- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (23 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099509768
- ISBN-13: 978-0099509769
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Broken (Georgia) Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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With such tense novels as Blindsighted and Kisscut, Karin Slaughter has firmly positioned herself as one of the most capable exponents of the crime novel at work today – and certainly one of the most disturbing (a skill the author is clearly proud of). What's more, she ensures that each new book is subtly different from its predecessor, as her latest, Broken, demonstrates, with its innovative, edgy mix of tried and trusted elements. We are introduced once again to former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton, proving that the Jacobean taste for bloodshed and mystery is alive and well in contemporary USA.
A woman's corpse is discovered in the waters of Lake Grant, and a note is found which seems to point to suicide – but Sara Linton has never been a woman to settle for obvious solutions. The principal suspect in the case has requested – desperately -- to be able to speak to Sara -- but when she turns up at his cell in the local police station, the suspect, Tommy Braham (whom she had known as a boy), is unable to speak to her. Tommy is dead; he has been savagely beaten, and his wrists have been cut. Scrawled in blood on the cell wall is a poignant message: ‘Not me’. Sara, personally involved now, is distrustful of Lena Adams the detective in charge, so she gets in touch with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and asks (as she has done before) for the help of Special Agent Will Trent (Karin Slaughter readers will be well aware of the intriguing relationship between these two). The duo begins to suspect that a murderer enjoys the covert protection of the close-mouthed inhabitants of Grant County, who have fashioned a skein of non-communication. But, as the Bard observed, murder will out...
With so many writers tackling uncompromising material such as this (and Slaughter is nothing if not uncompromising), there is clearly a danger of over-familiarity for readers. But it’s a measure of the author’s skill that such notions are firmly banished, and Slaughter’s customary position at the top of the bestseller charts is well earned. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A gripping investigation into a brutal murder" (Woman and Home)
"A taut, terrifying plot … Guaranteed to keep you up reading all night long" (Stylist)
"Addictive . . . Slaughter is a terrific writer, and she keeps the emotional tension high throughout" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"This chilling mystery is just begging to be read in one sitting" (Cosmopolitan)
"Move over, Catherine Coulter - Slaughter may be today's top female suspense writer" (Library Journal)
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Top Customer Reviews
This book got off to a great start, and was enjoyable for the first few hundred pages. I find the characters of Sara Linton, Will Trent, Lena Adams all interesting and engaging. Added the that the story is for the most part real southern 'whodunnit'. However, as the story progressed, I felt the plot became a bit slow moving, and had lost its initial 'buzz'. Overall, I thought the book was fairly good, but could have been cut by at least fifty pages, without affecting the storyline.
Hence 'Don't start here', I eneded up redaing ahead and then back. Karin has a way of making me anguishingly annoyed at her 'heroes' whilst at the same time loving them and wanting the best for them, often in vain.
There is an honesty in her characters, who feel like real people and who drive the narrative rollercoaster on a background, albeit a prominent one, of some horrific and chilling crimes. This book is no exception but I can't give any details because I am afraid to give anything away.
There is much history between the two women and when the main suspect in the murder of Allison Spooner asks to see Sara she unwillingly becomes involved in the case.
Whilst this is a good mystery, I didn't really care for any of the characters, but it is a good story, well plotted with plenty of surprises.
Still, I have to admit that the structure worked very well in keeping up the tension, and in spite of all the reveals, the identity of the murderer was kept hidden to the end. Overall then, a very effective and well written story - all the more impressive since it's part of a series which I haven't read. There were many references to the considerable amount of background, but never-the-less this worked perfectly well as a stand-alone novel.
However, I'm only giving this four stars due to an unfortunate factual error. In the investigation, Agent Trent uses a Kastle-Meyer test on an apparent blood stain. With a negative result. The text informs us that the KM is a test for human blood, and later on it's suggested that the apparent blood stain came from a dog. This is a significant part of the plot development. The problem is, it's wrong. KM gives a positive reaction to any blood, human or animal (and can give false positives to other substances). I know this from personal experience and a brief on-line search confirmed it. Of course, for many people this would only be a minor point and not worth mentioning. But to me, it's disappointing to see writing of this quality let down by a failure in research, especially as the information is so easy to find.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok, but not her best. A nice touch heading back on Sara's past but would have expected a little more from KS.Published 11 days ago by deeval11
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, gripping storyline with many twists and turns. The final explanation was a little too drawn out for me. Otherwise, very good.Published 3 months ago by lizzie
Its been a while since i picked upa Karin Slaughter book because you get fed up of the same kind of tales from so many good authors. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rattyratbag