127 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Please help me I'm fallin, in love with you." Song Lyrics
Karin Slaughter has been entertaining her fans with exciting thrillers with ten novels to her name. One of the reasons that she is so well thought of is that she describes her characters in a way that makes the reader want to know more.
Faith Mitchell shows that she's got the same problems as many parents. She has an infant being watched by her mother and must...
Published on June 3, 2011 by michael a. draper
48 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uncharacteristically flat
Karin Slaughter has surprised me in the past with her ability to write thrillers that are not standard, write-by-numbers, predictable stories. She usually has really interesting and nuanced characters who are incredibly unique and likeable, and plots that are anything but run-of-the-mill. Unfortunately, this latest offering seemed to me to fall short of her usual writing...
Published on June 7, 2011 by E. Jacobs
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127 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Please help me I'm fallin, in love with you." Song Lyrics,
Faith Mitchell shows that she's got the same problems as many parents. She has an infant being watched by her mother and must get home to pick up the child.
Her mother, Evelyn, a retired police commander, is watching Faith's four-month-old dauther, Emma. Faith has been through countless training exercises but when she sees a bloody handprint on her mother's door, she goes into another gear.
After Faith calls for backup, she senses that her mother is in danger and decides not to wait. She enters the home and finds one man deceased, then she confronts two others. There is a deadly encounter at this point that is most visual, as if the reader were watching the action taking place before them.
Will Trent is Faith's partner. Amanda Wagner is his boss and Evelyn's best friend. They lead the investigation and we learn that Evelyn was the commander of a narcotics division prior to her retirement. There was a situation within her unit and due to the legal implications, Evelyn took an early retirment.
The story deals with the loyalty Will and Amanda have for their friend Evelyn. The evidence seems to show that there may be a problem with Evelyn's background but her friends remain strong in their belief of her.
There is also an interesting subplot as Will and Dr. Sara Linton spend time together and form a romantic relationship. We also see Faith wanting to do everything that she can to save her mother and so she begins her own investigation.
The story moves along swiftly and with an inventive plot, knock out characters and a fascinating conclusion, this makes for an engrossing read.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters Make Book Impossible to Put Down,
Fallen, by Karin Slaughter, is the latest book in her series following Dr. Sara Linton and GBI Investigator, Will Trent. In this book, GBI Investigator Faith Mitchell arrives at her mother's house after work to pick up her baby daughter, only to find her daughter locked in the tool shed, her mother missing, and several gang members occupying her mother's house, which soon turns into a bloody battlefield. The action continues as Faith's formidable boss, Amanda Wagner, arrives and butts head with the Atlanta Police Department over jurisdiction. Amanda and Will pursue their investigation, as do the Atlanta Police Department, and Faith tries to pursue her own investigation and find her mother while keeping her son and daughter safe.
The mystery plot is confusing, often hard to follow, and reaches back to Will Trent's early years when he investigated Faith's mother for corruption and arrested many of the men in her squad. The book is peppered with an array of former police officers who have been or still are imprisoned, and a conglomeration of gang members. As always, Amanda knows more than she's telling but Will chafes more than usual under her manipulation of him and the people around him.
The mystery, really didn't hold my attention much-- there were just too many characters and too many subplots, and I wasn't able to keep track of all of them. What really made this book for me was the byplay between Will and Amanda, Will and Faith, Will and Angie, and Will and Sara. In this book we finally see Will start to take a step forward out of the well of misery, humiliation and sadness that has been his life, and his inner core of pure goodness comes through. What kept me turning the pages was seeing how far Amanda could push him and wondering if he would ever push back.
If you have never read a book in this series before, I would advise you to read some of the other books before you read this one so you can get familiar with the characters. If you are really interested in a plot involving a bunch of former cops and shady gang members and an old investigation about police corruption, this book may not be the one for you. But if you have become as involved in these characters as I have and want to read about a turning point in the development of Will's character, you have to read this book.
(And just as a note, I am racking my brain trying to figure out what the obscene name is that Will wants to call Amanda that rhymes with her own name, but I'm just not getting it!)
48 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uncharacteristically flat,
This book features cop and single mother Faith Mitchell, who comes home from work to find her mother missing and a dead body. As expected this ignites an investigation that quickly derails with way too many characters, subplots, and complications. This would be okay if there was a reward at the end of the story, but there's not. The motivation for most of the criminals in this case is never made clear, and the book has too many half-baked red herrings involving years-old cases.
Overall, I'd probably give this one a pass. I am sure Ms. Slaughter has many excellent stories left in her; this just did not happen to be one of them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced, Can't Wait for the Next Book,
Faith leaves her infant daughter, Emma, with her mother, Evelyn, while she attends a relatively short GBI training. When she returns, she finds her mother's house ransacked, trails of blood, her mother gone, Emma hidden in a shed, and armed intruders inside Evelyn's home. For the remainder of the novel, Faith, Will, and their supervisor, Amanda Wagner, try to uncover who the people who took Evelyn are and what they want. They must work the case from outside GBI's normal investigative responsibilities because the Atlanta Police Department has claimed jurisdiction. They enlist Sara, a former coroner, to feed them information about some of the bad guys who are killed during the investigation.
