Jul 182013
 

Unseen: (Will Trent / Atlanta series 4) Karin Slaughter does it again!  I could be mean and leave it there… but I won’t.

Unseen is the seventh full length book in the Will Trent series and her fourteenth overall.  With every new book comes the slight fear that this one won’t be up to her usual standard, as it’s something I do see in authors of long running series.  Happily, right from the first chapter, I knew that this wasn’t going to be the case and it continually amazes me that she manages to produce such high quality stories time and time again.

In this story, Slaughter really put me through the wringer.  It’s cleverly written in a way that draws you in and there are some sections that are ‘a few days earlier‘ which could have been annoying, but actually it added some depth to what was going on with one of the characters.  She doesn’t hold back on the darker sides of life nor the realities that, if we are lucky, we never have to experience.  I get the feeling though that she hits these accurately and I can only imagine that the research involved must have been extremely harrowing.

Will Trent, Sara Linton and Lena Adams are without a doubt three of my most favourite characters.  Flawed, strong, stubborn and broken, they have all been through so much and are still (mostly) standing.  There is quite a lot of character progression in Unseen which I was overjoyed about, but also there was proof that even the nicest of people have their breaking point.  The end of the book left me with a huge feeling of satisfaction but the details of why, I’m afraid you are going to have to find out for yourself ;)

The pace of the story was good and coupled with a compelling and shocking plot, it meant I didn’t want to put the book down.

Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime writers out there in my opinion and her brand of gritty, exciting, intriguing and often horrific storytelling with superb characterisations means that she is an author I recommend time and time again.

So, if you haven’t read anything by her yet, go and start now with Blindsighted from the Grant County Series!  I won’t wait though, as you have a lot to catch up on ;)

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Karin Slaughter
  • Series: WIll Trent (7)
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Jun 212012
 

Criminal: (Will Trent / Atlanta series 3) I think I was hooked on Karin Slaughter right from her very first book.  She has the ability to create scenarios that contain the worst and the best of people, characters that you either love or hate, even when you perhaps shouldn’t.  As with any long standing series, it can become stale and repetitive yet Slaughter manages to avoid that trap, unafraid to say goodbye to major and much loved characters because it makes sense in the story rather than using a get-out clause that make some characters seem invulnerable.

Criminal is a story told in two time periods and is a very personal one to Will Trent.  His history with Amanda Wagner has always been confusing to him (and the reader), and finally, we have the answer!

We see Amanda as a fresh faced young woman, in a time when women were expected to marry and stay at home, not become police officers.  The attitudes of the time were appalling but it really gave you an insight into what makes her tick and why she is how she is now.  As a character I really disliked up until now, it was a surprising turnaround for me.

Will is really at a crisis point, in a relationship with Sara Linton but still unable to open up, to let her into his past, one that he doesn’t even understand himself until events start unravelling and he has no choice but to follow.

Sara is as likeable as ever, strong and determined but with her own flaws.  She dealt with many of them in past books so while her presence wasn’t at the fore in this story, it was a necessary one.

The pace, as always in a Slaughter book, is unrelenting but the switch between the different time periods provided a much welcome pause for breath.  Criminal’s plot is thoroughly enjoyable and I was on the edge of my seat wondering if Amanda could solve the current case, and if everyone would be able to deal with the outfall.  Tense stuff!

I admire Karin Slaughter’s writing ability a great deal, her books are easy to read and understandable but with no lessening of impact or shock in core scenes.  She conjures up crime scenes that give me a visceral reaction and once I start reading, I can’t stop. Criminal was no exception and a brilliant addition to the series.  I just want more, and given the last page, it’s going to be another gripping book!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Sep 152011
 

I always expect great things from a Karin Slaughter novel.  She raises the bar with every book she writes and Fallen is no exception.  Right from the first chapter I was drawn in and if life had allowed it, I would have read it in one sitting.

The majority of the story takes place in just three days and every one of them is nail biting, on the edge of your seat and utterly gripping.

It was great to see Faith Mitchell back in action again after she took an amusing but back seat role in Broken due to having a baby.  Being a mother again has definitely increased her ferocity!  Will Trent is another character who I just can’t get enough of, he’s such a wonderful mix of quiet confidence, capability and vulnerability.  Karin always developes her characters so naturally over time, and after showing signs of coming out of his shell in Broken, Will continues to improve in leaps and bounds in Fallen.  The change in him is partly due to my favourite doctor, Sara Linton who I hope Karin adds as a permanent member of the cast in this series.  The attraction between Sara and Will is undeniable now and so sweet for many reasons.  With Grant County now behind her she continues to build her life in Atlanta.

In my opinion it is a major feat bringing two such distinct series together and has been a painful pleasure to read and watch it happen.  As the Grant County series started to draw to a close and the cast of the other started to merge with it.  It’s a testament to Karin Slaughter’s powerful writing that out of the ashes, we now have a new one, a blending of both.

The plot itself is amazingly intricate and extremely clever.  The crime is against Faith Mitchell’s own family and secrets that have been kept for nineteen years start to emerge.  I love how the book was like one big puzzle with the pieces almost fitting together, only to find you have pieces that don’t belong or are missing a few others.  By the time the missing pieces were found, I don’t think I had any nails left!

