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.