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Publisher's Summary

The past will always find you. A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment. Her blood-soaked body bears a startling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier. Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in - and a past that could hold the clue to the killings.…

©2012 Karin Slaughter (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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Suspense

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes the constant back to the past and to present jumpings

What did you like best about this story?

The last hour of the book

What three words best describe Jennifer Woodward’s performance?

Clear, soothening and yet firm voice

Did Criminal inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

Quite a lot of characters, hence need to pick on memory, to recollect who is who. Which is not very soothing for an audiobook.

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  • sonia
  • 08-11-12

great read!

Am a huge fan of Karin's work and liked how the relationship between Sara Linton and Will Trent has developed throughout the series. This book follows on from her last book Fallen. This book filled in the gaps of the backgrounds of some of the main characters, Will, Amanda, Angie. I loved this book especially finding out about Will's father but I won't spoil it for you. I wasn't too keen on the narrator when she did Fallen but I have to say she was much much better narrating Criminal. Looking forward to the next one!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Natalie
  • 07-10-17

Will Trent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would if this was the kind of book they listen to

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Woodward – was your favourite?

I'm not a big fan of Jennifer Woodward

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely

Any additional comments?

With this book you get to know Will's background, the murder of his mum and his dad's criminal dealings , how Will was found, what secrets Amanda is keeping, and what input she has made in Will's life and the list goes on.......... I loved the storyline about Amanda and Evelin when they first became detectives and the sexism and other obstacles that faced back in 70's. I would love to read books based on them I'm sure that would make for some good reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • E. D. P. Weller
  • 04-17-14

Disappointed

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not well spent but I am glad I listened to it as it gave me a background to the characters.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Gave insight into the early life of Will.

What does Jennifer Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was well read with feeling and I got into the book

Was Criminal worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Genesis was a masterpiece and I was just a bit disappointed with Criminal

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  • Robert
  • 11-30-17

half decent overall

narration was a bit irritating - the southern accent & excessive emphasis on every sentence, no matter whether significant or incidental.

Found the story a little difficult to follow at first, and the characters hard to identify. But it suddenly picked up pace in the second half

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  • janet anderson
  • 10-03-17

Quite a complicated story, suspensful & evocative

A good story which deals with serial killing and says a lot about the police force in Atlanta in the 70s. Female heroes, who have to take on their male colleagues as well as the criminals.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-17

It's a must 😆

excellent book , create story , couldn't stop listening, didn't want it to end. Highly recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-14-16

An insight into Will Trent's background

On first listening I was disappointed with this book but have since gone back to it and have thoroughly enjoyed this second visit.

The book explains why there is the strange relationship between Amanda Wagner and Will. It also gives insight into the life of a female office in the 60's in Atlanta- probably everywhere else as well.

Worth a read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • 12-02-16

Tied a few loose ends up

This book is very good, it filled all the gaps in Will Trent's life which was useful. Good story and a cracking listen

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  • Suzy GM
  • 08-05-14

Brilliant!!

If you could sum up Criminal in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely brilliantly written!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amanda - gruff, outspoken but with a heart of gold! She should have adopted Will.

What about Jennifer Woodward’s performance did you like?

Very enjoyable to listen to, you always know who is speaking. She has a myriad of accents to call on and she is very clear and concise in her diction. Superb!!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yes very definitely.

Any additional comments?

Just a first class read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • 05-11-14

lose yourself. forgot your life

If you could sum up Criminal in three words, what would they be?

Alive. Visual. Emotional

What was one of the most memorable moments of Criminal?

Will exploring his past life

What about Jennifer Woodward’s performance did you like?

Good distinct voices

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Tension and anticipation

Any additional comments?

Feel like three characters are old friends

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  • JennyRay
  • 12-01-16

Great Book

loved it. Heartstopping to the last chapter. Well worth listening to it. Karen has done it again.