A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's twisted work becomes clear.
Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation - a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he's got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county's sole female detective, Lena Adams - the first victim's sister - want to serve her own justice.
But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath.... or mean her death.
©2001 Karin Slaughter (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
"Great story- raw and amazing characters"
Crisp, good tempo
I started with Copland... Hated it and loved it simultaneously! The sexism and racism was weaved through the story in Ms. Slaughter's way, gave a glimpse of the past in a grisly reality. Read it twice before starting the rest of her books. This one did not disappoint!
One thing to note, chapter 15 is a repeat of the previous chapter. A sound edit mistake. Not a huge deal... Just needs a tweak. Otherwise it was perfect for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's my first Karen Slaughter book and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a perfect mix of gruesome and mysterious.
"Sadly, a bit of a letdown"
I thought the plot was a little cookie cutter, shallow and lacked anything that really made it stand out as unique.
felt very Nora Roberts, I love her stuff but it is predictable, and follows a very specific formula.
I chose this one after reading Pretty Girls by the same author, which was an amazing book. I think this being one of the author's early works is just not quite up to par with where her later works are. I may continue with this series based on how good Pretty Girls was, but this book fell flat for me. The narrator was awesome, she is really enjoyable.
Blindsighted, released in 2001, was Karin Slaughter's first novel. The novel introduces podiatrist and sometimes coroner Sara Linton who appears as protagonist not only in the Grant County series but in most of the books in the Will Trent series. It also introduces Sheriff Jeffrey Tolliver who is both Sara's ex-husband and future husband. I am completing getting audiobook versions of all of Karin Slaughter's novels. She is one of my favorite authors.
Blindsighted was a blockbuster award winner that introduced Karin Slaughter to the world in 2001. It is just as good today.
Kathleen Early has narrated approximately half of Karin Slaughter's unabridged audiobooks. Her narrations are consistently excellent.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Actually, that's true of all of her novels.
"Another Gripping Grant County Mystery"
Absolutely if they were into well written mysteries. Although there are some rather gruesome elements to the story that aren't for the sensitive. The writing is clean, crisp and the characters move the story.
Yes, I wanted to.
Excellent narration by Kathleen Early. I've given up trying to figure out the correct order to these books. I'm just really happy when I come across one I haven't read or listened to before.
For me this book was a mixed bag. I picked it up because I'd seen Gillian Flynn's comment on the front. Right away I thought "this must have been one of her earliest books. Flynn can't be talking about this book." Sure enough, this is the author's debut novel. I assume her work has improved with later books.
The main character didn't seem smart enough to be a doctor. Her lack of common sense and her pettiness with her ex were a turn off, and the way her back story was presented came off disjointed and random. I guess some of the extraneous info was to set up a series, but it felt out of place. The last 20% of the book did redeem itself for me enough to give it 3 stars. The author clearly has a head for crime writing, and I am not sure if I will read more of her books or not.
The narrator occasionally slipped into an annoying sing-songy cadence that I disliked, but her voices were well done. Overall, I'd probably recommend trying a book written later by this author as her skills must have improved over this debut novel.
"Kept me guessing till the end"
A good story. Her story Kept me guessing until the end and the narrator was great , clear and easy to understand.
The book was excellent and the narration brought it life! The characters are realistic and relatable and very, very human. I like that although Jeffrey and Sara had so many misunderstandings between them that they have a start to understanding each other and finding their way back inspite of past mistakes.
I really enjoyed the villain, the way the author did not shy away from the grisly descriptions. If you like chick lit with lots of sex and no real content, pass on this book!
"The title should be "Blindsided by Dysfunction""
Barely an hour into the book and I hate the characters. The victim was lucky that she was killed and didn't have to continue to live in a town full of angry dysfunctional people. Honestly the main characters all seem to have some chip on the their shoulder or problems with each other This town doesn't need a detective or doctor they need a good therapist. Save your credit for another book.
Characters were flat, irritating, stereotyped, uninteresting. The writing was barely better than amateur critique group. Boring, overly bloody for no reason, and certainly not thrilling by any stretch. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
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