False Witness - Karin Slaughter

False Witness

By Karin Slaughter

  • Release Date: 2021-07-20
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4.5
From 766 Ratings



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

Recommended by Washington Post • theSkimm • GMA.com • Popsugar • Bustle • Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Augusta Chronicle • Sun-Sentinel • Mystery and Suspense Magazine • and more!

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.


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.


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.


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.  


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


  • The trial wasn’t over!

    By Bre8pq
    I was hoping to read more about the trial. I hope she comes out with another book. I thought a lot of it was gruesome to read but it was very interesting and intense!
  • Her best yet

    By Kstarr32678
    Best book yet. At times a tiny bit redundant however it kept me up at night wanting more
  • One of Slaughter’s Better Books.

    By princesst30
    I felt so sorry for both Leigh and Callie, two sisters dealing with a murder they committed and hid for many years. They had been sexually abused by the parent of a child that they babysat, and he grew up to be just as twisted. The book takes us through the guilt of both sisters, and the life choices they make because of their trauma. Leigh is an attorney, who compartmentalizes her emotions and relationships in order to function, while Callie is a junkie who floats through life. Leigh is faced with a case that rocks her to her core. The defendant is accused of a vicious rape, and he is none other than the child she babysat years ago. Is he innocent or was this all a part of his evil plan? I liked that Slaughter kept with the times as she shows us how Covid-19 and the pandemic has affected many parts of our lives, down to how the legal system operates. Reading about masks, social distancing, virtual learning, and everything else that we face in this era made the story more believable.
  • False witness

    By nycsmartypants
    Felt like I had to take a shower after reading this book… Way too guttural for my taste..and I am in no way a prude…
  • False Witness

    By bettyfosterross
    Why is it that when I finish a novel like this I feel as if I need trauma counseling? Don’t get me wrong. Karin Slaughter is one of the best writers I read yet I choose what I read of hers with trepidation. Will this be just a great read (The Will Trent series) or will it be a lesson in how to recover from being punched in the face by details so horrible that no one but a prosecuting attorney should be allowed or forced to read them. What is wrong with her that she can so expertly describe the kind of trauma these girls had to endure? Why would she want to? I read for entertainment and for a temporary escape. The world she’s asking us to escape to, while I’m sure it exists, should not be put out there as entertainment. It’s depressing and sad. Would she be willing to use her talent to write something lovely that is entertaining as well? I’ve seen her brush up against it in the Will Trent series. Can she write more of that and less of something that requires you to get counseling once you’ve finished it?
  • False Witness

    By TCWinger
    Ms. Slaughter certainly has a way with words and a compelling story. I couldn’t put this down. The twists continued right up to the end. Now going back to the Will Trent series.
  • Lethal Witness

    By bora15
    Well written. Very engaging plot/story. Well defined and engaging characters. A difficult to put down read.
  • False Witness

    By jinestermatic
    Not too bad of a story line but the constant references to COVID and masks was not central to story and made it almost unreadable. Should have read the Author’s Note at the end and saved myself the time.
  • COVID fiction

    By Tdglobalconsulting
    The most painful excuse for a novel I’ve read in a long time. You slop all this COVID crap all over the place and true to form most of it is fiction. Give me a break! You should be ashamed!
  • Loved it

    By L$11
    Great read