Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | June 23, 2011

Review: `Fallen’ is Karin Slaughter at her best

“Fallen” (Delacorte), by Karin Slaughter: Karin Slaughter delivers another emotional journey for her characters and readers in her latest novel, “Fallen.” It’s an amazing effort.

Faith Mitchell, an officer of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is late in picking up her infant daughter at her mother’s house. That delay probably saves her life.

Mitchell frantically calls, but her mother doesn’t answer the phone. When she arrives at the house, she discovers a bloody handprint on the open door. Quickly calling for backup, she enters to find a dead body and two men with weapons. She kills them, which makes her both a witness and a suspect. Her daughter was safely hidden away, but her mother is missing.

Her partner, Will Trent, promises to uncover the truth, but can he overcome his personal demons to be effective?

Every character in “Fallen” has more at stake than just solving the crime. The complexity of Mitchell, Trent and the other characters creates a level of realism and suspense that few writers can attain.

The crime story line of “Fallen” could be ignored and the book would still be great. Adding violence and mystery only intensifies the reading experience.

This is Slaughter’s best book to date, and readers unfamiliar with her work will find this one a perfect place to begin.


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