Slaughter's novels are distinguished by the personal struggles of her characters, waged largely outside of the main storyline, but impacting their approach to investigation and how they handle stress. Faith struggles with her diabetes, the combativeness of her older brother, and Emma's father whom she did not inform about their daughter's birth. As do most of the featured characters, Faith has relationship issues. Will struggles (although not as much as in other books) with his dyslexia, his damaged and destructive wife, and his attraction to Sara. Sara, too, is conflicted about her attraction to Will and his attachment to his wife, as well as about moving on after husband's death. (I still haven't quite gotten over Jeffrey, myself.)
The pace is fast, with a few stops for characters to reflect on their lives and their pasts. Slaughter reveals more about Will's childhood and his relationship to Angie, his wife. But she does nudge the characters into making some changes, even if they are sometimes small ones. Certainly, I can't wait to find out where they go in her next book, just as I couldn't wait to find out what happened in "Fallen".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slaughter's a great writer...,
Slaughter has 11 books, and if this was any indication, I'll read them all. Her plot was intricate, and while the twist at the ending was a little unbelievable, she brings a new and breathless quality to thriller crime fiction. Set in Atlanta, and starring two members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Slaughter's "Fallen" kicks off when Faith Mitchell, a GBI operative, finds her mother missing and her own baby daughter (whom mom Evelyn was babysitting) locked in a storage shed for safety. The story winds thru the kidnapping and crimes surrounding Evelyn's disappearance, and Slaughter spares no violence in describing the chaos that passes before her whereabouts are discovered.
I liked Will Trent and Dr. Sara Linton, the romantically involved characters in the story. Less so was my feeling for Faith Mitchell, whose life has entirely too much drama, and Will & Faith's boss ... Amanda, who's a little unhinged for a leader in law enforcement.
That didn't stop me from finishing the book in a single day. That's always a good sign. Recommended.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very suspenseful, lots of good points,
Sara Linton is where Slaughter misses - her inclusion in the book feels forced in a lot of the situations - while it is obvious from the previous book, and more in this one that Slaughter is moving toward a relationship between Sara and Will, the rest of the scenes with Sara fall flat; she feels like a last-minute addition to the story.
Other than that, I enjoyed the book a great deal, reading it in one sitting within about 6 hours. It definitely held my attention and the interactions between Will and Amanda, and Amanda and the various people she interacts with during the course of the investigation, are very amusing. I can recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Immersion,
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Evelyn Mitchell has been kidnapped, and as a highly-decorated police officer who once worked a dirty narcotics squad, the possibilities for her kidnapers are endless.
A police officer is missing - not just any officer, but one of Atlanta's first female policewomen to rise in the ranks and retire with the respect of her colleagues and medals to decorate her lapel. Her kidnapping pulls in all the big guns - including Deputy Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) and one of Evelyn's best friends, Amanda Wagner. Also on the case is Faith's partner, Will Trent. But Will's loyalties are torn in two - on the one hand he would take a bullet for his partner. But Will was also in charge of the investigation which looked into Evelyn Mitchell's possible involvement in a scamming narcotics squad which saw him put her entire team behind bars - while Evelyn retired from the force, and never went to trial. Will's old investigation could hold the key to Evelyn's kidnapping . . . but neither Amanda nor Faith is willing to believe the worst of her.
Faith Mitchell is having a mini-breakdown in the wake of her mother's kidnapping. Will Trent is trying to conduct an old investigation into Evelyn's nefarious police work. Dead bodies of Atlanta gang members are turning up everywhere, and leaving a trail that leads right back to Evelyn's past . . . and Sara Linton has stepped back into Will's life, as a civilian consultant on the case, perhaps his only ally in the investigation into one of Atlanta's most beloved cops.
`Fallen' is the third book in Karin Slaughter's `Georgia' series.
I love Karin Slaughter. I devoured her `Grant County' books, and it remains the only crime fiction series I read devoutly. I have tried my hand at other murder mysteries, but I can never seem to find that perfect Slaughter-balance of interesting police investigation and human drama. Her books are page-turners for the mystery element in each, and the central investigation that propels the story and chills the spine . . . but I keep coming back to Slaughter because of her characters. From the first moment I read Grant County coroner and paediatrician Sara Linton spar with her cheating ex-husband and police chief, Jeffrey Tolliver, I was hooked. Slaughter's characters are messy and real, weaving complicated lies and inevitable heartbreak into their lives and relationships - making for fascinating, vicarious reading. So I, like many other fans, was devastated when Slaughter lived up to her name and severed the `Grant County' series with the death of a beloved main character . . .
