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Broken (Will Trent #4)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  17,611 ratings  ·  853 reviews
Karin Slaughter on Broken For me, every novel begins with character rather than plot. I know something bad is going to happen, but the central question to every story I write is "how will my characters respond?" Over the years, I’ve certainly thrown some hard times at my Grant County characters. Jeffrey, Sara and Lena have changed a lot since Blindsighted, my first novel. ...more
Kindle Edition, 514 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Dell (first published January 1st 2010)
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Karin Slaughter always gives a pretty good thrill, but I'm getting a little tired of the whole Grant County scene. I absolutely love Will Trent, and I'd like to see him well away from Angie and preferably with Sarah, but all these serial killer-type situations in one tiny, minuscule, happy, joyous (as Slaughter delights in reminding us) town is getting a bit old, frankly.

It was entertaining, especially the interaction between Lena and Frank in the beginning. I was really sort of looking forward
This book was fun to read, but not for the reasons the author probably intended. My favorite parts of the book were the incredibly awkward interactions between Sara and Will, both of them are so socially retarded, both thinking neither is good for the other, not realizing they are perfect for each other if only Sara could get over her dead husband and Will could get rid of Angie who is the biggest user I have ever seen.

I also loved Sara's family and the town's reaction to Will. They all seem to
I loved it! ‘Broken’ is another thrilling masterpiece written by my favorite author, Karin Slaughter!

Not only was ‘Broken’ a great read, but it was wonderful to read about Sara again and get immersed back into a new crime mystery, featuring both her, Will, and of course Lena. With all her books— ‘Broken’included—Karin Slaughter has kept me up late, on the edge of my seat, and glued until the last act—which inevitably comes too quick. I’m always trying to figure out the “whodunnit” part of the s
Jul 25, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cop stories
Recommended to Ed by: saw it on a library dispaly
Law enforcement in Grant County, Georgia, is forced to deal with a murdered co-ed fished out of Grant Lake. We meet Lena, the homicide detective with her broken past. We soon meet Sara Linton, the doctor broken in spirit returning home for the Thanksgiving holidays to be with her family. We then meet Special Agent Will Trent with his own set of broken personal issues. This is a top-story police story. We see the characters' good and bad sides. This Karin Slaughter title seemed less violent than ...more
Broken by Karin Slaughter

So much in this novel is broken. Sara Linton returns to Heartsdale to be with her family during the Thanksgiving holiday for the first time since her husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, was murdered. Her feelings are mixed, at best. Everything reminds her of him, and she still feels his loss. When a college student is found dead and her death is ruled homicide instead of suicide, Sara finds herself caught up in the case. A long-time family friend, Frank Wallace, the acting police
Larry Bassett
I made a deal with myself to read some “thin” books, having worn out a bit on some four and five hundred page non-fictions. So what am I doing reading this four-hundred-and-two page thriller? OK, I admit it. I just needed some Karin Slaughter! And this was next in line in the Will Trent series. I am simultaneously reading a thin book of very short stories by Joyce Carol Oates to balance things out.

In Karin Slaughter books the cops can be less than stellar. In this book we got some crooked cops
My favorite female character is the victim who we spend one chapter with. That does not speak highly of Lena who I HAAAAATE so much that I decided I couldn't stand reading the Grant County series. The side characters are also pretty simple and unmemorable. Seriously, she is so aggravating and irritating, and useless and stupid. Sara's issues made me annoyed with her, yet she still managed to be boring. The mystery, as with a few other Slaughter books I've read, is on the dumb side. The writing, ...more
Petra Miocic
Kažu da male gradske zajednice ne pate od osjećaja otuđenosti svojstvenog velikim gradovima. Stanovnici su, tvrde, bliži jedni drugima i spremniji pomoći, osjećaju se sigurno pa ni ne zaključavaju automobile ili ulazna vrata, a ulicom hodaju ne plašeći se zvuka koraka iza sebe. A upravo su gradići počesto pozornica za najsvirepije zločine. Ili je tome tako samo u napetom, fikcionalnom svijetu kojim vladaju autori(ce) kakva je i Karin Slaughter? Čitatelji su od Karin već mogli naučiti kako zlo po ...more
I love the Will Trent series, Karen Slaughter created a great multi layered character. Another fast moving thriller with some great detective work that keeps you guessing until the very end.
Freda Malone
Sara Linton has traveled home for Thanksgiving, where her husband died. She has been requested to help with a young man she treated when he was a child. Tommy has an intellectual disability and has just confessed to killing a woman. She does not want to see the detective who was responsible for her husbands death, Lena. When she arrives at the jail, Tommy has committed suicide.

