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Fractured (Will Trent Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Karin Slaughter
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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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Karin Slaughter's Unseen.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. At the start of bestseller Slaughter's heart-pounding sequel to 2006's Triptych, wealthy housewife Abigail Campano returns home one day to Atlanta's posh Ansley Park neighborhood to find a dead girl in the mansion's upstairs hallway, the apparent killer nearby. Thinking that the girl is her teenage daughter, Emma, the distraught Abby kills the alleged attacker only to realize that the murdered girl is not Emma, but Emma's friend, Kayla Alexander. Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation soon determines that he has a murder and kidnapping on his hands. Paired with Det. Faith Mitchell, Trent scrambles to put the pieces together and find Emma before it's too late. Slaughter brings the same raw energy and brutal violence that distinguishes her Grant County series (Beyond Reach, etc.) to this new series with chilling results, while Trent and Mitchell, a pair of complex and deeply flawed heroes, will leave fans clamoring for the next installment. (July)
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Best-selling novelist Slaughter is most well known for her Grant County series, but here she follows up on the characters introduced in Triptych (2006). Will Trent, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, needs a GPS system to find his way to the crime scene in Ansley Park, one of Atlanta’s oldest and wealthiest suburbs. Once on the scene, however, he is the only one to intuit the true specifics of the case, much to the irritation of the Atlanta PD. Suburban mom Emily Campano, returning home early, finds the severely beaten body of her teenage daughter, Emma, and instinctively attacks the seeming perpetrator, strangling him. Will soon discovers, however, that the dead teen is not Emma but her best friend. He is charged with heading up the investigation into Emma’s kidnapping and saddled with a partner from the Atlanta PD, an officer who has her own reasons for hating him. Possible motives and suspects abound as they home in on the girl’s posh private high school, a veritable cauldron that mixes cruel social climbing with sexual manipulation, among both the faculty and their pupils. As Will makes headway on the case, he must also struggle to compensate for his severe dyslexia, smooth the tensions with his new partner, and hide the emotional scars of a childhood spent in an orphanage. Slaughter brings breakneck pacing and emotional intensity to what could well be a series compelling enough to rival her Grant County novels. In addition, she ups the ante by starkly revealing the great emotional divide that separates those who have experienced severe trauma from those untouched by tragedy. --Joanne Wilkinson

Product Details

  • File Size: 1699 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846053919
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (July 29, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UJMMK
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Karin Slaughter's latest release, Fractured is completely deserving of the acclaim and high praises it has received. Abigail Campano arrives home to discover her door unlocked and shattered glass around her feet. Her first response is fear for the well being of her daughter, Emma. As she rushes upstairs, she comes face to face with the battered and bloody body of her daughter and a man kneeling over her body with a knife in his hand. Pure adrenaline and rage consumes Abigail and she strangles the man to death. Enter Will Trent, member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Will struggles with the crime scene and determines that the brutalized body upstairs does not belong to Emma Campano, but to her best friend Kayla, and the murdered man Abigail strangled with her bare hands was actually Emma's boyfriend, whose attempt to save Emma and Kayla got him killed. The shift from the murder to the reality of the kidnapping of Emma, forces Will to pair up with Atlanta officer Faith Mitchell. Running against the clock and without any suspects or leads, Will and Faith must work together to find Emma and catch a killer. Fractured is filled with plot twists and heart pounding intensity. Beyond Karin Slaughter's ability to provide her readers with an excellent storyline and superb mystery, she is able to delve into the characters emotions and backgrounds so deeply that readers feel they know these men and women. The return of our favorites like Will and his boss Amanda paired with new intriguing characters like Faith, Abigail and the monstrous villains will surly please its audience. Fractured is by far one of Slaughter's best works, she gives her readers everything and them some more. Valerie Jones
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
In her second book featuring Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Slaughter weaves a lean, taut tale that far surpasses the previous work featuring Trent -- Triptych -- and introduces a new character in Faith Mitchell; a tough, savvy, smart and aggressive cop who seems destined to continue into future works as Trent's partner.

Slaughter has a real talent for creating fully realized three-dimensional characters, with all the flaws and gifts that make each of them real and believable.

In this case, Trent's battle with dyslexia is explored in depth, and brings a new twist to the genre that is original and inventive, and used to great effect throughout.

