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by Karin Slaughter

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Features a new introduction on the origins of the Will Trent novels and Undone’s place in the series

In the trauma center of Atlanta’s busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city’s poor, wounded, and unlucky—and finds refuge from the tragedy that rocked her life in rural Grant County. Then, in one instant, Sara is thrust into a frantic police investigation, coming face-to-face with a tall driven detective and his quiet female partner…. In Undone, three unforgettable characters from Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels Faithless and Fractured collide for the first time, entering an electrifying race against the clock—and a duel with unspeakable human evil.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Features a new introduction on the origins of the Will Trent novels and Undone’s place in the series

In the trauma center of Atlanta’s busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city’s poor, wounded, and unlucky—and finds refuge from the tragedy that rocked her life in rural Grant County. Then, in one instant, Sara is thrust into a frantic police investigation, coming face-to-face with a tall driven detective and his quiet female partner…. In Undone, three unforgettable characters from Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels Faithless and Fractured collide for the first time, entering an electrifying race against the clock—and a duel with unspeakable human evil.

In the backwoods of suburban Atlanta, where Sara’s patient was found, local police have set up their investigation. But Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective Will Trent doesn’t wait for the go-ahead from his boss—he plunges through police lines, through the brooding woods, and single-handedly exposes a hidden house of horror buried beneath the earth. Then he finds another victim.…

Wresting the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell—a woman keeping explosive secrets of her own—are called into a related investigation. Another woman—a smart, upscale, independent young mother—has been snatched. For the two cops out on the hunt, for the doctor trying to bring her patient back to life, the truth hits like a hammer: the killer’s torture chamber has been found, but the killer is still at work.

In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together the moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery—as three people, each with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stands between a madman and his next crime.

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  1. MrsLeif

    Undone is the third book in the Will Trent series.Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell are part of the GBI. When the book begins, Faith had passed out and she has been taken to the ER. Here is where Will will meet Sara Linton for the first time.Sara Linton was the main protagonist from Karin Slaughter’s Grant series. She’s a pediatrician as well as a coroner back in Grant County. In Undone, she has moved to Atlanta and is working as an ER doc. Something horrible happened to her 3 1/2 years ago and she needed a change of scenery. She’s still healing.“And now, when she looked in the mirror and saw a new line on her own face,a new wrinkle, all she could think was that she was growing old without him”At the same time that Faith is in the ER, a woman is brought in. She was hit by a car but a lot more has happened to her before the car accident. What she has suffered turns her into a GBI investigation. A serial killer is on the loose and Will, Faith, and Sara will all be involved in the investigation.Another amazing book in the Will Trent series. It has become one of my favorite series. The character development is extensive and thoughtful.My thoughts on the main players:Will—> So damaged. His past has marked him and despite being a smart man he has many vulnerabilities. One his wife loves to exploit.“Who’s Sara?”“Sara Linton,” Faith said. He shrugged, and she studied him carefully. Will never forgot names. He never forgot anything. “The doctor from yesterday?”“Is that her name?”Faith resisted a “Come on.”He asked, “How would she know how long Anna was kept?”“She used to be a coroner in some county way down south.”Will’s eyebrows went up. He slowed to look at another sign. “A coroner? That’s weird.”He was one to talk. “She was a coroner and a pediatrician.”Will mumbled as he tried to make out the sign. “I took her for a dancer.”“Woodland,” Faith read. “A dancer? She’s twenty feet tall.”“Dancers can be tall.”Faith –> I like her but gosh she can be mean! Luckily it didn’t last. She’s starting to trust Will and their relationship is more like siblings.“I am just an awful, awful person, Sara. I can’t believe I said that to you.”Sara–> I loved Sara from the moment I first started reading the Grant series. She’s awesome and she was great in Undone too. She deserves happiness and I hope she achieves it with Will at some point.Amanda Wagner–> She’s tough on Will and also with Faith but I do think she protects them and cares for them.Angie–> Not my favorite character. She uses Will and she doesn’t care about his feelings. She had a tough past as well but this doesn’t give her a free pass to hurt Will constantly.Betty- Will’s dog. Love her.“Sara studied him. “Is that a Chihuahua behind your back?””No, I’m just happy to see you”Sara gave him a confused smile, and he reluctantly showed her Betty.”Going forward with Broken.Cliffhanger: No5/5 Fangs

