Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fallen (Guest Post: Connie Bridge)

Fallen by Karin Slaughter
I finally finished this book on CD. This is my first book by this author.
The review: There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her mother. . . .
“You know what we’re here for. Hand it over, and we’ll let her go.”

When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions, not enough answers. To find her mother, she’ll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and they’ll both need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton. But Faith isn’t just a cop anymore—she’s a witness. She’s also a suspect.

The thin blue line hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light—or bury it forever.
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. End of Review
Some books are easily listened to. You can “half listen” to them. This is not one of those. I started disc’s over several times because I was only “half listening” to it. There are a few different story lines going on that tie back to each other. Slaughter’s characters are very well developed so that one knows the likes and dislikes of each one. You like some characters and dislike others for how well she writes about them.
There is some “strong” language. There is some bloody ‘beat’em ups.” It is a mystery, thriller, love story: in that order. The ending totally was not what you were led to believe. It came out of nowhere but totally fit the story. I just didn’t see it coming.
I give the book 7 out of 10 stars. I have some others of hers I am going to read. Right now I don’t know if this is a series and I should have started at the beginning. I will let you know.

-Connie Bridge

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