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When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner's death. He doesn't understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn't understand her role in the death of Grant County's popular police chief. He doesn't understand why that man's wid When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner's death. He doesn't understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn't understand her role in the death of Grant County's popular police chief. He doesn't understand why that man's widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case. While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she's already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton's passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver's death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets--and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.


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When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner's death. He doesn't understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn't understand her role in the death of Grant County's popular police chief. He doesn't understand why that man's wid When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner's death. He doesn't understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn't understand her role in the death of Grant County's popular police chief. He doesn't understand why that man's widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case. While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she's already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton's passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver's death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets--and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

30 review for Broken

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    “She was so damned tired of being tragic.” A college student is murdered. A suspect is apprehended. A police officer is stabbed. The events surrounding the crime and the suspect do not add up. Something isn’t right in Grant County. In Broken, the Will Trent series and Grant County Series collide. Broken is a little different than the three previous installments in the Will Trent series. All events take place in Grant County, and the usual suspects do not make appearances. There are phone calls “She was so damned tired of being tragic.” A college student is murdered. A suspect is apprehended. A police officer is stabbed. The events surrounding the crime and the suspect do not add up. Something isn’t right in Grant County. In Broken, the Will Trent series and Grant County Series collide. Broken is a little different than the three previous installments in the Will Trent series. All events take place in Grant County, and the usual suspects do not make appearances. There are phone calls between Will and Faith, and a few mentions of both Angie (boo) and Betty (yay)! The violence was toned down (but there still is lots of violence). The pacing is a little bit slower, and the crime was not the main focus. This book focuses on Sara and Lena letting go of the past and trying to move forward with their lives. I liked how both of their final scenes played out. Broken was another solid addition to the series, and I enjoyed it, but I hope to see Faith and lots of Betty in book 5!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    4.25 Stars When I started listening to “Broken” by Karin Slaughter, I thought it had been about Six months since I listened the 6th book in the Grant County Series. Turns out it had only been about Two and a Half months. When I began and all of my feelings rushed back, I realized that I wasn’t ready, yet I kept going. Cue the anger, the tears and snot nosed face (sorry for the visual!). I was not and am not over what happened. (Sorry for not explaining but I can’t give spoilers). I’m honestly not 4.25 Stars When I started listening to “Broken” by Karin Slaughter, I thought it had been about Six months since I listened the 6th book in the Grant County Series. Turns out it had only been about Two and a Half months. When I began and all of my feelings rushed back, I realized that I wasn’t ready, yet I kept going. Cue the anger, the tears and snot nosed face (sorry for the visual!). I was not and am not over what happened. (Sorry for not explaining but I can’t give spoilers). I’m honestly not sure that I ever will be. I have a lot of anger over it and all of it was and is directed at Sara Linton.. for not forgiving, for not loving enough and for not showing it enough. Oddly enough upon her return to Grant County in “Broken” her anger is directed at Detective Lena Adams and I felt that that was unfairly placed. No one is responsible for another person’s actions and Lena is not responsible for someone else’s actions and therefore is not responsible for what happened. (I know that I am speaking in roundabout terms here so forgive me..). I, therefore, am angry at Sara for two things… not loving enough and for being angry at Lena for something that was not within her control. Cue the anger, the tears and snot nosed face. If you have followed my love for the Grant County series, you may know how I feel about the series and about Sara Linton. I have always liked her but admittedly, I like her a little less right now.. Maybe someday that will change. So much more happens in “Broken” than Sara Linton’s return to Grant County. A murder investigation by GBI Detective Will Trent and Grant County Detective Lena Adam. Delving into the man that Will Trent is - vulnerable, intriguing, honest, hard working, while Detective Adams grows as a person and a