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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Meeting Karin Slaughter and Alafair Burke!!!

Last night, I got to attend an author talk and book signing featuring Karin Slaughter and Alafair Burke!! Yes, KARIN SLAUGHTER!! If you are new to my blog, I love Karin Slaughter! She is one of my favourite authors, she takes a mystery and then takes it one step further (mostly in a creepy and disturbing way).

A few weeks ago, as soon as I heard about the event I quickly bought tickets for both my husband, Kevin, and I! Kevin is a bit of a reader and he really enjoys Karin Slaughter novels! We made a pact that we could only read her books together, so currently he is in the middle of Faithless, which I read 2 weeks ago (my review – Faithless (Grant County #5) by Karin Slaughter).

The event was held in Uxbridge, which is a small town about 1 hour north of Toronto. I was surprised that the event was held there, but it ended up being a small crowd, which I loved. Blue Heron Books held the event and they were such an amazing host. Tickets were $25 and each ticket comes with a $20 voucher to the book store. It was such an amazing deal!

I brought these books and also got a free bookmark!

I think I’ve mentioned Karin Slaughter to you enough, so I want to spend a minute talking about Alafair Burke. She is the daughter of best selling author, James Lee Burke, and has written 16 books, including a series with Mary Higgins Clark. I really enjoy her books and would highly recommend her newest book The Wife and her Ellie Hatcher series (starting with Dead Connection).

The book talk portion of the evening was lead by Deborah Dundas who is the Book Review Editor for The Toronto Star. She asked both authors lots of insightful questions and then opened the floor up for other questions. Both authors seemed to be at ease and happy to answer questions. Slaughter is super quick on her feet with witty comments.

Some highlights:

  • Slaughter writes in 2 weeks periods at her cabin which is a hour away from her home in Atlanta. I wonder how creepy this cabin is…
  • In Burke’s collaborations with Mary Higgins Clark, before they write a word, they spend a few hours together talking about the different characters. The book is driven more by the characters than the story. This is different than how Burke writes on her own (more story focused).
  • Slaughter’s favourite book of hers is The Good Daughter and her favourite Burke novel is 212 (Ellie Hatcher #3).
  • Burke’s favourite book of hers is The Wife and her favourite Slaughter novel is The Good Daughter.

Alafair Burke (L), Karin Slaughter (centre), and Deborah Dundas (R). 

Next was the book signing! I brought a bunch of books from home that the authors happily signed. The authors were very nice and engaged in conversations during the book signings! Kevin mentioned to Slaughter that he was in the middle of Faithless and he was rooting for Sara and Jeffrey!

My signed copies of The Wife and Pretty Girls!

Kevin and I with Karin Slaughter!

Well that was my first book event and I really enjoyed it! I liked how the event was held in a smaller store since it had a more intimate feeling and there wasn’t a big line when meeting the authors. I loved that part of my ticket went towards buying more books to add to my collection. Great job Blue Heron Books!

Have you been to any book events/author signings? Which author would you love to meet? 

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Faithless (Grant County #5) by Karin Slaughter

Faithless

Not only was this an awesome book, but it only cost $1!

I’m so sad that I only have 1 book left in the Grant County series. However, it is nice to know that the characters (Sara, Jeffrey and Lena) in the Grant County will appearance in the Will Trent series (Slaughter’s other series).

The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods–then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty young woman. For them, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of life into the case.

For as Jeffrey and Sara move further down a trail of shocking surprises and hidden passions, neither is prepared for the most stunning discovery of all: the identity of a killer who is more evil and dangerous than anyone could have guessed.

There are lots of murders in this small town in Georgia. In this novel, a young woman is discovered murdered in the woods and Sara (medical examiner and local pediatrician) and Jeffrey (police chief) have to start from ground zero, including finding out who the woman is.

Once they have identified the woman, the case is just gets started. The family always get looked at first and this family is a doozie. From their lifestyle to their relationships with one another, there are a lot of family secrets! I really enjoyed the mystery and there is a very dramatic showdown at the end of the novel!

Faithless is entertaining from the beginning to the end. I liked how Lena (one of the town’s detectives) seems to be moving forward with her life, instead of backwards like in the previous novels. I really like the relationship between her and Nan.

I also really love Sara and Jeffrey and their relationship. They work so well together and I hope that they are able to put their past behind them and move forward. Similar to Lena, there are positive steps happening!

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Love this series and all the characters! Doesn’t get the full 5 because I enjoyed the last novel (Indelible) a bit more.

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