When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder.
All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case. The chief suspect is desperate to see her, but when she arrives at the local police station she is met with a horrifying sight - he lies dead in his cell, the words 'Not me' scrawled across the walls. Something about his confession doesn't add up and deeply suspicious of the detective in charge, Lena Adams, Sara immediately calls the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Shortly afterwards, Special Agent Will Trent is brought in from his vacation to investigate. But he is immediately confronted with a wall of silence. Grant County is a close-knit community with loyalties and ties that run deep. And the only person who can tell the truth about what really happened is dead.
©2010 Karin Slaughter (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"[Slaughter] overlays the standard police procedural with a burning sense of social justice." (Booklist)
Love the books, great series.....but I was disappointed to listen to Broken before Undone. Read/listen to Undone first. Broken happens after the Undone novel. After reading Triptych and Fractured, I was excited to start Broken. Right from the beginning, I felt like I missed a book. I went back to the series list, just to make sure I downloaded the right book. Audible, please fix. Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken. Starting Criminal now.
I don't know if I could finish reading a novel ever again. I am so addicted to listening to books I have little interest in reading!
It's safe to say this is not my favorite in the Will Trent series, but by no means do I regret this purchase. Few writers have the skill to create characters so engrossing you feel like they are family. Two other great authors who happen to be my favorites, James Lee Burke and Jo Nesbo, share Slaughter's remarkable gift of story telling. But I can't imagine knowing anyone like Dave Robicheaux, Clete Purcell or Harry Hole.
Will Trent and the whole cast of characters in this series are complex and intriguing. I just don't tire of listening. Continuing on my baseball analogy, Broken is another double.
Criminal= home run
Unseen= home run
Triptych= home run
Fallen= sacrifice fly
The basic mystery/thriller component of this book is quite good. And the multitude of characters that are introduced all have something interesting about them. But overall, it is TOO much and nothing gets as well-developed as it should. This is particularly true in the last half of the book when you are raced through a resolution, when it could have been peeled back layer by layer.
This book wasn't as bad as alot of people reviewed. The characters weren't as well developed as in some of her books, but all in all , I didn't shut it off and for me that says something. The narrator, at least for me, did a really good job. One reviewer said.."READ THE BOOK, DON"T PERFORM IT"..which is complete nonsense considering thats one of the things that makes an audiobook a really good one, you expect them to bring the people from the paper novel alive. To say for it to be ' Just read' is simply inane. Natalie Ross does a fantastic job in reading and even the male characters ( which I think when women perform sound relatively ..irritating) she did an exceptional job. Not Karin Slaughters best writing but it is not that bad. Not every book can be the best now can it?
So very disappointed in this book after listening to Slaughter's previous books. The story was just awful. It was not that interesting and not well developed. I was hoping the ending would provide some redemption but it only added to the problems of this book. It was everything I could do just to continue listening.
I read so I can write
As usual this was a well written mystery/thriller...until the final chapter and epilog. I almost felt like someone else had tacked these words on after the mystery was solved because it didn't end the book. The conversation with Frank is flawed. Not to give away the story, he talks about things happening that don't match up.
Then the epilog tries to end another thread of the story and also fails because it falls short in the reality department.
I am disappointed because this isn't how Ms. Slaughter's other books are finished, and I suspect that some of this was done as a lead in to the final book in the series. I'll only know that when I finish the final book.
Again I found the narrator not the best for this book or this type of book.
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
Poor writing - the day was as cool and wet as being in a dog's nose - are you kidding me?
It made me appreciate good writing even more.
Don't waste your time.
I enjoyed Slaughter's book. She's top of the game in the genre. She's a good story teller. What pleased me the most was Ross' performance/reading. Rich, vivid characters, each distinct and note worthy.
Too much time spent on details that led absolutely nowhere (i.e. the restoration of a Porsche - it had absolutely NOTHING to do with anything and it was continually being brought up). The characters lacked depth. The 'medical' in this 'medical thriller' was (paraphrasing), "Arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart, and veins carry deoxygenated blood back towards the heart." *Gasp* What? You don't say?! Yes, that was sarcasm.
Rewritten it with more focus on what was actually going on.
Extreme annoyance and anger.
Save your money and time. Absolutely HORRIBLE.
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