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Broken: LOST Series #1

Broken: LOST Series #1

Written by Cynthia Eden

Narrated by Abby Craden


Broken: LOST Series #1

Written by Cynthia Eden

Narrated by Abby Craden

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4/5 (90 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
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Released:
Mar 31, 2015
ISBN:
9780062384201
Format:
Audiobook

Description

The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 31, 2015
ISBN:
9780062384201
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader bestseller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written more than thirty novels and novellas. She lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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  • (5/5)
    Awesome novel.
  • (4/5)
    the story and plotline were good...mbut the audio skipped at a few places.
  • (5/5)
    6 great short novels... they are technically novellas or long short stories but they read like the fast little pulp novels of old, and every Winslow fan will have something to enjoy.
  • (5/5)
    Truly one of Slaughter's best books! I was so disappointed when a few books back a main charactors was killed off and I thought the books would never be the same. They were still great but this one tops them all.Can be a stand alone read but I think it will be enjoyed much better if you have read the other Grant County books in the series and know the backgrounds of the old characters.Thanks so much First Reads for a chance to read this before it's release. I highly recommend it!!
  • (3/5)
    This is a short story of a newish D/s pair where the sub had been previously abused by his former Dom. It was a fine story, but the dynamics of the pair (the sub being very timid and childlike) was not my kink so the story left me cold. If that's your thing, this will certainly turn your crank, I've no doubt.
  • (5/5)
    Love the Will Trent series! This doesn't disappoint. A must read!
  • (3/5)
    Karin Slaughter’s BROKEN (Will Trent #4) is another compelling crime novel, with more background information into some intriguing characters, corruption, murder, and dirty deeds; while Will teams up with the doctor, (both with a past) for a dynamic duo!

    In Grant County, GA student Allison Spooner has been murdered after her breakup with her boyfriend Jason. Mentally disabled Tommy, is the prime suspect after he runs from what is believed to be the scene of the murder and accidentally stabs police detective. His confession and subsequent suicide seals the deal for arresting officer Senior Detective Lena Adams.

    Lena, has a past which is not always by the law, and she is protecting alcoholic Acting Chief of Police Frank Wallace who has dark secrets and skeletons in his own closet.

    Then you have Dr. Sara Linton (former coroner and Hartsdale Children’s Clinic director), and the widow of Jeffery Tolliver, murdered and she blames Lena for his death.

    Of course, Special Agent Will Trent of the GA Bureau of Investigation is called in to solve the case and begins working closely with Dr. Linton as they begin to unravel the cover-ups. These two are from different walks of life; however, both have a past and inner demons which offer them insights into the crimes.

    There is something which connects these murdered students, each of them need money; what is the driving force behind the plot to kill? There is also the police force which Will is more interested in as something smells fishy. He also is in the middle of two women, trying to figure out how all is connected.

    I started reading the latest versions of Will Trent and working my way back. Broken was helpful to provide me some background on Sara and how these two came to connect. With many characters, each brings a big part to the story line as there are many things broken.

    This was not my favorite of the Will Trent series; however, by starting with the latest and working your way backward, assume this will occur, as the author of course matures with each and every book in the series. However, would highly recommend the series and helpful to read each one to get the background of the characters (not as intense or page-turning, as the others).
    I listened to the audiobook and Natalie Ross did a good job with the performance.
  • (4/5)
    I continue to really enjoy Will Trent as a unique character in law enforcement fiction.
  • (4/5)
    This is another great read in the Georgia Series. I find Will Trent to be an interesting character and I look forward to his story development.
    This novel was set in Grant County so we meet up with Sara Linton and Lena Adams again.

