Karin Slaughter Books In Order (Grant County, Georgia, Will Trent)

Last Updated on October 28, 2021  Karin Slaughter is a favorite author and New York Times bestselling author of two popular thriller series, Will Trent and (my favorite) Grant County book series, and a third, newer series called Good Daughter starting in 2017. While the two main mystery series are distinct from each other, in 2009 the author linked them through the book Undone (Genesis in the UK), so right now we have 2 main series and a third one unofficially called the Genesis series.

Here are the Karin Slaughter books in order for her series and her standalone novels.

New Karin Slaughter Books

Karin Slaughter’s Grant County Series In Order

set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, in the fictional Grant County

  1. Blindsighted (Grant County series #1), 2001
  2. Kisscut (Grant County series #2), 2002
  3. A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County series #3), 2003
  4. Indelible (Grant County series #4), 2004
  5. Faithless (Grant County series #5),  2005
  6. Beyond Reach (also called Skin Privilege) (Grant County series #6), 2007

Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent Series In Order

featuring the special criminal apprehension team in the Georgia Bureau Atlanta

  1. Triptych (Will Trent #1), 2006
  2. Fractured (Will Trent #2), 2008
  3. Undone (also called Genesis) (Will Trent series #3), 2009 – also part of the Georgia series
  4. Broken (Will Trent #4), 2010 – also part of the Georgia series
  5. Fallen (Will Trent #5), 2011 – also part of the Georgia series
  6. Snatched (Will Trent #5.5), 2012
  7. Criminal (Will Trent #6), 2012 – also part of the Georgia series
  8. Busted (Will Trent #5), 2013
  9. Unseen (Will Trent #7), 2013 – also part of the Georgia series
  10. The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8), 2016
  11. Cleaning the Gold, 2019 (novella) – a collaboration with Lee Child
  12. The Last Widow (Will Trent #9), 2019
  13. The Silent Wife (Will Trent #10), 2020

Karin Slaughter’s Georgia Series in Order

  1. Undone (also called Genesis) (Georgia series #1), 2009
  2. Broken (Georgia series #2), 2010
  3. Fallen (Georgia series #3), 2011

Karin Slaughter’s Good Daughter Series in Order

  1. Last Breath (Good Daughter #0.5), 2017
  2. The Good Daughter (Good Daughter #1), 2017

Other Karin Slaughter Books

Karin Slaughter Short Stories

  • Martin Misunderstood, 2008 (short story)
  • Thorn in My Side, 2011 (short story)
  • The Blessing of Brokenness, 2012
  • Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes, 2015 (short story, prequel to Pretty Girls)
  • Cold, Cold Heart, 2016 (short story)

Karin Slaughter Short Story Collections and Anthologies

Karin Slaughter Biography

Karin Slaughter was born in 1971 in Covington.

Karin Slaughter

As a child, Karin Slaughter was always interested in dark things. In one interview she once mentioned that she got kicked out from a Christian school because she tore the Bible apart.

She was usually a loner, spending lots of her times reading and one of her dreams was to write books from a very young age.

After graduating from Morrow High School, she attended Georgia State University. Following her graduation, Karin worked several jobs, including being a designer and sales rep for a sign company. After leaving that company, she started her own sign business.

Before writing her first successful novel, she wrote several manuscripts which didn’t sell. Her debut novel, Blindsighted, was nominated for the Dagger Award, Barry Award, and the Macavity Award.

The Karin Slaughter books have so far sold over 35 million copies all over the world and have been published in over 35 languages.

Her stories are all gruesome and the crimes are not simply glossed over. Her thriller genre is one that cuts to the chase and shows every horrible detail in all its glory.

I’ve read her books in order right from the start. I’ve been introduced to Karin Slaughter through Blindsighted in 2001, her very first novel.

It is also the first in the Karin Slaughter books in order for the fictional town Grant County novels, a forensic mystery series set in Georgia focusing on three main characters: Sara Linton who is the local pediatrician and also part-time coroner, her ex and current husband Jeffrey Tolliver and another strange character named Lena Adams, who is working for Tolliver. The series has 6 books with the last one written in 2007.

The second series, Will Trent, takes place in Atlanta alternating with Georgia (some books in the series are also called the Georgia series) and has as main characters the FBI agent Will Trent, Faith Mitchell who is his partner, and Angie Polaski.

Later on, through the connecting novels, Sara Linton the main protagonist of the Grant County book series also joins forces with them in a few following books including Undone, Broken, Fallen, Snatched and Criminal.

The author’s third series is called Good Daughter and the first book titled The Good Daughter is published in 2017 along with a short prequel called Last Breath. All the Karin Slaughter books are based in Georgia.

