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Fallen (Will Trent #5)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  22,027 Ratings  ·  1,249 Reviews
There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Everything Faith learned in the academy goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room, a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Dell (first published 2011)
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Wendy Darling
Jun 21, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen
4.5 stars I have a theory that it's nearly impossible to read a Karin Slaughter book in more than a day. She's one of the few authors whose books I NEED to get and devour on the day they're released because I'm so engrossed in the characters and have been waiting a whole year to find out what happens to them next. If you like your murder mysteries on the dark and gritty side, if you're fascinated by the seething violence lurking in the human psyche, this author is a definitely going to make your ...more
Sep 23, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

She didn’t flinch. She didn’t falter. Instead, she put her forehead to his, looked him in the eye and told him, “Breathe.” Will let out a breath he felt like he’d been holding his entire life.

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From book to book there isn’t a connection with the plots. With each book you get a story that sucks you in right from the get go and doesn’t let you go until you turn that last page. Each of the characters are changing in ways that are intriguing. Karin Slaughter
Mar 23, 2013 Jonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story starts with a bang when GBI Agent Faith Mitchell returns to her mother, Evelyn's home to pick up her infant daughter, Emily, and finds a chilling situation. When the dust settles, the house is a major crime scene and Evelyn is missing. It's now a race against time to figure out the who, why and where.

I couldn't stop listening to this story, told from many characters' points of view. It was often difficult to keep up with all of the minor gangsters but it didn't knew they
Sep 01, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is about Will that endears me to him. He is not movie star handsome, he is socially inept in many ways, he is awkward. But he is lovable. He had a tough upbringing but that didn't make him mean and tough, quite the opposite actually.

He wasn't even her type.

We have a situation involving Lena, her mother, Amanda and a cast of characters from the past. But who is guilty? Who is innocent? Slaughter has a great way of writing where you seriously don't know who to believe.

Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
I'm seriously running out of accolades for this series and author. Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best in Suspense & Romance Suspense. Once again, I found myself flipping/reading pages as fast as I could, heart pounding, anticipation soaring. Fallen starts off with a sense of impending doom as Faith is running late & fails to reach her mother, who is babysitting Faith's infant daughter, by phone. After finally reaching her home, Faith's fear ratchets up another notch at the sounds ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I haven't exactly been a great fan of Slaughter's Will Trent series, preferring the Grant County series, until now.

She has really hit her stride in this, the fifth of the series. This is a thrilling and exhilarating read that finally begins to pull all the strands together.

I do often wonder though, when Sara Linton gets time to tend to her Paediatric practice? She is always so busy catching criminals!

4.5 stars upgraded to 5 stars
Oct 26, 2015 Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Fallen, the 5th in the Will Trent series, is hands down my favorite so far. I would give it more than five stars if I could.

This was a very personal story for some of the regular characters we have come to know, which in turn made it personal for me as well (I’m very much invested in these people at this point). This wasn’t just a crime to be solved. It was a crime that must be solved- and with no less than a positive outcome.

Faith Mitchell’s mother, Evelyn, is in serious trouble and Faith is u
Sep 24, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

WHOA! This series is really heating up now! And each and every character is being pushed to the breaking point. Whether it be in a good way or a bad. And as I get to know them, I am loving them all even more... or as in Angie's case, hating.

Will is finally getting some happy in his life. Yes, it is completely immersed in turmoil, but it is there nonetheless. And while I think he has a long way to go cutting the cord with Angie, I am holding out hope that he can finally walk away from her
Jan 19, 2017 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can this author tell a story? I can easily say you're damn skippy she can. There was more content and dialogue packed in #5 than the others I've read in this series. Same cast of characters though....there are of course damaged Will (lysdexic but brilliant detective), bitch from hell Amanda (Will's boss), tough as nails Faith (Will's partner), the sweet doctor Sarah (Will's friend with benefits), and last but least the queen of skank Angie (Will's wife, but use this word loosely). I'm telling yo ...more
Karin Slaughter is my favorite go-to author for brain-candy police procedural reading. Her plots are fast-paced and interesting and her characters are so well-written. You may not like all of them and they may frustrate the hell out of you, but you are not bored by them. I have been waiting forever for this book to become available. I read it pretty much in 24 hours. It was so good. The plot is very good and kept me reading till 1 am this morning (despite the fact that I had to be up at 6am for ...more
Elise Moto
To tell the truth, with this one I found myself yawning over the detailed forensics and skipping all of it to get to what is most interesting, which is Will and Sara's relationship. I found myself losing interest in the main plot, which was the disappearance of Faith's mother. I think my thing is characters, not forensics and procedures. As mentioned regarding other books in this series, Slaughter has done an about-turn with Angie, suddenly portraying her as a 'bee-atch' who delights in pushing ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Godzilla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2012
Another book passed on by my Mother In law, and frankly I must have upset her recently in some way. This was amazingly disappointing for a Karin Slaughter book.

