Author: Karin Slaughter

Title: Undone

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 436

Geographical Setting: Atlanta, Georgia and neighboring rural Georgia

Time Period: Current

Series: Georgia Series, Volume 1

Plot Summary: The book follows multiple characters as their lives intersect due to a car accident involving a woman named Anna. Anna was accidentally run over by an elderly couple, leading emergency room doctor, Sara Linton, to discover that she had recently been starved and tortured. Detectives for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Will Trent and Faith Mitchell, are assigned Anna’s case when it is quickly discovered that other women are missing under similar circumstances. As Anna remains unconscious and unable to provide any details of her kidnapper or capture, the detectives struggle to save three other missing women while wrestling with their own personal problems. Detective Trent quickly discovers the hidden, underground torture chamber where Anna was kept, but not the other victims. Sara, the widow of a police officer, must work through her past to assist Agents Trent and Mitchell to catch Anna’s captor.

Subject Headings: Women physicians; Accidents; Violence against women; Kidnapping; Torture; Hospitals- Emergency service; Atlanta, Georgia; Suspense stories; Psychological fiction

Appeal: engrossing, relentless, chilling, claustrophobic, multiple points of view, strong secondary characters, multiple plot lines, tragic, contemporary, details of Atlanta and rural Georgia, descriptive, and vivid

3 Terms That Best Describe This Book: relentless, multiple plot lines, and tragic

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  • Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge: Isolation due to a dysfunctional family; chilling tone; tragic frame; vivid descriptions


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  • Disturbing the Dead by Sandra Parshall: Part of a romantic suspense series; contains complex story lines; story contains a pair of detectives with personal problems working together; a fast-paced and chilling read
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