detective. Every other review you read will probably sum all of that up, however for me, this novel was about the feelings I had reading it and the characters who have been a part of my life for the better part of a year. Having listened to this novel, I felt more emotions than I expected going into it. I shed more tears than I did having listened to or read any novel since I read the “Natchez Burning” Trilogy by Greg Iles. For those of you who’ve read the entire Grant County Series, I can only wonder how you felt reading this novel.. if it got to you too, or if you had no real feelings. I realize that I’m not really saying what bothered me about Sara.. not giving or loving enough, etc., and Lena .. but since I didn’t give away any plot points in the 6th Grant County novel, I can’t do that here either. That said, I’d love your thoughts. I have lived, eaten and breathed these characters for months and in case it's not clear.. my heart is still “Broken” and I wonder if yours is too. Published on Goodreads on 2.1.20.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Sara Linton returns home to Grant County for the holidays, the first time since her personal tragedy. It's the first time she's faced all the reminders of her past life and it's a challenge. Unfortunately, she's almost immediately drawn into an apparent murder investigation that threatens to reunite her with Lena Adams, the woman she holds responsible for her pain. Because of the case circumstances, Will Trent is summoned to Heartsdale and together he and Sara team up to determine exactly what's Sara Linton returns home to Grant County for the holidays, the first time since her personal tragedy. It's the first time she's faced all the reminders of her past life and it's a challenge. Unfortunately, she's almost immediately drawn into an apparent murder investigation that threatens to reunite her with Lena Adams, the woman she holds responsible for her pain. Because of the case circumstances, Will Trent is summoned to Heartsdale and together he and Sara team up to determine exactly what's going on in the police department now that Jeffrey's gone. This is an aptly titled story as so many of the people in Hearstdale have been negatively impacted without Jeffrey's presence to either redirect or challenge for better behavior. Lena continues to be an enigma and we find her in a shocking relationship. Frank Wallace is the interim chief and he's suffered the most. Even the victims are a bit broken before their demise. The case actually takes a back seat to all these dynamics, rightly so. The narration continues to be outstanding. I liked how Will and Sara were able to deepen their friendship through the investigation. Both were vulnerable at times, forced to confront old wounds and getting stronger because of it and solidifying trust in one another. While it was distressing to see Jeffrey's pride and joy be so diminished, it closed the chapter on Grant County. It also has a classic Slaughter ending where, in one sentence, everything we thought we understood about one of the characters is upended. I'm hopelessly hooked.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Broken brings together Sara, Will and Lena on a case together for the first time. It is hardly surprising that these three make an uncomfortable trio. Sara hates Lena because she inadvertently caused Jeffrey's death. She thinks Lena is responsible for the death of a suspect in custody and she calls in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to find out. Of course, Will Trent is that agent. Another great mystery and another complex story of the detectives, the GBI, the forensic teams, and all the othe Broken brings together Sara, Will and Lena on a case together for the first time. It is hardly surprising that these three make an uncomfortable trio. Sara hates Lena because she inadvertently caused Jeffrey's death. She thinks Lena is responsible for the death of a suspect in custody and she calls in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to find out. Of course, Will Trent is that agent. Another great mystery and another complex story of the detectives, the GBI, the forensic teams, and all the other folks who spend their lives giving a voice to the victims. The murdered can no longer speak for themselves, so the investigators have to put together the story that can lead to their killer and solve the problem once and for all, so the killer can never take another innocent life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    Perfect progression for this series. LOVED IT! I'll be back with a full review soon! Just scrolling through my reviews and realized I never came back to this. Oh well. You know I loved it so that's all that matters right? Perfect progression for this series. LOVED IT! I'll be back with a full review soon! Just scrolling through my reviews and realized I never came back to this. Oh well. You know I loved it so that's all that matters right?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    Although Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite authors, this is not one of her best books. The body of a young woman is pulled from a frigid lake, and the man who is charged with killing her commits suicide while in police custody. Dr Sara Linton, who is home for the holiday, calls in Will Trent to investigate the death in custody. This book has a great plot, but Slaughter has, unusually, failed to make the most of it. Broken lacks the suspense and thrills we have all come to love and associate Although Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite authors, this is not one of her best books. The body of a young woman is pulled from a frigid lake, and the man who is charged with killing her commits suicide while in police custody. Dr Sara Linton, who is home for the holiday, calls in Will Trent to investigate the death in custody. This book has a great plot, but Slaughter has, unusually, failed to make the most of it. Broken lacks the suspense and thrills we have all come to love and associate with Slaughter's writing. The story quickly gets bogged down by a series of long standing grudges and petty rivalries. Instead of the taut suspenseful writing we have come to expect, this book dragged in many places and was only redeemed by one OMG moment and the ending, both because of the quality of writing there and the fact that I was actually glad to get there.