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Undone by Karin Slaughter
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Aug 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

I don't like thrillers. I especially avoid the ones that involve horrible things done to women, which is what most of them are about, isn't it? Yet, for some reason, this one grabbed me. Slaughter does character! Yes, there is an intense mystery, here, and the usual horror (thankfully with fewer graphic details than most like to provide, thought still more than I needed, and fewer bodies strewn about than many authors seem to require for the telling of their stories). But mostly, characters are at the heart of this novel. I couldn't help but like and care about Will Trent (special agent, state), Faith Mitchell (also special agent, his partner), and Sara Linton (ER doc). The bad guy clearly is a madman; this isn't a spoiler, since you know that from the get-go. And the victims? Well, I think I'll save that for you to find out on your own. Let me just say that Slaughter gives even her less central characters, well, characters. (Yes, yes, the victims are of course important, but by the time one meets victims in a thriller, there usually just isn't all that much to work with, you know?)
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August 12, 2010 – Shelved as: mystery

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message 1: by jo (new)

jo wait, you don't like thrillers? i thought you really liked thrillers. what do you like?


message 2: by L (new) - rated it 4 stars

L I like mysteries. I like character. I especially like the mysteries with social commentary, characters who care about things like poverty, race issues, the war, domestic spying, etc. It's the abuse of women in so many thrillers, often graphic, sexual and/or torture, that I don't need to read. Then there are those that combine this with an absurd body count.


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