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Genesis [Hardcover]

Karin Slaughter
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25 Jun 2009
Someone had spent time with her – someone well-practised in the art of pain... Three and a half years ago former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror. The woman has been hit by a car but, naked and brutalised, it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind. When Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Investigation Team returns to the scene of the accident, he stumbles on a torture chamber buried deep beneath the earth. And this hidden house of horror reveals a ghastly truth – Sara’s patient is just the first victim of a sick, sadistic killer. Wrestling the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner Faith Mitchell find themselves at the centre of a grisly murder hunt. And Sara, Will and Faith – each with their own wounds and their own secrets – are the only thing that stands between a madman and his next crime…

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Century; UK First Edition; 1st printing. edition (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846052025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846052026
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing short stories and novels since she was a child. She is the author of the international bestselling Grant County and Atlanta novels, the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like A Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.

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Even those who know Karin Slaughter’s books only by reputation are aware of her pole position in the realm of tough and persuasive crime thrillers. In Genesis we are again in the company of medical examiner Sara Linton, who several years previously had left Grant County for Atlanta to heal the psychological wounds of her troubled past. Holding down a job in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital, she is slowly finding a kind of equilibrium again. But then a seriously wounded young woman is delivered to the hospital, and Sara finds herself once again in a familiar world of brutality and evil. Although the young women is the victim of a car accident, it’s evident that she has also been at the mercy of a sadistic killer. Working on the case is Will Trent, an agent of the Criminal Investigation Team, and at the scene of the accident, he discovers a grim subterranean secret: a room laid out like a torture chamber with instruments of mutilation. And the psychotic individual responsible will soon be plying his grisly trade again, unless Sara Linton and Will Trent can assume responsibility for the investigation (the local police chief being unable to cope). The clock is ticking…

This is Karin Slaughter firing on all cylinders – showing, as ever, that she would never be happy trading on past glories. Each new book represents a move forward for her, and Genesis pushes all the right buttons. Particularly impressive here (along with the customarily compelling and gruesome narrative) is the foregrounding of the emotional problems of both protagonists, handled with real assurance. --Barry Forshaw


"Without doubt an accomplished, compelling and complex tale, with page-turning power aplenty" (Daily Express)

"Slaughter's plotting is relentless, piling on surprises and twists ... A good read that should come with a psychological health warning" (Guardian)

"Criminally spectacular" (OK!)

"It's beautifully paced, appropriately grisly, and terrifyingly plausible. Who says there's anything peaceful and quiet about small-town America" (Time Out)

"Brilliantly chilling" (heat) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent cross-over and a fantastic thriller 15 July 2009
GENESIS by Karin Slaughter is a cross-over of her two series - the first being her most known Grant County series starring Sara Linton, the other being the more recent series featuring Will Trent and Faith Mitchell. The story is based in Atlanta where Sara has moved to since the death of her husband three and a half years ago. Women have been kidnapped and brutally tortured before being found either in critical condition or dead. Will and Faith are on the case with the help of Sara to find one of the most vicious and sadistic serial killers that they have ever came across. Two women have been found so far but two more that they know of are now missing so it is a race against time to find them.

If you're a fan of either or both of Slaughter's series (like myself) then there is no doubt at all that you are going to love this book. It is more focussed on Will and Faith than Sara (she isn't in it as much as in the Grant County books) so if you are familiar with TRIPTYCH and FRACTURED it helps but is not essential. The relationship between Will and Faith feels very natural and realistic with regards to how they speak and act around one another, however their relationship with Sara does feel a little forced at times. The case is very graphic and can be quite dark and disturbing for the most part (think in the style of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS). There's quite a few suspects that could be the killer so it will keep you guessing and changing your mind the whole way through. It also gives us small chapters now and again from the perspective of the victims which tells us their fears and emotional trauma that they are going through, which just adds to the disturbing content.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonably good thriller 1 April 2010
By J.Flood
A woman runs out of the woods and is knocked down by a passing car. When the cars occupants get out of the vehicle to help the woman, they discover that she has a lot more injuries, than from being hit by the car. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, Will Trent arrives at the scene, and he uncovers a man made chamber in the woods, were the woman hed been held captive. It appears, she is not the only person to have been kept in the chamber.

I thought this novel got off to a great start, and was riveting for the first 100 pages or so, as the scene is set. However, like it's predecessor, Fractured, I thought the pace of the story slowed down considerably in the middle part of the book, as Will and his partner Faith piece together their case, with the help of Dr. Sara Linton, (who readers may be familiar with from the 'Grant County' series of novels by this author).

The story does pick up though, towards the end and I thought it was a fairly good book, but very gruesome in places.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By susan
Unlike other reviewers I hadn't read previous Karin Slaughter books (although I definitely will from now), and didn't feel disadvantaged at meeting the already established trio of Sara, Will and Faith for the first time in this fast-paced search for a serial killer. So much is standard American sub-genre, but Slaughter adds value with decent characterisation, not only of the detective duo Will and Faith and medic Sara as they struggle with their own defects along with the hunt for a maniac, but also some of the unusual victims. The plotting is slick (although I also found the ending a tad hastily contrived) and exciting. A good read for fans of this genre.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in favour 7 Oct 2009
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I have purchased and read every book that Karin Slaughter has written She started off just great but after the first few books I was feeling 'let down' and had decided not to buy any more of her books as I felt they were becoming just like any other Amazon offered Genesis at a special discounted price so I half heartedly decided to give the author one more try I am so pleased that I did I enjoyed this book much more than the ones that preceded it though I do not think she will ever be able to recapture the originality of the first few
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slaughter back on form 9 July 2009
After reading the last few Grant County books I was feeling that they had lost their edge, while the Will Trent books where much better. This book brings the main characters from the two series together and is Slaughter back to her best.
The story follows Will Trent trying to find a kidnapper/murderer and when one of the victim's ends up in Sara's hospital she becomes some what involved in the case.
My only comment would be that the ending was too fast; it seemed to hand the killer on a plate with no real detective work being done. Having said that though it was a really enjoyable book and is worth giving a read whether you are a follower of the other books or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 18 Nov 2013
By Phoenix
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I always figure it out just before the characters do but it's some ride to be on, suspenseful and exhilarating! What does the letter say though can't wait to start the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis 14 Nov 2013
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Full of suspense. A real page tuner.
Could not put it down. A must read from one of the world's best suspense writers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 Oct 2013
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Enjoyable read I would read another one of her books. Bit scary as it could be true. Keep on writing
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Great book, couldn't put it down, on to the next one now. Would definitely recommend, Also the Atlanta series .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great read..!!
Karin Slaughter is a class act when it comes to crime fiction!
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Karin slaughter just keeps on gettin better! Lookin forward 2 the next book in the series 'broken'. Wud highly recommend karin's books.
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