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Now living in Atlanta, Dr Sara Linton is visiting Heartsdale in Grant County, Georgia for the Thanksgiving holiday when she becomes unwillingly mixed up in the autopsy and investigation of a young murder suspect in police custody. Sara left Heartsdale when her husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, the Chief of Police was murdered and doesn't want anything to do with the new chief or Jeffrey's ex-partner, Lena Adams, who she blames for Jeffrey's death. She is relieved when Agent Will Trent from the Georgia Now living in Atlanta, Dr Sara Linton is visiting Heartsdale in Grant County, Georgia for the Thanksgiving holiday when she becomes unwillingly mixed up in the autopsy and investigation of a young murder suspect in police custody. Sara left Heartsdale when her husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, the Chief of Police was murdered and doesn't want anything to do with the new chief or Jeffrey's ex-partner, Lena Adams, who she blames for Jeffrey's death. She is relieved when Agent Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is sent in to investigate the events leading up to the man's death. This wasn't my favourite in the Will Trent series so far. It seemed to lack the suspense and build up of the earlier books and for me, got bogged down in past history and grudges. It probably would have helped if I had read the author's Grant County series and knew the details around Jeffrey Tolliver's death and the Heartsdale police, but it felt as if all the focus was on that to the detriment of a better build up to the reason behind the current deaths. It was interesting to see Will out of his comfort zone with his GBI partner Faith on maternity leave and not available to help him out in covering his dyslexia. There were nice vibes between Will and Sara, but whether he can loosen his ex wife Angie's dependency on him will have to be seen. It will be good to to see Will and Sara back on their own turf in Atlanta in the next book in this series. 3.5★

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Another great read in this series. 4.5 "I love Will" stars. Will is called into Grant County to investigate a possible suicide in police custody. He butts heads with Lena Adams and Frank Wallace, and uncovers a truth that most in the town do not want to see. While reading this one I realise that Will has sandy hair. Tant pis! My review, my imagination. Sara Linton no longer thought of Grant County as her home. Sara is back in Grant county for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is her first Another great read in this series. 4.5 "I love Will" stars. Will is called into Grant County to investigate a possible suicide in police custody. He butts heads with Lena Adams and Frank Wallace, and uncovers a truth that most in the town do not want to see. While reading this one I realise that Will has sandy hair. Tant pis! My review, my imagination. Sara Linton no longer thought of Grant County as her home. Sara is back in Grant county for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is her first time returning since the horrific events some years earlier. Her father put on some Bruce Springsteen, the needle skipping on the vinyl record as he found the right place ... Happy Birthday, Bruce, by the way - I'm sure you are reading my reviews!! LOL. Sara and Will are forced to spend time together. There is definitely some spark there ... but he is married ... to Angie - that bitch is still in the picture. We need to get rid of her. Even if Will was available - even if by some miracle he was interested - Sara would never date another cop again ... Loved the interaction with her family. Sara was just about ready to throttle her mother at one stage. Tessa affected their mother's soft accent. "Tell me Mr Trent, do you prefer boxers or briefs? Sara laughed and Tess continued. "Was your first sexual experience from a missionary position or more of a canine nature?" Sara laughed so hard that her stomach ached. She wiped her eyes, thinking this was the first time she was actually happy to be home ... Sara looked up at him. Will stared back, unblinkingly. There was no judgment in his gaze, no pity. Sara couldn't remember the last time someone had looked at her and really seen her.. He'd never noticed how green her eyes were, almost emerald...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Love this series!! Love Will Trent!! Love Karin Slaughter!