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Broken by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Broken by Karin SlaughterQuite a story about a small town in Georgia and all of the troubles that manage to get intertwined in the lives of the inhabitants. Originally it focuses on the murder of a young girl whose body is dumped into a nearby lake. But as the story evolves more and more twisted events are brought into play by the author.

When Frank Wallace, the local police chief, and his main deputy begin investigating the death of the girl their suspicions are drawn to another youngster in the town. They find Tommy Braham, a slightly retarded boy, in the dead girl’s garage apartment. In the ensuing chase Frank is wounded, as is another of his deputies. Lena Addams, his second in command, takes command, apprehends and jails Tommy.

However after the arrest Lena begins having deep concerns about the way that the whole episode went down. She not only replays the scene in her mind but she also realizes that once more Frank had been drinking or “nipping” all the way up to the chase itself. She has seen more and more of this and other strange quirks in his behavior recently. Although she believes that Tommy committed the crime she is unsure about the way that he is being handled.

About the same time Sara Linton who was married to the former police chief comes back into town to visit her parents for Thanksgiving. Sara had worked as a part time medical examiner along with running her children’s clinic in the town but left it all behind when her police chief husband was killed. Sara has a deep hatred for Lena because she feels the deputy was at fault in the action when Sara’s husband was killed. Read the rest of this entry »

Broken by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Broken by Karin SlaughterHaving read Karin slaughter’s books before and thoroughly enjoying them, “Broken” was even better! Allison Spooner stayed at college during the holidays. She was having a rough time from a room that barely heated, a car that smoked, a boyfriend that she felt had left her, and to top it all off the weather in south Georgia was cold, so she disgustedly took a walk around Lake Grant near the college. She really didn’t think of anything else but her “crappy” life as she plodded through the mud, tripped over the tree roots and fallen branches, sometimes falling down. One time when she fell she was pushed into the water and held down as she was brought back to reality. Someone was trying to kill her and they succeeded.

At 3:00 in the morning Lena Adams phone awake her. She knew it couldn’t be anything good at that hour. It wasn’t! She traveled in the rainy, misty, foggy weather to the site where the lake was being searched for a body. When she arrived all the various agencies were there to assist in all the work created by a missing, then found, body chained to two concrete blocks in the lake. What they thought was a suicide now was a murder. The small town inexperienced police force led by interim chief Frank Wallace had been fractured with the death of their police chief, Jeffrey Tolliver, several years previous and seemed to work against each other instead of cooperating. Everything Jeffrey had set up and had running smooth became a Keystone Cops force. Lena got along fairly well with Frank.

Sara Linton now lived in the Atlanta area. She and Jeffrey had been as one and she had been lost without him. She had taken a job in Grant County as a part time coroner while buying out the local clinic. When she lost Jeffery, she left the area with a bad taste in her mouth towards the entire area, especially officer Lena Adams, who she blamed for Jeffery’s death. Now Sara had come back to Grant County to visit her family for four days. It was hard seeing all her connections with Jeffrey. Read the rest of this entry »