Previous books of hers have torn along at a frantic pace, real page turners, but this felt like a plodding old horse, crying out to be put out of it's misery.

Normally the plots are rivetting and unfold in unexpected ways. This felt like a non-story from start to finish. It was clear that the missing mother was alive, and was likely to rem
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
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I normally give 5 Star ratings to really great fiction - i.e. the Classics and very well written Literary Fiction - but Fallen is really, really good. I am somewhat biased because I'm half in love with Karin Slaughter's Dyslexic loner protagonist, GBI Agent Will Trent. And the Will Trent Series is the only series that I've started that I put the newer novels aside to read each book in order; I usually read series (after finding a novel that catches my eye) beginning with the novel I re
Larry Bassett
Aug 20, 2012 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
Book number five of the Will Trent series starts out with several bangs: three dead bodies immediately. Trent’s partner at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Faith Mitchell is the focus of attention in the bloodletting. At the end of the last book she had a baby girl. That baby is now four months old bringing the bodies from the last book chronologically very close to the bodies in this book.

Will Trent needs more rest time between murders so he can sort out his relationship with his wife Angie
Jan 03, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Late picking up her infant daughter at her mother's house, Georgia Bureau of Investigations Agent Faith Mitchell is shaken by what she finds. There is a hostage situation inside the house. Her infant daughter is locked in the shed. Her mother, retired police captain Evelyn Mitchell, is missing. Faith's partner, Will Trent, and her boss, Amanda Wagner, delve into the investigation along with the Atlanta Police Department. We learn that Evelyn Mitchell once supervised a group of narcotics officers ...more
Janie Johnson
Aug 22, 2013 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I have been reading this series for a few months now and I have enjoyed all of the books I have read so far and this one is no different. This could be my favorite so far in the series, and I look forward to the rest of the books and any that may be written in the future.

In this installment we have Faith who goes to her mother's house and sees that things are not what they usually are when the front door is open and a bloody handprint in on the door. Her mother has been abducted, and it is up to
Jan 04, 2017 -Ya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some signs of an abusive relationship:
Humiliation. Manipulation. Jealousy. Guilt. Violence.

This is probably the first time I have come across a series that features a male protagonist who is abused by his wife. While the author used the crime investigation, suspense, and mystery as main elements to drive the narrative throughout the series, Fallen offered something different from the previous four installments: more personal. I could feel the intense disgust in the scene between Angie a
Lang geleden dat ik een boek van Karin Slaughter heb gelezen. Nu ik het uit heb, weet ik weer waarom ik zo van haar boeken hou. Spannend en verrassend. Het voordeel van zo'n serie als deze is dat je aan de ene kant wel een beetje kunt inschatten wat voor soort verhaal je krijgt qua stijl en personages. Iets wat ik bij een opzichzelfstaand verhaal minder heb. Vooral als ik de auteur niet ken. Aan de andere kant is het verhaal verrassend genoeg, zodat het toch nog spannend is. Wel had ik steeds wa ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FALLEN is the third book in the "Georgia" series that combined the characters from Slaughter's "Grant County" and "Atlanta" series. In addition to combining the series, Slaughter has combined all the best elements of her writing to create a captivating, exciting crime novel.

I've always been a fan of Sara Linton. While she's a smart, beautiful woman, she's also awkward and quirky. She can't cook and she loves dogs. There are so many details about her character that draw the dimensions of a real p
Feb 19, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I pick up another novel by Karen Slaughter, I experience a new plot filled with danger and suspense, twists and surprises; Fallen, the fifth in the Will Trent series, is no different.

As the book begins, we see that Faith Mitchell’s seminar ran late, and now she can’t reach her mother by phone to tell her that she’s on her way to her house to pick up her infant daughter. As she reaches her mother Evelyn’s home, she immediately knows something is wrong. Her baby Emma is in her car seat
Tom Swift
Nov 25, 2015 Tom Swift rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I need to get a life. I just read 4 books in this series in 2 weeks. Now I am going to take a break, I swear. No more Amanda, Trent, and Sara for a few days. Starting a totally different genre. A Little Life
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

First of all, if you love crime fiction and mystery, and haven’t discovered Karin Slaughter’s books, that’s ok, you don’t have to start at the “beginning”. You could pick up Fallen and, well, fall into the addictive stories that she creates. Fallen is the author’s 10th novel and easily one of the best (they’re all excellent if that tells you anything.) Fallen is Faith and Will’s book (although Sara Linton gets a big part i
Freda Malone
Oct 27, 2014 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am still smiling while I write this review. This is without a doubt, my favorite in the series.

