Audio Review: Undone by Karin Slaughter

Title: Undone (Will Trent #3)
Author: Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin
Narrator: Natalie Ross
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 16 hours and 7 mins, 436 pages
Rating: 5 Stars


When a tortured young woman enters the trauma center of an Atlanta hospital, Dr. Sara Linton is thrust into a desperate police investigation with Special Agent Will Trent and his partner, Faith Mitchell. Though guarding their own wounds and their own secrets, Sara, Will, and Faith find that they are all that stand between a madman and his next victim.

Grace Review

Story: 5 stars
Three books into this series, and my interest hasn’t waned, in fact, this may be my favorite book of the series so far. The character development, the complex set of crimes, and the struggle of the three narrators to find answers, kept me thoroughly engaged throughout.

Have I told you lately how much I love Will Trent’s character? He is as odd as ever, yet so vulnerable, I couldn’t help but be sympathetic.

Personally, Will’s life is a mess. And that would be care of Angie. At one time, a couple books ago, I actually had hope that this relationship between them would work. Now, I want her nowhere near him. She is toxic and I want her gone. But that will have to be tabled for a future discussion.

Professionally, Will has grown into his role as partner, with Faith Mitchell. That’s not to say the two get along in this book. Due to Faith’s own personal issues, which I won’t divulge, she’s pretty much a bitch to most of the story. But despite that ongoing hostility, they work well together in uncovering answers. Slowly they unravel the horrific crimes taking place in Atlanta. This author’s mind is as devious as ever with this installment, and as the descriptions of the torture two women suffered, may bring up your gag reflex. The rib. The plastic bags. Just horrific. And despite all of the evidence left at the crime scene, there isn’t enough to reveal any suspects or motives. That is until Will and Faith put their heads together.

I loved how we are given the clues piece by piece. You may get ideas as to who the killer may be, but I promise you, even if you figure part of it out, I doubt you will predict the full story. It is that crazy. Truly shocking!

This installment introduces another character, Sara, who is featured as one of the three narrators. (Side note: I wasn’t aware of this until I spoke with another reader, but her story is a crossover from another series by the author, Grant County). At times, like Faith, I wondered her main role in the story. Sure she provides some medical expertise to the team, as needed, but she also seemed to insert herself more than necessary. Then she and Will share a dinner, and my mind wants to take things further. Sadly, I will have to wait on that wish . . .

With three main characters interact throughout, offering assistance to help solve the series of crimes, and just provide the opportunity to vent. They give strength to one another to ultimately get their target.

The last couple chapters had my heart pounding, hoping they weren’t too late. This story creates all the emotions you crave when reading a thriller – shock, confusion, fear, and ultimately, relief.

Performance: 5 stars
Switching things up from the last audio book, this story is told for a single female narrator. Given her talent to create distinct voices for each character, I can see why she was chosen.

With 2 female POVs, this narrator captured the emotions of Faith and Sara perfectly. The former struggling through the medical issues. On the latter side, you have a compassionate doctor who is desperate to feel needed again.

As a female speaking male voices, I thought she did a good job capturing each voice. But what really sets this narrator apart was near the end, when she perfectly spoke the voice of a woman who had mangled her mouth on chicken wire. That takes talent, and this narrator nailed it.

Overall: 5 stars
This is the perfect kind of thriller series, with each book featuring a different crime, yet revealing new layers to each main character. While there is some repetition to get up to date with their backstories stories, a good portion of the story goes into fresh territory with the character. More importantly, is that these characters aren’t always likable but they are so intriguing, you just want more. And that’s what has me hooked to the series.

– Grace

Book 1, Triptych: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible
Book 2, Fractured: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible
Book 3, Undone: Amazon USAmazon UKAudible

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