In addition, Karin Slaughter has written several novels and short stories, all as standalone books. Her latest short story is Last Breath, published in 2017, as part of the Good Daughter series.

When she began writing The Good Daughter, Karin Slaughter considered it to become a standalone novel. However, she also wrote a short story the same year, which hopefully means that the series will become fully fleshed out with additional books. The first main book is about two sister whose life gets shattered in the very first few pages of the book. It is more a psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns.

The author’s popular standalone novel, Pretty Girls, is a powerful psychological novel that touches on strong human emotions based on loss of one’s daughter and how the family is torn up after the crime.

Another one of her popular standalone novels, Pieces of Her, follows a young woman who learns about a hidden side of her mother Laura. The book reached number 2 on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2018 during the same week it was first released.

While most of the Karin Slaughter books in order deal with the detectives working on solving cases, this particular novel is shifting points of view, this time working through the family’s anguish and the whole community working through what happened around them. In this book, the main protagonists are not police detectives and seasoned investigators. They are just regular, average people. This book is much more character-driven than the author’s previous works.

As usual, Pretty Girls is also infused with a bit of gore, bordering on horror, with graphic- and grizzly descriptions of the crime scenes and deeds.

The Kept Woman is a favorite in the Karin Slaughter Will Trent books, in which the Georgia investigator is brought in to check out a case where the victim is a dirty ex-policeman who was found at a construction site belonging to a basketball start whom Trent investigated for rape, and the guy walked. What Medical Examiner Sara Linton discovers is that there supposedly was a second victim who fled the building. And based on the signs, the woman doesn’t have all that long to live.

The book is a worthy continuation to the Will Trent books in order, however, before you pick up The Kept Woman, make sure to read the series in order starting from Triptych, else many things might not make a whole lot of sense. The Karin Slaughter book list is there for a reason, especially for the author’s two main series.

Reading the Karin Slaughter books in order is a must both for the Will Trent novel series, the Grant County book series, as well as the shorter Good Daughter series. Her standalone novels can be read in any order you choose. In terms of her short story collection, they are easily comparable with the rest of Karin Slaughter’s books.

Currently, Karin Slaughter lives in rural northern Georgia where she is working on her next book.

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  1. Nicholas says:

    When do the cravers bite

  2. Margaret Penner says:

    Did it ever get revealed who killed Jeffrey?

  3. Netty says:

    This is my favourite author of all time. I love the building of characters and the flow of the books. Is there any authors super similar? I am struggling g to find anything as good as that’s books. What would you highly recommend?

  4. Blaise :-) says:

    Hi everyone!! 🙂

    So, I just started reading FRACTURED but didn’t realize that it’s the SECOND book in a series, dang it!! Do I truly need to read Triptych, first, even though I would prob only end up reading the other ones in the series that TRULY sound interesting (& that first one doesn’t, unfortunately)? Or do I really need to read them in order unless I’ll be confused?

    Thank you!!!!

    I really like her writing, so far, this is my first Karin Slaughter Novel!! 🙂

  5. Ruby Corder says:

    I’m in love with the books by Karin Slaughter. I love her writing style and she keeps me on the edge of my seat every time!! My favorite way of “reading” is through listening by way of audiobooks. Great author!!

  6. Karen Ryan says:

    Was annoyed when I got to the end of “Beyond Reach” and started on “Skin Privilege” only to find they are one and the same! I paid good money for those two books

  7. Christel Kemp says:

    I started with “Blindsighted”. And I tried to read the books in order, but the worst for me is when I catch up and have to wait for the next book.
    But with Karin Slaughter’s books, I need a while to recover.

  8. Judy Hankom says:

    Which book do I read first: Beyond Reach or Triptych?
    Do I go in series order or in order of publication?

  9. Barbara Davis says:

    Read the Grant County book series BRILLIANT but got upset with J T death so didn’t start the Will Trent series until recently and then binge read the lot, just couldn’t put them down, now I’m desperate to continue the story so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE when is the next one coming out ?

  10. Richard says:

    I am dying to read the next book if there is going to be on. I looked forward to reading every day but now I am at a loss
    Please come back.

  11. Katie says:

    When are we getting more? 😭. I need a good long series and Karin Slaughter is the best. My drives to work just aren’t the same. I’ve read everything!

  12. Kelly says:

    I’m a very picky reader… I find an author and love the books then read another and can be totally disheartened from reading til I get the erge to pick up another. I read a new Authors books, Mary Kubica, she has 3 great reads out new one this summer. I was like what am I going to read now then on her FB page I found Karin Slaughter. I read pretty girls loved it couldn’t put it down grabbed a few more by her and realised it’s a series omg I was reading it out of order. So excited now that I know the order. Probally spoiled a few things for me but that’s ok.