It never occurred to me until I started writing this review, but Slaughter made an interesting decision in naming her characters, because in essence, this novel boils down to:

Can Will and Faith defeat Evil?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Every parent's nightmare September 18, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fractured, a story about a murder/kidnapping/sex abuse case, is a police procedural concerned primarily with the relationship between the two detectives assigned to the horrific crime. Will Trent, a loner who was raised in an orphanage with the father of one of the victims. Faith Mitchell, the 30-something mother of a college freshman. Both relationship-challenged, both with significant personal issues, both intensely private about their thoughts and feelings. As they struggle to find the perpetrators, they must also struggle to work out an effective professional partnership.

The plot line is a solid one, but in solving the mystery, more reliance is placed upon coincidence than policing or evidence. It also bogged down in the middle sections, and the heavy repetition of some of the themes (dyslexia and the boorishness of the father, for instance) grew tiresome. But the author is skilled at writing dialogue and creating tension and drama without resorting to histrionics. With Fracture, she has created two new, sympathetic characters who have plenty of room to develop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First of Many August 5, 2009
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Fractured was my first Karin Slaughter novel, and it won't be my last. Slaughter is an obvious master of the whodunnit, and her richly wrought characters really drew me in. As soon as I finished this book, I went straight to A Faint Cold Fear, which also featured an intriguing plot and characters you could really get into. Still, there's definitely something special about the characters of Will and Faith from Fractured. In both books, Karin Slaughter demonstrates a gift for bringing to life unique characters who struggle to remain on a path of goodness, despite their deep flaws and troubled pasts. Also worth mentioning is the setting of Georgia -- it adds a nice, subtle ambiance to her tales.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fractured October 12, 2008
Karin Slaughter returns to the location and brings back characters from her earlier novel, "Triptych," the location being Atlanta, Georgia. Will Trent, 6'3 and thirty-six years old, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is called to the scene in an upscale enclave where two dead bodies are found. A 19-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl are found murdered, the young woman having been savagely stabbed and beaten and the boy stabbed and strangled to death, the latter apparently strangled at the hands of Abigail Campano, the woman in whose home---mansion, really---the bodies have been found. In addition to the two deaths, it appears that another young girl has been kidnapped. Surprisingly, Will's boss, Amanda Wagner, deputy director of the special criminal apprehension team, has assigned a young city cop, Faith Mitchell, to work the case with him. [Faith, at 33 and with an 18-year-old son, knows something about teenage angst [both her son's and her own at 14 when she became pregnant with him while in high school.] Another character to whom we are introduced is Angie, a former vice cop with a rep for promiscuity, to whom, against all odds, Will is now engaged.

Faith's working with Will is fraught with complications: Six months earlier Will had been asked to investigate the APD narcotics squad, which "had resulted in the firing of six Atlanta police detectives and forced the early retirement of one of the city's highest-ranking officers. The cases were good --- the cops were skimming cash off of narcotics busts --- but nobody liked a stranger cleaning their house, and Will had not exactly made friends during the course of the investigation." And now Faith is asked to work with the man who had helped force her mother off the job.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series!
Good follow up! I really like these characters, plotting, and overall narrative. Nice to find a new and different crime novelist and protagonist!
Published 6 days ago by bbarber
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Published 12 days ago by Lynn Schmuhl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Could not put it down!!
Published 20 days ago by Patricia Chong
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked sooo much that I started with book one to ...
I started by reading books 5,7,8,& 9. Liked sooo much that I started over with book 1. I truly enjoy this series. I will read her Grant County Series afterwards. ENJOY!!!
Published 26 days ago by Susan Zink
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Karen Slaughter outdid herself in fractured. It is by far the best so far of her books that I have read. I recommend this book to everyone who likes police mysteries.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
I love Karin Slaughter. I was hooked when I first picked up Blindsighted - #1 of her Grant County Series. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jess_Hon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this one.
Published 1 month ago by Samiam
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue at its best.
The characters are well described as if you really know them. Every word gives you insight into the saga with the understanding of how the story unfolds. I enjoyed this book.
Published 1 month ago by Terry Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.....
Good read, keeps you in suspense, good turn at the end.
Published 1 month ago by Ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the series! All are well written.
Published 1 month ago by mathgeek
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Karin Slaughter is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author. She is a native of Georgia.

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Actually it isn't a "stand alone". It is the second in the series Slaughter began with "Triptych" (also a very good book).
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