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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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    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 07-06-10
    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 07-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Please don't perform the books - read them."

    I've absolutely loved Karin Slaughter's books in the past, especially Triptych. I don't know if it was because the narrator overperformed her role or if the story was just bad, but I had a hard time finishing this. I don't like the idea of a female narrator doing so many male voices...just read the book, please. The story seemed thin and Will didn't foster the sympathy or exude sex appeal as he has in past books - just seemed weak and boring. But really, I was so distracted by the narrator, it might be a better book than I thought.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gadget buyer Ames, IA USA 02-24-15
    Gadget buyer Ames, IA USA 02-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Ending out nowhere"

    The book was well written, but the whole plot depended on a character pulled out of nowhere the last 10 percent of the book. It is lazy mystery writing.

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    joan 02-10-15
    joan 02-10-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story. Naaration Ok"

    would have been better if there was a male narrator for the men in the book. but good storyline.

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    Sharilyn 01-23-15
    Sharilyn 01-23-15
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    "Another Karen slaughter classic"

    I've listened to all of the grant county series and 4 of the Will Trent series. I like that the characters in both series cross paths. I liked this book particularly because the ever so kind Sarah showed a little venom and thus revealed a more realistic human condition.

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    Sandra R. Marcil 10-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Broken?

    Too preachy for me. Sarah is such a whiner


    Has Broken turned you off from other books in this genre?

    After Triptych, it's almost like someone else wrote this one. Won't be get any Karin Slaughter books.


    What didn’t you like about Natalie Ross’s performance?

    same ole, same ole. Triptych had Will's voice with an accent, so he seemed nothing like he was in the first book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at all the preaching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2013

    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

    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
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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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