This audiobook was AAAAHHHMMAAAZZZZINNNGGG!! I couldn't stop listening! I am getting my two monthly credits in a little over a week and I'm actually buying the second one (Fractured) because I can't wait that long! I 'read' this book in under a week, and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. If the rest of this series is even half as good as this first book, I'll be hooked on these for a while. You will not regret this book!!!
The book started out strong, but predictably for me: interesting start, good narration, but nothing too surprising. Then, the first chapter ends, my perspective is wrenched in a new direction, and I'm paying attention! Slaughter has a true gift for storytelling. The twists in the story and in her characters kept me awake into the night listening. I think I may have found a new, favorite author!
This is a wonderful book and Karin Slaughter is a wonderful author. Now, with that out of the way, let me talk about the characters. This is my second book featuring Will and Angie whose 25-year love affair is both aggravating and truly moving. While they both grow and mature, it is hard to watch them take two steps forward and one step back. But they are detectives of the first order and a marvel to behold as they add and eliminate clues throughout the story, with the reader constantly wondering which of them will get to the evil-doer first.
Then, there is Jonathan and his sister, Joyce, both very good people to whom very bad things have happened. Their lives have been completely disrupted by the evil acts of others but, are they beyond repair?
And we cannot forget about the homicide detective. Michael is really the cog at the center of this wheel. He claims he wants to solve the mystery of the murdered little girls. Does he want the glory that will rain down on him if he manages to bring his suspect to justice? Or, does he have other, more personal, reasons for pursuing this suspect?
Karin Slaughter did something here that no other author has managed to do for a long, long time. She had me completely bumfuzzled from the very beginning and just when I thought I knew how the story was going to end, the author took an abrupt U-turn that left me hanging.
It was wonderful!
While I ultimately figured out who the real villain was, I had to wait until almost the end to ascertain his motives and discover who else was involved. But, there were a couple, "And then what happened?" and two "Why did (s)he do that?" left over at the very end that were never answered but balanced against the entirety of the book, the book wins.
First...I agree. The accents are bad (another southerner weighs in), but not enough to turn me off of the book. This author really gets into the minds of all of her characters, creating (with one exception), real people. The story is nuanced and well written. A good reason to get up and drive 50 min to work every day.
I am from the south and have to disagree with some of the previous reviews. I got so caught up in this story that I never even noticed the accent. I had read one other book of Slaughter's, enjoyed it and thought I would give this one a try. Based on how much I enjoyed this one I will be sure to listen to more work from this author.
I like the Grant County series better. And I like her later works better. The action flags so badly at times I find myself nodding off.
The narrator's 'character voices' are hard to distinguish. They all sound similar.
This is my third Karin Slaughter book, and all three have been good the whole way through. her books are fun to read, suspenseful, and well written. She gives just enough detail to paint an interesting picture, but not enough to bore me by slowing down the excitement.
Michael Kramer is my favorite narrator and I wish he had narrated the whole series. Now, to listen to the rest of them...this was my first Karin Slaughter book.
Good story. The characters and story were not over the top for the subject matter. Keep my interest until the end.