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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.

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"[Slaughter] overlays the standard police procedural with a burning sense of social justice." (Booklist)

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loved it

Great book. Full of twists and interesting turns. I highly recommend this book. I could not stop listening.

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  • Inge
  • Virginia Beach, Va
  • 07-06-15

one of the best crimes writers ever.

Loved Broken. This series is my all time favorite series. It reminds me of Criminal Minds!

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Ending out nowhere

The book was well written, but the whole plot depended on a character pulled out of nowhere the last 10 percent of the book. It is lazy mystery writing.

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Good story. Naaration Ok

would have been better if there was a male narrator for the men in the book. but good storyline.

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Another Karen slaughter classic

I've listened to all of the grant county series and 4 of the Will Trent series. I like that the characters in both series cross paths. I liked this book particularly because the ever so kind Sarah showed a little venom and thus revealed a more realistic human condition.

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Engaging, but a little whiny

The reader of this book is fabulous. Her pace easily goes with the characters and allows you to lose yourself in the story.

The story, while good suffers from a little bit of whinyness from Sarah. Her character loses her independence, while I understand some of it there is a bit much of it. Otherwise the story is good with a good ending.

Maybe its because I didn't read the Grant County series but it would be nice to get some background/closure on what Lena did.

I'd recommend this book

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Slaughter always brings her A game!

Where does Broken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my ten favorite audio books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken?

When Will realizes that Sarah's behavior is that of a friend rather than a critic.

Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first Natalie Ross performance. She reads at high speed. It took a few chapters to get used to it, but now I'm comfortable with her reading.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 02-23-14

Good one

I love the Will Trent series, Karen Slaughter created a great multi layered character. Another fast moving thriller with some great detective work that keeps you guessing until the very end.

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  • Donna
  • Dyersburg, TN, United States
  • 02-16-14

Wish there were more stars to choose!!

With every book by Karin Slaughter I am amazed. I THINK so far Broken is my favorite. I am a long time mystery reader and almost always figure out the bad guy before the middle of the book. Not with any of Karin Slaughter's books.

Begin the series with the first book and then you cannot stop listening.

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  • Donald
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 01-26-14

Not really believable

Natalie Ross should NEVER read a book that requires a character speaking with a southern accent. No one talks like that anywhere in the South. Well maybe in Mayberry but no place real. And please, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective who cannot read! I make it all the way through this stupid little story. I deserve a medal.