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This book was fun to read, but not for the reasons the author probably intended. My favorite parts of the book were the incredibly awkward interactions between Sara and Will, both of them are so socially retarded, both thinking neither is good for the other, not realizing they are perfect for each other if only Sara could get over her dead husband and Will could get rid of Angie who is the biggest user I have ever seen. I also loved Sara's family and the town's reaction to Will. They all seem to This book was fun to read, but not for the reasons the author probably intended. My favorite parts of the book were the incredibly awkward interactions between Sara and Will, both of them are so socially retarded, both thinking neither is good for the other, not realizing they are perfect for each other if only Sara could get over her dead husband and Will could get rid of Angie who is the biggest user I have ever seen. I also loved Sara's family and the town's reaction to Will. They all seem to think/know that they should be together. Sara's mom was the best with all of her subtle digs and information gathering sessions. I don't know what to think about Lena in this book. My feelings have gone from absolutely hating her at first, to feeling sorry for her, to kind of understanding where she is coming from, which is where I seem to be right now. I really don't know what to think about her new boyfriend, it reeks of all kinds of dysfunction, but that is Lena to a T. I can't wait to see where things go from here for all of the characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Nicholas

    This particular book of Slaughter's is the fourth of the Will Trent mysteries. Allison is living in Grant County, Georgia going to college. She's having a rough go of things, her boyfriend's being a shit head, her car is on the fritz, she barely can afford to live in her own place, and she's fighting to keep her grades up. Her body is found in a nearby lake, all signs pointing to suicide, apart from the stab wound in the back of her neck. Something's not right. I enjoyed the cast of characters, This particular book of Slaughter's is the fourth of the Will Trent mysteries. Allison is living in Grant County, Georgia going to college. She's having a rough go of things, her boyfriend's being a shit head, her car is on the fritz, she barely can afford to live in her own place, and she's fighting to keep her grades up. Her body is found in a nearby lake, all signs pointing to suicide, apart from the stab wound in the back of her neck. Something's not right. I enjoyed the cast of characters, the crooked cops and those who played by the book. There are issues of mental illness, alcoholism, dyslexia, grief, loss, blame and shame. This was not as grissley as many of Slaughter's past books, and it read more like a police procedural. What kept me engaged was how relatable the characters and their respective problems were. Very well done indeed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Arlow

    3.5 stars For some reason this book started off a lot slower than what I have come to expect from this author and with this installment she also kept the gory parts quite tame. BUT as the story progressed I got sucked in more and at the end I realized that I will have to read the next installment sooner rather than later. The lives of the characters were almost more of a focus point than the murder investigation but I didn’t mind one bit as the story gave a lot of insight into the dynamics between 3.5 stars For some reason this book started off a lot slower than what I have come to expect from this author and with this installment she also kept the gory parts quite tame. BUT as the story progressed I got sucked in more and at the end I realized that I will have to read the next installment sooner rather than later. The lives of the characters were almost more of a focus point than the murder investigation but I didn’t mind one bit as the story gave a lot of insight into the dynamics between Will and Sarah as well as (some of ) the reasons for the tension between Lena and Sarah. All in all a satisfying addition to the Will Trent series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫Karin Slaughter hasn’t let me down yet! Another excellent, edge of your seat book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Broken by Karin Slaughter is a 2010 Delacorte Press publication. This fourth installment in the Will Trent series once again ties in with Grant County as Sara Linton returns home for the holidays. When a young college girl is found dead, originally the consensus is suicide, but upon further investigation it is discovered she was murdered. Then a mentally challenged man is arrested for the crime, and promptly commits suicide in his jail cell. Sara knows instinctively that the cops messed up and t Broken by Karin Slaughter is a 2010 Delacorte Press publication. This fourth installment in the Will Trent series once again ties in with Grant County as Sara Linton returns home for the holidays. When a young college girl is found dead, originally the consensus is suicide, but upon further investigation it is discovered she was murdered. Then a mentally challenged man is arrested for the crime, and promptly commits suicide in his jail cell. Sara knows instinctively that the cops messed up and this is her golden opportunity to take Lena down. So, she calls the GBI, who sends Will Trent in to investigate. I vaguely remember reading this book a long time ago. I think I may have gotten it mixed up with Slaughter’s Grant County series when I picked it up and I remember feeling a little confused and let down by it. Now that I have all my ducks in a row and have read the first three books in the series, things make a lot more sense to me. This book is a just wee bit different from previous chapters in the series, but is a stellar addition all the same. The attention called to big pharm and drug studies is a thought provoking topic, but what stood out to me was the progress Sara made on a personal front. Once more Will is put into an awkward and frustrating situation, and I hated to see him sucked back into this own private hell. I missed Faith’s presence a lot, but hopefully the next book in the series will have us back in Atlanta and to business as usual. Overall, this is another solid crime drama, highlighting the greed and underbelly of human nature, deftly constructed, and presented with a precision only Karin Slaughter can deliver. So far, so good with this series! I’m so glad I decided to read these in order and am looking forward to the next installment!