Thus, Slaughter's new `Will Trent' and `Georgia' series have become her main attraction . . . even more so when Sara Linton crossed-over to become a main character (and possible love interest) for Will.
I have to admit, I was a reluctant reader of `Triptych' through to `Genesis'. I was still in denial regarding Jeffrey's death, and found no enjoyment from the battering Slaughter put Sara (and readers) through in the wake of his death. However, I started to perk-up by the second `Georgia' book, `Broken' - when it looked as though Sara would get her chance at happiness in the form of Will Trent.
Will is a complicated, brilliant but broken young man. He was an orphan, raised by the state with occasionally disastrous bursts in foster care. While in state care he met and fell in love with a fellow damaged soul called Angie - a girl who was so sexually abused that she has grown into a spiteful woman who uses sex as a weapon, especially against her poor husband Will. He is also dyslexic, and thoroughly ashamed of the fact. Will's body is riddled with foster-care war-wounds, some even self-inflicted. But for all of his tragic past, Will is an accomplished investigator - quietly intelligent and humble, loyal to a fault and charmingly gentle. It was clear from his first meeting with Sara Linton that these two needed each other.
I was happy to get back into Slaughter's series once it became obvious that she intended Will for Sara. I needed that romantic balm in a series that had quickly become a gut-churning emotional wreckage. So I was really looking forward to `Fallen' - the third book which would surely unite these two lost souls.
I do love the emotional, character-driven element of Slaughter's books. But in `Fallen' it was the murder mystery that really dragged me in. This book has so many layers - on the surface it's all about Evelyn Mitchell's kidnapping - but as Will delves into her past, Slaughter's book veers off into many different and fascinating directions. She takes a particular interest in the women of the force in the 1970's, as Will investigates Evelyn and Amanda's lustrous careers. Slaughter looks at the gender imbalance and how these feminist pioneers overcame sexism in the force.
This novel also takes a disturbing look at the powerhouses of the jail system. As gang deaths litter the Atlanta streets, Will and Amanda speak with various imprisoned criminals to get their take on the gang upheavals. This is chilling, particularly for the grains of truth that Slaughter slips in. Though these men are behind bars, they are still connected to the outside criminal world. In some cases, they still have a hand in running it. This thought is crystallized in Will's flippant factoid that when a recent prison riot went down, the New York Times was inundated with calls from inmates, from their illegal mobile phones. This is the state of the penal system in which criminals aren't really taught a lesson, but given new avenues to misconduct. But Slaughter also looks at the harsher reality of imprisonment - particularly when Will and Amanda meet death-row inmates.
The investigation really suckered me into `Fallen', partly because the character element which Slaughter usually excels in fell a bit by the wayside . . . Sara Linton felt like an afterthought. She's conveniently in the right place at the right time to offer a helping hand in the investigation. Amanda, Will and Faith all use Sara as a sounding-board for their theories; which felt a little far-fetched and clumsily convenient once again. I understand that Slaughter wants to integrate Sara into the `Georgia' series - and I really, really want her there. But I needed a bit more believability in her presence.
That being said, I do love Sara and Will. They are the reason I will be eagerly anticipating the fourth `Georgia' book in 2012. Sara and Will's tentative romance will be the reason I scour chat boards for spoilers and the balm I needed in the wake of Jeffrey's senseless (but brilliantly written) death.
23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karin does not dissapoint.,
Will is a good detective and dyslexic which he hides well and Sara Linton is the medical examiner who kinda,sorta loves him.
We follow Faith, Will and Sara through this novel full of action, adventure, blood and guts and one twist after another. The adventure never stops and there are 2 stories hidden in this book and a beautifully sweet love story that will not disappoint. This is a eye popping don't put it down book and is guranteed to keep you up at night reading it. No disappointment here.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another thrilling installment....,
In this book, things get personal for Faith Mitchell, as she goes to pick up her infant daughter from her mother's nearby home she is greeted by an open door and a bloody handprint. What she finds inside is a hostage situation and she is unsure of the whereabouts of both her mother and her daughter. That is the thrilling start of the novel and it kept me on the edge of my seat as you learn more about Evelyn Mitchell (who was also a cop) and what could have caused her to be a target. As usual, the pace doesn't let up and it is a good mix of suspense and also development of characters that you have grown to know over her last several books.
If you have never read the series before I would recommend starting at the beginning, which is with the book "Blindsighted" and work your way through the series to this latest novel. If you are already a fan of the series and the characters you will very much enjoy this next book and a chance to visit the characters once again in a high octane, thrill ride of a novel. Karin Slaughter once again proves herself to be one of the best if you are looking for a well written and edgy thriller.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed in this thriller,
This review is from: Fallen (Will Trent series, Book 5) (Audio CD)
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