  2. Pisces51

    Undone: A Novel (The Will Trent Series Book 3)MY REVIEW 5 STARS*****This book is the third installment of the Will Trent Series, written in 2009. The character of Will Trent was introduced in Slaughter’s 2006 standalone masterpiece TRIPTYCH. The New York Times Bestseller FRACTURED (2008) continued the tale of troubled GBI Special Agent Will Trent, and the loner is assigned a partner in Atlanta Homicide Detective Faith Mitchell.Karin Slaughter’s Grant County Series was well established and enjoyed a dedicated following at this time. Slaughter has disclosed in interviews that she had decided to creatively blend the two series. In my opinion this made it possible for an excited audience of readers to learn how Will Trent would interact and navigate the twists and turns that were integral to the Grant County universe.I studied the sequence and the timelines of the two successful series spawned by Slaughter’s imaginative genius. Book 6 of the Grant County Series (2007) followed the launch of Slaughter’s shooting star Will Grant in the literary classic TRIPTYCH (2006). However, following TRIPTYCH the focus shifts—not so much to the fictional character of Will Trent—but as I understood Slaughter to say—by this point—Will Trent IS the story.Thus, UNDONE is really special because it is THE BOOK that introduces Will Trent to a (still) grieving Sara Linton (working in Grady Hospital Level One trauma center in a mind-numbing pace to block out much conscious thought). The backdrop of the story remains in Atlanta, the destination that Sara chose to run away from her heartbreak.What do I love about the book UNDONE? The Prologue was simply a masterful touch…FROM a master. The story line is creative, thought-provoking, and riddled with such dark subject matter that I believe very few authors could have tackled it in such an articulate, yet circumspect manner. Moreover, this book has nail-biting suspense, a relentless pace, and a riveting plot. The author delivers a chilling almost palpable sense of “tick, tock” the clock is running out. There is a daunting mystery at the heart of this complex tale of unfathomable evil. I found myself revisiting the suspects, trying to solve the puzzle. It is not at all surprising that this novel marched right up the ladder to a position of authority with a designation as a New York Times Best Selling Novel.Chapter Six is where the reader learns where the author chose the title of the novel. The descriptive term “Undone” as the story unfolds, is an old colloquialism. Figuratively, it means that a person has pretty much fallen to pieces. Significantly, Sara does NOT embrace it figuratively, but rather literally—[The phrase fit Sara so completely that she found herself surrendering to it, imagining her arms, her legs, detaching from her body. What did it matter?”] Why is this insight important? It so brilliantly defines the dark place that Sara still inhabits. She has erected a shrine for Jeffrey, an imaginary mountain of greatness upon which stands a statue of physical perfection, a bar set so high that no mortal man could cast his eyes upon, alone match.

  3. Customer

    I’ve read this series out of order but it doesn’t matter because I love these characters. This book shows a sexier side of Will Trent that I hadn’t seen in the other books. It adds another layer which drew me deeper into the complex world created by Karin Slaughter. I’m completely hooked. And now I will have complete the series and the Grant County books as well. The only real issue I have is that the secondary characters who suffered the most didn’t grow. They were the same after the trauma as they were before.

  4. Amazon Customer

    I simply cannot get enough of Karin Slaughter. When I started reading these particular books I was not aware that it was a series. I tend to stay away from them as I like to bounce around in my genres. Now I’m sucked in. I have to continue to see how Will Trent evolves. Undone is one of the most brutal to date. Stuff of nightmares. Ms Slaughter has a wonderful team who give her excellent advice on everything connected to solving a crime. From the police work, forensics, profiling and just getting into the murderers mind is very interesting to me. Not sure if I’ll go to book 4 yet. Gotta check my loaded down “to read” shelve. Next!!

  5. TUCSON ROBERT

    UNDONE, is the sixth novel by Karin Slaughter that I have read and it might very well be her best. Starting slowly the story builds to a crescendo of tension about half way through and doesn’t let up. The venue for the story is the city of Atlanta. The two main protagonists, Will Trent, a GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) detective who struggles with dyslexia and reads at a 2nd-grade-level but whose perceptive personality make him a topnotch investigator, and Faith Mitchell, Will’s sidekick detective who had an out of wedlock child at 15-years-of-age, bring this story to life. Faith tries to come to terms with serious and job-threatening health issues that she won’t reveal even to Will. I liked the way Slaughter merges the other characters into the mix—Sara, the sexy and personable doctor and potential love interest for Will, and Amanda, the deputy GBI chief and boss from hell. The author’s vivid description of torture of the female victims leaves little to the imagination. Slaughter has done a masterful job of placing the reader into the middle of this mélange. My only complaint of her writing is that she goes overboard with lengthy, repetitive and often boring narrative descriptions. Karin Slaughter is indeed a talented writer. I look forward to more of her novels building on the same colorful characters. I recommend the book and give it a rating of 4+ stars.

