Now it's up to Will Trent, an agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, to pick up the pieces before they completely fall apart.
Thus begins this shattering thriller from one of the genre's undisputed masters, guaranteed to hold listeners in its twisted thrall.
©2008 Karin Slaughter; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Heartpounding....Raw energy...[plus] a pair of complex and deeply flawed heroes, will leave readers clamouring for the next installment." (Publishers Weekly)
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Another solid story from this wonderful author. Not a home run, but a double at least!
My grandmother was a house mother at an Orphanage in SC and my sister and I spent a week every summer there. For Will Trent, the stigma and experiences of growing up an orphan in various foster homes and a children's home both shape and haunt him. It's an extremely accurate work of fiction.
Equally fascinating is Trent's dyslexia, how it hinders and helps him as an investigator. Slaughter does a great job with this throughout the entire series.
The mystery here revolves around the murder of two young adults and the kidnapping of another girl. The police have to find her before she is killed. This is where Slaughter is masterful. She knows how procedure and the law work for criminals and against victims.
Phil Gigante does a good job on narration. At first his tone grated on me, but in the end I was completely engrossed in the story, a certain sign of great writing and great narration.
I love Det. Will Trent, flaws and all. The women in his life have flaws, too - and that's OK, but why do they all have to be so whiny and full of self-doubt? I think part of the problem here may have been the narrator's take on the female characters in "Fractured" - his voices for them all ended up in the "high and whiny" register. So perhaps my criticism lies more in the fact that although Phil Gigante has a great reading voice, his skills as an actor are fairly questionable...
I preferred Triptych over this book - so start there....
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.
This crime wasn't surprising -- but the way it was introduced was shocking and then the author exposed me to the elements of the crime much like you would peel the layers of an onion apart. I don't like to tell the plot points or to be a spoiler so I won't explain my headline, but as a parent that introduction to the story was a nightmare. And I loved it.
I often know the ending of a mystery before I have read a quarter of the book. This story had more to hold me in suspense. Ms Slaughter is new to me, and I am glad to have discovered her. I read this book directly after reading the first in the series and it was nice to meet Will, Amanda, Angie and Faith again so quickly.
I personally don't listen to books over again...but was well worth the read!
Great twists and turns, some well guided strains between relationships of the characters involved- always bringing light to the depth and past occurances that make each individual who they are.
Wonderful story teller, love how audible brings more depth to characters!
A parents worst nightmare, the struggles and the saviors....
I'm Looking forward to being a Karin Slaughter groupie. Fractured was my first book of hers I read. I found Will Trent to be most interesting and looking forward to many more.
Fractured is what a criminal investigation should be. Heart-pounding action, an intriguing investigation, engaging characters, twists and turns with an ending that you get to at the end of the book. The story is so complex that I realized who the culprits were right along with the protagonist - just as it should be.
I always pride myself by being able to figure out the killer before the end. I certainly was challenged with this one and all of Slaughter's work. There is always a twist in the story to fool even the best of us. I will listen to the entire series.
I got spoiled by listening to Criminal first. It was both character- and plot-driven.
This book is neither. Endless conversations between characters about what's already been said several times. I got sick of waiting for something to happen.
This is a mystery. It is fiction. That means it should hold your interest and entertain. As a mystery there should be some things to guess about.
All that said, this is an excellent mystery. The subject matter is very offensive. Pedophilia is offensive. Rape and murder are offensive. If you buy books that are mystery/thrillers about rape and murder you can't complain that the material is offensive.
The investigators in this series are in truth some rather odd ball characters, but so was Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. It is how well the mystery was developed that matters and how much the book keeps you guessing. This one does just fine.
Phil Gigante is one of the better narrators of audio books and does a fine job with this one. His accents are not over done as were the accents by the narrator of Triptych, so his narration carries the story rather than detracting from it.
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