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.
"[Slaughter] overlays the standard police procedural with a burning sense of social justice." (Booklist)
Love the books, great series.....but I was disappointed to listen to Broken before Undone. Read/listen to Undone first. Broken happens after the Undone novel. After reading Triptych and Fractured, I was excited to start Broken. Right from the beginning, I felt like I missed a book. I went back to the series list, just to make sure I downloaded the right book. Audible, please fix. Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken. Starting Criminal now.
The basic mystery/thriller component of this book is quite good. And the multitude of characters that are introduced all have something interesting about them. But overall, it is TOO much and nothing gets as well-developed as it should. This is particularly true in the last half of the book when you are raced through a resolution, when it could have been peeled back layer by layer.
This book wasn't as bad as alot of people reviewed. The characters weren't as well developed as in some of her books, but all in all , I didn't shut it off and for me that says something. The narrator, at least for me, did a really good job. One reviewer said.."READ THE BOOK, DON"T PERFORM IT"..which is complete nonsense considering thats one of the things that makes an audiobook a really good one, you expect them to bring the people from the paper novel alive. To say for it to be ' Just read' is simply inane. Natalie Ross does a fantastic job in reading and even the male characters ( which I think when women perform sound relatively ..irritating) she did an exceptional job. Not Karin Slaughters best writing but it is not that bad. Not every book can be the best now can it?
I read so I can write
As usual this was a well written mystery/thriller...until the final chapter and epilog. I almost felt like someone else had tacked these words on after the mystery was solved because it didn't end the book. The conversation with Frank is flawed. Not to give away the story, he talks about things happening that don't match up.
Then the epilog tries to end another thread of the story and also fails because it falls short in the reality department.
I am disappointed because this isn't how Ms. Slaughter's other books are finished, and I suspect that some of this was done as a lead in to the final book in the series. I'll only know that when I finish the final book.
Again I found the narrator not the best for this book or this type of book.
I enjoyed Slaughter's book. She's top of the game in the genre. She's a good story teller. What pleased me the most was Ross' performance/reading. Rich, vivid characters, each distinct and note worthy.
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
Poor writing - the day was as cool and wet as being in a dog's nose - are you kidding me?
It made me appreciate good writing even more.
Don't waste your time.
Did not disappoint.
Loved it from the first chapter. Was interesting and captivating and kept my attention from beginning to end.
I would recommend "Broken." It was easy listening and extremely well written. One of my favorite Karin Slaughter novels.
Someone who was desperate for an audible book
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.
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.
I felt it was written in the genre of a romance novel, very corny at times.
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.
The book is ok. I have notified Audible about the incorrect book order, and others have notified Audible, but Audible hasn't changed the order yet, so do yourself a favor, and do some research on your own. Also, something is messed up in this series, because in one book, Will Trent has a sexual relationship with someone, and then in the next book, he hasn't yet met this person, so it's strange that in a later book he's talking to the person he supposedly had relations with as if that person is a stranger.... Hmmm.... kooky!
Most interesting is, well, I dunno. I read this one because I'm involved in the series, so I want to finish it. Karin Slaughter isn't the best writer ever, but a lot of her fans love the crap out of her writing. I've even seen reviews where people say "This is the best thing I've ever read!" which makes me think that some people haven't read that much.
The performance is good. I'm sure that Kirstin Potter would have done better.
I could see Broken being on Oxygen, or Lifetime. The stars would probably be leftovers from The Facts of Life.
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