  6. Rhouse

    I just discovered Karin Slaughter, and as most of you know, there’s nothing as good as finding a “new” (to you) author who has many books already published. No “waiting for the next one to come out” anxiety!Before I had finished “Fractured” I KNEW I had to have “Undone”…and I wasn’t disappointed. Slaughter came through for me again, with excellent suspense and a great cast of characters brought to life flawlessly and with depth.Having never read the ‘Grant County’ series, I was afraid the reintroduction of Sara Linton would either confuse me (because I’d never heard of her) or mess up what I think is great chemistry between my favorite Georgia detectives Will Trent and Faith Mitchell. But the author works these three characters together seamlessly. *for more about these characters, please see my (or anyone’s) reviews of earlier novels. It should also be noted that you need NOT know the backgrounds of these characters to enjoy this book. Yes, it is part of a series, but EACH BOOK STANDS ALONE JUST FINE!I’ve recommended “Undone” to friends, but always with a warning: this is a tale of a dark, violent, SERIOUSLY twisted sociopath and Ms. Slaughter doesn’t pull her punches. The book doesn’t include ACTS of torture or violence, but certainly & thoroughly DESCRIBES the aftermath. The author’s villain in this mystery/suspense novel is BEYOND demented and sadistic.Ms. Slaughter, I am learning, is an expert at leading her readers in so many directions–all connected, yet separate– that during “Undone”, at one time or another, I was SURE that everyone but the cops was the “guy who did it”. And ya gotta love a crime novel that you can’t figure out til the end!

  7. L. Paul

    This is the second in the series I have read. I really enjoyed the first one but I could not finish this one. I originally liked the pairing of LEO Faith and GBI Will but in this book but their backgrounds just don’t work for Law Enforcement. Will is functionally illiterate, not just mildly dyslexic as implied in the first book I read. He reads at best, in his own words, at a “second-grade level” and can’t even read simple notes or a calendar during an investigation which both his boss and his partner cover for him even though it sets the investigation back days. Yet we are to believe he was able to graduate university (with written testing in the classroom) and a pre-hiring written exam required by the GBI that includes “reading comprehension” as well as the GBI academy (with written testing in the classroom). Then it’s stated that Faith dropped out of school when she became pregnant at age 14 yet she manages to get a job as both a police officer and a GBI agent, a position that requires a four-year degree. She shows more than once her lack of smarts when she says one character, a pediatrician “isn’t a REAL doctor” as if a degree in pediatric medicine isn’t the same level of training as other doctors. The writing is taut and the plot and action grab you but the author knows ZERO about how law enforcement actually works. Neither of her two main characters would ever be hired by the GBI with their background or credentials and neither are at all credible in this book.

  8. Dotti Elrick

    This is Will Trent’s third book, but this is the first book that we get to see the beginning of Karin Slaughter’s two series finally merge into one, with the introduction of an old character from the Grant County series. Sara Linton.Sara has moved back to Atlanta after the death of her husband. She has taken a position in the Grady Hospital ER. Quite a change from her practice in Grant County as the town’s pediatrician and part time coroner.Just as Sara is about to sign out for her shift and head home, a woman is brought in who has fainted. The woman is Special Agent Faith Mitchell, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. She has been brought in by her partner, Will Trent.As Sara tends to Faith, another patient is rushed into the ER. This one was hit on the highway by a car. But that is just the beginning of the woman’s problems. It’s obvious, that she is extremely malnourished, and has been kept bound and tortured.When Will heads to the scene of the accident, what he finds is horrific. A hole in the ground where the woman was kept, holds torture devices that Will has never seen before. Along with a bed where the woman was tied. What Will finds under the bed leads him to search the woods for a second victim.When two more women who match the looks and personality, of the first two victims disappear, Will and Faith know this killer is starting fresh with two new women. And the rush is on to find them before this madman finishes with them.This was a great book. But I will say it was graphic. What is done to these women is not for the faint of heart. It was exceptionally well written, and fast paced. You get the sense early on in the book of who the bad guy is, but it’s covered over really well.It was good to see Sara again, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her and hopefully Will.

  9. M.Jacobsen

    I think my star ratings for these books have steadily decreased by one each for book I’ve read in the series. This third book was mediocre at best and barely held my interest mostly due to the crime itself (meh….gory for the sake of gory and then didn’t provide any kind of interesting motivation for the perpetrator ) and my disinterest in the the second main protagonist introduced in the last book, Will Trent’s new partner Faith. Add to that a near-disappearance of the most fascinating and complex character Angie Polaski and I was just bored.I’ll likely try a couple more books in the series before giving up, but only because Will Trent is a good main protagonist. If we have a return of either interesting characters or interesting crimes, I’ll be good.

  10. L. Brewer

    I started to read the Will Trent series as my introduction to Ms Slaughter and then realized that the characters from the Grant County series start showing up in this book (Undone) and in the first few pages it gives away a very important plot point that really spoils the stories told in the Grant County books. So read all six Grant County books and the read the Will Trent series. Her characters are wonderful and you grow to love them. ( except maybe for Lena? ) Wonderful writing, very dark but great stories.

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