    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.
  • (4/5)
    Special Agent Will Trent is sent to Grant County to investigate an apparent suicide that Sara Linton believes is being covered up by Lena Adams. Sara is fanatic in her hatred of Lena and is determined to prove that she was responsible for the murder of Sara's husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. The attraction that blossomed between Will and Sara in the previous book in the series is strengthened in this one. Sara realizes that Will is dyslexic and breaks through his refusal to admit it. The accused murderer of a young girl (a former patient of Sara's) commits suicide while incarcerated under Lena's watch. Will investigates Lena and discovers she is not the only police officer hiding secrets. I enjoyed this book better than the last few in this series. It appears that Sara is moving on in her life; Will might escape from his unhappy connection to Angie, and Lena might have found someone to help her work out her own problems. Things are getting rather soapy.
  • (1/5)
    This book has the great merit of being written in a grammatical correct manner; not much more than that, and I am inclined to think that the merit goes to the dutch translator...In this book the world is divided between two kind of people: the heroes, good, honest, disciplined, loving, suffering, but destined to a bright future and true happiness; and the villain, corrupted, alcoholics, addicted, greedy, enjoying themselves in ways we might all be jealous in our deepest dreams we would never share; those will die in pain, by cancer and in solitude, or killed by the heroes. There is even a third category: people in between, they might go wrong or they might redeem, but they will never join True Happiness.What a waist of ink, and what a waist of talent. I have read a short story from Karin Slaughter, and it was funny and full of irony. This one is not even worth recycling.
  • (4/5)
    A Georgia student’s murder is solved all too quickly and violentlyin a way that tears apart her community, fuels the hatred between Det. Lena Adams and former Medical Examiner Sara Linton, and promises still further violence. Dr. Sara Linton reluctantly returns to Grant County, Ga., where her chief of police husband was killed, to spend Thanksgiving with her family. The last thing she wants is to become involved in the apparent murder of a young college student, but with the suicide of the prime suspect, the simple-minded Tommy Braham, Sara is soon deep into an investigation that isn’t only about murder, but coverups and corruption in the police department as well. With the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s special agent Will Trent, Sara discovers a tangled web of deception and danger. Summary BPLWith Karin Slaughter, it’s never just a who-done-it, although there is always a twist. It’s how she draws her recurring characters into jeopardy as they are sucked into the danger and drama of their investigations. Double jeopardy, you might say. Graphic, but not gratuitously so. 8 out of 10 For fans of murder investigations and procedural suspense.
  • (4/5)
    This book did keep me turning pages I had no idea who the murderer was until that fact was revealed. The story moves along at a good pace.
  • (5/5)
    My opinion: Like I've said before, I try not to read other peoples' reviews on books, or even their ratings before starting on a book. Especially when it's one of my favorite authors and I'm going to read it regardless. I saw some less than stellar reviews for this book and I thought "Uh oh, I hope this isn't going to be dry like Fractured (the only book by Karin Slaughter that I really couldn't get into). I've had trouble getting past Jeffrey's death, which is so weird to say because he's just a fictional character. But after that many books, you begin to feel like you actually know them and when one of the characters dies (especially a main character), you feel like you lost a best friend. This book is essentially based around the corruption that has befallen the police department after Jeffrey died. Frank, Lena's partner has taken over Jeffrey's job and he is definitely letting too many things slide, not doing things by the books at all. Sara is back in Grant County for a few days and still wants Lena to pay for causing Jeffrey's death. She tries her hardest not to get involved in the homicide investigation, but she soon becomes engrossed in it and with the help of Will Trent, starts to uncover some shocking omissions and coverups by the police. Lena knows Frank is covering up and hiding evidence, but since she was involved in the case she tries to go along with the official story (and I think with her history with Frank she still feels a certain loyalty to him as well). I found this book to be pretty fast-paced; I finished it in one sitting. Karin Slaughter's books just suck me in and I get lost in their world all over again. I keep hoping Sara will wake up and Jeffrey's death will all be just a dream, but I know that won't happen. When Will first came on the scene, I just couldn't fathom him and Sara becoming an item (how dare she even think about finding someone else, no one can replace Jeffrey!). The more we get to know Will though, the more I just want Sara to be happy and I think they would be good for each other. Unforunately we run into the road block that is Will's sometimes present wife, Angie, who treats him like dog crap and cheats on him, yet he always runs right back to her. I get that he has a long past with her that no one else understands, but I hope eventually he sees how toxic she is for him. I think Sara really starts to heal in this book and that's nice to see. All in all, a great read. Slaughter delivers again, a great new addition to the Grant County series. Already looking forward to the next one! My rating: 5/5 stars
