Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series combines (generally) very disturbed characters both the criminals and the investigators. Sometimes the “cops” seem much more damaged than the unsubs…they’re just not serial killers. In Fallen, Faith, Will Trent’s partner, encounters a criminal encounter a little too close to home. As her team works to resolve the apparently bloody abduction, she works hard to find the perpetrators as she tries to hold herself together.
“Competing sirens filled the air. Police cruisers. Ambulances. A fire truck. The call had gone out. Code 30. Officer needs emergency assistance. Three men shot to death. Her baby locked in a shed. Her mother missing. Faith sat back on her heels. She put her head in her shaking hands and willed herself not to cry.”
And that’s from page 22 of the novel. I bit of an action=packed beginning of the story. If you’ve read the previous books in the series, you’ll know that Faith’s mother was investigated for corruption and she was the only one of her team not thrown in prison. Have those dark days come back to haunt her? This race against time intensifies when she gets a surprise package from the kidnappers.
“He was so damn intent on rescuing everyone else in the world that Will didn’t realize what he really needed was rescuing from himself. Everyone took advantage of him. Everyone exploited his good graces, his decency, his kindness. No one thought to ask Will what he needed. His whole life had been spent in the shadows, the stoic kid sitting in the back of the classroom, afraid to open his mouth for fear of being found out. Angie kept him in the dark because it served her selfish needs. Sara had quickly realized her first time with Will that he’d never been with a woman who really knew how to love him. No wonder he had capitulated so easily when she’d told him it was over. Will had taken it as a given that nothing good in his life would ever last. That was why he had sounded so relieved. His toes had been dangling over the edge. He was too afraid to take the leap because he’d never really fallen.”
Though still full of violence, this story doesn’t contain the usual element (mostly) of evil on Earth incarnate I tend to expect from one Slaughter’s novels. It’s sometime hard to use the word “enjoyable” for one of her novels as they are often disturbing. I can say that you generally cannot put them down once you start reading.