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Another 5* rating this book got me hooked from the start,Lena Adams is back.a great crime case body in the water and the murderer wasn't revealed till the end.fantastic read highly recommend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    It’s hard to start with the number of characters to sort thru but then the flow is great. It’s Thanksgiving in Grant County, Georgia -> Special Agent Will Trent of Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is assigned to 2 cases. Allison Spooner’s murder & Tommy Braham’s suicide. Det. Lena Adams helps Will investigate the cases. (1) Allison Spooner(21) - A Grant Tech college student & waitress, killed at Lover’s Point. Stabbed, tied to cider blocks, thrown into Lover’s Point Lake with a suicide note. If It’s hard to start with the number of characters to sort thru but then the flow is great. It’s Thanksgiving in Grant County, Georgia -> Special Agent Will Trent of Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is assigned to 2 cases. Allison Spooner’s murder & Tommy Braham’s suicide. Det. Lena Adams helps Will investigate the cases. (1) Allison Spooner(21) - A Grant Tech college student & waitress, killed at Lover’s Point. Stabbed, tied to cider blocks, thrown into Lover’s Point Lake with a suicide note. If a 911 call wasn’t made, they would not have known her body was in the lake? Was it a murder or “fake” suicide? (2) Tommy Braham(19) - When they traced to where Allison lived, it lead to Gordon Braham’s garage (Tommy’s dad). Tommy was there & ran. When he turned around, he stabbed Det. Brad Stephens. When arrested, the knife was the size that could have killed Allison? He becomes the murder suspect? Tommy was mentally handicapped. He confessed killing his “girlfriend”, Allison. He cried to Dr. Sara Linton, one of His first doctors, back in town. But committed suicide in his cell slashing his wrist with a pen before she got there. Most people in town said Tommy would never commit suicide. Dr. Sara Linton, former Grady Hospital ME, was back to visit family for Thanksgiving. Sara blames Det. Lena Adams for leaving a pen with Tommy for his suicide. Sara & Lena could not face each other, Sara hated & blamed Lena for her husband, Jeffery, the police chief’s death from the past. Sara & Will have worked together in a many assignments, he can’t escape her family’s hospitality. Lena & Will agree Tommy was in the “right place at the wrong time” when Det. Stephens was stabbed at Allison’s home/garage. Darla Jackson, is the Grant County nurse assigned & helps the investigations. Darla is daughter of town’s ”Interim” Police Chief Frank Wallace assigned, knowing their progress!! Jason Howell, Allison’s real college grad boyfriend, is found dead in his dorm room. Allison & Jason stab wounds nearly identical - “small, sharp blade & twisted to ensure maximum damage” made from behind. (view spoiler)[Finally, they find Pharmaceutical companies were doing “Drug Studies”. They pay volunteers, mostly students, to participate in their studies. Dr. Sara Linton traps a female leading “The Drug Study” & she says/explains “Students kept dropping out, not showing up when they were supposed to. They were blackmailing us.” Sara’s attacked & successfully wins fighting in a rough river with the loser’s head smashed against rocks....and then Will subsequently appears. The ending is good - Will Trent gets a cell phone message, “Diedre finally died. Come home” from Angie(his wife), her mother finally died. He was torn bet. both.... Angie & Sara... Sara Says...”go home to your wife.” A nice end to mystery we have all should “Read”. This would make a nice movie. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    4 STARS And the Will Trent story goes on. There has to be something awfully bad or awfully good to compel a person to turn their lives around. This one taking us back to Grant County, where Dr. Sara Linton was born and raised, and worked with her late husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, who was the chief of police at the time. Sara is only there for a visit with her family for the Thanksgiving holiday. But somehow her old life manages to draw her back into the thick of things. But Sara is not s 4 STARS And the Will Trent story goes on. There has to be something awfully bad or awfully good to compel a person to turn their lives around. This one taking us back to Grant County, where Dr. Sara Linton was born and raised, and worked with her late husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, who was the chief of police at the time. Sara is only there for a visit with her family for the Thanksgiving holiday. But somehow her old life manages to draw her back into the thick of things. But Sara is not so easily persuaded to support her old friends at the police station. And It isn't long before she drags Will Trent into it all with her. More brutal murders, lying and deception, all running rampant in the so called small town. And who is at the center of the melee? None other than Lena Adams, the same dirty cop who Sara held responsible for her husband's untimely death. This one seemed to fly by for me. Although I have to admit, I'm not as into Grant County as I am the Atlanta scene. Faith Mitchell was more in the background this time around. (off having her baby) And Angie... MIA, but always somehow lurking in the shadows. I want more action between Sara and Will. Seriously, the slow build is driving me nuts! I'm liking the chemistry though. I see good things, if only for the small detail of "fucking Angie" and the "ghost of Tolliver". Come on guys... get on with it! Somewhere on earth, there was always a book with an answer in it, and the best way to find that answer was to read every book you could get your hands on. I'm on a roll... on to book 5.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Piper

