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Fractured by Karin Slaughter

Fractured (2008)

by Karin Slaughter

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Series: Will Trent (2)

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Sometimes, all you could do was pray for the strength to carry on.

A very fitting quote that applies well to the entire scope of Fractured. This book is INTENSE. The action and suspense starts immediately and doesn't let up as a family clings to the tiniest glimmer of hope that their daughter will be found alive. The book begins with a tragic crime in the Campano home. Right away there are twists in the plot and shocking surprises I never imagined. The emotion radiated off the pages, amping up the suspense, the anxiety of the family, the frustration of Detective Will Trent and other law enforcement personnel, etc.

Karin Slaughter really shines when it comes to writing crime drama from the law enforcement perspective and I think it's because her characters always give it that extra edge. She doesn't know how to write a cookie cutter character. Be it a villain, a hero, or just a one scene witness, he/she will be as complex, emotional, and thought provoking as possible. This is why I keep returning to her books.

Fractured is the second book in the Will Trent series and so far, I'm deeply intrigued by his mysterious personality. We're given a glimpse into his childhood and gain a little more understanding as to why he seems so broken and lonely. I really like his investigative style and his eye for detail. He picks up on clues at the scene that might not stand out to others, but yet he struggles with a learning disability that he's hiding from his superiors. He's walking a constant tight rope as far as his job is concerned and this time, the life of a 17-year-old girl hangs in the balance. I also enjoyed getting to know Amanda and hope that we will see her work with Trent again in future books. She's another character with multiple layers to explore.

I've mentioned before that these books aren't for everyone. The violence is graphic and the subject matter is definitely adult: issues dealing with teenage sex, sexual exploitation of a minor, rape, and other violence. As always, theses tough issues are realistic and not just thrown in for shock value.

I'll be moving on to book three! ( )
  Becky_McKenna | May 4, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
Book Description
1CBreathless tension! 1D raved the San Francisco Chronicle. 1COne of [the year 19s] most remarkable achievements, 1D crowed the Philadelphia Inquirer. Karin Slaughter dazzled readers and critics alike with Triptych, her New York Times bestselling suspense novel set in metropolitan Atlanta. Now the #1 internationally bestselling author returns to the damaged landscape she knows so well in a bold new novel 14at once a powder keg of suspense, a gritty portrait of a cop 19s life, and a searing exploration of a shocking crime and its aftermath 26

With its gracious homes and tree-lined streets, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta 19s most desirable neighborhoods. But in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager 19s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter 19s 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 14and 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 14and 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.

My Review
This was a fast-paced read with lots of suspense. It had well-developed plot and characters. It was very well written and leaves you wanting to learn more about Will. I 19m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Undone.
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  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Fractured by Karin Slaughter (Will Trent Series #2), is another intense crime thriller set in Ansley Park, an upscale neighborhood of Atlanta, a teenage girl murdered, and another is kidnapped and missing.

A case of mistaken identity, when the girl murdered is not the girl who lives in this upscale home. Affluent Atlanta housewife, Abigail Campano, arrives home to find a man standing over the corpse of a teenage girl she thinks is her daughter. She kills him in a blind rage, but learns later that he and the dead girl were friends of her daughter, who has been kidnapped.

To further complicate, Will grew up with Emma’s dad, Paul. Paul dislikes Will since they were orphans. He does not want Trent in his house, much less investigating the case. He is accustomed to getting his own way, as wealthy and throws money and possessions out to his daughter to the point of being out of control. His marriage is also rocky and Abigail wants Trent involved to get to the bottom of the crime.

Atlanta Homicide Detective Faith Mitchell has been temporarily transferred to Trent’s partner. She is not so thrilled with this assignment. Trent has been given the assignment of uncovering corruption in the Atlanta police department. Ten officers were fired, and Mitchell’s mother was forced to take retirement since she was involved in the takedown.

Detective Will Trent (GBI) and APD Faith Mitchell are assigned to the case to find Emma. (the rich girl who is missing). Throughout the book, readers get an inside look into the relationships of the characters, making the suspense high for an engaging and satisfying read.

Having read all the Will Trent series, I am now playing catch up this evening writing all my reviews. Karin has a unique writing style with in depth police procedural, well-developed characters, detailed information of Atlanta, and up close and personal with insights into each personality—connecting with the reader on all levels.

I listened to the audiobook and Phil Gigante did ok; however, I prefer Kathleen Early (narrator of her latest releases).

Read them all – you will not be disappointed - Love Will Trent!!
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  JudithDCollins | Nov 26, 2014 |
A good crime book with a good story. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
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Slaughter, Karinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berr, KlausTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gigante, PhilReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kolehmainen, AnnukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenting, InekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petri, NinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sørensen, Henrik EnemarkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most upscale neighborhoods—but in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her 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 one of the first on the scene. Trent soon sees something that the Atlanta cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the stunned mother. When another teenage girl goes missing, Trent knows that this case, which started in the best of homes, is about to cut quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.

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Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation takes on the case of a girl who has been savagely murdered in one of Atlanta's most desirable neighborhoods.

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