Karin Salughter did a fabulous job with this book and these characters. I feel like I know them and can not get enough of them. Will's father was a man most poeple would never want to know let alone be related to. But the part I liked the most was seeing the different sides of Amanda and Evelyn. The past and future of the book was thrilling.
The development of the characters. Learning Will's backstory.
She did a great job! LIke her reading and story telling voice.
Nurture vs Nature and at what cost....
Had to pay attention while listening to this story because the plot jumped from a variety of time periods. However this is what I thought made the plot so enjoyable. The ending did not disappoint. This was the 1st book in this series that I have read, but hopefully it will not be the last.
I write, I read, I listen
Will Trent is such a complex character, there's no way to describe him in a sentence. Let's just say that he's survived hell and somehow remained compassionate and at the same time, filled with anger. So Will is a big part of the draw. But NOTE: You have to read the previous book in the series to really appreciate this one, because here's the real kicker: in that book you meet a whole slew of 60-something women police officers and ex-police officers, tough women, in some cases distinctly off-putting (Amanda, I'm looking at you); in some cases almost awe-inspiring (Evelyn). Then in Criminal you are introduced to Amanda and Evelyn early in their careers. Maybe because I'm just a few years younger than these characters, but I really adored experiencing the way they fought their way into the police department in the seventies. It's gritty, but it's also funny at times. The historical research is really excellent but not in-your-face. This is the way I remember things. But more important, the old broads (as they call themselves) started out their careers with a case that is heart breaking and which also throws light on Will Trent's current day situation, and explains a lot about Amanda and her motivations in hiring and mentoring him.
Will Trent, but it's a tough call.
In a flash back, when Evelyn refuses to be cowed by a bad experience and mocks it so effectively that even conservative, staid Amanda has to laugh. Pig-Tush.
There is a great depth to the story, don't' rush reading it.
I love her previous books, and have read almost all of them. This one was so different and painful to listen to. I guess listening to so much darkness right off from the beginning with no warmth to speak of was not my cup of tea.
I will read Karin Slaughter again, and hope for the style I have grown accustomed to.
The reader was great, and her voices for the characters distinct.
I can't think of any character that needs to be removed, it was just not a fun read, just dark and sad.
I liked the interactions between Amanda and Evelyn Mitchell when trying to prove that they were capable of police officers.
Yes. Some of the references in the flashbacks are kinda dated. So, if you are 40 or 50 something, you will share a deeper understanding of where Karin Slaughter wit. I also feel this book would appeal more to my girlfriends.
Kathleen's tones are too clipped. The late Anna Fields would have nailed this.
There should have been a warning about the racial tone and sexual violence in this story. The "N" word was used one too many times for my liking and the way in which African Anericans and women were referred to in this book was beyond offensive and often overdone. It was a struggle listening to this book to the end, not because of the story-that was fine, but the constant derogatory references set my teeth on edge. The only reason that I stuck it out was because I was on a long road trip and this was the only audiobook that I had. Lesson learned... I will always download a couple of options, and I will never purchase another book by this author!
One of the top 5 out of many I have in my audible library
Hard to choose, I would say when Will is born the love and determination that Will's Mother had to make sure someone would know he was loved
No this was the first but she nailed it
When he found out the love of a mother was always watching over him , and he was never really abandoned
Great book from beginning to end . I'm going to listen again soon , I always find things I missed in the first listen . Use your bookmarks to keep up with characters names and what role they play in the beginning , the story winds it's tale switching from the past to present
The author captivates all your senses from the get go. I felt I was in it.. The story and plot were not the typical thriller-mystery. Strong female characters, really kept me sucked in...LOVE IT.
This book started out a little slow but did pick up momentum and became riveting. Just about the time I thought the book a bit boring it took off. I enjoyed the rest of the story which was full of surprises.
Mom of 3 saved by her audiobook addiction!
Absolutely. Karen Slaughter is an amazing writer, and a fabulous story teller.
The complexity, and not knowing what would come next. And the way she built the character profiles.
I didn't realize this was a series so this is the first book I read, but I will go back and read them from the beginning.
This book was graphically intense, and some scenes were horrifying in detail, but it is also what made it such a great book. Not for young readers, or those who can't handle gory details of a sadistic mind. It scared me but I couldn't stop reading.