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Karin Slaughter Books In Order

Updated on September 30, 2014
Unseen by Karin Slaughter - latest book in the Georgia series
Unseen by Karin Slaughter - latest book in the Georgia series

Reading The Karin Slaughter Books In Order Of Publication

As usual when I finish a series, I'm thinking whether I should have read it in order - i.e. should I read the Karin Slaughter books in order or could I just pick any and read them as they come? Basically Karin Slaughter wrote two main series, one involving Will Trent and one being about Grant County. While the series are distinct from each other, some characters will invariably slide across series. So yes, you should read them in order because at some point the two separate series will merge.

Also the other question is - which of the two series should one start with? Having read the books, I suggest you read them in order of publication, starting with the very first book,

Blindsighted, which was published back in 2001.

As you read on, things will come together and especially in the latest few books the main characters will be brought together in Undone. But more about that later. Have fun checking out this cool mystery series by the popular crime writer Karin Slaughter!

Image credits: latest Karin Slaughter books: Unseen, the latest one in the Georgia series

Karin Slaughter Books In Order - Overview

Order Of Publication Of The Karin Slaughter Crime Series

* Blindsighted (Grant County, #1)

The first crime novel by Karin Slaughter, Blindsighted is also the first in the Grant County series. Published in 2001.

* Kisscut (Grant County, #2)

Kisscut, the second novel in the Grant County series, was published in 2002.

* A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, #3)

A Faint Cold Fear, book 3 in the Grant County series was published in 2003.

* Indelible (Grant County, #4)

Book 4, Indelible, was published in 2004.

* Faithless (Grant County, #5)

Book 5 in the Grant County murder series, Faithless, was published in 2005.

* Beyond Reach (Grant County, #6)

Beyond Reach is the 6th novel in the Grant County series, and it was published in 2007. In the UK it was published under the name Skin Privilege.

* Triptych (Will Trent, #1)

Triptych is the first book in the Will Trent series, and it is the 7th book by Karin Slaughter. It was published in 2006.

* Fractured (Will Trent, #2)

Fractured, the second book featuring Will Trent, was published in 2008.

* Undone(Will Trent, #3)

Undone is the 4th book in the Will Trent series, published in 2009. It is also the first in the Georgia series which includes both Grant County and Atlanta.

* Broken (Will Trent, #4)

Broken, book 4 in the Will Trent series (and book 2 in the Georgia series) was published in 2010.

* Fallen (Will Trent, #5)

The 5th book in the Will Grant series, Fallen, is also the 3rd book in the Atlanta series. It was published in 2011.

* Snatched: A Novella (Will Trent #5.5)

Snatched is actually a novella, was only published as an ebook, and the story line is sitting between books 5 and 6 in the Will Trent series. Snatched was published in 2012.

* Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

Criminal, to date Karin Slaughter's latest novel, is the 6th book in the Will Trent series, and it was published in 2012. A new novel is supposed to come this year in 2013 with the title Unseen.

* Unseen (Will Trent, #7)

This is the latest Will Trent novel in the series by Karin Slaughter. Published July 2013.

Standalone Works By Karin Slaughter

* Like a Charm: A Novel in Voices

Like A Charm was published in 2004. This is not a standalone novel by Karin Slaughter, but rather short stories in which the author also wrote her own. Didn't like it too much, to be honest.

* Martin Misunderstood

Martin Misunderstood is rather a short dark comedy than anything else. It was published in 2008. Again, it is a story that I didn't care much for - didn't really finish it actually.

* Cold, Cold Heart

This is a short novella that was published in 2011 first in a collection called First Thrills. Now it is also separately available as an ebook.

* Thorn in My Side

Thorn In My Side is another short novella by Karin Slaughter, published in 2011. Only available as ebook edition.

* Cop Town

This is the latest standalone novel by Karin Slaughter, published in 2014

Karin Slaughter Book Reviews

Blindsighted (Grant County, #1)

Blindsighted is the first book by Karin Slaughter, and it was also the very first novel by her that I've ever read, so I could read the books in order right from the start. It is a mystery/forensic type thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed. Serial killer, rapist, gruesome and violent scenes, they're all there.

The story line starts with a murder at a diner. Sara Linton, the pediatrician and coronal in town finds Sibyl Adams, a young college prof. dead in the diner. She has been not only killed, but also raped and left with some strange cuts on her abdoment. So much for details.

From here the plot and action doesn't stop, with Sara trying to help her ex, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, solve the crime before the killer strikes again. A great read, one that I really enjoyed.

