Broken (Will Trent #4) by Karin Slaughter

Broken

When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.
While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets–and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

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Wow what a novel. I am so in love with this series. If you’ve never read the Grant Country or Will Trent series, stop right here and go and read them.

In the 4th novel in the Will Trent series, we are back with Will Trent and Sara Linton and they are in Sara’s hometown of Grant County. I love that we get to back to Grant County and connect with the previous characters. Lena Adams is someone that I have such a love/hate relationship with and of course it continues in this novel. I did miss Faith, but did like to see how Will could manage being without his partner.

The mystery is really good, but it takes a backseat to the personal relationships that the characters have with one another. It has been four years since a major event occurred, but it hasn’t felt like much time has passed when we see the emotions that the characters still have. We get to see Will Trent’s view as an outsider and also mourn alongside the characters.

The ending to me was shocking in many ways and I loved that I had no idea what was going to happen. Even though, the mystery wasn’t the focus point, I still wanted to know what happened to Allison Spooner and what the heck was happening to the Grant County police force.

5 calculators out of a potential 5. Loving this series. Highly recommend for mystery and thriller fans.

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

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First of all, I love how different Riley Sager’s novel are. This is my third novel by him and it is so unique from his previous two novels, but yet I loved all of them. He knows how to write a great mystery!

Jules Larsen feels that she has hit the jackpot. She is apartment sitting at one of the most famous apartment buildings in New York City – the Bartholomew (sadly the building is fictional). She can’t believe that she is getting paid to stay in such a grand apartment. Of course, it may be too good to be true since there are some things that aren’t adding up.

I flew through Lock Every Door as I was reading on the beach and I loved every minute of it. I couldn’t stop reading and I had to find out what was going to happen to our apartment sitter. I was totally surprised by the ending and didn’t guess what was going to happen at all. I wasn’t completely in love with the way that the novel ended, since it seemed a bit far fetched.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. A mystery that is hard to guess and hard to put down!

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