Book Review and Giveaway: Fallen

Guest review by Austin Morgan

I have been in the mood for a good mystery so I decided to sign up for’s First Reads.  This is a great service in which you can sign up to receive books either before or just after they are released.  The first book I received was Karin Slaughter’s Fallen.  In honor of my winning a copy of this novel, you also have a chance to win the same copy!

I can not claim Fallen is a good mystery, but it was an entertaining read.  When I requested Fallen I was not aware that this was part of a series.  The good news is that everything that is truly important is in the novel.

Faith Mitchell is a veteran police officer.  When she comes home to a hostage situation, dead bodies and a missing mother whom was the  Captain of the Atlanta Police Department and terminated under suspicious circumstances a bad day turns into a her worst nightmare.

The story then unfolds almost entirely through exposition.  I do not like this form of story telling but Karin Slaughter was able to keep my interest through the whole book despite it.  Her story flowed smoothly with enough information appearing at all the right places to prevent me from wanting to put it down.  The multifaceted characters help tame the frequent and very graphic violence that seems to guide the direction of the plot.  Be warned if you don’t like to read about copious amounts of grey matter covering just about everything this is not the book for you.

I really enjoyed the ride until the finally.  Unfortunately I found the end to be completely unbelievable to the point of almost laughable and almost caused me to give this book less than 3 stars.  The reason I am giving it 4 stars is that I really enjoyed the book until the very end and will likely read the other books in the series.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Title: Fallen
Author: Karin Slaughter
ISBN: 9780345528209
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Reviewed by: Austin Morgan


The Contest:
To win a copy of this book leave a comment on this post.


  1. Only comments left at will be entered in the contest
  2. You will receive the exact same Advanced Review Copy I received from the publisher
  3. You must live in the US to win
  4. Contest ends on Sunday May 29, 2011 at 11:59 PM CT
  5. The winner will be contacted via e-mail, the winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
Posted in Book Reviews, Mystery/Suspense.


  1. I have read all Karin Slaughter’s books and love the characters in this series. I would love to win the book, so I don’t have to be on the library waiting list for months!

  2. I enjoy Slaughter’s books very much and would love to read this one—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  3. Jenny Goepfert has been picked as the random winner. Congratulations. Also everyone watch for more giveaways. The giveaway for another mystery The Calling ends on Sunday.

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