Another body, more clues. I still don't know who the killer is and I'm racking my brain trying to figure it out. You kn
This is considered to be the 7th book in the Grant County series, which I have not read. I prefer to think of it as the 3rd book in the Will Trent series, which I *have* read. Will Trent is one of my favorite lead detectives (dyslexia, trust issues, and all), and I enjoyed being introduced to Grant County through his eyes.

A lot happens in this book to change the course of future events in the county. The dead are primarily outsiders, but the motive is 100% rooted in the local community. I found
Nadine Larter
Particularly loved this book because I didn't figure out what was happening at all. I had no idea the whole way through the book which was a kind of refreshing change for me. Crime fic has become a bit predictable lately - my brain seems to have worked out some sort of pattern that leads me to predict the killer as soon as he/she steps onto the page. Luckily with this book my intuition failed me and I was able to enjoy that glorious need to be constantly turning the page. I love Karin Slaughter. ...more
Janie Johnson
This book 4 in the Will Trent series and I had no doubts that I would like this book when I decided to continue with the series. I like the authors writing style and I love her flawed characters as well. I find her books very fluid and very easy to read.

In this installment Dr. Sara Linton needs some help to solve the murder of a young woman who was pulled from the lake. So Will Trent is called in to help figure things out. He meets Officer Lena Adams who appears to be keeping secrets from him an
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Karin Slaughter has quickly become of my favorite Mystery->Thriller novelists, right behind Michael Connelly. Her characters are realistic. They all have their faults and flaws as well as their good traits. That is one reason why I like her. Another reason is that she is a helluva good story teller. Her narrative voice is spot on suspenseful while easy to read. She always surprises me when the bad guy is finally exposed as is his/her motive or his/her relationship with one or more of the "goo ...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This whole series has been wonderful. I usually don't like series books as much but exceptions do get made and I'm so glad it did. The characters in these book become somewhat part of your family. You laugh, cry and feel with them. Can't wait to see what Karin Slaughter decides to do with them.
Miia Lehtola
Mä en ole pitkään aikaan jäänyt niin totaalisen koukkuun mihinkään kirjasarjaan kuin nyt näihin Karin Slaughterin kirjoihin. Aloitin vähän väärästä päästä kun luin viime vuonna ilmestyneen uusimman kirjan josta pidin tosi paljon, ja jo vuonna 2009 taisin aloittaa Triptyykkiä mutta jostain syystä se jäi kesken. Joululomalla ajattelin kuitenkin aloittaa sarjan alusta enkä nyt tässä oikeastaan muuta olekaan kuukauteen lukenut. 500 sivuiset järkäleetkin on ahmittu parissa päivässä. Slaughter on luon ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I read the author's newest book every year.

After an anonymous tip, police find an apparent suicide weighted down in the local lake. It doesn't take long before the suicide is proven to be a murder and when police go back to her house they find a masked man inside who flees, seriously stabbing an officer before he is caught. The man turns out to be a 19-year-old mentally challenged local whom everyone knows to be a gentle soul. Sarah Linton is in town visiting her family for T

Not a page turner..., May 8, 2010
By Denise "DC" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Broken: A Novel (Grant County) (Hardcover)
This is the second Grant County novel to feature Will Trent along with Sara Linton. His partner, Faith, is not in this novel except as a phone buddy as she is about to have a baby. Although the story line was decent enough, it lacked the pulse pounding suspense and true thriller sense that I usually get from one of Karin Slaughter's books. The narr
After Genenis (Undone), I had to re-read this one right away. This 2n "Georgia" book is where Sara Linton is back in Grant County for a few days for Thanksgiving (after leaving her hometown three years prior).
This is an excellent thriller/crime book, with good detective work by Will Trent who has to investigate a multiple murder case - and conclude where the local cops went wrong. Sara Linton’s personal vendetta against Lena is really forefront in this story - and it's good that by th
Dotti Elrick
When I finished this book, I thought that the author could not have chosen a better title. Broken, perfectly describes what has happened to the small town of Heartsdale, in Grant County after it's police chief was killed four years earlier.