    I loved this 4th Will Trent installment. While it was not as gruesome as the three before it, it had me guessing up to the end. I found the last chapter (not the epilogue) to be very emotional in so many ways. I cannot express how much I want Will and Sara to become romantically involved. If only Angie would quit getting in the way. Argh! She is such a bottom feeder. Lena had me fooled to a certain extent- I could almost sympathize with her……until the author steered my thinking into a very diffe I loved this 4th Will Trent installment. While it was not as gruesome as the three before it, it had me guessing up to the end. I found the last chapter (not the epilogue) to be very emotional in so many ways. I cannot express how much I want Will and Sara to become romantically involved. If only Angie would quit getting in the way. Argh! She is such a bottom feeder. Lena had me fooled to a certain extent- I could almost sympathize with her……until the author steered my thinking into a very different direction. We shall see what comes of that in the next book perhaps?? While Faith was not so much actively involved in this story- she certainly had a part in helping Will as much as she could. I still like her a lot and enjoy her humorous side. That is all I’m going to take time to say (because I am overly anxious to jump immediately into the next book) other than, I LOVE WILL!! He tugs at my heart and in every book he shows us another side of himself that makes him even more irresistible.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    I could not have imagined a better way to return us to the Grant County series than this one. In book four of the Will Trent series, we are reunited with difficult characters I have had no problem hating, and this time.. this time I wanted better for them. For me. And BROKEN really tested that because early on I thought we were just going to be right back to where I hated everything. But instead Slaughter redeemed a particular personality in the only way she could be redeemed. Not wholly but eno I could not have imagined a better way to return us to the Grant County series than this one. In book four of the Will Trent series, we are reunited with difficult characters I have had no problem hating, and this time.. this time I wanted better for them. For me. And BROKEN really tested that because early on I thought we were just going to be right back to where I hated everything. But instead Slaughter redeemed a particular personality in the only way she could be redeemed. Not wholly but enough to satisfy; definitely enough for me. This was such an important chapter in the life of this series (and the one that came before) and for the characters; and it was close to breaking (hah) me in a lot of ways. I don't think I ever loved Sara as much as I do now in this series. Her interactions with Will were so perfect and oh man, Slaughter, you are mean with how you ended this one. I'm so loving how the author is dragging this out. Additionally, the mystery and the players for this installment kept me fully engaged and I definitely fell for the brief red herring along the way. Tricksy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    It is pretty obvious by now that I have become quite obsessed with Karin Slaughter. I am currently reading her Will Trent Series. Broken is book 4 in the series. This book begins with a character that has already been introduced, Dr. Sara Linton. She is coming home for the first time in years and is haunted by her husband’s murder. Grant County is small and the police protect themselves. When a young woman’s body is pulled from the lake, an arrest is made, but the suspect kills himself in his ce It is pretty obvious by now that I have become quite obsessed with Karin Slaughter. I am currently reading her Will Trent Series. Broken is book 4 in the series. This book begins with a character that has already been introduced, Dr. Sara Linton. She is coming home for the first time in years and is haunted by her husband’s murder. Grant County is small and the police protect themselves. When a young woman’s body is pulled from the lake, an arrest is made, but the suspect kills himself in his cell. Dr. Sara Linton knows the detectives are protecting each other and that the real killer is still out there. So she calls Will Trent to help investigate. One thing I love about Karin Slaughter is that she is not afraid to take her books to the next level. Her characters, plot, and twists are complex. Every detail is important and has meaning. This book is even more interesting because it starts to dive into Sara Linton’s past-which is apparently the focus of the Grant series. (I already added it to my TBR.) There is more to Sara than meets the eye. She has a dark past, that continues to haunt her future. I love how both Will and Sara have to peel back all the layers of this community to discover the secrets. Every character seems connected, but the conclusion is not predictable. Will Trent as always, is fabulous. This book really shines a light on his chemistry with Sara, even though he is still married to Angie. UGH! Angie has been gone for months, she only comes around when she needs Will. Needless to say, I am not a fan of her… *ahem* ANYWAY. Will still struggles to keep his struggles with dyslexia under wraps. But without his partner, his struggles start to reveal themselves to Sara. The only letdown in this book for me is the lack of Amanda Wagner. She is my favorite in this series and I really missed her in this book, good thing she is in the next book. I did miss Faith too, but she will be back in the next book as well. So as always, Karin Slaughter knocked it out of the park for me. 5 out of 5 stars!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryn

