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Undone: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

Undone: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Karin Slaughter

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Title:Undone: A Novel
Authors:Karin Slaughter
Info:Dell (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 592 pages
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Undone by Karin Slaughter (2009)



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It was quite good, but as it turns out to be several books along in a series I feel no urge to read the earlier ones... or any others to be honest. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
Hice algo que no debe hacerse jamas con una serie y empecé a leer desde el tercer libro . Tenía que continuar la historia de Sara Linton y me sentí demasiado impaciente y dolida , sino traumatizada por el final de su historia en Gran County y del odiado pero amado Jeffrey Tolliver ... Todavía no meentra en la cabeza que lo hayan matado asi como así!!

Me costo adaptarme a los nuevos personajes y a la nueva Sara-sin-Jeffrey pero una vez que lo conseguí (a casi mas de la mitad del libro) , me enganche con el clima de suspenso y la genialidad absoluta de Will Trent . Claramente , lo mejor que tiene es que es completamente opuesto a Jeffrey y eso es una muestra de la excelencia que posee Slaughter para crear personajes con personalidades propias (a pesar de que algunas de sus femeninas dejan mucho que desear) y distinguibles entre si . Todos los puntos de vista tienen sus características especificas y uno nunca se confunde sobre quien esta hablando .

El 3.5 que le doy esta directamente relacionado con mi propia nostalgia hacia los personajes de Gran County . De haber empezado directamente con Trent y Faith (y que maravillosa ella también , por cierto!) , probablemente mi puntuación seria mayor . ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
As much as I cursed Karin Slaughter for her ending of "Beyond Reach", I really enjoyed this book. She brings together her characters from "Triptych" and "Fractured" with the crazy Grant County folk and it was quite enjoyable. Considering how many "murder mysteries" are now on TV weekly, there really is no original story anymore so the other stuff has to be pretty good to keep my interest. Slaughter is not in the league of an Elizabeth George but entertaining none-the-less. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
As much as I cursed Karin Slaughter for her ending of "Beyond Reach", I really enjoyed this book. She brings together her characters from "Triptych" and "Fractured" with the crazy Grant County folk and it was quite enjoyable. Considering how many "murder mysteries" are now on TV weekly, there really is no original story anymore so the other stuff has to be pretty good to keep my interest. Slaughter is not in the league of an Elizabeth George but entertaining none-the-less. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
This is book #3 in Karin Slaughter's series about GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Agent Will Trent. As some others have already mentioned, it's certainly not necessary to have read the first two, but it would be helpful. I wanted to read these books in order, though I don't always do that. In my opinion, the first book in the series, Triptych was THE best one. I know that as of this writing there are a total of 5 in the Will Trent series. I'm not sure if I can do two more installments. I enjoyed this book; it wasn't bad, but it just wasn't AS good as the previous two. If this had been my first exposure to Karin, I would totally have given it five stars. But much of her appeal that hooked me in the first 2 books has started to wear me down.

This topic of this book is a bit gruesome and very descriptive as we were introduced to the brutal torture of several women who went missing. At first we're not certain if they abductions are related. Not only that, much of what they do know wasn't helpful and they kept going round and round in circles with the same clues. What made this a hard case was the fact that the women, though successful and well-off financially, didn't have many friends or family who cared if they were missing, Agent Trent is joined by his partner, Faith Mitchell (who became his partner in the previous book). In this book, Faith is dealing with some health issues, which not only affect her personally, they also threaten to ruin her working relationship with Will. Will, unfortunately, has dyslexia and is functionally illiterate on top of the fact that he's a bit strange/weird, but in a really nice way. He definitely doesn't fit the cop/agent stereotype. Ms. Slaughter made his issues much more pronounced in this book, compared to the first two. I'm honestly a bit tired of this particular issue and I'm beginning to wonder why he hasn't lost his job. He is also in a very, very dysfunctional relationship/marriage that continues to be a major weakness for him. I don't even want to spend any time on that subject. Not only that, he's a product of the state system, having been an abused orphan in a children's home his entire childhood. Those issues continue to haunt him, pretty much daily.