After the death of her husband, Jeffery, Sara Linton has moved away from her family home. A place she grew up, her family is there, a few friends, and the place where she met and fell in love with Jeffery. Sara has made a new life for herself in Atlanta. She i
I got this book free from First Reads, and I have to admit that I was a little worried about reading it. I had never read any of Karin Slaughter's other work in the Grant County series. Often times, it's difficult to find the characters engaging and the story enjoyable when you are not familiar with the history of the characters/series from previous novels.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised with Broken. I was drawn in by the story right from page 1, both by the intrigue of the plot and its
I suppose every successful author keeps readers interested not only with plot, but with their characters. Slaughter has given us recurring characters Will, Faith, Amanda and Sara that give her mysteries depth and a heart. Because Ms. Slaughter's thrillers are often character driven, her novels delve into their backgrounds, history and emotions. They are why Slaughter fans seek out her books. The danger is that sometimes--not often, but SOMETIMES--Ms. Slaughter gets a little too.... well.. "chick ...more
Former coroner Sara Linton hasn’t visited her hometown in Grant County, Georgia since the death of her husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. Almost four years later, she returns, planning to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Shortly thereafter, Tommy Braham, a mentally disabled young man, is arrested for the murder of Allison Spooner and asks that Sara, his former pediatrician, visit him. When Sara arrives at the jail, it appears Tommy has committed suicide. Sara, who blames the arresting of ...more
Given many people's natural tendency to complain, I'm slightly disappointed that Broken doesn't give me anything to criticize. Even when I tried (hard) to find something worthy of complaint, I came up short. Slaughter has written a novel that is full of interesting characters and a mystery that kept me guessing the whole way through. I was up until 2 in the morning on more than one occasion because I didn't want to stop reading. Only doing so eventually for fear that I might've drooled on my shi ...more
Suspense Magazine
Slaughter—an unforgettable storyteller—makes it easy to fall in love with her characters as she breathes life into every word. Entwining small flashes of happiness, tender moments of pain and hope for romance, she maintains a rapid pace in this multifaceted thriller making “Broken” impossible to put down. Following on the heels of success from “Undone”—where the lives of Dr. Sara Linton and GBI Special Agent Will Trent collide—“Broken” is the ideal next step in the journey.

Facing her personal d
Angela Risner
It's back home again for Sara in this latest book in the Grant County series. Again, small county - lots of crime.

Sara is still living in Atlanta, but she's home for the holidays. Even though it's been four years since Jeffrey's murder, she is still in mourning.

A murder has occurred, but Lena and Frank capture the criminal and all is settled. Well, until Sara gets involved and sees that things are not adding up. This prompts her to bring in Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. To
This is another great read in the Georgia Series. I find Will Trent to be an interesting character and I look forward to his story development.
This novel was set in Grant County so we meet up with Sara Linton and Lena Adams again.

When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t underst
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Karin Slaughter has hit the jackpot with this latest book. She has now merged the two series (Grant County and Will Trent) and this is the 2nd book in the Georgia series. What a book! It starts out with a young girl having been murdered at the lake and initially it looks like suicide but Lena Adams soon realises that may not be the case. With a suspect in custody and Sara Linton back in town, Sara receives a phone call to say the suspect wants to see her. When Sara arrives at the station, the su ...more
BROKEN, (Pub. 2011) by Karin Slaughter, brings together recurring characters from two of the author's series: Dr. Sara Linton, policewoman Lena Adams, and GBI agent Will Trent. It's a story about a small-town murder, that turns into multiple killings before it's all said and done.

The little town in Grant County happens to be the same place Sara grew up and where her husband was killed on the job several years ago. Sara has moved on to Atlanta, escaping the bad memories, but she reluctantly agree
This was a really good murder mystery. I believe it is part of a series but it works as a stand-alone book as well. Enough background was given on the characters to really make me understand them and their motivations.
When a dead college student is pulled out of a river, it is quickly determined that she did not commit suicide even though it was made to look that way. In the course of an investigation, Detective Lena Adams and Acting Chief Frank Wallace arrest a mentally disabled man after he st
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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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Will Trent (7 books)
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“Curiosity broke her earlier resolve. "Have you ever been tested?"
"No." He stood behind Sara, holding the camera in front so she could see. "Zoom here," he said, flicking the toggle.
"You could probably-"
"This is macro."
"Super macro." He kept talking over her until she gave up. "Here's where you adjust for color. This is light. Anti-shake. Red-eye." He clicked through the features like a photography instructor.
Sara Finally relented. "Why don't I point and you shoot?"
"All right." His back was stiff, and she could tell that he was irritated.
"I'm sorry I-"
"Please don't apologize."
Sara held his gaze for a few moments longer, wishing she could fix this. There was nothing to say if he wouldn't even let her apologize.”
“I found this." He put the briefcase on the table and opened the locks. She saw a stack of papers, an evidence bag with a red seal. He pulled a college notebook with a blue plastic cover from one of the pockets. Black fingerprint powder spotted the cover. "I tried to clean it up," he said, wiping the grime on the front of his sweater. "I'm sorry. It was in Allison's car and I..." He flipped through the pages, showing her the scrawled handwriting. "I can't," he said. "I just can't."
She realized that Will hadn't looked at her once since walking into the room. He had such an air of defeat about him, as if every word that came from his mouth caused him pain.”
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