    Karin Slaughter always gives a pretty good thrill, but I'm getting a little tired of the whole Grant County scene. I absolutely love Will Trent, and I'd like to see him well away from Angie and preferably with Sarah, but all these serial killer-type situations in one tiny, minuscule, happy, joyous (as Slaughter delights in reminding us) town is getting a bit old, frankly. It was entertaining, especially the interaction between Lena and Frank in the beginning. I was really sort of looking forward Karin Slaughter always gives a pretty good thrill, but I'm getting a little tired of the whole Grant County scene. I absolutely love Will Trent, and I'd like to see him well away from Angie and preferably with Sarah, but all these serial killer-type situations in one tiny, minuscule, happy, joyous (as Slaughter delights in reminding us) town is getting a bit old, frankly. It was entertaining, especially the interaction between Lena and Frank in the beginning. I was really sort of looking forward to a showdown between Sarah and Lena, but I think it was a good call on Slaughter's part to just leave out all the drama that would have ensued. In short, I like Slaughter's writing, I just really wish she'd branch out a bit more. Maybe change up the characters and the setting. I really like Will, but if dropping him is what it takes to add some spark to this constant whirlwind of Lena-Sarah-Jeffrey's issues, then I wish she'd just get on with it. Strangely enough, I don't like the stories about Will and Faith, either; she reminds me too much of Lena - harsh and forceful. You can certainly see how these characters have personality and come alive, but Will and Sarah by contrast come across as sweet, innocent angels to Faith and Lena's unhinged, unexpected rage. It's just kind of cynical and depressing to read. Amanda Wagner (Will's boss) could be added to this number too. Why can't the girls be more... balanced? But I digress. 'Broken' is quite good if you're reading this author for the first time; not so good if this is your eighth experience with the books in this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Brilliant Yet another brilliant story from arguably the best out there. Re read this after about 5 years, still as good as ever. Fantastic characters and storyline.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Dr. Sara Linton returns to her hometown in Grant County to visit family for the Thanksgiving Holiday. When a college student is found murdered and her assailant arrested, Sara is called to the police station to help calm down the perpetrator. What she finds is a 19-year-old dead in his cell of an apparent suicide. Blaming Detective Lena Adams for not searching Tommy Brahams before putting him in his cell, Sara notifies the Georgia Bureau of Investigations about the negligent detective. Investiga Dr. Sara Linton returns to her hometown in Grant County to visit family for the Thanksgiving Holiday. When a college student is found murdered and her assailant arrested, Sara is called to the police station to help calm down the perpetrator. What she finds is a 19-year-old dead in his cell of an apparent suicide. Blaming Detective Lena Adams for not searching Tommy Brahams before putting him in his cell, Sara notifies the Georgia Bureau of Investigations about the negligent detective. Investigator Will Trent is sent to examine the evidence. Lena insists that Tommy confessed to the murder, but evidence shows he couldn't have been the culprit. This book ties together Slaughter's Will Trent series with her Grant County series. As usual we have an intense mystery. I was never sure where the story was going or what we were going to discover. The identity of the villain was a big surprise for me. I certainly wouldn't have guessed it. But what makes this book a winner is the great character development. Slaughter takes flawed characters that we have known for several books and makes us care about them. (Yes, even Lena.) She also takes characters that I had come to like and makes me see them in a different light. I highly recommend this book, but I suggest you read the Grant County series before reading this book. My rating: 5 Stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    Broken by Karin Slaughter is book 4 in The Will Trent series. This one is quite a bit different than the others in the series. I didn’t even have to take a break from reading because of torture scenes. It’s definitely more a of a mystery than a thriller, heavier on forensics than the others and there’s more character development to set up the future books. I enjoyed the slower pace of this one and I completely adore Sarah’s character so I was happy she was featured throughout. I really hope ther Broken by Karin Slaughter is book 4 in The Will Trent series. This one is quite a bit different than the others in the series. I didn’t even have to take a break from reading because of torture scenes. It’s definitely more a of a mystery than a thriller, heavier on forensics than the others and there’s more character development to set up the future books. I enjoyed the slower pace of this one and I completely adore Sarah’s character so I was happy she was featured throughout. I really hope there’s a future for her and Will eventually. On to the next!

