The later books in the series get better. There is more details thrown in about the characters lives, the material is black as some say, but the book..Show More »s are pageturners, or the audible recordings make you want to continue to listen.
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 ..Show More »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.
Love the books, great series.....but I was disappointed to listen to Broken before Undone. Read/listen to Undone first. Broken happens after the Undon..Show More »e 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.
It's safe to say this is not my favorite in the Will Trent series, but by no means do I regret this purchase. Few writers have the skill to create cha..Show More »racters so engrossing you feel like they are family. Two other great authors who happen to be my favorites, James Lee Burke and Jo Nesbo, share Slaughter's remarkable gift of story telling. But I can't imagine knowing anyone like Dave Robicheaux, Clete Purcell or Harry Hole.
Will Trent and the whole cast of characters in this series are complex and intriguing. I just don't tire of listening. Continuing on my baseball analogy, Broken is another double. Criminal= home run Unseen= home run Triptych= home run Undone= double Fallen= sacrifice fly
Several months ago I wrote a review of "Criminal," the 6th book in the Will Trent series, calling it the best of the series so far. It turns out that..Show More » I may have made a slight misstatement. You see, I had read "Criminal" out of order. I had not at that time listened to "Fallen." Now I have to amend my statement to say that "Criminal" is ONE of the best of the series. "Fallen" is the other best book of the series.
In "Fallen," Slaughter began the process of revealing the history of the generation of women who were the first female detectives on the Atlanta police force, a process which was continued in "Criminal." The plot centers on the kidnapping and torture of Faith Mitchell's mother, a retired high-ranking detective. As things develop, the reader, along with Faith, Will, and others, learn more about the history of Faith and her mother, and her mother's contemporaries in the Atlanta PD and the State Police. And this development of back story provides an excellent background for a reading of "Criminal," the next book of the series.
Like all of Karin Slaughter's Will Trent books, the story is taut, gripping, and sometimes gutwrenching. She makes you really care and worry about the characters. And she keeps many of the plot developments well hidden until they burst into sight. These books make for a tense, sometimes bloody, but enjoyable read.
Shannon Chochran does an excellent job of narration.
I love Karin Slaughter's books and think it would be impossible for her to write badly, but this one didn't grab me. Maybe it is the focus on differe..Show More »nt characters than is the norm. Maybe it is the setting of gangs in Atlanta. Maybe it is the fact that some characters made me feel repulsed. Maybe it is the rather confusing plot. Maybe it is a mix of all of those plus the fact the narrator's delivery in a high pitched perky voice. I didn't hate this one but didn't love it either.
My heart is still thumping as I pull my mind back from the dark recesses where it has been dwelling the past 15 hours...this is the stuff from which n..Show More »ightmares are borne. Karin Slaughter is one of our best. With her crackling originality and vivid details, she once again creates characters and events that you think could be out your own newspaper - and pray they aren't.
Followers of Slaughter will recognize this as part of the Will Trent series, something I did not know; there was no mention of "series" in the publisher's summary. But this story easily stands on its own and should not be passed by if you are worried about sequence. I speak from experience: I noticed that I'd read 2 of the books years ago and had no idea they were a series. With that said, I'm sure there is information that would have been good to have, and I am tinged green with envy of the devout followers of the Will Trent books; I can only imagine the great satisfaction this long awaited tell-all will bring to them. (I'm even considering picking up the between rerads, here's the order: Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken, Fallen, & Criminal).
Detective Will is baffled when his hard-nosed boss Amanda restricts him from the case of a missing girl. To Amanda, there is something eerily familiar and threatening with this case, and when the brutalized bodies start to show up, she knows she is on a collision course with Will -- a collision full of dark secrets that has been 40 years in the making --and she isn't sure she wants to reveal the answers. "Sometimes it's criminal what a woman has to do..."
One of the great mechanisms Slaughter uses is starting this book with a quiet prelude of sorts, a reverent requiem. She introduces us to Lucy,we witness her -- the young daughter full of promise, the little sister, the insecurities and drug use to control her adolescent weight -- we watch her downward slide -- the predictable addiction, string of abusive boyfriends, and eventual plunge into prostitution. Slaughter creates a human being; Lucy is a person rather than just another wretched addicted prostitute. This approach creates an emotional bond to the victims, and explains deputy director Amanda's bulldog determination, and humanity.
The story is told in a series of flashbacks, back to the 70's when Amanda was a novice detective, fighting her first case, pitted against a squad of resentful sexist males that don't want the girls around. (Remember "male chauvanist pig"?) The resistance is abussive and hard edged.The men crassly refer to she and her partner as the "slits", and at one point, when the ladies call in for back-up on Cherry Street, the male dispatcher remarks, "What's that? You want to give me your cherry." This treatment, plus the horror she witnesses in her first case bely how tough Amanda will have to become.
One noticeable change in style is Slaughter's handling of the nauseous gore.(Something that kept me from picking up another Slaughter book after I'd read 2.) Instead of her ususal in your face detail, she presents the grossities more like a quick visual spanning of crime scene photos, allowing the listener to fill in the blanks. The change doesn't affect the jolt...the story is still tight and tense with layer upon layer of pulse-pounding apprehension. The edge-of-your-seat anxiety reminded me of The Silence of the Lambs, and the creepiest deviant ever created, Buffalo Bill. The monster in Criminal is reminiscent of Bill (and they share an affinity with needles and thread...). I would have liked to see Slaughter pry into this psycho's sick mind, and think she may have missed a chance for the psychological underpinning that could have made this ghoul memorable and kept this story forever in our minds. (But do we really want that haunting us?)
I couldn't put my earbuds down--the pace was exhilarating, the execution of the narration very very good. Though harsh, I don't recall a lot of foul language, but the intense scenes may have kept my mind from noticing particular words. The flashbacks help build some backstory and character development for those just jumping into this story, but you have to pay close attention or you can lose track of which era you're in. If like me, you've been craving a smart thriller, and you don't mind a few nightmares, this may be your book. Highly recommend to fans of hard- hitting criminal thrillers.
Karin Slaughter's latest is another jaw dropping hit. The story contains complex characters and relationships that are poignant, entertaining and re..Show More »alistic. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys crime/mystery novels where the good guys aren't one dimensional and the crimes could be from any headline. Great writing, pacing and plotting makes this a completely enjoyable listen. Ms. Early does a fine job narrating.