I’m sure there were hints along the way as to what was really going on but I was willingly led into trying to get those odd pieces to fit.  Karin did the reveal really well and the eventual outcome hadn’t even crossed my mind but made complete sense in the end.

I can’t finish without touching on the Will/Crazy Angie subject.  Trying not to use spoilers, a lot happens there, even with everything else going on and I wanted to cheer when he makes his decision.  I’m sure there will be a lot of fallout in the next book but wow, the end of the book made me cry!

Karin Slaughter is without doubt one of the greatest Crime authors around at the moment and you will really miss out if you don’t read Fallen.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Jun 292011
 

Sara Linton returns home to spend Thanksgiving with her family.  What should have been a peaceful time is interrupted when the body of a student is discovered in the lake.  But was it suicide… or murder?  Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is sent in to investigate and finds more than he bargained for with Lena Michaels, the local Police department and what appears to be a massive cover up of mistakes.

The Grant County series comes to a thrilling end!

As sad as I am to see the series come to an end, it was fitting and very well done.  A natural closure that was organic and left on a sombre but hopeful note.

I fell in love with the characters right from their dramatic entrance in Blindsighted, the first book in the series.  With Broken at the other end of it and with so much having happened over the course of ten books, this seems like the perfect place to leave it. I think Karin Slaughter hit it just right.

I can’t think of a better testament to a writer that a character can still be missed, three books on.  The character leaves a gap, not only because of the others that were left, but also because they were so well crafted, they became real to your mind.  It’s more poignant and true to life that the loss is still felt and the anger and sorrow almost tangible.

Broken is so much more than a crime novel.  It’s also a story about people who have been through hell and back and are still standing, even if at a slightly wonky angle.  It was wonderful to see both Sara and Lena again, but equally painful to see they are both still hurting.  Sara’s attitude towards Lena was totally understandable even if it felt wrong and Lena’s attitude towards herself was no surprise.  I did love how much she grew through this final book, to finally own up to herself.

Will Trent from the Atlanta GBI was a great addition to the cast and while it’s not the first time he and Sara have crossed paths, it was the first time for him in Grant County.  It amused me that his partner Faith Mitchell helped out from the end of the phone while she counted down the hours until she had a caesarian.  Will being so uncomfortable every time she talked about the procedure or gave too much information about her pregnancy was the much needed lighter counterpoint to the grimness of the crime.

The case itself was quite convoluted with a few things not adding up until later in the book, when there were a series of dawning realisations.  Again a testament to the way Slaughter writes.  She isn’t afraid to be gritty, realistic and shocking and in my opinion, that is what makes her so good.

The pace was good, the majority of the book taking place in only three days.  My only minor complaint is that it felt slightly unbalanced, as if the book focused more on the characters than the crime.  Having said that, I still feel as if it was the perfect way to end this series and lay the groundwork for the next.

Not reading this book, and in fact the entire series, would be a crime!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Jul 152009
 

On a stormy night in Atlanta, Georgia, a naked woman stumbles into the road and is hit by a passing car.  It’s clear her injuries aren’t all from the accident and at the hospital, Dr Sara Linton examines her and is horrified to find evidence of brutal torture.  Agents Will Trent and Faith Mitchell from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) are assigned the case, with the local police being unhappy and obstructive.  On a search of the area, they are shocked to find another body in a nearby tree.  When other women go missing, matching the profile of the first victims, they realise they have a serial killer on their hands and it becomes a race against time to find them before they can be subjected to the same horrific brutality as the first victims.

I was both sad and excited when I started Genesis.  It was great to meet Sara Linton again but I did have some reservations. After Sara’s tragic loss, would she still be the same compassioniate, sweet natured and feisty woman we used to know and love?  I loved that GBI Agents Will Trent and Faith Mitchell were teamed up in this book as well, two characters who I enjoy very much.  Your heart can’t help but go out to Will and you love Faith and get exasperated by her in equal measure.  They make a formidable threesome, and while they weren’t strictly working with Sara on the case, she was the doctor caring for ‘Anna’ so had a lot of input and admits she missed working cases as she did when she was the M.E. in Grant County.  I’ve missed that side of Sara too.

I have to admit that after Skin Privilege, I wondered if Karin Slaughter had shot herself in the foot.  Even though it was a fantastic book, it was a brave and risky move to kill off one of her major and much loved characters.  I wondered if we would ever see Sara Linton again, so when I heard Genesis was being released I was ready to reserve judgement and see what would be made of it.

I should have trusted that Karin Slaughter knew what she was doing and has again produced a brilliant book with strong characters all with their own inner demons, fighting against the depths of human depravity.  With flair, a clean and crisp writing style that is so easy to read, and a plot that keeps you turning the page, hoping that they will all make it through, the book delivers an exciting read.

The only negative thing  I have to say about Genesis is the ending felt a little flat but I’m going to trust Karin Slaughter this time and hope it leads into another book because I really would like to see Sara Linton, Will Trent and Faith Mitchell in the same book again, they make for an explosive mix.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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