Saturday, March 30, 2013

Book Review: Broken by Karin Slaughter

On the jacket:

Karin Slaughter’s internationally bestselling novels are as notable for their vivid portraits of lives shadowed by loss and heartbreak as they are for their dramatic criminal investigations. Her latest offering features the return of her most compelling characters and introduces memorable new ones in a tale of corruption, murder, and confrontation that will leave more than one life . . . 
When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.

While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets—and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

Spellbinding and keenly paced, Broken is Karin Slaughter at her best. Here is an unforgettable story of raw emotions, dangerous assumptions, the deadly and layered game of betrayal, and a man’s determination to expose the most painful of human truths—no matter how deeply they’re hidden . . . or how devastating.


This is my first read of the Will Trent series by author Karin Slaughter and I have to confess, I am hooked. No what we would call racy but Broken is a typical mystery where every page read leaves you curiouser and curiouser. The fact that the plot was set in a very small town made it a little slow at times, but the plot was kept tight throughout.

A young girl being murdered, with a shady looking suicide note left behind. A slow kid, the girl's landlord's son is charged of her murder, but the loophole here is that he is too unsmart to plan a murder. He kills himself in lock-up when he simply couldn't prove his innocence. The cops have arrested the wrong killer and the real culprit is out, roaming free. Another murder happens. A brutal murder.

Between solving the murders and trying to get a confession out of the cops, Will Trent, who has come down to investigate the crimes, meets the previous chief's widow, Sara.

All in all, human emotions, entwined with a nail-biting mystery, Broken is the kind of book which you would want to finish in one go.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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