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Undoneby Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter shocked fans at the end of 2008's Beyond Reach, book six in her Grant County series. Slaughter's risk was tantamount to killing the series off (something no bestselling author is supposed to do). However, as promised, she has raised it from the ashes and given it new life in Undone, a wickedly thrilling story that intertwines the lives of her Grant County characters with those of her Will Trent books.
Thriller writers that spend as much time developing characters as they do plot lines are rare. Slaughter is unique in this aspect because, not only does she write well-rounded, fully realized characters that draw the reader into the story and their lives, she dares to take them places in her plot that few other writers will go. Mixing her much loved Sarah Linton character with her characters from Fractured and Triptych adds depth to the story and creates new possibilities for all the characters.
Undone picks up three years after the last Grant County book, and finds Dr. Sarah Linton attempting to put her life back together in Atlanta, far from reminders of the trauma she suffered in Grant County. Working in a fast-paced ER, Sarah finds herself thrown back into a homicide investigation that brings her into Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell's world. Slaughter is judicious in how far she takes the mingling of these characters, keeping it believable and grounded in the story arcs of the previous books in both series. Interaction between the characters takes a natural path; it never feels forced or contrived, and ultimately adds to the storyline.
Synopses & Reviews
In the trauma center of Atlanta's busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city's poor, wounded, and unlucky — and finds refuge from the tragedy that rocked her life in rural Grant County. Then, in one instant, Sara is thrust into a frantic police investigation, coming face-to-face with a tall driven detective and his quiet female partner.... In Undone, three unforgettable characters from Karin Slaughter's New York Times bestselling novels Faithless and Fractured collide for the first time, entering an electrifying race against the clock — and a duel with unspeakable human evil.
In the backwoods of suburban Atlanta, where Sara's patient was found, local police have set up their investigation. But Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective Will Trent doesn't wait for the go-ahead from his boss — he plunges through police lines, through the brooding woods, and single-handedly exposes a hidden house of horror buried beneath the earth. Then he finds another victim....
Wresting the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell — a woman keeping explosive secrets of her own — are called into a related investigation. Another woman — a smart, upscale, independent young mother — has been snatched. For the two cops out on the hunt, for the doctor trying to bring her patient back to life, the truth hits like a hammer: the killer's torture chamber has been found, but the killer is still at work.
In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together the moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery — as three people, each with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stands between a madman and his next crime.
"Bestseller Slaughter brings together characters from her two series for the first time with electrifying results. Dr. Sara Linton, who lost her husband in 2007's Beyond Reach, has left rural Grant County for a new life in an underfunded Atlanta hospital. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents Faith Mitchell and Will Trent, last seen in 2008's Fractured, happen to be in the hospital's ER when a woman known only as 'Anna' arrives. Anna was hit by a car after escaping from an unknown captor, whose underground torture chamber Will soon uncovers near the accident site, along with the body of a second woman he believes was held in the same bunker. When another woman is snatched, Faith and Will realize they're chasing a sadistic serial killer. As the GBI agents try to connect the victims, Sara becomes more involved in the investigation, even as it dredges up painful memories from her past. Slaughter ups the emotional ante with every twist and turn in this disturbing thriller. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Fractured, Beyond Reach,Triptych, Faithless, A Faint Cold Fear, which was named an International Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Indelible, Kisscut, and Blindsighted; she contributed to and edited Like a Charm. She is a native of Georgia, where she currently lives and is working on her next novel.
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