  • (4/5)
    A medical doctor, she returns to the town where her husband was killed in the line of duty (a cop). She believes his partner was responsible for his death and she is unable to move on. There are a couple of murders; one is drown in the lake and the other is stabbed. A third is also killed. They find the killer and the partner is exonerated.
  • (5/5)
    Karin Slaughter is the absolute best crime/mystery writer I have come across in this day and age. Her novels will simply astound you with their heart-racing moments and intrigue. Every time I pick one of her novels up I cannot stop reading until I'm done and I still find myself begging for more. She's a writer with no fear! She wields her instruments like a knife ready to dig in deep and take you by surprise at every turn!
  • (3/5)
    This is the first book that I have read by Karin Slaughter. I really liked the book, thought it was a great mystery. Sine I have never read anything by Karin I knew nothing about the characters of the book. I found the book really hard to put down. I liked the way the characters and the plot were developed. I would read other books by the author.
  • (5/5)
    Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors, so I might be biased. I started reading after dinner last night and I went to bed at 3:30am when I finished the book.My favorite quote in the novel is, "I'm a missionary, you dumbass. What do you think I've been doing for the last three years?" Sara Linton's little sister Tessa is hilarious!Okay, all that said, there was something just slightly off with the ending and I've NEVER felt anything off kilter in a Karin Slaughter book before. ***SPOILER ALERT*** I think it had something to do with how neatly everything wrapped up with Darla, Frank and Frank's ex. Darla just came out of nowhere. I'll have to go back to the other books, but I don't remember Frank having a rotten daughter. Maybe she had a minor role and I don't remember. And as dirty a cop as Frank is, and with his and Lena's shared history of covering up their mistakes, I don't get why he thought she would just do as he told her to without him telling her anything about his daughter. He knows how impulsive she is!And Jared! What is he thinking?! Lena might not be maliciously evil, but for her to willfully ignore her own tendencies to bring misery to those close to her with her bad decisions and then hook up with Jeffrey's son as an escape...I could just throttle both of them! Ugh! It's killing me to think what might happen to him in the future! Will Trent caught my heart in Tryptich and I am so glad Karin merged the two series. The anticipation of Will and Sara getting together is making me crazy. I am so ready for the next installment.
  • (4/5)
    Another compelling read from Karin Slaughter. Sara Linton and Will Trent make a good team, and I find myself hoping that these two will end up together romantically eventually.
  • (5/5)
    I am a big Karin Slaughter fan, and have read all of her previous books. This one did not disappoint. Her characters are always well developed and interesting. Always a great read. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the previous books, or to someone new to her writing.
  • (4/5)
    This is considered to be the 7th book in the Grant County series, which I have not read. I prefer to think of it as the 3rd book in the Will Trent series, which I *have* read. Will Trent is one of my favorite lead detectives (dyslexia, trust issues, and all), and I enjoyed being introduced to Grant County through his eyes.A lot happens in this book to change the course of future events in the county. The dead are primarily outsiders, but the motive is 100% rooted in the local community. I found Sara Linton a little hard to like, but we meet her at a difficult time in her life. Lena is also difficult, if not impossible, to like, though I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to like her. She does have a few redeeming qualities, but it’s very few. It’s funny, but I’ve noticed that difficult women are a trend in Karin Slaughter’s books, at least in her Will Trent books. Even Faith, Will’s partner and the most likable woman in Will’s life, has her share of rough edges. I’m curious to see if I pick up on the same theme when I get around to the rest of the Grant County series.I probably would have understood the relationships more completely if I’d read the previous Sara Linton books, but if all you’ve read is Will Trent, you’ll do just fine.
  • (4/5)
