Monday, June 27, 2011

Fallen by Karin Slaughter

It's going to be difficult to summarize Karin Slaughter's latest thriller, Fallen, without giving away too much of the plot. Take my word that the book is hard to put down as the police and agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation deal with a case that gets completely out of control.

After a morning training session, Agent Faith Mitchell was running late in picking up her baby at her mother's house. But, Faith's training went out the window when she found a bloody hand print on the door of her mother's house, a hostage situation inside, and her mother missing. When she forced to shoot men to protect herself, she found herself sitting on the sidelines of the investigation. But, Faith's boss, Amanda, and her partner, Will Trent, found a way into the investigation. It was Will who insisted that Dr. Sara Linton examine Faith, knowing Faith was diabetic, and she was crashing.

Faith's mother becomes the focus of the case for this fast-paced story, taking place in just six days. Evelyn Mitchell's past may have come back with a vengeance. The woman who had retired from the police force when members of her drug squad were found to be dirty, is now missing, with a lot of blood left behind at the scene. And, her long-time friend, Amanda Wagner, is hiding things from Will, making the investigation that much harder. Everyone seems to have secrets in a case in which lives hang in the balance.

While Karin Slaughter's Fallen is a thriller, with all the violence and connections to gangs and drugs, it's also a story of vulnerability. Will Trent, Sara Linton, and Faith Mitchell all show their vulnerable sides. But, there are surprises in this story of conflict between professional and personal lives. Karin Slaughter's characters have lives outside their work, sometimes complicated lives. And, readers return to read about these very human, flawed characters. But, in Fallen, those flaws and weaknesses, hidden secrets, could destroy a number of lives.

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Fallen by Karin Slaughter. Delacorte Press. ©2011. ISBN 9780345528223 (hardcover), 387p.

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Note - Karin Slaughter is guest blogger on Thursday, with her post about libraries. I hope you come back to read that guest blog.


Kay said...

Oh, goodie! It seems that you liked this one, Lesa! I was pleased with it and am happy to read other positive reviews. Definitely an interesting entry into a series that is firmly in my "must buy - must read" category.

I'll be back to hear what she has to say on Thursday. Any library a friend of mine!!

Dru said...

I love this series and can't wait to get to this book that is near the top on my TBR pile.

Lesa said...

It's not my normal type of book, Kay, but I did like it. And, you're going to love her guest blog on Thursday!

Lesa said...


You might want to move it up a little higher on the TBR pile. It's worth it.

Book Dilettante said...

I've heard good things about Karin Slaughter and would love to start out with this book. Nice review.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

This is a great series and I'm looking forward to this installment! Sounds like it kicks off with a lot of action, which is always a great way to get pulled into a book. :)

Maxine said...

I did enjoy this series but have got progressively more worried by it. The last one ended it for me - the one about the man who kidnapped and horribly tortured women - the scene in the hospital where Sara finds things in the body ...well I won't go on here but it was all so pointless unless there because people like reading that kind of rubbish. So, sorry, I've parted company with her, you can have great suspense and thrills without explicitly described violence and torture.

Lesa said...

Book Dilettante,

You can start with Fallen without having read the earlier books. Slaughter will give you enough information about the characters.

Lesa said...

You are pulled into this book immediately, Elizabeth. I hope you enjoy it.

Lesa said...

You're right, Maxine. And, I have to say, I skimmed one short chapter because I didn't want to read about the beating. But, I didn't find the rest of the book hard to take.

kathy d. said...

I agree about the level of violence being way too over the top in Karin Slaughter's books.

I read two books by her and reached my limit in gratuitous and graphic violence against women. A few of the descriptions pushed me over the edge.

So I stopped reading her books.

And I don't understand why some writers do this. Do publishers demand it? Do they think it sells books?

Violence can be alluded to without the horrific details and descriptions.

Lesa said...

I have no answer for you, Kathy, because I know my limits when it comes to violence, and, if I'm reading a book with too much, I'll tend to skip those sections, or stop reading the book. I'm sure publishers think it sells books.

Kristin said...

Lesa, it was great meeting you tonight @ the Fallen signing! I will def. log back on to see what Karin has to say! She's so down to earth, I love her!
As I told you at the signing that I loved the charactor, Amanda, so to hear that her next book was going back in time to show how Amanda was working thru the "ranks" was really exciting! Hope to see you at another signing and I'll be checking back on your reviews~I just love books!
Kristin Forrester

Lesa said...

You do love books, Kristin, since you went to the signing, and then even took the time to read my blog afterward last night. Thank you. It was so nice to meet you, and have the chance to talk about books.

You're right. I'm looking forward to the next book with the 1975 timeframe and Amanda's backstory.

I hope you come back to read my blog regularly. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone find that yes she has good characters, but she seems to have characters that are used to manipulate us I mean Angie Trent is made to seem like a monster, in essence making Sara look like an angel. It's really annoying- cause when you really look its hard to find redeeming qualities in some of her characters. And how does a twenty year old go from church boy to heartless killer in the space of a year. Fallen ruined a good series for me nothing makes any real sense its just way over the top violence and not enough substance

London Escort Service said...

Karin Slaughter’s most exhilarating novel yet is a thrilling journey through the heart and soul, where the personal and the criminal collide, and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives. It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game, and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense.