There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother. When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions, not enough answers. To find her mother, she'll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and they'll both need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton. But Faith isn't just a cop anymore--she's a witness. She's also a suspect. The thin blue line hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light--or bury it forever.
Karin Slaughter's most exhilarating novel yet is a thrilling journey through the heart and soul, where the personal and the criminal collide, and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives. It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game, and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense.
©2011 Karin Slaughter (P)2011 AudioGO
Not much ... I'm just not a fan of the romance genre.
She writes well. The mystery was intriguing, but the "romance" in the scene between Sara and Trent seemed forced. Characters' traits seemed to be inconsistent.
Probably --- depending on the author and genre
Disappointment -- from the storyline I didn't expect it to read like a second-rate romance.
I'll try another Slaughter story -- but will borrow one from the library before first spending any more money on this author.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This is an exciting, detective, crime drama that includes a kidnapping, a drug ring, a bit of romance and a back story with a twist. It was easy to connect right away to the characters because of the finesse used to introduce the complicated, returning players in the series. It was done in such a way that it did not over power the main story and in turn made this a stand alone book within the series. A Karin Slaughter first for me and I am positively looking forward to indulging myself with more of her captivating work. Shannon Cochran did a good job narrating this gritty drama without going too far over the top.
When you take lovely characters from one series of books and thrust them into another series, fans get wary. But Slaughter has successfully done this and by book three, Fallen, you're hooked.
In this book we get some backstory about decorated Detective Evelyn Mitchell, mother of Agent Faith of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The crime is gruesome and I won't get into the details since too many give the plot away. The reader is into those within the first five or ten minutes anyway. Secrets start to creep out. Not only Evelyn's, but Faith's and Will's and even the strong, unbreakable Amanda Wagner. In this book we see a few cracks in that facade. I will tell you that Evelyn is taken and there's blood all over the house. Is she alive or dead? Baby Emily is safely tucked into the back shed where Evelyn keeps her gun. But where has she gone and why? Was she really guilty of all the crimes she was accused of ages ago? Faith has difficulty hanging on emotionally, which puts her diabetes completely out of control. She's suspended, but like most agents, works the case anyway. She's determined to find her mother. In this book Faith grows up a little bit, losing some of her selfishness. She starts to understand that she's not center stage all the time.
We're introduced to Angie Trent, Will's wife and companion since childhood. What a hateful character Slaughter writes her to be, but it's a juxtaposition to Dr. Sara Linton who gets heavily involved in the investigation. The subplot here is the tension between Will and Sara and Will and Angie. Trent's a bit backward in social skills and we learn a bit more about why that's true.
The book has an action packed plot and lots of characters, although Slaughter handles them masterfully. The book's weakness is the post-ending. After it's all over, we get this enormous information dump. I didn't find it particularly satisfying or necessary. We get all the pieces throughout the novel, so it was redundant.
Shannon Cochran does a lovely job narrating and the voice is clear and articulate.
I recommend the book.
Story has way too many characters to keep all the names straight. Amanda is an awful woman! I wouldn't work for her for two seconds. This is my first Karin Slaughter book, and it will probably be my last. I'm not even half way through it and I can't wait for the end. Since I paid for it I will finish it but it's a real struggle. I wasn't impressed with the narration either, which may have something to do with the overall lack of interest.
Slaughter's characters form an interconnected group of family and friends in an ever-widening circle. it is impossible not to believe they are real and you know them all personally Totally fascinating story with a few sharp turns to keep you reading through the night..
I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..
This is really a good book!! The ending was so surprising I never guessed it!! I never read any of Karin Slaughter books but the sample sounded interested so I gave it a try. I was so happyI did so..i couldnt stop lisening until the end!
I really miss Natalie Ross who narrated Undone and Broken (the two books before this one). I liked her (Ross's) voicings of the characters, especially Sarah, Amanda and Will. I hope she comes back to narrated Slaughter's upcoming book, Criminal.
Karin Slaughter sheds light on diabetes (without being fat!), pregnancy, and adoption. Jealousy over rides thankfulness and wrecks havoc in many people's lives. This is a good book to read. For best enjoyment, I recommend reading Slaughter's earlier books that lead up to this one. If this is not possible, then it is still okay...Slaughter keeps the new reader enlightened without the previous readers feeling things are being repeated to death. She is an excellent writer.
It was a satisfactory listen and the storyline was interesting.
The combination of murder mystery and romance novel probably works for many readers. I am not a romance-novel reader.
It was well written and will probably well-received by those who enjoy romance.
Ask someone who reads romance novels.
I think the book was well written and has a good storyline. I think the author has written a story she can be proud of. I just don't care for romance novels. I wish there was a way for Audible to post whether a book is a romance novel, juvenile novel, young adult novel, etc. It would help me with my selections.
I think a person who would enjoy this more would be someone who does not like the grittier, more shocking style of Karin's writing. This was a bit vanilla for me and I found myself rolling my eyes at times, mostly at the horrendous narration, but also at the nonsensical "twists and turns" that seemed to be thrown in just because.
I don't want to bag out Karin's writing - I love her and I love her writing! But to make this book more enjoyable for me, Karin would have had to change the entire plot.I found the whole plot of the book ridiculous, especially once you found out what really happened and why. I actually groaned out loud "Gimme a break." when the "villain" was exposed. It was totally predictable and ludicrous, it actually upset me.
Though it was only a small part of the book, I found the way that Karin portrayed Faith's interaction with her brother, Zeke incredibly immature and irritating to listen to. It has been made clear in other books that Faith and Zeke were never close and why. But their arguments were downright immature and embarrassing to listen to - especially when you take into account that Faith is a Special Agent and not actually 13 years old. The acrimony seemed contrived and lacking any real substance but for petty put downs.
The narrator grated on me something awful! She did nothing for Will Trent's character, whom I adore. She made Faith's 20 year old son sound like a total imbecile with the low, slow, dopey sounding voice. Listening to her narrate the Mexican characters actually made me cringe.
I am a huge Michael Kramer fan. He narrated Triptych and I think he should narrate all of Karin Slaughter's books, as he really captures the mood and characters perfectly.
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