Add all of this to his very tenuous relationship with his boss (who berates him for being an 'idiot', but praises him at the same time because his instincts are so good) and we realize that the book is really more about everyone's personal issues. This book is the opposite of Triptych...where the first book focused almost 90% on the crime and the criminal, this one focuses more on the agents and their issues, not the solving of the crime. It made for a slow moving book towards the middle because you just wanted her to get on with it already! Also in this book is an ER doc named Sara who is a character from Ms. Slaughter's Grant county series. Sara became involved because one of the tortured women was brought into the ER while Sara was on duty. Sara's issues stem from having lost her cop husband in a really awful death...she hasn't completely healed or gotten over it. She left her life that she shared with him in Grant County (as a coroner and a pediatrician) so she could get a fresh start and forget about the grief. she interjects herself into the case and ends up being helpful providing little clues along the way. BUT, again. way too many personal issues. so very distracting.

The one thing I really like about Ms. Slaughter, is her ability to dissect an issue, causing you to get caught up in every detail, not realizing that she's taking you down a different path than the one you started on. She is so good at misdirection! In some cases, that would be an awesome attribute when it's about the crime. but not with this book. That attribute is what made Triptych a fast-moving and interesting read. But in Undone, I actually skipped a few pages because at one point Sara went on and on for several pages about what she liked about her deceased husband and how he made her feel and how perfect he was and how her life has changed and how she did this and that and this and that. Meanwhile, we've got two women tied up somewhere in a dark basement and it took Ms. Slaughter FOREVER to get back to them!

This book didn't need to be over 400 pages. But because she veered off and gave us way too much meandering, unnecessary text, we had to wade through pages and pages of fluff that didn't affect the outcome of the book at all. All it did was make me a bit reluctant to read books 4 and 5 in this series. Does Will every take care of his reading issues? Will Faith stop being so bossy and bitchy and finally get her life together?? Will Sara MOVE on with her life? Does Will finally kick his sleezy, slutty, user of a wife to the curb? WAY too much soap opera stuff and I'm scared to get caught up in the next two books if that's all it's going to be about. I'm not sure why this book was rated higher than Triptych. I think I'll take a break from Ms. Slaughter for a while. If you want to read a good one, get Triptych, #1 in the Will Trent series. Everything she writes after that just becomes bland. ( )
  louisianagirl91 | Sep 20, 2014 |
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They had been married forty years to the day and Judith still felt like she didn't know everything about her husband. (Prologue)
Sara Linton leaned back in her chair, mumbling a soft "Yes, Mama" into her cell phone. (Chapter One)
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In the trauma center of Atlanta’s busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city’s poor, wounded, and unlucky—and finds refuge from the tragedy that rocked her life in rural Grant County. Then, in one instant, Sara is thrust into a frantic police investigation, coming face-to-face with a tall driven detective and his quiet female partner…. In Undone, three unforgettable characters from Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels Faithless and Fractured collide for the first time, entering an electrifying race against the clock—and a duel with unspeakable human evil.

In the backwoods of suburban Atlanta, where Sara’s patient was found, local police have set up their investigation. But Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective Will Trent doesn’t wait for the go-ahead from his boss—he plunges through police lines, through the brooding woods, and single-handedly exposes a hidden house of horror buried beneath the earth. Then he finds another victim.…

Wresting the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell—a woman keeping explosive secrets of her own—are called into a related investigation. Another woman—a smart, upscale, independent young mother—has been snatched. For the two cops out on the hunt, for the doctor trying to bring her patient back to life, the truth hits like a hammer: the killer’s torture chamber has been found, but the killer is still at work.
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As Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents Faith Mitchell and Will Trent try to connect two murders to a hit-and-run victim, Atlanta physician Sara Linton becomes more involved in the investigation--an investigation which soon culminates in the hunt for a sadistic serial killer.… (more)

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