Author: Karin Slaughter
Book Name: Fractured
Series: Will Trent
Rating: Really Good
Blurb: Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most upscale neighborhoods–but in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands. Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is one of the first on the scene. Trent soon sees something that the Atlanta cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the stunned mother. When another teenage girl goes missing, Trent knows that this case, which started in the best of homes, is about to cut quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.
Review: Much like the first book in this series, the crime in this book is investigated and solved by people who actually appear to know what they are doing. One big difference between book one and this one is the fewer character perspectives this was presented in. I’d say it was probably a plus as we could spend more time focused on the more important characters and not jumping all over the place. At the same time, I’m not sure this had quite the emotional impact the first book did.
The crime and investigative aspects of this story were really good and I have no complaints in that regard because that was really well written. My one issue was with the tiny side plot of the romance between Will and Angie. For one, them suddenly being engaged is a complete 180 from where their relationship was left at the end of the last book and there is no rational explanation for it. She gave him an STD so now they are getting married? That makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever. This is such a small portion of the story. It really only got a few pages of attention, so that makes it even more confusing because why is it even really necessary? To underscore how messed up Will is? That is already abundantly clear and his weirdness really doesn’t need that additional layer. The relationship between the two characters is so ugly and unhealthy, it makes it incredibly hard to like either character. The whole thing is beyond strange and awkward. So much so that if more time and attention were spent on it, I’d quickly start not liking these books.
Because that aspect of the story was so small and got so little page time, it didn’t take away from the rest of the story too much this time. Instead, the focus was mainly on the believable story of the crime and what Will and Faith, who he is partnered with in this book, do to solve that crime. I am liking what I’m reading in these books because of how believable they come across. I am just hoping this series doesn’t go off the rails in some crazy direction.