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.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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