Evil isn't always overtly recognizable. Perhaps the most insidious type of evil is that which seeps quietly into a community, permanently scarring it.
Karin Slaughter has long examined the nature of evil, especially when it moves unseen, and she continues this in her 13th compelling thriller set in Georgia. Unseen looks at a community under siege from crime and from violence's destructive nature. Wrapped in this suspenseful, unflinching plot is a romance, showing how true love comes from knowing and accepting another, flaws and all.
Unseen focuses on police Detective Lena Adams, one of the most polarizing characters in Slaughter's excellent series. Now a Macon detective, Lena lives on the edge, inviting danger; her reckless behavior may have been responsible for the death of at least one cop. A shooting at her home leaves Lena wounded and her husband, Jared, a motorcycle cop, near death. Was the raid revenge on Lena for a raid she recently led on a local gang boss who she believes is responsible for a string of murders, as well as a lucrative drug and gun trade?
Will Trent, a brilliant Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, also is in Macon working undercover as ex-con "Bill Black," who is trying to work his way into the local crime scene. Will has been hiding his assignment from Sara Linton, the Atlanta physician with whom he is deeply in love.
But the shooting brings Sara to Macon; Jared is her late husband's son. Sara has always believed that Lena's recklessness led to her husband's murder. The trip is an emotional minefield for Sara, whose worry over Jared is complicated by his family's attitude toward her and her feelings for Will. Forgiveness is a powerful emotion, and in Unseen, Lena, Sara and Will experience how cathartic it can be.
Unseen reinforces why Slaughter's work is so compelling. The author balances a complex plot with believable twists while sensitively exploring her realistic characters' emotions and problems.