>> Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Fractured by Karin Slaughter
Series: #2 in the Will Trent series
Publication Date: Originally 2008, this edition 2009
The Short Version:
A brutal crime scene becomes a far more complex case than first appearances indicate and Will Trent deals with a new partner as he tries to solve it.
Why I Read It:
This one has been on my shelf for a while now and that was part of my criteria for picking books to take on vacation.
From the Publisher:
Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most upscale neighborhoods—but in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands. Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is one of the first on the scene. Trent soon sees something that the Atlanta cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the stunned mother. When another teenage girl goes missing, Trent knows that this case, which started in the best of homes, is about to cut quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.
I don't want to risk giving anything away so I used the publisher's description.
I liked Detective Will Trent when he was introduced in Slaughter's earlier book Triptych. Trent is troubled and flawed but also smart, and dogged in his pursuit of the truth. This case turns out to be something totally different than initial appearances lead the authorities (and the reader) to believe.
This was a thriller of a crime story that kept me guessing through many twists and turns. Will Trent and his new partner Faith Mitchell have an antagonistic history but they both learn a lot about each other along the way. Will is constantly at odds with his boss Amanda Wagner and her manipulations but his focus is the case and finding the perpetrator or perpetrators. His childhood connection to the girl’s father (they were raised together in an orphanage) adds complexities to an already complex case.
This one is full of action, interesting characters and a high level of intensity as multiple stories intersect and build to a climax. There are a few things that are a tad too coincidental and some that are downright unbelievable and a handful of story elements that feel out of place or unfinished but it's still a fun thrill ride.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.