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Review: Fallen

April 6, 2012

Faith Mitchell is a police officer in Atlanta and a single mother.  She relies on her mother, Evelyn, a retired police commander, to care for her baby while she’s at work.   While she’s at work one day, Faith calls to check in and Evelyn doesn’t answer the phone so she knows there must be something wrong and heads to the house.  She finds the door ajar, blood on the wall, a dead man in the laundry room, and a hostage in the bedroom.  Faith’s baby is strapped in her car seat in the shed in the backyard, but Evelyn is nowhere to be found.

Faith knows she has to act fast to save her mother and enlists the aid of her partner, Will Trent.  It’s difficult, because Faith is a witness and a suspect.

Fallen, by Karin Slaughter, is the third book featuring Will Trent and Faith Mitchell but it’s the first one I’ve read.  I had no trouble catching up with the characters and didn’t feel like I missed any background I needed to know.  The beginning of the mystery started out strong for me and I had no clue where it was going, even in the middle of the book.  By the end of the book, I thought it was all pretty clever (and maybe a little convoluted).  The story was intense at times and dragged at others but, overall, I enjoyed the mystery.

I very much enjoyed the Atlanta setting of the book.  Georgia native Slaughter got Atlanta just right and I could picture most of the places she mentioned.

I listened to the audio version of Fallen – it’s narrated by Shannon Cochran.  She does a pretty good job as a narrator, but her Southern accents were not right and they drove me to distraction – I found myself focusing on the accents instead of the story at times.  I had several people listen to part of the story to see if it was just me and everyone agreed that the accents weren’t right.  The accents Cochran used were more like caricatures of Southern accents than real accents.  I’m sure she’s a fine narrator, but this book wasn’t a good fit for her.  The audio is on eleven CDs and runs approximately thirteen and a half hours.

I won this book in a contest on You’ve GOTTA read this!   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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26 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    April 6, 2012 6:59 am

    I listened to this on audio as well (in fact I think you might have won my giveaway!). I am probably not as much of an expert on accents, but I think you are right, this was not the audio for this narrator. Good but not great. I had a similar issue…review coming soon…about John Hart’s The Last Child. I almost couldn’t focus the accent was driving me so crazy.

    This is actually a worthy series to look into. She branches out and pursues various characters within the series and they are interesting. I loved the chemistry between Sara and Will in this one.

  2. Beth F permalink
    April 6, 2012 7:02 am

    I have this in audio too and have listened to the first disc. I’m not not quite sure why I haven’t finished listening … I’ll give it another go.

  3. April 6, 2012 7:29 am

    I listened to this one with Frank, and we couldn’t get through it. The accent thing really bugged me, and at times, the plot was really slow. We got about halfway through and decided that this one wasn’t for us. I guess I am the wrong audience for this kind of book, since I don’t really love thrillers, but this one just didn’t work for me.

  4. bookingmama permalink
    April 6, 2012 9:03 am

    My dad read this one and liked it, I think! Sounds like one I should have kept for myself.

  5. April 6, 2012 9:16 am

    While the books sounds very good, I think I may read it, rather than listen to it, after your comments. But I really don’t want to hear about chemistry between partners, (I’m the wife at home).

  6. April 6, 2012 9:43 am

    I love Karin Slaughter but part of it is loving the characters and following them through the series.

  7. April 6, 2012 10:02 am

    Mystery/thrillers are one genre I always like hearing about but I don’t usually read those myself. That’s something I really want to change. Great review!

  8. April 6, 2012 10:43 am

    Ooooooooooo it sounds soo good. I’m riveted already.

    Question: Does the story get gory? I don’t do gore. I love mysteries but I like them minus the gory details.

  9. April 6, 2012 11:31 am

    This sounds like a good thriller.

  10. April 6, 2012 11:43 am

    I think I have listened to one of her books and I enjoyed it as well. This one sounds liek another good one.

  11. April 6, 2012 12:57 pm

    I’m a Karin Slaughter fan and haven’t read this one yet. Since I don’t do audiobooks, I should enjoy it as much as I have other books of hers.

  12. April 6, 2012 1:34 pm

    The accents would be important to me as well. Thanks for your honest and concise review.

  13. April 6, 2012 3:07 pm

    Sounds like this is a real winner. Thanks for review.

  14. April 6, 2012 3:10 pm

    I am not even remotely Southern and that wrong accent thing would make me crazy!!!

  15. April 6, 2012 4:58 pm

    Have not read anything by this author yet. And I’m not into audio books either. I tried two and I was bored. Maybe they were not the right ones.

  16. April 6, 2012 5:18 pm

    Oh no! A bad accent would drive me insane, like when someone tries to speak with a Swedish accent on telly, sigh

  17. April 6, 2012 5:34 pm

    This one sounds like a great read, maybe needing a little better execution wise for flow but good. I should consider reading this series.

  18. April 6, 2012 8:34 pm

    I am a fan of this authors. I read Undone and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to read her again one day. Too bad about the accent in the audio, otherwise it sounds like a great book.

  19. April 7, 2012 12:43 am

    I picked this up at BEA last year and haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m not a Southerner so I don’t know if the accents will be an issue with me or not; but I do know that if you’re distracted by them for whatever reason, it’s not a good sign. If you had given the audio a rave, I might have bumped it up on my list; but it doesn’t sound like a “must-listen” right now. Thanks for being honest in your review :-)

  20. April 7, 2012 6:44 pm

    i’ve read the description of this book before and think it’s even on my tbr list…the premise sounds incredibly intriguing! I’ve seen her speak at the Decatur Book Festival a couple of times and during both she was so engaging and friendly.

  21. April 8, 2012 6:12 am

    I read Karin Slaughter religiously, practically! :] I love her writing style for murders. I think she’s better read than heard. Have read all of her books…
    Deb

  22. April 8, 2012 8:18 am

    Oh, bad accents are bad, especially since that is a range of accents with which you’re really familiar. Sounds like better casting was needed here.

  23. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    April 9, 2012 8:59 am

    I can see how that would drive you crazy especially because you’re southern! I have this book in my personal library…can’t wait to read it as I love this author!

  24. April 10, 2012 12:06 am

    I won these cds and forgot all about them til now! Jason listened to it and liked it.

  25. escapingjourney permalink
    April 12, 2012 3:08 pm

    Eeek..sounds good but I think it’s best I stay away as I’ll be dealing with dropping of a baby at daycare later this summer. haha!

  26. April 13, 2012 3:40 pm

    I have enjoyed all the Slaughter books I’ve read, but have only read #1 in this series. I’m a little concerned about the audio version. Eek!

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