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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Century; UK First Edition; 1st printing. edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846052025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846052026
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.4 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,978 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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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By J.Flood on 1 April 2010
Format: Paperback
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 Knight Templar on 2 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Most writers give their detectives a quirk, to make them memorable or seem a bit interesting. This book teams a pair of early middle aged detectives, neither of whom would normally even get a decent job in law enforcement, let alone the State Bureau of Investigation.

First - the male detective. He is unnaturally tall, wears a three piece suit and drives a Porsche. He is virtually illiterate and is dyslexic. He cannot tell his left from his right and cannot understand directions. He is an orphan who married a girl from his orphanage. She turns up once every six months for a day of torrid sex before disappearing again. He has a mobile phone that is falling to pieces. It's held together by duct tape and bits of wire. He is almost colour blind and has to set his screens to strange colour combinations so that he has more of a chance of deciphering messages. But as a good point, he is strong and very brave.

The female detective was a teenage mother who is suffering from an insulin deficiency that causes her to faint, go crazy, lose control and be unable to think clearly. She is also pregnant and has brief affairs with very unsuitable partners. Being diabetic you would think she would always have a handy supply of insulin with her. Not so! With their confused private lives, it is unthinkable that this pair of detectives could catch the very clever serial killer who abducts and tortures women victims. They stumble upon the solution in the end, rather than deduce the culprit.

Now this is a cracking read - an enjoyable book. You just have to seriously suspend reality to believe this pair of detectives could find the thief of a library book, let alone the brilliant serial abductor of women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Set 3 years after the death of Jeffrey Tolliver and soon after the end of `Fractured', this intriguing book finally brings together the characters that have appeared in Karin Slaughter's other books; making it a `must read' for all her fans!

A naked woman runs into the road in front of a car, and it soon becomes clear that she has been the victim of a twisted and violent person. She has been tortured in ways that are unimaginable. She is rushed to Atlanta's Grady hospital, where she is treated by Sara Linton - only recovering consciousness for long enough to reveal her name - Anna.

Coincidentally, Sara has just finished treating Special Agent Faith Mitchell (`Triptych' and `Fractured'), who was brought in by her partner, Will Trent after fainting. Will quickly responds to the situation and sets off to find out what has happened. Before long, he stumbles on a torture chamber underground and with it comes the realisation that she was not alone. There was another victim too!
There is plenty of evidence that these women were prey to a sick, sadistic killer and, when two other women go missing, it is clear that they don't have long to solve the crime. Faith and Will work hard to solve the mystery, and Sara joins, providing invaluable information in many places.

Twists and turns finally lead us to the murderer - and a huge surprise.

An enjoyable book that brings the key characters from her other books together for the first time, this book is well worth adding to your holiday reading pile.
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