SOURCE: Borrowed from Ava, a fellow Readers Group member.
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...
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): Allison Spooner wanted to leave town for the holiday, but there was nowhere to go.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 275): Incongruously, there was a hair dryer and a pink makeup kit opened on top of the cotton box. Pots of foundation and various shades of eyeshadows and lip glosses were inside. The logo for 'Pearson's Mortuary makeup' was embossed on the inside of the lid.
MY THOUGHTS: Part two in the Georgia series. Broken reads perfectly well as a standalone novel but I do feel I would have benefited from reading part one if only because I was intrigued by exactly what the history between main characters Sara and Lena was.
An average enough 'forensic' read. Broken had all of the elements that I would have expected of the genre - a murder (or two), a killer on the loose, a touch of romance and a heroine who for the most part acts before she thinks - with the exception of special Agent Will Trent, a cop with dyslexia.
Yes, forensic content aside, it wasn't so much the murder investigation that made this book for me as it was Will Trent. A very real character, I thought the authors dealing with his dyslexia sensitively done and very informative.
Not as good as Kathy Reichs in my opinion but still worth a look for those who are fans of this kind of crime novel.
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