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Book Review: Fractured

Updated on May 3, 2009

I recently finished reading this book. I have to say, at first I wasn't too sure. The opening scene hits pretty hard. An average episode of Law and Order SVU seems mild compared to Karen's grisly portrayal of the crime. I won't spoil it for you, but let me give you a general run-down of the plot.

The story centers around a brutal murder/kidnapping case in the suburbs of Georgia. After the local police seem unable to unravel the mysteries of the crime scene, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation steps in. As they start to fear the worst, an Atlanta cop named Faith Mitchell and GBI detective Will Trent have to set aside their differences to track down the killer and find a missing teenage girl before it's too late.

I had my doubts about this one at first. Once I got into it, though, I really started enjoying it. The characters are likeable and well-written. The story is intense for sure, and it's full of twists and turns that'll keep you guessing for quite a while. The first chapter was slow to take off, but from there on I was hooked, dying to find out what was going to happen next.

Throughout, I felt like the author had an intimate knowledge of the Atlanta area, as well as the details of forensic investigation, and she is more than happy to share this knowledge with the reader along the way. The story is intellectually stimulating on many levels, as well as genuinely entertaining.

But hey, you don't have to take my word for it. Just look at the back cover. "Slaughter's plot has more twists than a Slinky factory and the characters' relationships are sharply drawn," says People magazine. The Washington Post declares, "Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America." And Tess Gerritsen says, "Karin Slaughter takes us to the deep, dark places other novelists don't dare to go... One of the boldest thriller writers working today."

As I said, it can be a little intense, so this is probably not a book for the young ones, or anyone with a particularly weak constitution. However, if you enjoy quality crime fiction, and you're interesting in a unique and inspired read, Fractured is pretty much required reading for you. If I had to give this book a star rating, I'd give it a full 5 out of 5 stars. I very much enjoyed it, and highly recommend it.

That's it for this review. The next book I'm working on is Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. I can tell you right now it's a great read, but I'll have more for you once I've actually finished it.


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