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15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

SLAUGHTER KILLS

Karin Slaughter raises the stakes once again, taking this genre for a thrillride. She captivates with BROKEN, her best storytelling yet, and takes her vivid and tried and true characters in new and unforgettable directions. Unlike so many others in her field, Slaughter...
Karin Slaughter raises the stakes once again, taking this genre for a thrillride. She captivates with BROKEN, her best storytelling yet, and takes her vivid and tried and true characters in new and unforgettable directions. Unlike so many others in her field, Slaughter NEVER phones it in. She is truly the hardest working thriller writer on the market, and the one with the most visionary and wicked imagination. I could barely wait for this one to pop today. I'm stunned by the misinformation and lack of facts in the front page review, whose writer proudly but ignorantly states this book was released in 09. Reviewers should have the good sense to fact-check before mouthing off. This one is a winner and, as is always the case with Slaughter, a serious departure.

posted by THRILL-SEEKER on June 22, 2010

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Last Slaughter Book I'll Read

Broken is a good name for this book because to me that's exactly what the Grant County series is...broken. Killing off Jeffrey Tolliver has destroyed this series for me. While Slaughter writes fantastic mysteries that keep you guessing, they also tend to be rather dark...
Broken is a good name for this book because to me that's exactly what the Grant County series is...broken. Killing off Jeffrey Tolliver has destroyed this series for me. While Slaughter writes fantastic mysteries that keep you guessing, they also tend to be rather dark. In the earlier Grant County novels, this was balanced with the journey and ongoing love story of Sara and Jeffrey. However, now there is no balance and I found this book just dark and depressing. Broken is set 4 years after Jeffrey's death, but it might as well have been the day after. All the characters in Grant County, including Sara that returned, seem to have gone on a downward spiral unable to move past Jeffrey's death. If the book isn't focusing on Will Trent solving the mystery, it waxes nostalgic about Jeffrey, reminding fans that there won't be a happy ending. The biggest insult to me is the fact that Lena, who is partially responsible for Jeffrey's death, is now involved with Jeffrey's biological son and really hasn't redeemed herself at all. Maybe there is some greater plan for these characters, but frankly I don't care anymore. I'm disappointed and walking away from a series that used to be fantastic.

posted by Avid_ReaderLL on June 8, 2011

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    This is for those idiots that don't know how to review a book ..... get a life.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    Not Her Best Work

    I looked forward to this book with great anticipation. I was very disappointed in it. While it was nice to "meet up with" the characters again, they were not very well developed in this novel. It seemed rushed and shallow.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    Definately would NOT recommend

    I found the writing to be average at most.
    I found her style to be annoying and laborious to get through AT TIMES.
    Good plot, never would have guessed, but just didn't like it

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

    Short on Suspense

    Having previously read Karin Slaughter's books, I was looking forward to a more three-dimensional character study. Unfortunately, Broken disappointed me. I am probably in the minority but the plot line and character development did not hold my interest.

    When Slaughter introduced Allison Spooner in the Prologue, I had hopes for a more fully developed and exciting story. She was the most interesting character but was killed off in the first few pages.

    The remaining cast were basically mundane: Detective Lena Adams, who is a bright officer, but she has hidden secrets. Then there is the Acting Police Chief, Frank Wallace, who drinks too much. We meet Dr. Sara Linton again, the widow of Jeffrey Tolliver; Sara detests Lena whom she blames for Jeffrey's death.

    Initially, the police believe they have captured the murderer of Allison Spooner but he dies in his jail cell. Police blunders follow one after the other until one wonders if there is any competency. But wait, the hero arrives into town, Special Agent Will Trent whom Slaughter designates to solve the many complications of the murder case and tries to understand Sara's aggressive hatred of Lena.

    The revelation of dysgraphia or agraphia versus dyslexia provided a twist but it is was too benign to shake up the plot. This was not a page turner for me.

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