Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls Description:

internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets cold vengeance and unexpected absolution in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies twenty years apart that devastate their lives br br Sisters Strangers Survivors br br More than twenty years ago Claire and Lydia s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace The two women have not spoken since and now their lives could not be more different Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire Lydia a single mother dates an ex con and struggles to make ends meet But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss a devastating wound that s cruelly ripped open when Claire s husband is killed br br The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle aged man almost a quarter century apart what could connect them Forming a wary truce the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago and uncovering the possibility of redemption and revenge where they least expect it br br Powerful poignant and utterly gripping packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Blindsighted (Grant County, #1)

Blindsighted (Grant County, #1) Description:

A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner But it s only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer s twisted work becomes clear Sara s ex husband police chief Jeffrey Tolliver leads the investigation a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later But he s got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands for the county s sole female detective Lena Adams the first victim s sister wants to serve her own justice But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath or mean her death

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Triptych (Will Trent, #1)

Triptych (Will Trent, #1) Description:

BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Karin Slaughter s i Fallen i br br In the city of Atlanta women are dying at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single chilling act of mutilation Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives crossing the boundaries of wealth and race And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too Among them is Michael Ormewood a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career And Angie Polaski a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael s lover before she became his enemy br br But another player has entered the game a loser ex con who has stumbled upon the killer s trail in the most coincidental of ways someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open

Rating: 3.64 out of 5

Fractured (Will Trent, #2)

Fractured (Will Trent, #2) Description:

With its gracious homes and tree lined streets Ansley Park is one of Atlanta s most desirable neighborhoods But in one gleaming mansion in a teenager s lavish bedroom a girl has been savagely murdered And in the hallway her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass having killed her daughter s attacker with her bare hands br br Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is here only to do a political favor the murder site belongs to the Atlanta police But Trent soon sees something that the cops are missing something in the trail of blood in a matrix of forensic evidence and in the eyes of the shell shocked mother Within minutes Trent is taking over the case and adding another one to it He is sure that another teenage girl is missing and that a killer is on the loose br br Armed with only fleeting clues teamed with a female cop who has her own personal reasons for hating him Trent has enemies all around him and a gnawing feeling that this case which started in the best of homes is cutting quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide open where human demons emerge with a vengeance

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

Broken (Will Trent, #4)

Broken (Will Trent, #4) Description:

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 br 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

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

Indelible (Grant County, #4)

Indelible (Grant County, #4) Description:

An officer is shot point blank in the Grant County police station and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver is wounded setting off a terrifying hostage situation with medical examiner Sara Linton at the center Working outside the station Lena Adams newly reinstated to the force and Frank Wallace Jeffrey s second in command must try to piece together who the shooter is and how to rescue their friends before Jeffrey dies For the sins of the past have caught up with Sara and Jeffrey with a vengeance

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Fallen (Will Trent, #5)

Fallen (Will Trent, #5) Description:

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 br You know what we re here for Hand it over and we ll let her go br 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 br The thin blue line hides police corruption bribery even murder Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light or bury it forever br Karin Slaughter s most exhilarating novel yet is a thrilling journey through the heart and soul where the personal and the criminal collide and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

Criminal (Will Trent, #6) Description:

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Newly in love he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him Then a local college student goes missing and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor deputy director Amanda Wagner Will cannot fathom Amanda s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons Decades before when his father was imprisoned for murder this was Will s home It appears that the case that launched Amanda s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life and it involves the long held mystery of Will s birth and parentage Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed br

Rating: 3.64 out of 5

Kisscut (Grant County, #2)

Kisscut (Grant County, #2) Description:

Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot out Sara Linton the town s pediatrician and medical examiner finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy br br What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications The autopsy reveals evidence of long term abuse of ritualistic self mutilation but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate they are frustrated at every turn br br The children surrounding the victim close ranks The families turn their backs Then a young girl is abducted and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined Meanwhile detective Lena Adams still recovering from her sister s death and her own brutal attack finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers But unless Lena Sara and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide it s going to happen again

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, #3)

A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, #3) Description:

i A Faint Cold Fear i shares many of the characters and preoccupations of Karin Slaughter s earlier books about small town coroner Sara Linton she is still caught up in a complicated relationship with her former lover police chief Jeffery and disapproval of his sometimes brutal methods Lena once Jeffery s most trusted employee is now a security guard at the local college and coping no better with the murder of her sister and her own abduction and rape This becomes relevant when Jeffery has to investigate a series of murders on campus and one of the main suspects is Lena s dangerous skinhead lover p Slaughter perhaps relies a little too heavily on a number of continuing story lines and has constantly to fill new readers in on these characters personal stories so far Her principal strength is an absolute ruthlessness with technical detail she teases out the significance or otherwise of the numerous unpleasant features of for example the apparent suicide that is the first of a sequence of suspicious deaths p p These are powerful and effective books because they remind us that death including murder is never pretty and that those who deal with it have to develop a hardness that is not always sympathetic at her best Slaughter has a convincing emotional grittiness i Roz Kaveney i p

Rating: 3.48 out of 5