“Heartpounding…. Raw energy … [plus] a pair of complex and deeply flawed heroes, will leave readers clamouring for the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Startling twists…. [The detectives’s] quirky relationship—as much as the increasingly intriguing investigation—fuels this fun read.”—People
"A great review. I like what Sharon’s pulled: “A superior crime novel…. [Slaughter is] fiercely focused and one of the most talented young crime novelists.”–Washington Post
“Fractured dazzles because it works on the level of both plot and character…. [And] the combination is unbeatable.”—Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“Unexpected twists and intriguing characters.”—Entertainment Weekly
Karin Slaughter's Fractured is a superior crime novel because Slaughter writes well on several levels. It's first and foremost a police procedural that describes in impressive detail efforts to find the person or persons who killed one Atlanta teenager and kidnapped another. The investigators are tormented by thoughts of the horrors that rich, attractive, 17-year-old Emma Campano may be suffering as the hours pass. But more than most crime novelists, Slaughter is also interested in relationships, and she describes many complex ones among her characters. Finally, Slaughter, who has lived in Atlanta for a number of years, gives a sense of that city's people, mood and history. All this adds up to a crime novel that is denser, more challenging and ultimately more rewarding than most.
The Washington Post
Murder, kidnapping, mistaken identity and deeply buried secrets make Slaughter's latest audiobook an emotional roller-coaster ride of mystery and suspense. Affluent Atlanta housewife Abigail Campano, arrives home to find a man standing over the corpse of a teenage girl she thinks is her daughter. She kills him in a blind rage, but learns later that he and the dead girl were friends of her daughter, who has been kidnapped. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent and APD detective Faith Mitchell are assigned to find Emma. Phil Gigante powerfully drives this suspenseful story forward with a sincere and nuanced reading. Moving easily between characters, he conveys each of their complex relationships and emotions, whether it's the underlying tension from Trent and Mitchell's forced partnership or Abigail's suffering over the loss of her child and the guilt over having killed an innocent man. A Delacorte hardcover (Reviews, May 12). (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The best-selling author of Triptych offers another compelling crime novel, bringing back familiar characters and using again the setting of Atlanta. Finding her daughter murdered in her upscale home, Abigail Campano kills her daughter's assailant in revenge. But is the situation that simple? Slaughter takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of suspense, mixing a slew of shady suspects with a detective with some secrets of his own that may-or may not-be pertinent to the case. She steers us from the grungy streets of Atlanta to the campus of Georgia Tech and into the politics of law enforcement, with the great details on the cityscape of Atlanta certain to impress fans familiar with the city. This is an excellent exploration of the universal hopes, fears, and dangers that swirl in the microcosm of a city. For popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ4/1/08.]
Colleen S. Harris
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Will Trent (Triptych, 2006) tracks the monster-more likely, the pair of monsters-who raped and killed one teenage girl and abducted another. Slaughter (Beyond Reach, 2007, etc.) kicks off with one of her trademark instant-trauma scenes: Abigail Campano, fresh from confronting her husband Paul over his latest fling, walks into her house to find her daughter Emma dead, a man with a knife bending over her. Summoning impossible reserves of strength and courage, Abigail strikes back at the intruder only to find that she's completely, catastrophically misread the scene. Emma has been kidnapped, not killed, and the clock is ticking down toward the moment when it's too late to help her. The ill-assorted crime-fighters working the case include Amanda Wagner of the GBI; Will Trent, the dyslexic agent who's constantly frustrated by her secrecy and manipulation; and Det. Faith Mitchell of the Atlanta State Police, who's furious with Will for pushing her mother off the force and rightly suspicious that he's holding out on her as well. Whether Slaughter is focusing on the investigators, the bereaved parents or the suspects, the intensity is nonstop. The trail leads to a pair of nasty perps Slaughter has barely paid attention to before and a messy, improbable reconstruction of the crime. But fans swept up in the story's relentless drive won't even notice these problems till they've turned the last page with a deep sigh of relief. Agent: Victoria Sanders/Victoria Sanders and Associates