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Beyond Reach (Grant County) Hardcover – July 31, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Grant County
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038533947X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385339476
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. At the start of bestseller Slaughter's bone-chilling sixth thriller in her Grant County, Ga., crime series (after 2005's Faithless), Dr. Sara Linton, the county's resident pediatrician and medical examiner, is mired in a devastating lawsuit, accused by grieving parents of indirectly causing the death of their terminally ill son. Then Sara and her husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, must travel to rural Reese, Ga., where Lena Adams, Jeffrey's often reckless detective, has been injured in an explosion that killed a local woman. Lena's mysterious escape from the hospital plunges her, Sara and Jeffrey into a dangerous web of meth trafficking, white supremacy groups and long-buried family secrets. Expertly shifting back and forth in both time and point of view, Slaughter builds the suspense to a perfect crescendo, connecting every loose plot strand in a devastating and unforgettable climax. With methamphetamine use on the rise in the country, Slaughter's unflinching portrayal of lives ruined by the drug make her latest a timely and unsettling read. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

After producing last year's stand-alone thriller TripTych, Slaughter returns with the sixth entry in the series that has propelled her onto best-seller lists. The Grant County novels, featuring pediatrician/medical examiner Sara Linton, her police chief husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, and Detective Lena Adams, combine suspenseful plots, gritty social realism, and graphic forensic detail. Here Lena returns to the poverty-stricken rural backwater where she was raised to check on her uncle Hank, the tactiturn reformed junkie who raised her after her mother died. What she finds is a town decimated by methamphetamine addiction (including her long sober uncle), with the drug dealing controlled by skinheads and abetted by a corrupt sheriff's department. When she is forced to watch as her former childhood friend and neighbor, who has long battled addiction, is set on fire, she shuts down, convinced that her best recourse is to keep her mouth shut even as the local sheriff tries to get her to talk. That's when Jeffrey gets the call that his detective has been arrested. He and Sara, who is drained from fighting a grueling medical malpractice suit, are immediately drawn into the investigation, which leads to surprising revelations about some of the town's most upstanding citizens. In addition, Slaughter throws in a shocker of an ending that has serious implications for the future of the series. Slaughter's latest page-turner offers both wrenching emotional highs and lows and a gripping plot, but what gives it emotional heft is its unwavering focus on the grim social ills of the rural South. Wilkinson, Joanne

Customer Reviews

What it leads up to(at the end of this book)is just too painful.
It made me mad and I feel like I would not want to read this authors books in the future.
Lee Kniffin
If you've never read any of her books before, definitely do not start with this one.
Shawna Parker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Trixie on January 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you have already read "Beyond Reach" by Karin Slaughter, dont bother to buy this book "Skin Privilege" because it is the same book, just has another title. I read all of her books and couldnt for the life of me understand how I could have missed this one called "Skin Privilege". Then I finally read a review of what it was about and realized, gosh, I am glad I didnt buy it. I had already read it! I absolutely hated the ending however.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By CintiBonnie on August 23, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I purchased this book at the airport as a diversion during a trip. Initially, I was intrigued and it was an easy read. However, as the book progressed, it became unfocused and unrealistic. What was the point of all the attention given to the lawsuit at the beginning of the book? It was never really part of the story and did not adequately explain the transformation of a strong, intelligent woman into a one-dimentional, clingy drone. And, as bodies begin to drop like flies (or, in some cases, get thrown through hotel windows), would no one actually consider bringing in reinforcements to address what is clearly a town out of control? Finally, the ending was more than unsatisfying. It was needlessly depressing and almost felt as though the last 5 pages were written by someone else or had gotten mixed in from another book. Did the author just get tired of writting and decide she had something else she needed to go do? Loyal fans might enjoy this book but anyone looking for a well-written, self-contained story with a logical ending might do well to keep looking. When I consider the time spent reading the book, I don't feel as though there was sufficient return on my investment to have made it worthwhile.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By pdxpark on March 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I normally like Karin Slaughter and have enjoyed her other novels, but this one left me feeling cheated and almost angry. As the creator of her characters, Ms Slaughter is certainly entitled to take her stories wherever she may choose, but I felt the ending she chose cheapened her story and was purely for shock value. It also felt copied- Elizabeth George chose the same fate for one of her major characters a few years ago. And Ms George's novel left me feeling the same way as this one- irritated that an author I like so much would end a novel with a tragic event that seems to have been written only to sell more books.
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86 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Fan on September 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Like many others who have reviewed this book, I was a great fan of the Grant County series. Like many others, I, too, feel betrayed and feel that the author has no regard for the feelings of the readers she had taken along on this journey for so many books. If she wanted to end the series, then just leave the three main characters alone and go on to something else. To do what she did to one of them, who was the heart and soul of this series, was totally unnecessary. She spoiled the series and took away the pleasure of rereading the earlier books. No more Karin Slaughter for me.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Can't Stop Reading on April 30, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Karin Slaughter cannot possibly think that the majority of her readers will waste their time purchasing other books from her. We all read for different reasons - but most of us read books that speak to our minds, hearts, humanity - whatever need we may be feeling at that moment. When you take a main character that your readers (otherwise known as "paying customers" or "paycheck") and decide to kill him off on the last page - none of the needs of the average reader are satisfied. Personally, I feel that Ms. Slaughter has fallen so far off the mark of what I expect to experience when I decide to read a book that I won't be purchasing any further books that she has written. It's actually very simple - I read for a variety of reasons - none of which is to experience pain or tragedy. I can get that nifty feeling for free by watching the local news - I don't need to spend money to simply to have Ms. Slaughter deliver it in her books. She obviously doesn't want to write anymore if she rolled out a dead Jeffrey to her customers. Good Luck, Ms. Slaughter, I think you're going to need it - I have a feeling that I'm not the only paying customer you've ditched.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Grant County Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his wife, Dr. