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Fallen (Will Trent #5)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  17,231 ratings  ·  1,052 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. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She s ...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Delacorte Press (first published 2011)
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Wendy Darling
Jun 30, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it 5 of 5 stars
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

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 i
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 pending 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 is ratcheted up another notch at the sound ...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
Larry Bassett
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
Janie Johnson
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
My Musings

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
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
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
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
Jean Coldwell
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
Freda Malone
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
Tom Swift
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
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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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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
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
This is my first Karin Slaughter read and she is a good storyteller. In saying that, I wouldn't say I was hooked or thrilled or waiting for a next instalment. There are three main endearing and troubled characters and the novel is written with a lot of sensitivity. Detective Will Trent, a deeply flawed hero intrigued and appealed to me and the varied relationships he has with the women in the book though I'm not sure I want to know about his past and why he is the way he is.

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 :)
I feel as though I need to add a little note to the start of each of my Will Trent reviews, telling people that I read Karin Slaughter’s books in completely the wrong order. I do not simply mean reading Will Trent before the Grant Country series, but also in the order I read the Will Trent books. Due to this the chronology of events was completely messed up on my behalf.

In this one we get more of a focus upon Faith and the events in her life. As a whole I love her character and sometimes feel as
Karin Slaughter just keeps getting better and better. In Fallen, she returns to the team of Will Trent and Faith Matthews - but now Sara Linton is more than wrapped up in the story as well. It's a nice departure from the Sara/Lena tension of earlier novels, especially as I find Lena just as unbearable as Sara does (although, kudos to Slaughter for creating a truly multi-faceted unlikeable character).

This time, a desperate crime has come knocking right at Faith's doorstep, and we can only sit and
Faith, a veteran officer, is alarmed when reaching her mother’s home, to find evidence of foul play and calls for back up. But she disregards the orders to wait for the back up when it’s obvious that there’s someone moving around in the house and she fears for her mother’s life. In just minutes Faith becomes both a witness and a suspect when she’s forced to kill 2 of the perps in order to defend others.

I haven’t read any other books by this author and it was obvious from the start that this book
Another quick re-read before I immerse myself in the latest books in Karin Slaughter’s unique Georgia series.
When Faith Mitchell gets to her mom’s house, two hours later than was agreed, she immediately notices something’s wrong. As it seems, Faith’s Mom – Evelyn Mitchell – has either disappeared or has been abducted.

In order to truly appreciate this series, I think it's best to read the books chronologically. Not that as stand alone they aren't good, but it's so great if you understand all the
Finally, FINALLY I get to see Will Trent have some bit of happiness. I'm not gonna lie, while the story itself was every bit more of Karen Slaughter's particular brand of ferocious awesome, it could be a stinking pile of crap and I would still be happy with it, just for that.

I'm not going to rehash the plot here. The author is just about my favorite in a long line of crime thriller authors. She combines compelling storytelling with stunningly brutal plots. And the brutality is just as much the
Jul 09, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense/thriller lovers
Another brilliant book by Karin Slaughter. In this one she combines the characters of Dr Sara Linton, Will Trent and Faith Mitchell.

Special Agent Faith Mitchell, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) gets back to her mother, Evelyn Mitchell's house after a training session that runs late, and discovers there is blood in the form of a hand print on the front door, her baby Emma is locked in the outside shed, and when she goes inside to investigate, after calling 000, (and being told under
The first half of Fallen by Karin Slaughter is a great read. The mother of Will Trent's partner Faith is kidnapped. The clues point to dirty cops, drugs, stolen money and much else. However, by the second half, the novel gets too caught up in the past lives of Will's boss and Faith's mother, and frankly, I didn't care. There are too many names to keep track of and too many extraneous plot elements to tease out. Roger Ling (a bad guy with too little plot time) tells Will Trent what's what with Fa ...more
Just not my favorite. It was the first time I felt Ms. Slaughter went a little...soap opera-ish. There was more romance and family drama than I, personally, like mixed in with my cop/suspense genre.

I LOVE Karin Slaughter's books. In the past month I've read and reviewed "Fractured" and "Undone"...both were great cop/suspense novels. And, in many ways, "Fallen" was good, too. It kept me reading and kept me guessing til the very end. But "Fallen" started to feel just a LITTLE like a Lifetime Movie
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I was really looking forward to reading this latest Karin Slaughter book, I had a long wait to get it from the library and I have to say, it was worth the wait. I am always going on about absurd plots that have little basis in realism, but with Karin Slaughter, I find her stories always keep me so hooked and interested, I can completely suspend my disbelief and just go with the flow. This is the third of the Will Trent/Faith Mitchell and Sara Linton series and it was the best one so far. I have ...more
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I've always liked Sara and Jeffrey and I wasn't happy that Jeffrey died. Will has not been one of my favorite people, he's so awkward and subservient acting especially with Amanda. This story let me see that he can be more and with Sara's love maybe he can finally feel that he deserves better than Angie. I was hoping Angie would actually shoot herself and free Will from her. I liked the storyline about Faith and her Mother. I s ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Will Trent (8 books)
  • Triptych (Will Trent, #1)
  • Fractured (Will Trent, #2)
  • Undone (Will Trent, #3)
  • Broken (Will Trent, #4)
  • Criminal (Will Trent, #6)
  • Unseen (Will Trent, #7)
  • The Kept Woman (Will Trent, #8)

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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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