Broken by Karin Slaughter

Will Trent, Book 4

Synopsis: When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.
While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets–and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

Review: I have read a few volumes of the series out of order, but I had not tried the first volumes until then. Here is volume 4.

Allison, a young woman, is found dead in a lake. The police have the perfect suspect, a mentally handicapped man who has confessed the murder. Unfortunately, it seems that the police forced him to confess through violence and he committed suicide in his cell shortly after leaving a message that he was not the one responsible. Sara Linton is called to the scene, because she knew the young man. But the cops there don’t want to tell her what happened when she finds him dead. Convinced that there is a problem, Sara calls one of her contacts and Will Trent is called to the scene to investigate. Unfortunately, the cops all agree on one version : they did everything right. Will refuses to be intimidated and is determined to get to the bottom of this case to find out what the hell happened.

I loved this book. The meeting between Sara and Will was touching and I was curious to see each of their interactions. The investigation was also very interesting and I did not expect such an outcome.

A very good discovery!

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