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Broken | [Karin Slaughter]

Broken

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"[Slaughter] overlays the standard police procedural with a burning sense of social justice." (Booklist)

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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 07-22-14
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 07-22-14 Member Since 2005

    Dog Lover

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    "Engaging, but a little whiny"

    The reader of this book is fabulous. Her pace easily goes with the characters and allows you to lose yourself in the story.

    The story, while good suffers from a little bit of whinyness from Sarah. Her character loses her independence, while I understand some of it there is a bit much of it. Otherwise the story is good with a good ending.

    Maybe its because I didn't read the Grant County series but it would be nice to get some background/closure on what Lena did.

    I'd recommend this book

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-06-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-06-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Really Good Crime Novel"

    This is only my second book by Karin Slaughter, so I can't comment on if it is or isn't in the correct order for the series. My opinion is that is fine as a stand alone audio book. The other book that I've listened to is Criminal, which is also a Will Trent book. Both books kept my interest beginning to end. I like Broken for the story development, the relationship between the characters and people and customs of the small town in Georgia. The "good ole boy" system is alive and well in small towns all over America, but maybe more than ever in the south. Corrupt cops meet up with those that WANT to do the right thing . . . and there's hell to pay. One thing I particularly appreciated about this book is that there isn't a lot of unnecessary gore or sex, and it didn't hurt the story line at all. This one's a winner.

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    Nita 04-25-14
    Nita 04-25-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a city girl who is living in the country and loving it!

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    "Slaughter always brings her A game!"
    Where does Broken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my ten favorite audio books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken?

    When Will realizes that Sarah's behavior is that of a friend rather than a critic.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Natalie Ross performance. She reads at high speed. It took a few chapters to get used to it, but now I'm comfortable with her reading.


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    Susan Bartonville, TX 02-23-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 02-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Good one"

    I love the Will Trent series, Karen Slaughter created a great multi layered character. Another fast moving thriller with some great detective work that keeps you guessing until the very end.

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    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 02-16-14
    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish there were more stars to choose!!"

    With every book by Karin Slaughter I am amazed. I THINK so far Broken is my favorite. I am a long time mystery reader and almost always figure out the bad guy before the middle of the book. Not with any of Karin Slaughter's books.

    Begin the series with the first book and then you cannot stop listening.

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    Donald Austin, TX, United States 01-26-14
    Donald Austin, TX, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not really believable"

    Natalie Ross should NEVER read a book that requires a character speaking with a southern accent. No one talks like that anywhere in the South. Well maybe in Mayberry but no place real. And please, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective who cannot read! I make it all the way through this stupid little story. I deserve a medal.

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    jo MANALAPAN, NJ, United States 01-22-14
    jo MANALAPAN, NJ, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Karin slaughter!"
    Would you listen to Broken again? Why?

    Love the Will Trent series. Hungry for more


    Any additional comments?

    Have read most of Karin slaughter work. Love Will Trent series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Critter Mama Huntsville, Al USA 12-29-13
    Critter Mama Huntsville, Al USA 12-29-13 Member Since 2013

    Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!

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    "Narration made me mad!"

    I liked the story, and I liked most of the characters - the narration needs work!! I am from Alabama; I get that the accent in the South can range from charming to completely backwoods... but come on! Natalie Ross' interpretation was insulting! I'm pretty sure these characters were written to, in fact, have teeth - but you'd never know it based on her attempt of the accent. It was unnerving & I had the story not been interesting, I would have stopped listening! To digress, I've learned a bit more about the relationship between Sarah and Jeffrey after listening to this book and feel that some pertinent information was omitted! It doesn't really change THIS story, but since I was meeting these characters mid-series, it's something I would consider "good to know".

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    Shawn United States 12-21-13
    Shawn United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It's painful to listen to this story"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    No


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    I can notice that she's doing the best she could to make it work.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I finish this book is that I've put so much time into it, I wanna know who's the killer. I gotta say as a detective novel it just sucks. The author put so much effort on the emotional stuff (the feeling of character), she paid little attention to the actual plot. Every time when the investigation's heading somewhere, it pauses and fills my ear with some character's emotional narrative, it kinda drives me nuts.
    Moreover, no character leaves deep impression.
    When I finish it I feel exhausted, in a bad way.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-07-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-07-13 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "not my favorite of the series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really like Karin Slaughter's writing style. But of the first four in the series this is my least favorite. I think there are too many characters which doesn't allow me to get to know any of them very well.


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

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    Was Broken worth the listening time?

    Yes. I liked the book. It was slightly above average in my reading life. Above average among modern mysteries. But below average for the series.


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