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.
Karin Slaughter sheds light on diabetes (without being fat!), pregnancy, and adoption. Jealousy over rides thankfulness and wrecks havoc in many people's lives. This is a good book to read. For best enjoyment, I recommend reading Slaughter's earlier books that lead up to this one. If this is not possible, then it is still okay...Slaughter keeps the new reader enlightened without the previous readers feeling things are being repeated to death. She is an excellent writer.
It was a satisfactory listen and the storyline was interesting.
The combination of murder mystery and romance novel probably works for many readers. I am not a romance-novel reader.
It was well written and will probably well-received by those who enjoy romance.
Ask someone who reads romance novels.
I think the book was well written and has a good storyline. I think the author has written a story she can be proud of. I just don't care for romance novels. I wish there was a way for Audible to post whether a book is a romance novel, juvenile novel, young adult novel, etc. It would help me with my selections.
I bought this book from the Audible Daily Deal. Out of all the books, I've purchased in the daily deal or otherwise, this one is the best. The characters are well thought out, the dialogue excellent and the narration really good.
I'm looking forward to now downloading other books from this author.
Fifty years of reading is not nearly enough. I need many, many, many more.
I like Karin Slaughter's writing style. I really like the main characters Will, Sarah and Faith. And I was glad to learn a bit more about the backgrounds or Will, Angie and Faith. Unfortunately, though, the ending left me wanting more. It surprised me -- I didn't guess the ending on this one and that is always a positive thing when reading a mystery. However, I still wished for more. I don't want to spoil the plot so it is difficult to explain what I found lacking. I will just say that the last three chapters felt as though they were rushed. Ms Slaughter's plot lines normally unfurl quietly and slowly, much like peeling away the layers of an onion. I like that. This book felt the same until the end, and then it just felt like all the secrets were revealed so quickly that there wasn't time to relish each one on its own.
Yes, I am reading the next Will Trent book starting tonight. I gave this one three stars, but I did enjoy it. And I am sure I will enjoy the next one too.
Yes only because I really Like Will...
Interesting? Least interesting? Old women you can not keep them down!
Her Mexican / Texan accent was not needed, almost annoying.
Not really... I tried to return it but the website was not working right... so i went thru it with the thoughts of my next book ready and waiting!
Maybe its me... I did not like the book, I am not big on drug, gangs etc... I love suspense books though. This book had no suspense, but it had a lot of characters who I got crossed and confused about.
If you listen to books and do something else - like crafts or even dishes you may need to rewind a lot!
The ending was blah... Probably because I was really not into it.
All the low reviews I agree with...
Im glad I got through it :) OK, not horrible...