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!)