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Broken (The Will Trent Series)
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on 11 May 2018
It is more of a crime scene investigation procedure. Like watching a CIS episode on TV. Very procedural and well documented. A little tedious at times, which I tend to skip. But the story is engaging. The build up to the surprise twist when the killer is revealed is believable.

I like the way the writer paces out the plot. Even putting quite a portion of the book to build up the characters, to let readers know them better. I appreciate it a lot.

I get to know their feelings toward each other. That makes each character comes alive. Not just reading a book thinking that they are fictional. Each one appears so real.

After this second book by the author, I kinda like Will, the main protagonist. I get to know him better. Being a six footer and dyslexic, although he has not been properly diagnosed, he is intuitively sensitive and exceptionally intelligent.

I’m going to read more of this author’s work. I like it.
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on 3 November 2015
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.
However I am glad that I have come back to these books.
Sara Linton left Grant County after her husband was killed on the job. She has always blamed Lena Adams a young cop who according to Sara froze in dicey situations and led Jeffrey to his death.
Now, Sara has come back home for a break, home to her parents house and her sister who is just about to have a baby. On the first evening Frank the new Chief of Police and someone Sara has known all her life asks her to come to the station and look at a young boy, who has been arrested for attempted murder and won't stop crying. Sara goes and finds that the young boy has killed himself, after being charged with the murder of a girl friend, and attempted murder of a policeman whilst avoiding arrest.
However, not is what it seems, and when Sara calls in a favour from the Bureau Will Trent appears - is Lena truly guilty of everything she has been charged with by Sara, or are there other demons lurking in the closets of this small town?
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on 3 February 2012
Karin was brave in taking her series in a new direction with and then bringing two seemingly unrelated story threads (Sara and Will) together. "Broken" marks the second outing of this amalgamation.

All of our favourite characters feature in this book and all are given the chance to shine. Sara is still seething at Lena and does everything in her power to avoid her. Lena is still Lena, trying to do good but landing herself in trouble and Will Trent, well he is just placed bang in the middle of the whole situation and is trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

If I am honest, I was disappointed with the opening chapters of Broken. The prologue felt a bit to samey and predictable. Once the book got going though, it really got going. The dynamics between all of the characters feels fresh. Watching Will interact with both Sara and Lena is fascinating. Sara's hatred towards Lena, does not cloud his judgment and so we are treated to both sides of the fall out of their tragic story.

The story itself centres around the murder of a young college student supposedly at the hands of a retard young man. Inevitably, all is not as it seems though and the story that unfolds twists and turns more times than maggot on a fishing hook.

Will's interviewing techniques are always fascinating and Karin Slaughter does a nice job of portraying the parallels and discrepancies regarding his character and that of the immortal Jeffrey Tolliver.

The plot is tight and quite clever. Karin resists the urge to tell a story about your typical disturbed serial killer but instead focuses on the more realistic solving of some murders where the motivation for the crime makes sense.

The great thing about this book is that whilst all our favourites are present, Karin could have easily have just centred the book around them. Instead we are treated to all of the supporting characters attached to each character. Will is constantly talking to his heavily pregnant partner, Sara has her loveable sister and parents, and Lena has her boyfriend and the police force. Each time the book goes to each of this characters the pace doesn't let up and the story remains interesting as a result. Alongside this you have the residents of Grant Country all of which are well portrayed and interesting.

"Broken" then, continues Karin Slaughters excellent run of form. The lives of the characters are neatly wrapped up but there are some dangling cliff hangers to make you impatient for the next book. My rating: 8.9
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on 14 March 2017
Slaughter 's characters are so real that you become emotionally involved with each and every one. This 'episode' is no different, I was pulled and pushed this way and that through every page. Fast paced and exciting just like the preceding books, I just had to keep reading however late it got! Just want more now!!
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on 20 December 2011
This book starts with a girl thinking about suicide, but does she actually do it?
Within a few chapters i was gripped the story had a excellent plot to it and the suspence of the story was very dramatic.

This author has a fantastic way of making you feel involved in the story, it has you thinking about the clues and the possible suspects. I found the book's characters be be interesting and believeable, it was good to read from a angle the possiblities of not everyone in a place of authority is well behaved.

I would highly reccommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime/ thriller books.

Excellent i will deffinately be looking into this authors other books.
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on 23 September 2017
I love this series and although he is only a fictional character, you cannot help but fall in love with Will Trent. This series should be read in order although not doing so does not take anything from the story. A must read.
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on 15 December 2017
Yet another brilliant story from arguably the best out there.
Re read this after about 5 years, still as good as ever. Fantastic characters and storyline.
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on 9 September 2010
I love Karin Slaughter's books and this is yet another excellent one. The story starts with the suspicious death of a young girl and gradually weaves itself into something more complex as a young boy commits suicide and another is murdered. Slaughter's characters are 100% believable and you feel that she really knows them and cares about them, in spite of their faults and flaws. At times I felt Sara's hatred for Lena too one-tone, but with so much happening in the story-line, there was little space for shades of grey. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to be kept glued to their chair/sofa/bed.
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on 7 October 2013
i enjoy Karin Slaughters book and this one didn't disappoint me, it was good to read about the progression of her life since the death of her husband. I want the relationship to develop between her and Will Trent. Not as gritty as some of the books she has written but still enjoyable at the same time. i guessed who the killer was towards the end but kept reading to see if i was right. looking forward to reading another one
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on 19 September 2017
Another great book about will Trent and Sarah. Full of twists and the end wasn't at all without intrigue, slaughter is a good writer.
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