Thursday, June 30, 2011

ARC Review: Fallen: A Novel [Hardcover]

I've finished "Fallen" the 3rd book in her Georgia series by Karin Slaughter.

Product Description

There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her mother . . . .

“You know what we’re here for. Hand it over, and we’ll let her go.”

When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions, not enough answers. To find her mother, she’ll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and they’ll both need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton. But Faith isn’t just a cop anymore — she’s a witness. She’s also a suspect.

The thin blue line hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light — or bury it forever. 

Karin Slaughter’s most exhilarating novel yet is a thrilling journey through the heart and soul, where the personal and the criminal collide, and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives. It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game, and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense.

Product Details
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345528204
ISBN-13: 978-0345528209

My Review:

Storyline:  GBI Investigator Faith Mitchell arrives at her mother's house after work to pick up her baby daughter, only to find her daughter locked in the tool shed, her mother missing, and several gang members occupying her mother's house which turns into a bloody battlefield. Faith's formidable boss, Amanda Wagner, arrives and butts head with the Atlanta Police Department over jurisdiction which was a hoot. Amanda and Will pursue their investigation, as do the Atlanta Police Department and Faith tries to pursue her own investigation and find her mother while keeping her son and daughter safe.

Also it showcases Will Trent's early years when he investigated Faith's mother for corruption and arrested many of the men in her squad. The book also deals with an abundance of former police officers who have been or still are imprisoned and a group of gang members. As usual Amanda knows more than she's telling but she  suffocates Will more than usual under her manipulation of him and the people around him.
Characters:  Angie is quite the monster in this book because she taunts Sara that Will wouldn't hurt himself like he did for her.  All the characters are well written and you learn some things about Faith's mother.

Romance: I really enjoy the romance between Sara and Will because they are really attracted to each other but are awkward around each other.  You finally see some bedroom action between the two but the way Will treats Sara afterwards .....

Killer(s):  The main killer had a group of friends who listened and did what ever their friend told them to do.  This person blamed Faith's mother and was jealous of Faith and her kids so they retaliated by torturing and trying to kill the whole family.  This is one sick freak!


Thanks Authors on the Web and Random House for sending me this ARC to review, greatly appreciated!

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