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Publisher's Summary

After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor. Now it's up to Will Trent, an agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, to pick up the pieces before they completely fall apart.
Thus begins this shattering thriller from one of the genre's undisputed masters, guaranteed to hold listeners in its twisted thrall.
©2008 Karin Slaughter (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Heartpounding....Raw energy...[plus] a pair of complex and deeply flawed heroes, will leave readers clamouring for the next installment." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 07-28-13

Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work

Another solid story from this wonderful author. Not a home run, but a double at least!

My grandmother was a house mother at an Orphanage in SC and my sister and I spent a week every summer there. For Will Trent, the stigma and experiences of growing up an orphan in various foster homes and a children's home both shape and haunt him. It's an extremely accurate work of fiction.

Equally fascinating is Trent's dyslexia, how it hinders and helps him as an investigator. Slaughter does a great job with this throughout the entire series.

The mystery here revolves around the murder of two young adults and the kidnapping of another girl. The police have to find her before she is killed. This is where Slaughter is masterful. She knows how procedure and the law work for criminals and against victims.

Phil Gigante does a good job on narration. At first his tone grated on me, but in the end I was completely engrossed in the story, a certain sign of great writing and great narration.

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26 of 27 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 07-08-18

Book 2 in Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series!

Georgia based writer Karin Slaughter is among the best, if not the best, of modern US crime novel authors. She is best known for her Will Trent series and her Grant County/Sara Linton series, but she has has also released several standalone novels. (There is also The Good Daughter series which she recently started). I read the first six Will Trent novels in printed book format before moving to audio format. I've decided to complete my collection of Slaughter's audio books and am starting with FRACTURED. Triptych, the first novel in the series, introduces GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) agent Will Trent and deals with two women in his life one of whom is his GBI boss Amanda Wagner. The other woman is Atlanta cop Angie Polaski who grew up with Will in the orphan system. Angie, three years older than Will, has her own unique brand of evil, but she also has a strange ability to control him. FRACTURED introduces a third woman into Will's life; her name is Faith Mitchall and at the end of the the novel she moves from the Atlanta police department to the GBI to become Will's long term GBI partner. Dr. Sara Linton, the protagonist of the Grant County series, later in the Will Trent series becomes Will's life partner.

Karin Slaughter is a great storyteller, but she excels more so at character development.

Kathleen Early has narrated all of Slaughter's novels released in audio format since 2012. It now appears Slaughter plans to have all novels narrated by others re-released with Kathleen Early narrating. Phil Gigante narrated FRACTURED.

As I have stated in other reviews of Karin Slaughter's novels, if she is the author I will purchase and listen to it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND all of Karin Slaughter's novels. (Note: she has also released several short stories which I do not recommend.)

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