    In Karin Slaughter’s tenth novel, she combines the characters from her two ongoing detective series, who come together to help solve a series of murders in the small town of Heartsdale, in Grant County, Georgia. Sara Linton, now a pediatrician in Atlanta but formerly the county medical examiner in Grant County, has come back home for Thanksgiving. Although called in to help on the killings, she wants to avoid Lena Adams, the police detective that Sara blames for the death of her husband four years earlier. Will Trent from Atlanta is also called into the case. Sara has met Will before, and there is an attraction between them that neither one wants to acknowledge, although it seems evident to everybody else.Sara wants Will to investigate the apparent negligence of Lena in pursuing this case, but Will discovers that Lena’s boss, Acting Chief Frank Wallace, is even worse. He has problems with alcoholism and anger management, and is clearly covering up something about the murders.Discussion: The mystery of the killings is solved at the end, but that never really seems to be the point of a Slaughter book. Rather, the process of criminal investigation provides a framework for Slaughter to explore the flawed, complex characters who work on the cases. Sara is still coping with the loss of her husband Jeffrey. Will struggles through the world as a dyslexic, having survived a violent and emotionally impoverished childhood in a series of foster homes. Lena, a multiple victim of abuse, has internalized her experiences, and is, as Will observes, “angry, and self-destructive, and feeling trapped.” Frank thought he could have a stereotypical, television-quality nuclear family and fulfilling job; he has not been able to handle the shocking reality of what he got instead.And yet... Sara is a strong woman whose compassion knows few bounds. Will has learned to compensate for his inability to read words with an exceptional ability to read people. Lena never gives up on love. And even Frank has a redeeming sentimentality and tenderness that soften his harsh edges.Slaughter never portrays the human condition in black or white – her ability to create realistic, three-dimensional characters is what makes her work stand out from so many other authors in this genre. At the end of the book, the characters remain broken, but they’ve moved on to a new day and a new resolve to cope in a world full of bashed dreams.Evaluation: I love Slaughter’s characters. They are endearing, frustrating, offensive, surprising, scared, oh so human, and willing and eager, for the most part, to give and receive love.
  • (4/5)
    Broken. Karin Slaughter. 2010. Ah…our favorite character, the one we are sick and tired of, Lena, is back. Sara Linton goes back to her home town for the first time since she moved to Atlanta after Jeffrey was killed. She is not at all happy when she gets drawn into a murder case. When a former patient commits suicide in police custody, she asks Will Trent of the GBI to investigate. The plot moves along like the others in this series—some of it ask a little too much, but it is good to read more about Sara’s family. Readers who like the series will like this one: Sara and Will together again!
  • (4/5)
    This is the second book that features characters from both the Grant County and Atlanta series in one book. I've only read the very first book of the Grant County series, so I was very shocked at some of the events that transpired between then and this book. It’s a great and thrilling read! More detailed review to come.
  • (4/5)
    Everyone has a secret in Karin Slaughter's new book Broken.Dr. Sara Linton has reluctantly returned home to Grant County for the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the death of her husband, the town's former police chief Jeffery Tolliver, Sara has avoided the entire police force and in particular police officer Lena Adams, her nemesis, but within hours of arriving home she finds herself in a jail cell with a dead prisoner. Immediately suspicious of the circumstances and Lena's involvement Sara calls in special agent Will Trent. Is Lena the dirty, dangerous cop Sara has always accused her of being or is the whole force corrupt? Trent will need to remain emotionally detached and follow the facts but as the bodies pile up his own secrets could get in the way.Broken brings together Slaughter's Grant County and Atlanta series but readers can jump in here with no knowledge of any of the previous events. A tight suspense.
  • (4/5)
    The title of this book could describe the characters. Officer Lena Adams of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is called to the scene where a suicide note was found at a lover's lane by Lake Grant. When divers recover the body of a young woman, Lena sees a stab wound toward the rear of the woman's neck and knows it's a murder.The girl is identified as Allison Spooner, a college student and waitress at a nearby restaurant.Lena accompanies acting chief, Frank Wallace, to Allison's apartment. On route, Lena smells alcohol on Frank and observes him drinking from a flask.They are met by a young and overly enthusiastic detective, Brad Stevens. Brad looks in the apartment window and sees a person who they believe is Allison's boyfriend, Tommy Braken. He has a mask on and is holding a knife.In the attempt to question Tommy, Brad is stabbed and taken to a hospitol. Tommy is arrested.In the jail, Tommy commits suicide and in looking at his background we find that he was a flawed character, a boy of only nineteen-years-old with an i.q. of around eighty.Dr. Sara Lingon arrives home for Thanksgiving. She had been married to the former chief of police and was