Karin Slaughter


"Slaughter at the top of her game..."


When Atlanta housewife Abigail Campano comes home unexpectedly one afternoon, she walks into a nightmare. A broken window, a bloody footprint on the stairs and, most devastating of all, the horrifying sight of her teenage daughter lying dead on the landing with a man standing over her with a bloody knife. The struggle that follows changes Abigail's life forever.

When the local police make a misjudgement that not only threatens the investigation but places a young girl's life in danger, the case is handed over to Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team - teamed with detective Faith Mitchell, a woman who resents him from their first meeting.

But, in the relentless heat of a Georgia summer, Will and Faith realise that they must work together to find the brutal killer who has targeted one of Atlanta's wealthiest, most privileged communities before it's too late.

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Slaughter has moved on from her regular characters of Sara and Jeffrey who have appeared often in previous books. Her new lead character, Will, is a much better choice. Will is severely dyslexic so I am unsure how he managed to obtain and keep such a high level position in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, but he is still a very creative and efficient detective. His fiancée, Angie, seems to be a drain on him. He is such a likeable person who had a bad start in life, so I would like to see him with a girlfriend who appreciates him and actually makes him happy. The plot started very strongly but slightly tailed away and I think the opportunity of further twists and a slightly more intriguing story was missed after such a promising start. That said, Fractured (though not as compelling as Triptrych) was still a great read and it is a relief to read Slaughter at the top of her game again.

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