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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528216
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A complex, gripping and deadly serious novel that reflects anew Slaughter’s abundant talent.”—The Washington Post

“An amazing effort . . . This is [Karin] Slaughter’s best book to date, and readers unfamiliar with her work will find this one a perfect place to begin.”—Associated Press

“An absolute master . . . Slaughter creates some wonderfully complex and mature female characters, a distinctive achievement in the world of thrillers.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Slaughter has always known how to pace the suspense in her stellar crime novels, but she really outdoes herself here. . . . [She] reveals the heart and soul of her characters within a highly choreographed, unrelentingly suspenseful plot.”—Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of eleven thrillers, including Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless. She is a native of Georgia, where she is at work on her next thriller, Criminal.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 26 2011
Format: Hardcover
In her eleventh novel, Karin Slaughter brings us back to Georgia. Agent Faith Mitchell, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, finds that what started out as a normal workday becomes something else entirely. [A bit of background: A cop for 15 years, Faith is a single mom, diabetic, 34 years old, and a former detective with the Atlanta homicide squad; her mother has helped care for Faith's four-month old baby for the past two months, since Faith went back to work.] When Faith drives up to the house, she immediately sees a bloody handprint on the front door. Before the ensuing confrontation is over, three men have been shot to death ' two at Faith's hand; she finds her baby locked in a shed; the house has been ransacked; and her mother is missing. Faith's mother, a decorated police officer, had been in charge of the narcotics division, and two of the three dead men appear to be members of a local Hispanic gang known to control the drug trade in Atlantic.

Will Trent, Faith's old partner in the GBI, is handling the investigation; there is a bit of a conflict of interest at work here: Amanda Wagner, the deputy director and his boss, had been the BFF [before the term existed] of Evelyn Mitchell, Faith's mother, a 63-year-old widow and a cop for nearly forty years, who had been implicated in a sting operation that had been headed by Will, to weed out dirty cops, part of the upshot of which was her forced retirement.

Will has a complex relationship with Sara Linton, formerly a county coroner and now a pediatric attending physician in the emergency department of a local Atlanta hospital. Widow of the county's former police chief, at 5'11', with red hair, Sara is a striking woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
A refreshingly, page-turning, exiting thriller that this long time Slaughter fan has finally found worthy of five stars again. Slaughter's last several books have been in the 3 or 4 star range for me, good but just not up to Blindsighted and Kisscut, those first two explosive books. With Fallen, Slaughter is back in the seat with an exhilarating new thriller. Faith, Will's partner, is a major character in this book as her mother is kidnapped and she sets off to track down the merciless person or persons who have done so, along the way she even becomes a suspect. She realizes she can't go it alone and comes to Will for help and even former coroner, Sara Linton. The case is fantastic and an exciting read. Possibly the plot is a little over the top, but who cares! Slaughter is in top form here.

I've said it before in my reviews that I've never liked Sara Linton, but Slaughter takes her character through some major development in this book, as she does Will Trent. Giving them both a much needed update in their current situations and taking them forward in a direction that I amazingly am very satisfied with. An all around top-notch thriller with great character development for the series as a whole.
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By vendyl on March 19 2014
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great mystery writer keeps you wanting more of her ideas and plots, am waiting for more to be released soon
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131 of 145 people found the following review helpful
"Please help me I'm fallin, in love with you." Song Lyrics June 3 2011
By michael a. draper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Karin Slaughter has been entertaining her fans with exciting thrillers with ten novels to her name. One of the reasons that she is so well thought of is that she describes her characters in a way that makes the reader want to know more.

Faith Mitchell shows that she's got the same problems as many parents. She has an infant being watched by her mother and must get home to pick up the child.

Her mother, Evelyn, a retired police commander, is watching Faith's four-month-old dauther, Emma. Faith has been through countless training exercises but when she sees a bloody handprint on her mother's door, she goes into another gear.

After Faith calls for backup, she senses that her mother is in danger and decides not to wait. She enters the home and finds one man deceased, then she confronts two others. There is a deadly encounter at this point that is most visual, as if the reader were watching the action taking place before them.

Will Trent is Faith's partner. Amanda Wagner is his boss and Evelyn's best friend. They lead the investigation and we learn that Evelyn was the commander of a narcotics division prior to her retirement. There was a situation within her unit and due to the legal implications, Evelyn took an early retirment.

The story deals with the loyalty Will and Amanda have for their friend Evelyn. The evidence seems to show that there may be a problem with Evelyn's background but her friends remain strong in their belief of her.

There is also an interesting subplot as Will and Dr. Sara Linton spend time together and form a romantic relationship. We also see Faith wanting to do everything that she can to save her mother and so she begins her own investigation.

The story moves along swiftly and with an inventive plot, knock out characters and a fascinating conclusion, this makes for an engrossing read.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Great Characters Make Book Impossible to Put Down May 30 2011
By DRob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Disclaimer: Reviewer received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

Fallen, by Karin Slaughter, is the latest book in her series following Dr. Sara Linton and GBI Investigator, Will Trent. In this book, GBI Investigator Faith Mitchell arrives at her mother's house after work to pick up her baby daughter, only to find her daughter locked in the tool shed, her mother missing, and several gang members occupying her mother's house, which soon turns into a bloody battlefield. The action continues as Faith's formidable boss, Amanda Wagner, arrives and butts head with the Atlanta Police Department over jurisdiction. Amanda and Will pursue their investigation, as do the Atlanta Police Department, and Faith tries to pursue her own investigation and find her mother while keeping her son and daughter safe.

