Karin Slaughter has the best Thriller-Writer Name EVER (and her books are good too!)
Fallen(Georgia Series #3) by Karin Slaughter
publisher: Delacorte Press
release date: June 21, 2011
book info: Goodreads
from Goodreads: 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. . . .
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.
My thoughts: So Karin Slaughter’s Fallen was the first audiobook I got free as an official member of GitS-yeah! Even better, audiogo- the audio publisher, offered GitS a chance to be on the Karin Slaughter blogtour as part of the deal Hurrah!
So I listened to the whole book, then looked it up on Goodreads only to discover there was a backstory for both the Will and Sara characters. Obviously it reads so well on its own that you can go grab Fallen first, or you can go back and read the other two books in the series—along with several other presumably awesome books as Karin Slaughter is a multiple-bestselling crime novelist.
So the book-GREAT! Having a small child myself, I wasn’t sure if I could handle the “small baby in a shed while murder happens in the house” scene but the opening sequence was just kick-butt action and small baby Emma was never harmed. I loved how realistic the characters were –and that the book was told through multiple points of view so you know that Sarah likes Will and Will likes Sarah, Faith is worried about her kidnapped mom Evelyn, hostage Evelyn is worried about her daughter Faith etc. Plus, the characters are unique -Faith is a cop who had her first child at 15 then went on to follow in her mother’s footsteps of being an officer, Will is dyslexic and so chooses to listen to his interviews rather than read his notes (go audio!) and more.
Karin also has tons of interesting factual details woven into the story like how hard it was for Evelyn and other females to be cops in the 70’s, how Faith has to deal with her blood sugars because of being recently diagnosed as a diabetic, and how so many criminals illegally have cell phones in prisons (who knew?)!
The narrator, Shannon Cochran, made this performance great, especially having to juggle four different narrators. Since this is an adult novel, the adult narrator didn’t sound too old-she sounded just like seasoned cops (or, for Sara, a doctor/coroner) should sound.
The ending totally surprised me, and although the guy’s motivation wasn’t fully developed enough for me, I am definitely putting Slaughter on my thriller author list –and not just because I will never forget her name when I go into a bookstore looking for a suspense novel!
offical blog tour stuff: As part of her blog tour, I have one of a series of Q&A points with Karin Slaughter (and free audiobooks to give away-see below); however, it will be worth your while to go back, starting with Jen’s awesome review and longer Q&A to get more details and see the whole Q&A, plus it’s really cool to see other bloggers’ perspectives on the same book:
6/21 – Jen’s Book Thoughts (this is a MUST visit stop)
6/22 – In Reference to Murder
6/23 – Book Addict Reviews
6/28 – Dew on the Kudzu
6/30 – Beth Fish Reads
7/1 - Teresa’s Reading Room
7/5 - You’ve Gotta Read This
Question for K. Slaughter: You never pull any punches with your characters, and often put them through an emotional or even physical ringer. This novel feels a little different, a lot more psychologically suspenseful with the mystery of Evelyn’s fate. Is that a conscious shift or just what this book required?
Answer from K. Slaughter: There’s not a conscious shift, but I was aware when I was writing the book that it was more psychological. That’s the great thing about writing in a series—you get to do a different type of book each time. Some, like Fractured, are more rip-roaring out of the gate. Others, like Fallen, are more of a steady build. Then others still are like Kisscut, which I think of as one of my darkest works. I love changing the focus and making sure that I’m telling each story as a stand-alone by giving it its own style. My only goal in writing is to make sure each book is better than the last. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over again. There are authors who do that, and I love their books even though it’s always the same, but for me, my preference is always to do something different. Those challenges keep me on my toes and hopefully my readers appreciate that the story I am telling is just as exciting as the one they are reading.
FYI: Karin Slaughter is a huge fan of libraries and helped start SaveThe Libaries.com -check it out library lovers!
GIVEAWAY!!! GIVEAWAY!!!! I get to give away audio copies of Fallen and possibly another Slaughter audiobook (and those aren’t cheap people!) Complete the form below by July 20, 2011, (my birthday and the day I will offer up some of the previous audiobooks I’ve reviewed!) to hopefully win one of Fallen copies…
-US only, sorry
-must be 18 years old or older
-giveaway ends at midnight (CEN) on July 20, 2011