  25. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    Great book!! Great plot!! GREATEST CHARACTER EVER, Will Trent!!! (Does anyone else loathe Angie as much as I do?? I want her out of Will's life from book 1.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Broken 4 Stars Sara Linton returns to Grant County for the Thanksgiving holiday. When the body of a young girl is pulled from the lake and another young man dies in police custody, she requests GBI assistance and Will Trent is sent to investigate. The character development is the main focus of the story. Will's skills as an investigator are at the fore, yet it is his deepening friendship with and growing attraction to Sara that is the real highlight. Sara, herself, finally makes the bittersweet de Broken 4 Stars Sara Linton returns to Grant County for the Thanksgiving holiday. When the body of a young girl is pulled from the lake and another young man dies in police custody, she requests GBI assistance and Will Trent is sent to investigate. The character development is the main focus of the story. Will's skills as an investigator are at the fore, yet it is his deepening friendship with and growing attraction to Sara that is the real highlight. Sara, herself, finally makes the bittersweet decision to put her love for Jeffrey in the past and move forward with her life. There are also updates on Lena Adams, who is as irritating as ever, and the twist that she is now involved with (view spoiler)[Jeffrey's son, Jared (hide spoiler)] has a very icky feel to it. The mystery is interesting enough although underdeveloped. In hindsight, there are several clues interspersed throughout, but not enough to actually figure out the who-dun-it. The climax and resolution also feel very rushed. In sum, another great installment in the series and I'm looking forward to the next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    Broken is the 4th in the Will Trent series- having really liked the first 3 in this series- this one fell short 'just a bit' . Before you pick up this series- there is a continuation with some of the characters from Slaughter's Grant County series which has a total of 6 books. There are many great reviews in that series- I am one of the very few that wasn't totally crazy about it- even though I read all of the books. If you are one of the few who are still reading Grant County- finish that - the Broken is the 4th in the Will Trent series- having really liked the first 3 in this series- this one fell short 'just a bit' . Before you pick up this series- there is a continuation with some of the characters from Slaughter's Grant County series which has a total of 6 books. There are many great reviews in that series- I am one of the very few that wasn't totally crazy about it- even though I read all of the books. If you are one of the few who are still reading Grant County- finish that - then pick up the Will Trent series... to me, this series is a lot better- Me- I really like GBI Agent Will Trent. Hoping that book number 5 is better than this book- either way- all and all- you cannot go wrong with Karin Slaughter!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Not as good as previous ones in the series but still solid. And loving how the characters are developing. Onwards!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Els

    I like Sara Linton more and more with each book and I’m very curious to know how the relationship between her and Will evolve.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I loved it! ‘Broken’ is another thrilling masterpiece written by my favorite author, Karin Slaughter! Not only was ‘Broken’ a great read, but it was wonderful to read about Sara again and get immersed back into a new crime mystery, featuring both her, Will, and of course Lena. With all her books— ‘Broken’included—Karin Slaughter has kept me up late, on the edge of my seat, and glued until the last act—which inevitably comes too quick. I’m always trying to figure out the “whodunnit” part of the s I loved it! ‘Broken’ is another thrilling masterpiece written by my favorite author, Karin Slaughter! Not only was ‘Broken’ a great read, but it was wonderful to read about Sara again and get immersed back into a new crime mystery, featuring both her, Will, and of course Lena. With all her books— ‘Broken’included—Karin Slaughter has kept me up late, on the edge of my seat, and glued until the last act—which inevitably comes too quick. I’m always trying to figure out the “whodunnit” part of the story, and ‘Broken’ does not disappoint. It has all the twists and turns in the plot I’ve come to expect and enjoy, complete with Slaughter’s usually wonderful character development! I recommend Karin Slaughter’s books to anyone who enjoys a good crime mystery, but also loves becoming entwined in characters that are well developed, because once they grab you they won’t let you go! Thank you Goodreads for the advanced copy of ‘Broken,’ once I picked it up, I didn’t put it down.

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