-and-coming defense attorney at a prestigious law firm in Atlanta, would do anything for her sixteen-year-old daughter Maddy, and is managing to successfully coparent through a pandemic after an amicable separation from her husband Walter.

HIDES A DEVASTATING PAST...

But Leigh's ordinary life masks a childhood no one should have to endure ... a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and ultimately destroyed by a brutal act of violence.

BUT NOW THE PAST IS CATCHING UP...

On a Sunday night at her daughter's school play, she gets a call from one of the firm's partners who wants Leigh to come on board to defend a wealthy man accused of multiple counts of rape. Though wary of the case, it becomes apparent she doesn't have much choice if she wants to keep her job. They're scheduled to go to trial in one week. When she meets the accused face-to-face, she realizes that it's no coincidence that he's specifically asked for her to represent him. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he may know what happened over twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades avoiding her past.

AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

Suddenly she has a lot more to lose than this case. The only person who can help is her younger, estranged sister Callie--the last person Leigh would ever want to drag into this after all they've been through. But with the life-shattering truth in danger of being revealed, she has no choice...

"A high-stakes thriller . . . Her heroines are believable, flawed and courageous." -OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE

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User Review  - alizarin - LibraryThing

So incredibly disappointed in this book. Felt like it was layer upon layer...let's add a little of this and a little of that....writing with poor characterization. Was so looking forward to reading this book but just couldn't do it. :-( Read full review

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User Review  - creighley - LibraryThing

Intense suspense about a murder of a sexual predator roughly 17 years ago. Leigh Collier has worked hard for every thing she’s got. A top notch defense attorney, she suddenly finds herself facing a ... Read full review

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About the author (2021)

Karin Slaughter was born in Georgia on January 6, 1971. In 2001, she published her first novel, Blindsighted, which made the Dagger Award shortlist for Best Thriller Debut. She is the author of the Grant County series and the Will Trent series. Her stand-alone novels include Cop Town, Pretty Girls, and Pieces of Her.

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