Will Trent's partner, Faith, has come home to find her mother, Evelyn, is no where to be found. Blood everywhere and Faith loses her mind. Amanda has inserted herself into the investigation. Sara has been propelled into caring for Betty, Will's chihuahua. As she takes Betty back to Will's home and gathers items Will needs, Angie, Will's wife, shows up. Angie has been gone for almost a year, but suff
Brandi ;)
AWESOME! Totally worth waiting for and totally worth dealing with the Beyond Reach shocker. BR took my breath away and made me angry at KS. I admit I vowed to stop reading her books cause how could she do this to us, her fans! But after I had my time to simmer, I realized that a) She is a master storyteller and wouldn't leave us hanging, there had to be something good in store; and b) seriously, like I could EVER quit reading her books. I'm glad I got over my little tiff, found my faith in KS an ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I have found another author to read everything of. So this is the third book in a series and the main characters have their own series as well. Needless to say some of the inside jokes and events referenced from time to time made me feel a bit lost.
This was one of the books with an advertisement on the side of the home page hear on goodreads. It was also a giveaway I entered and didn’t win. The story was intriguing and I knew that even though I didn’t win a copy I wanted to read this. S
Jul 05, 2011 Polly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Will Trent: I'm in love with you. Slaughter has written a great character, which is reason enough to read this series. I'm a big fan of damaged heroes, and Will fits the bill. Unfortunately, there are a couple of plot lines that aren't resolved in Fallen, which causes anal retentives like me to give the book a lower rating than I'd like. It's really a 3 1/2, but I'll round it to 4 because of the tight suspense scenes and, oh yes, the character. I'm glad that Will finally stood up to Amanda. She' ...more
Dirk Wolf
Een heel spannend boek dat je snel in het verhaal betrekt. Een verdwijning van de moeder van Faith is het begin van een spannend boek en legt het leven van velen bloot met hun zwarte kantjes en gebeurtenissen uit het verleden komen weer naar boven. Will, de partner van Faith, onderzoekt samen met zijn diensthoofd de gebeurtenissen maar lopen wel steeds achter op de feiten. De ontknopping op de plaats van de misdaad is zeer verrassend en zag ik niet aankomen. Het was mijn eerste kennismaking met ...more
May 10, 2013 Lize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gisterenavond nog veel te lang gelezen, waardoor ik nu met kleine oogjes ben opgestaan. Het was lang geleden dat ik nog iets van deze auteur had gelezen en het deed deugd omdat nog eens te kunnen doen.
Zoals altijd was het weer een spannend boek maar ik vond het nu precies nog spannender omdat iemand die je al kende uit de vorige boeken slachtoffer werd.
Soms vond ik het wel moeilijk om te weten hoe de drugsbendes precies in elkaar zaten en wie bij welke bende hoorde maar op zich heeft mij dat ni
Dec 27, 2011 Aileene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You wrote this in one of your books: "You earn respect by giving it to others"
And you certainly extended that respect to your readers Ms Slaughter, coz what you have created is truly amazing, where you made sure your readers were not short changed by your novels. And because of that I (truly)respect you. Hats off to your writing skills!

I'm giving this installment 5 stars out of 5 :)
Ahh Will, I'll hold and love ya!
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  • The Silent Girl (Rizzoli & Isles, #9)
  • Hotwire (Maggie O'Dell, #9)
  • Kill You Twice (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #5)
  • Love You More (Tessa Leoni, #1; Detective D.D. Warren, #5)
  • Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder, #2)
  • So Close the Hand of Death (Taylor Jackson, #6)
  • Down the Darkest Road (Oak Knoll, #3)
  • The Darker Side (Smoky Barrett, #3)
  • The Retribution (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #7)
  • Buried Secrets (Nick Heller, #2)
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, COP TOWN, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.”

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the
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“There were a few things she knew about Will Trent. He was tall, at least six-three, with a runner's lean body and the most beautiful legs she had ever seen on a man. His mother had been killed when he was less than a year old. He'd grown up in a children's home and never been adopted. He was a special agent with the GBI. He was one of the smartest men she had ever met, and he was so dyslexic that, as far as she could tell, he read no higher than a second-grade level.” 5 likes
“Sara was reminded of yet another one of Will's traits, which was that he had an uncanny knack for keeping his mouth shut when he didn't know what to say. This resulted in the sort of awkward moments that made Sara's dating life look downright ebullient.” 5 likes
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