Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Snatched - Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite crime authors. I've read every last title she's written.

Slaughter moves her characters along in real time, so start with The Grant County books and then the Will Trent series. You can read them as stand alones, but you'd be robbing yourself of a fantastic series.

The last book, Criminal (my review) finally answered some long held questions about Will's background. I cannot wait to see where the next book - Unseen - takes us. (It's next up on my nightstand)

Snatched was a great little listen before I started in on Unseen.  Georgia Bureau of Investigation  agent Trent has been posted to airport duty - the washrooms specifically. While hiding out in a stall in the men's, he hears a little girl in the next stall say 'I want to go home.' Is the man with her her father? Nothing untoward was said or done, but Will's radar is tingling. He decides to follow the pair, but loses them in the large airport. But he's sure something's not right - and the airport is shut down on Will's intuition. The race is on to find the girl before she is spirited away.....or worse.

Kathleen Early has read the last few of Slaughter's books and I hope they use her for future books. Her voice is clear, with short, crisp tones that mirror the lead character's way of thinking and speaking. The tone is no nonsense and easily conveys the escalating tension of the hunt for the missing girl. She provides believable voices for other characters as well.

As, I said, this is a favourite series and character and the wrong narrator would ruin the image I have of these familiar players. Early hits the right note. An enjoyable listen of an excellent story!
Listen to an excerpt of Snatched.  (From AudioGo - 2 hrs. and 11 mins.)


The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I love Karin Slaughter too and didn't realize the Will Trent series spun off of it and so now I need to back track to read a few others before I can continue on. On the waiting list at the library for Kisscut so I can stay on track.

bermudaonion said...

Someone different narrated the one Slaughter book I listened to and her accent was so bad it ruined things for me. I'm glad to see they've got a new narrator. I need to try another one of Slaughter's books.

Luanne said...

Many Thoughts - Yes, I would read them in order if you can!

Kathy - Yep, a bad reader can ruin the best of books.