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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Undone (Will Trent #3) by Karin Slaughter

Undone

When a tortured young woman enters the trauma center of an Atlanta hospital, Dr. Sara Linton is thrust into a desperate police investigation with Special Agent Will Trent and his partner, Faith Mitchell. Though guarding their own wounds and their own secrets, Sara, Will, and Faith find that they are all that stand between a madman and his next victim.

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Yay, it’s finally here – the merge between the Grant County series (starting Sara Linton) and the Will Trent series! I really enjoy both Sara and Will so I was very excited to start reading the novel where they come together. If you are planning to read this series, it’s very important to read Grant County first and then start with this novel. It’s confusing, but so worth it with all of the surprises that happen.

Sara is working in Atlanta and is treating Faith, who is the partner of Will Trent, after Faith fainted at work. During that time, a woman comes into the ER who was just hit by a car and has injuries that Sara has never seen before.

I really enjoyed all of the characters in this novel – Sara, Will, Faith and Amanda – and I loved seeing them all work together. I did guess the twist/bad guy at the end of the novel, but it didn’t take away from my experience at all.

Warning – minor spoilers: there was one sex scene between Will Trent and his wife, Angie, where it can be seen as rape. It was very uncomfortable to read as I did see it as rape (no means no). For those that are also uncomfortable with this, it’s best to skip this novel.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Love this series and can’t wait to read the next novel!

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Fractured (Will Trent #2) by Karin Slaughter

Fractured

With its gracious homes and tree-lined streets, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods. But in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands. 

Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is here only to do a political favor; the murder site belongs to the Atlanta police. But Trent soon sees something that the cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the shell-shocked mother. Within minutes, Trent is taking over the case — and adding another one to it. He is sure that another teenage girl is missing, and that a killer is on the loose.

Armed with only fleeting clues, teamed with a female cop who has her own personal reasons for hating him, Trent has enemies all around him — and a gnawing feeling that this case, which started in the best of homes, is cutting quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.

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Fractured is the second novel in the Will Trent series and features Will Trent, a detective in the GBI as well as his new partner Faith. The highlight in the novel is the characters. I enjoyed both Will and Faith and seeing them struggle as they go from individual detectives to partners. Both Will and Faith aren’t perfect and are flawed, but that’s what draws them to me.

The mystery was also really well done. Emma is a teenage girl who has gone missing after her best friend was found brutally murdered. I also enjoyed the scenes with Emma’s parents and how they each handled their grief in different ways. The mystery had multiple layers, which I enjoyed how Slaughter slowly peeled them away.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I’m so excited to read more novels in this series, which I have heard gets even better!

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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of Her

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

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I can’t believe I’m giving such a low rating to a Karin Slaughter novel, but honestly it just wasn’t a great read. It was dull all around!

The opening scene really grabbed my attention. Andrea and Laura were living their lives and then boom – a shooting at a mall and everything changes. Andrea sees a new side of her mother that she never knew existed.

The novel switches between past and present. Laura (mother) was the narrator in the past and Andrea (daughter) in the present. I couldn’t stand Andrea – so boring. For 31 years old, she was just so childish and never really spoke. My husband nicknamed her mopey. I did like past Laura, but I just couldn’t connect with her story line. It seemed so over the top and unrealistic.

The 2 stories did end up connecting, but I wasn’t a fan. I was expecting something crazy to happen and it never did. It always disappointing when you go into a novel with such high hopes and the novel doesn’t deliver.

I’m also confused on why Laura never told Andrea the truth. I can understand sheltering your child, but if that child (now an adult) is in danger, you may want to sit her down and tell her the truth.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. There are so many better Karin Slaughter novels out there – check out Pretty Girls or The Other Daughter!

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Beyond Reach (Grant County #6) by Karin Slaughter

2- Beyond Reach

Sara Linton–resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when her husband, Police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker detective Lena Adams has been arrested for murder and needs Sara’s help, she is not sure she can handle the pressure of it all. 

But soon Sara and Jeffery are sitting through evidence, peeling back the layers of a mystery that grows darker by the day–until an intricate web of betrayal and vengeance begins to unravel. And suddenly the lives of Sara, Lena, and Jeffery are hanging by the slenderest of threads.

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Oh Ms. Slaughter, I thought you were better than a cruel, almost cheap ending.

Beyond Reach is the final novel in the Grant County series and I’m sad that it didn’t live up to my high exceptions in this amazing series. In my opinion, I feel that this was the weakest novel in the series.

This novel is heavily focused on detective, Lena Adams, who is Slaughter’s most controversial character. I have such a love/hate relationship with Lena and of course that relationship continues in Beyond Reach.

Lena returns to her hometown and throughout the novel we are following Lena’s journey from 3 days earlier. In present day (3 days later), Jeffrey (the police chief and Lena’s boss) receives a call from the police saying that Lena has been arrested. Jeffrey and Sara go to get Lena and she is in really bad shape. They then have to piece together what happened in those 3 days.

I was annoyed that the novel didn’t take place in Grant County and didn’t feature the characters that I have grown to enjoy and love. There was a whole new cast of characters and I didn’t enjoy them as much, or care about them at all.

I found that the novel was just ok and then I got to the final chapter. I knew something was coming since my husband just finished the book before me and he told me that I had to read it ASAP so we could discuss. I’m not sure about how I feel about the ending. It wasn’t something that I expected, but it seemed to be so out of left field that I don’t understand why Slaughter did it.

For those who have finished the series, I would suggest going onto Slaughter’s blog and reading the letter to her fans about why she choose that ending, it helped me a bit to understand her actions – Beyond Reach – Spoiler Letter

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I’m sad that the final novel wasn’t what I was hoping for. I’m excited now to read the Will Trent series (which has characters from Grant County)!

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