Book Review: Broken

Broken by Karin Slaughter

The blurb: When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It’s a brutal, cold-blooded murder.

All too soon, former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton – home for Thanksgiving after a long absence – finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case. The chief suspect is desperate to see her, but when she arrives at the local police station she is met with a horrifying sight – he lies dead in his cell, the words ‘Not me’ scrawled across the walls.

Something about his confession doesn’t add up and, deeply suspicious of Lena Adams, the detective in charge, Sara immediately calls in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Shortly afterwards, Special Agent Will Trent is brought in from his vacation to investigate. But he is immediately confronted with a wall of silence. Grant County is a close-knit community with loyalties and ties that run deep. And the only person who can tell the truth about what really happened is dead…

My review: Broken is a US police procedural featuring a series character/s. I don’t know enough about the series yet to know who keeps coming back!

This book did confuse me slightly – different parts are told from different characters points of view which is fine as a mechanism but I found it difficult to decide where the author was coming from. Take the character of Lena Adams for example, I liked her from the off, I thought she sounded fragile but tough, a good cop with an interesting background. But then she’s portrayed as a bad character, then back to good, back to bad, then from her viewpoint a little bad! I didn’t know what the message from the author was and it left me a little disorientated.

Broken was an interesting read though and a real page turner. It balanced the crime, the police work and the internal emotions of the different characters perfectly. There was some repetition but all in all a great example of American crime fiction!

Would I read another Grant Country book, I would indeed!

7 out of 10 stars! *******

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