Cop Town – Karin Slaughter Review

Cop townI’ve got a few Karin Slaughter books that I’ve been meaning to get round to but they’re all in series which is obviously a commitment hence why I’ve been putting them off! But when I saw this in my local charity shop and saw it was a stand-alone, I knew I had to have it and read it ASAP and I’m so glad I did! It was just brilliant read and it’s really made me look forward to finally taking the commitment plunge and reading the other books I’ve got by Karin Slaughter!

This is set in the 1970’s and follows the story of 2 female cops in Atlanta whilst there is a cop killer on the loose. We hear the story from 3 perspectives; Kate, Maggie and Fox. Kate is a newbie cop who has come from the richer and nicer side of town whereas Maggie has been on the force a while after following her brother and Uncle into the police force and doesn’t live quite as nicely as Kate does. I’m not going to spoil who Fox is so you’ll have to see who they are!

I really enjoyed watching the character development of both Maggie and Kate. Kate being the newbie has no idea what she’s walking into on her first day as a new cop and Maggie steps in to help her a bit and they develop somewhat of a relationship from there. Maggie is wary of Kate as she doesn’t think she’ll 2-minutes in the job because of her up-bringing but it was nice to see Kate prove Maggie wrong and grow into her new job and also nice to see Maggie develop and step-out from under her brother and Uncle’s shadow.

This book does feature a lot of racism, sexism and homophobia but it was done well (if that’s such a thing?!) and it was obvious that it wasn’t just done for the sake of adding in all these slurs. There were some really horrible characters in this book; they treated the women in the police force like rubbish and were of the opinion that women definitely didn’t belong in the police force which obviously made Kate, Maggie and the other female officer’s lives difficult on the job. It was really eye-opening to how things were – I was a 90’s baby so I obviously don’t have much idea of what everything was like in the 70’s so I can’t speak on how accurately the 70’s are represented here. What is obvious is that it’s a very different environment to what things are like now and it was really well done.

I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a good crime/thriller book and it’s a standalone which is even better so you only have to commit to the one book!

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