Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: July 29, 2008
Haven’t read the first novel, Triptych? Check out my review here!
The second Will Trent novel, from the No. 1 Bestseller.
A broken window.
A bloody footprint.
A murder hunt begins …
When Atlanta housewife Abigail Campano comes home unexpectedly one afternoon, she walks into a nightmare. A broken window, a bloody footprint on the stairs and, most devastating of all, the horrifying sight of her teenage daughter lying dead on the landing, a man standing over her with a bloody knife. The struggle which follows changes Abigail’s life forever.
When the local police make a misjudgement which not only threatens the investigation but places a young girl’s life in danger, the case is handed over to Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team – paired with detective Faith Mitchell, a woman who resents him from their first meeting.
But in the relentless heat of a Georgia summer, Will and Faith realise that they must work together to find the brutal killer who has targeted one of Atlanta’s wealthiest, most privileged communities – before it’s too late…
Fractured is the second book in the Will Trent series. The previous novel, Triptych, introduced readers to Will Trent, an agent working for the GBI with a broken past and scars to prove it. Fractured, now, introduces readers to Faith Mitchell as Will teams up with her to solve a murder after the victim’s mother killed the attacker.
Fractured is much better than its predecessor in that it is faster paced and the writing of the mystery itself is tight. What makes Fractured faster paced is that it spends less time on the characters central to the mystery. Readers get a glimpse of these characters lives with all the pertinent information. Not once did I feel like I was missing some key piece of information.
Faith Mitchell is a hardnosed cop who comes from a family of cops, her mother was once chief. Through Faith, readers see the typical resentment when higher law enforcement agencies are called in to investigate. Faith embodies the hard exterior shell these cops maintain. She is intelligent, introspective, and relatable. As much as I love Will, Faith offers a more balanced approach to the investigation that tempers Will’s impulsive behaviors.
Will and Angie, what is there to say? They are an unhealthy couple each dealing with their own set of issues. They are comfortable with each other and everything is convenient. Knowing what I know about them in the third novel, since I read them out of order, I am very excited to see what happens in the fourth novel, Broken.
Overall, Fracture is much better than its predecessor. Fractured is everything I rave about with Slaughter novels: disturbing mystery, unpredictable twists and turns, and incredible character development.