Kisscut (Grant County, #2)

Kisscut is book 2 in the Grant County series, and it's just as good as the first Karin Slaughter novel. Here Sara and Jeffrey are trying to get together after they have been divorced, and now they're on the skating ring having some fun.

Fun which will be cut short when a teenage girl threatens to kill a teenage guy in the parking lot. With only a bit of time available, Jeffrey has to take a very tough decision, one that will change the course of the action of the entire book.

I don't want to give the plot away, but it's seriously graphic, dark, gruesome and full of terror and suspense. If you like this type of book, it will be right up your alley. The tension never stops and you're always left to wonder - what comes next!

A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, #3)

A Faint Cold Fear is Karin Slaugther's book 3 involving Sara and her ex, Jeffrey Tolliver. The story starts with a suicide - which might not be what it looks like afterall. Sara and the others are working the scene when her pregnant sister leaves the car to relieve herself, only to be found stabbed and bleeding, but still alive.

This is the type of action you can find non-stop in this book and in all other Karin Slaughter novels. It just never lets you go. While most books take their time to build up the suspense, here the first unthinkable happened - I think - within the first 20 or 30 pages. Talk about the edge of your seat kind of story. Well worth the read!

Indelible (Grant County, #4)

The next book, Indelible, finds Jeffrey Toliver fighting for his life right at the start of the book, when armed men storm the police station and start shooting. Not only that, but Sara and another person become hostages of the armed men.

This book is a bit different, in that right in the middle of the action, the story goes back to Sara and Jeffrey's past, to the time when they first met and went to a 'holiday from hell'. Seemingly the two storylines are unrelated, until they invariably come together.

A great and suspenseful read, just as we are used to from Karin Slaughter.

Faithless (Grant County, #5)

Again this book starts with a bang - or rather with a dead body that Jeffrey and Sara find. It seems that the young woman was tortured and buried alive.

When a story line starts with this type of action, you know that it will continue in all its suspense and gore right till the end.

One of the other (main) characters that I enjoyed reading about is Lena, a really mixed-up police officer working for Jeffrey. She is in an abusive relationship, one that makes her give less than her best to her job, which invariably makes Jeffrey angry with her. It's interesting to learn more about Lena and her story. Boy has she gone in her life through a lot!

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Beyond Reach (Grant County, #6)

Beyond Reach, in the UK edition called Skin Privilege is the next book in the Grant County series featuring Sara and Jeffrey, two tormented souls who are in love but never really make it together. However here Lens is more on the spotlight, who seems to find trouble wherever she goes.

Now she is found at the scene of a crime and Jeffrey has to go to the hospital to talk to her. But she escapes, so now the couple is left wondering what is going on and trying to piece the puzzle together.

Another great book by Karin Slaughter, and as usual, the suspense never ends right until the end. And this is the book where you'll have to read the ending twice because you'll think to yourself 'What just happened?' The tension builds non-stop and the characters are really fleshed out. A great book!

Triptych (Will Trent, #1)

Triptych is the first book in the Will Trent series. It is a bit different from the usual in that the story is told from various people's perspectives, so if you don't care for a particular character much, you still have to read it to know what is going on.

Here we get to know Will Trent, an FBI agent with the Georgia office, who is investigating with the local police the brutal murder of several women who had their tongues cut out as well.

A great book, full of twists and turns at every corner, dark, mysterious and full of action. Having read all the Karin Slaughter books in order, I personally like the Will Trent series more than the Grant County series, and this particular book was especially great!

Fractured (Will Trent, #2)

The second book in the Will Trent series starts again with a bang: a woman comes home and notices that somebody broke into her home. Running upstairs to check on her daughter, she sees the killer with a knife standing over her dead body. Full of rage, the woman strangles him to death.

Will Trent is called to the case, and he realizes that the body is not, in fact, the woman's daughter, but her best friend. So where is the daughter?

Again the story starts with a bang and it continues just as hard as it got started. You can't just leave the book and do something else - once you start, you have to finish it, as the suspense is killing you otherwise. Another great book in the new series by Karin Slaughter.

Undone (Will Trent, #3)

Undone (also called Genesis) is one of the main reasons why you should read the Karin Slaughter books in order. Why? Because Sara is back! And she is teaming up with Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell to stop a killer who is abducting young women and killing them without mercy.

Btw, if you're wondering why Jeffrey is not mentioned here - this is why you need to read the 6th book in the Grant County series to find out what happened to him - I didn't want to bring in the spoiler).

As usual with Karin Slaughter's book, there is lots of action, suspense and drama going on, and I really enjoyed having Sara back, as sad as she was. I really liked her. And the trio now works quite well together.

"Considering what Pauline's been through . . ." Will began, then stopped himself. "She's not very nice."

