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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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    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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-07-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-07-13 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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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?

    S


    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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    Leigh Smith Texas 12-06-13
    Leigh Smith Texas 12-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Leigh

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    "Good follow up to the characters"

    Undone, (2009), Genesis (UK and Australia title)
    Broken, (2010)
    Fallen, (2011)
    Criminal, (2012)
    Unseen, (2013)

    The above is the correct order. Honestly, each book can be read as a stand alone. But the background info is good to have.

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    Lorrie H 12-04-13
    Lorrie H 12-04-13
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    "Great police procedural series"

    Characters in this series are very likeable. The plots are just involved enough to maintain interest and solution not easily solved. Very believable.

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    suzana miller 10-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Save Your Credit - HORRIBLE"
    What disappointed you about Broken?

    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.


    What could Karin Slaughter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewritten it with more focus on what was actually going on.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Ross’s performances?

    No.


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

    Extreme annoyance and anger.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money and time. Absolutely HORRIBLE.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Jesup, GA, United States 01-30-13
    Rose Jesup, GA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of her best!"
    If you could sum up Broken in three words, what would they be?

    Did not disappoint.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Loved it from the first chapter. Was interesting and captivating and kept my attention from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend "Broken." It was easy listening and extremely well written. One of my favorite Karin Slaughter novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 01-19-13
    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 01-19-13 Member Since 2016

    Denver User

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    "Difficult to listen through to end"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who was desperate for an audible book


    Would you recommend Broken to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Character development is all over the place. You can't tell who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. I found the two main characters not very likable. I had read another of Karin Slaughter's books "Criminal" and I thought that was good and made me want to read more of the Will Trent series. He sounds like a wimpy immature guy in this book and Sarah, the main character, comes across as shallow, a totally different person than she is in Criminal. I liked the character, Lena, more than I liked Sarah and I'm not sure where the author was going with these characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natalie Ross?

    Someone who wasn't as overdramatic and smaltzy. When she did the laugh of Sarah, she sounded like a witch cackling. I will avoid listening to books with Natalie Ross as narrator.


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

    I felt it was written in the genre of a romance novel, very corny at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed in the second book I've read of the Will Trent series and am not sure if I will try to listen to any more. A lot will depend on who the narrator is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharde United States 11-20-12
    sharde United States 11-20-12
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    "Good but not great!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was a ook book. The ending was good. I just didnt love the slowness of it. But it was not unbearable!


    Would you recommend Broken to your friends? Why or why not?

    See above lol


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Natalie Ross?

    Yes


    Could you see Broken being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not haha


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 11-20-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2015

    I live to ride my bike.

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    "Great Read"


    The police force investigates the murder of a young woman found in a frigid lake near a nearby note which suggests that the death is a suicide . Sara Linton former Grant County medical examiner is in the mist of it and does not believe it was suicide.
    While the police feels they have their murder, Sara proceeds to prove they are wrong. Sara has has a history with the detective Lena Adams and is grows suspicious of her investigative abilities contacts the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
    Special agent Will Trent finds his vacation cut short in order to aid Sara, but then both of them find that a vicious killer is protected by an implacable wall of non-co-operation that the cloistered community of Grant County has built around itself.



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