the coroner. She's asked to come to the jail to speak to Tommy before people learn of Tommy's suicide.When Sara learns of the suicide and that Lena was the interrigator, Sara believes that this is another case of Lena not doing her job correctly. She calls in Special Agent, Will Trent, to investigate a possible case of police neglect.Of the characters, Lena's flaw is that she feels guilt over the former chief's death. Even though she was cleared of any wrong doing, she feels responsible.Acting Chief Wallace's flaw is that he is an alcoholic and heading toward a breakdown.Sara's flaw is that she cannot forgive Lena and wants her to pay for causing Sara's husband's death.The police investigate Allison's murder and Tommy's suicide. Will Trent is an appealing character and someone the reader can route for. His flaw is that he has dyslexia and has some difficulty relating to people since he grew up in a foster home.There is an interesting portrayal of town and university. The university doesn't want any bad publicity and sometimes attempts to hinder investigations.I believe that readers will enjoy the contemporary story and see that it could have been lifted from the pages of a local newspaper of a city that has a large university.
  • (4/5)
    Karin Slaughter is known for producing edgy thrillers with no-holds-barred grittiness. BROKEN, in a sense, breaks this pattern, but not in a bad way at all. It still has the narrative drive and characterization that Slaughter's readers have come to expect, but is somewhat more character-driven than some previous books.Dr. Sara Linton is back in her hometown for the Thanksgiving holiday, and is immediately plunged into a murder case: a young college girl is found in Lake Grant with a purported suicide note. It becomes clear the girl was murdered, and the principal suspect, a mentally-disabled local boy, insists on talking Sara. Before she can seehim, he turns up dead in his cell. Learning that the officer Sara holds responsible for the murder of her husband has tricked a confession from the boy, Sara calls in a favor, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation sends agent Will Trent to bring order out of the Grant County chaos. The murders continue as Sara deals with family, hatreds, and crooked cops. Excellent read.
  • (4/5)
    Once again, Karin Slaughter has presented a thriller that exposes her characters in new and disquieting ways. Dr. Sara Linton is back in her hometown for the first time in three years. She is planning a quiet Thanksgiving with her family before escaping back to her new life in Atlanta. A mysterious phone call from a woman calling herself Julie Smith is quickly followed by a call from Frank, the old timer cop who has become the de facto police chief since the murder of Sara's husband, Jeffrey, three years before. Although Sara resists, she is nonetheless dragged into a chaotic case in which a former patient of hers has confessed to killing a local college girl. When Sara arrives to find the boy, who is mentally retarded, dead by his own hand, she determines that the arresting officer,Lena Adams, the woman responsible for Jeffrey's death, has caused this boy's death too. She calls the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Will Trent is dispatched immediately to get to the bottom of it all.Frank, Lena, and Will are the centerpieces of this story and it is their interactions that move the story forward. Each one is desperately hiding secrets but only one of them wants the truth to come out. Will and Sara start a slow dance of mutual interest, both hampered by their pasts. In the middle of this is a killer who will go to any lengths to survive and escape justice.
  • (4/5)
    Dr. Sara Linton returns home for Thanksgiving and is plunged into a murder case and the corruption of her late husband's police department. Her thoughts are filled with the idea of revenge against Lena Adams, who she blamed for Jeffrey's death. She calls in Special Agent Will Trent to investigate a death in the local jail.This book doesn't have the high suspense of others in the series, but it is a good setup for a continuation of the series without Tolliver - and perhaps also without Adams. Sara is finally coming to terms with Jeffrey's death and Will Trent might or might not be a romantic interest. As always, the characters hold your interest. Looking forward to the next book to see where Slaughter takes these characters next.
  • (4/5)
    Highly original characters, plot and location set this book apart from the run of the mill mystery. Slaughter begins her tale by pitting two good but flawed (in other words very real) women against each other in the wake of the murder of a college student over the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Sara Linton uses her influence to get Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective, Will Trent, sent in from Atlanta to "nail" small-town detective Lena Adams whom she blames for the death of her husband and believes is now the cause of the death of another innocent victim. Lena is caught in the web of a corrupt police chief and is trying to do the right thing. The brilliant and dyslexic Trent brings with him some big city police forensics to help in the investigation, but it is his low tech observational skills and common sense that captivate the reader. Very well done.