  13. Shellee Corwin says:

    So I just finished the Grant County series but I’m super confused. I’m told I need to read the book Undone before I start the Will Trent series, yet when you search what series this book belongs to, it shows as the 3rd book in the Will Trent series? So do I read it now or wait????
    Thank you!

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      I would read Tryptich and Fractured before reading Undone because the first two books are really “Will’s preparation for meeting Sara Lindon” (in the author’s words). I read the books in order (also read the Grant County series first) and had no troubles following.

  14. Jennifer Herrington says:

    Is there a new book to be released in 2017? If so, when?

    • Katrina Fitzer says:

      I’m dying to know also!! I’ve googled and searched and can’t find out a thing ????

    • Toni Richey says:

      I just finished “The Good Daughter!” Fantastic! I got this in August 2017

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      Yes, the Good Daughter series is released in 2017, currently it includes one book and a prequel novella.

  15. Lynnell Bradfield says:

    If you have issues finding the books, try your local library. I have been utilizing my local and enjoy the fact I no longer have to look for space to store books. Also if your library does not have the book you want to read, sometimes they have an agreement with surrounding out-of-state libraries to borrow. Definitely enjoy all the books I’ve read by Karen Slaughter; I highly recommend her.

  16. Julie Batson says:

    Different time lines with different series but involving same characters does tend to leave me a little confused ! Prefer all in same range continuing which each new publication so I know where am up to. !!

  17. Trevelene Smith says:

    Absolutely loved every one of Karen’s books…can never put them down…love Will Trent novels especially…already looking forward to her next one !!!

  18. Kathy says:

    Should I read Snatched before or after Criminal? How about Busted – before or after Unseen?

  19. Saturnine says:

    Does Sara Linton feature in every Will Trent series book or just the ones which are also the Georgia series?

  20. Karen says:

    I really enjoy all of these books! Reading Cop Town now! Is the next book out and where can I find it?

  21. Linda misarz says:

    would like the title of book about Jeffrey being killed
    Thank you

  22. Sharon Leslie says:

    Why can’t I find copies of either “Snatched” or “Busted”, either to read or buy?

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      You can find both on Amazon – the titles are linked to their respective Amazon pages.

  23. gwen says:

    Is Amanda Wills mother? Will we ever find out who his mother is???

  24. Val says:

    Can you tell me when the next Will Trent book is due out as I don’t want to miss it Thanks

  25. Judy says:

    How does Bill, Faith’s father, die? I have read all and he is mentioned in Criminal but I don’t remember it explained how or when he died?

  26. kim says:

    Last book i believe Lena Adams was in is unseen. can’t wait for more.i need my georgia fix,lol. love her books.I’ve read them all about 4 or 5 times each lol.

  27. joan krach says:

    What is the last book that Lena Adams appeared in?

  28. joan krach says:

    What ever happened to Lena Adams. What is the last book that she appeared in. I think I have read all the books so far but she seemed to drop out of sight unless I am missing one.

  29. Jan says:

    Have now finished the Grant County and Georgia series, I was a little upset about the mixed years time line and confused as to who was responsible for Jeffery’s death and why Sara blamed Lena.
    Do we ever find out how Jared and Sara get together?

  30. pamela Gee says:

    trying to remember if Jeffrey Tolliver died in the Grant County series. Confused

    • Robin says:

      (snippet removed due to spoilers)
      I love how Karin Slaughter gets you so involved you feel for the characters she creates.
      I have read the Grant series now working on Will Trent can’t but the book down.

      • Sondra says:

        Why on EARTH would you post that? Talk about a huge spoiler. People come here for the express purpose of reading them in order so they aren’t exposed to information out of order.

        What a couple of winners you two are.

        With more compassionare geniuses below.

        • Mystery Sequels says:

          I have removed the spoiler part. Sorry it has somehow slipped past moderation.

  31. cheryl jackson says:

    will there be another book about will trent and sara linton.i love these books iv read them all unseen was great i need more please.

    • Tonya Brown says:

      I know!! I just finished Unseen….I need my Will and Sara fix. Now what do I do?! 🙂

  32. Lynn says:

    Thank you thank you for putting these in order. I have read them out of order and wondered what happened to Sara Linton. (edited by MysterySequels to remove spoilers).

    • Andi says:

      Well gee Lynn, thanks for ruining that for the rest of us just starting the serious. Brilliantly done.

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