The mystery plot is confusing, often hard to follow, and reaches back to Will Trent's early years when he investigated Faith's mother for corruption and arrested many of the men in her squad. The book is peppered with an array of former police officers who have been or still are imprisoned, and a conglomeration of gang members. As always, Amanda knows more than she's telling but Will chafes more than usual under her manipulation of him and the people around him.

The mystery, really didn't hold my attention much-- there were just too many characters and too many subplots, and I wasn't able to keep track of all of them. What really made this book for me was the byplay between Will and Amanda, Will and Faith, Will and Angie, and Will and Sara. In this book we finally see Will start to take a step forward out of the well of misery, humiliation and sadness that has been his life, and his inner core of pure goodness comes through. What kept me turning the pages was seeing how far Amanda could push him and wondering if he would ever push back.

If you have never read a book in this series before, I would advise you to read some of the other books before you read this one so you can get familiar with the characters. If you are really interested in a plot involving a bunch of former cops and shady gang members and an old investigation about police corruption, this book may not be the one for you. But if you have become as involved in these characters as I have and want to read about a turning point in the development of Will's character, you have to read this book.

(And just as a note, I am racking my brain trying to figure out what the obscene name is that Will wants to call Amanda that rhymes with her own name, but I'm just not getting it!)
48 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Uncharacteristically flat June 7 2011
By EJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Karin Slaughter has surprised me in the past with her ability to write thrillers that are not standard, write-by-numbers, predictable stories. She usually has really interesting and nuanced characters who are incredibly unique and likeable, and plots that are anything but run-of-the-mill. Unfortunately, this latest offering seemed to me to fall short of her usual writing prowess.

This book features cop and single mother Faith Mitchell, who comes home from work to find her mother missing and a dead body. As expected this ignites an investigation that quickly derails with way too many characters, subplots, and complications. This would be okay if there was a reward at the end of the story, but there's not. The motivation for most of the criminals in this case is never made clear, and the book has too many half-baked red herrings involving years-old cases.

Overall, I'd probably give this one a pass. I am sure Ms. Slaughter has many excellent stories left in her; this just did not happen to be one of them.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fast Paced, Can't Wait for the Next Book June 4 2011
By Smokey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
"Fallen" is another fine entry in Karin Slaughter's thrillers featuring Dr. Sara Linton. This time the crime spotlight is on Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Agent Faith Mitchell, while the romance spotlight focuses on Sara and Faith's GBI partner, Will Trent.

Faith leaves her infant daughter, Emma, with her mother, Evelyn, while she attends a relatively short GBI training. When she returns, she finds her mother's house ransacked, trails of blood, her mother gone, Emma hidden in a shed, and armed intruders inside Evelyn's home. For the remainder of the novel, Faith, Will, and their supervisor, Amanda Wagner, try to uncover who the people who took Evelyn are and what they want. They must work the case from outside GBI's normal investigative responsibilities because the Atlanta Police Department has claimed jurisdiction. They enlist Sara, a former coroner, to feed them information about some of the bad guys who are killed during the investigation.

Slaughter's novels are distinguished by the personal struggles of her characters, waged largely outside of the main storyline, but impacting their approach to investigation and how they handle stress. Faith struggles with her diabetes, the combativeness of her older brother, and Emma's father whom she did not inform about their daughter's birth. As do most of the featured characters, Faith has relationship issues. Will struggles (although not as much as in other books) with his dyslexia, his damaged and destructive wife, and his attraction to Sara. Sara, too, is conflicted about her attraction to Will and his attachment to his wife, as well as about moving on after husband's death. (I still haven't quite gotten over Jeffrey, myself.)

The pace is fast, with a few stops for characters to reflect on their lives and their pasts. Slaughter reveals more about Will's childhood and his relationship to Angie, his wife. But she does nudge the characters into making some changes, even if they are sometimes small ones. Certainly, I can't wait to find out where they go in her next book, just as I couldn't wait to find out what happened in "Fallen".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Slaughter's a great writer... June 4 2011
By L. Quido - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I broke my rule in reading this book through Vine, because I wasn't aware that the characters had been introduced in two prior books, and, Will Trent was also entwined in another of Slaughter's series. Books in series, for me, are always better when you start from the beginning. Starting in the "middle" of a series is probably what made this a 4 star, instead of 5 star review.

Slaughter has 11 books, and if this was any indication, I'll read them all. Her plot was intricate, and while the twist at the ending was a little unbelievable, she brings a new and breathless quality to thriller crime fiction. Set in Atlanta, and starring two members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Slaughter's "Fallen" kicks off when Faith Mitchell, a GBI operative, finds her mother missing and her own baby daughter (whom mom Evelyn was babysitting) locked in a storage shed for safety. The story winds thru the kidnapping and crimes surrounding Evelyn's disappearance, and Slaughter spares no violence in describing the chaos that passes before her whereabouts are discovered.

I liked Will Trent and Dr. Sara Linton, the romantically involved characters in the story. Less so was my feeling for Faith Mitchell, whose life has entirely too much drama, and Will & Faith's boss ... Amanda, who's a little unhinged for a leader in law enforcement.

That didn't stop me from finishing the book in a single day. That's always a good sign. Recommended.


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