Not much ... I'm just not a fan of the romance genre.
She writes well. The mystery was intriguing, but the "romance" in the scene between Sara and Trent seemed forced. Characters' traits seemed to be inconsistent.
Probably --- depending on the author and genre
Disappointment -- from the storyline I didn't expect it to read like a second-rate romance.
I'll try another Slaughter story -- but will borrow one from the library before first spending any more money on this author.
I purchased this on one of Audible's recent sales, having listened to and enjoyed "Pretty Girls" last year. I didn't read the book blurb carefully enough and did not realize it was a series with lawman Will Martin. That's not to say I didn't like it, I just have a thing about reading books in order.
I liked it in spite of not having "grown up" with these characters. I was invested in them pretty quickly, and appreciated the character development Slaughter provided in a series book that is #5 in the line up. (Loved Roz Levy)
The story was interesting, the characters believable, and the narration was great. Shannon Cochran hit the accents spot on, for the most part, and that is a sticking point of mine (especially southern accents, as I have one myself).
Altogether a nice listen/read, and I'm sure I'll pick up some earlier ones in the series at some point.
Nothing better than a entertaining story line that entwines historically true events & the character of humans that influence the outcome.
Woe first time I've cried at times over book like this ever. I like a lot of authors and recently got away from crime genre. Karin Slaughter is becoming one of my favs. Truly be leave she gets better and better. The way she gets into the head of each character and has learn to build these characters is amazing. That you Karin, again.
I stopped listening to this book after about three hours because I could not take it anymore. I love crime books, and they don't always have to be "deep" to draw me in, but this - my first Karen Slaughter - was beyond what I was willing to spend my time on. Maybe, if I had been on a really long, intercontinental flight I would have stayed with it, because Slaughter knows how to create some suspense. But the writing is so shallow and the characters are so bland that I did not want to stay with this story. Besides, the author has taken a lot of logical shortcuts that simply don't make sense and are not being explained which to me just smells of laziness. As a reader I don't mind following you to unlikely places, but you have to guide me there, rather than just saying "there was an alarm and when they turned around X was dead" (I condensed this a little) without further explaining what just happened. I will return this book.
As for the reader and the production: I felt that this was sub-par as well. You can basically hear the cuts where the reader had a break, returned to the recording but wasn't able to get the voice quite right.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This is an exciting, detective, crime drama that includes a kidnapping, a drug ring, a bit of romance and a back story with a twist. It was easy to connect right away to the characters because of the finesse used to introduce the complicated, returning players in the series. It was done in such a way that it did not over power the main story and in turn made this a stand alone book within the series. A Karin Slaughter first for me and I am positively looking forward to indulging myself with more of her captivating work. Shannon Cochran did a good job narrating this gritty drama without going too far over the top.
When you take lovely characters from one series of books and thrust them into another series, fans get wary. But Slaughter has successfully done this and by book three, Fallen, you're hooked.
In this book we get some backstory about decorated Detective Evelyn Mitchell, mother of Agent Faith of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The crime is gruesome and I won't get into the details since too many give the plot away. The reader is into those within the first five or ten minutes anyway. Secrets start to creep out. Not only Evelyn's, but Faith's and Will's and even the strong, unbreakable Amanda Wagner. In this book we see a few cracks in that facade. I will tell you that Evelyn is taken and there's blood all over the house. Is she alive or dead? Baby Emily is safely tucked into the back shed where Evelyn keeps her gun. But where has she gone and why? Was she really guilty of all the crimes she was accused of ages ago? Faith has difficulty hanging on emotionally, which puts her diabetes completely out of control. She's suspended, but like most agents, works the case anyway. She's determined to find her mother. In this book Faith grows up a little bit, losing some of her selfishness. She starts to understand that she's not center stage all the time.
We're introduced to Angie Trent, Will's wife and companion since childhood. What a hateful character Slaughter writes her to be, but it's a juxtaposition to Dr. Sara Linton who gets heavily involved in the investigation. The subplot here is the tension between Will and Sara and Will and Angie. Trent's a bit backward in social skills and we learn a bit more about why that's true.
The book has an action packed plot and lots of characters, although Slaughter handles them masterfully. The book's weakness is the post-ending. After it's all over, we get this enormous information dump. I didn't find it particularly satisfying or necessary. We get all the pieces throughout the novel, so it was redundant.
Shannon Cochran does a lovely job narrating and the voice is clear and articulate.
I recommend the book.
Story has way too many characters to keep all the names straight. Amanda is an awful woman! I wouldn't work for her for two seconds. This is my first Karin Slaughter book, and it will probably be my last. I'm not even half way through it and I can't wait for the end. Since I paid for it I will finish it but it's a real struggle. I wasn't impressed with the narration either, which may have something to do with the overall lack of interest.
Slaughter's characters form an interconnected group of family and friends in an ever-widening circle. it is impossible not to believe they are real and you know them all personally Totally fascinating story with a few sharp turns to keep you reading through the night..
I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..
This is really a good book!! The ending was so surprising I never guessed it!! I never read any of Karin Slaughter books but the sample sounded interested so I gave it a try. I was so happyI did so..i couldnt stop lisening until the end!
I really miss Natalie Ross who narrated Undone and Broken (the two books before this one). I liked her (Ross's) voicings of the characters, especially Sarah, Amanda and Will. I hope she comes back to narrated Slaughter's upcoming book, Criminal.