"She's a cold-blooded bitch."

"I'm surprised I haven't fallen in love with her."

— ~ Karin Slaughter, Undone

Broken (Will Trent, #4)

Broken, the next book in the Will Trent series, brings back again Sara and Lena, along with the FBI agent Will Trent. Here we get to learn more about Sara and Will and we get to see their rather social awkward interaction. both are kind of shy and not the most outgoing people, so their come together is kind of cute actually.

Of course, all this is rudely interrupted by all the killings happening that they have to solve and stop. Then we also have Angie, Faith and Lena, all strong female characters, and I have to say that Karin Slaughter is really good at character description and advancement.

Even if you don't care much about the action, the characters are engrossing by themselves and you just can't stop from wondering what will happen next to and with them.

Fallen (Will Trent, #5)

The new book in the Will Trent series again starts with a bang - this time it is about Faith who has a weird feeling about her mom, and with good reason. Her mom is missing, her baby is hidden in the shed and there is a body in her living room. So where is the mother? This is where Faith enlists the help of Will Trent to try to find her mom.

I loved this book, but a bit less than the previous ones. It's a bit more soapy, with more romance and less action. At some point I did find myself turning pages just to get to the action parts or to see what was going on with Will and Sara.

Nevertheless it is a great book, just one that didn't hold my attention quite that much as the previous books by Karin Slaughter.

Snatched: A Novella (Will Trent #5.5)

Snatched is just a novella, but it is the next in the Will Trent books in order. You can find it in downloadable version. The whole story happens within 24 hours at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where a girl seems to be abducted.

Short story, but full of action from the start right to the end. If you're worried whether you should shell out your $2 for this short novella, I say yes, as it's well worth it. Will Trent is at his best, and the storyline is really great, as usual. It's not just an extra thrown in something, it's a serious work, albeit quite on the short.

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

So far the latest book in the Will Trent series, Criminal takes Will back to his earlier days with several flashbacks, where Amanda, Will's boss and mentor was a rookie cop in the 1970s. I loved learning more about Will's background and how he became what he is today.

The story is really two parallel stories (one in the past, one in the present) which eventually come together. I was never a fan of the 70's, so this book didn't draw me in as I expected.

However overall I quite enjoyed it, and now I'm waiting the 7th (well officially 8th, if you consider the short novella the 6th book in the series) to come out.

Unseen (Will Trent, #7)

Unseen: A Novel (Will Trent)
Unseen: A Novel (Will Trent)

This book has been available since July 2013, and having just read it, I really loved it.


Did You Know That...

Will Trent will be featured in an upcoming TV series starting with Triptych. The producer, Yellow Bird, also worked on the famous Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Headhunters and the BBC series Wallander.

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      3 years ago

      Love that description! Care deelpy and understand more than you have to . Doesn't take a lot of that to just get the work done. Requires a deeper motive and a desire for meaning that matters. Thank you so much for your comment and for your support.

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      4 years ago

      This website is the best ever for getting the books you are reading in the correct order...well done....I am a fan of Karen Slaughter books...Joe Nesbo....Harlon Coben....Mark Billingham and Lawrence Block.... I like to read series where the characters follow on in each book.

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      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I became a fan of Karin Slaughter books from the publication of her very first book. I bought all of them, as I love to collect books in a series from authors whose writing I admire. Then, I was shocked and upset by the way she ended her Atlanta series (I won't give away the plot) and decided I was never again going to buy another Karen Slaughter book... or read one. It was an unexpected reaction to a favorite author. THEN... Slaughter introduced me to Will Trent... and I fell in love with this character. I'm happy to say I'm once again a Karen Slaughter fan and look forward to her latest with Will Trent. The book series (of many authors in the genre of mystery/suspense and police procedurals) I collect and own are the ones I read over many times... and always in order. Speaking of reading, I'm a big fan of your "in Order" series here on Squidoo. Happy reading!

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      Titia Geertman 

      5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I'm a fan of Karin Slaughter, I just love her books and I think I've read them all.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I think I've read one of her books. They sound intriguing so will have to check out more!

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      5 years ago

      Never heard of this author but you have me intrigued.

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      5 years ago

      I don't have any time in my life to read, but these sound so darn interesting think I might have to make time. Enjoyed reading this thanks.

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      5 years ago

      Sounds interesting!

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      5 years ago

      I never knew she had so many books.

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      Brians Secretary 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for listing them in order, I am going to look for the first couple in the used book store on Friday.

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      5 years ago

      This is so helpful. I've only read Triptych but I've already been told to go back to the beginning. Sigh.


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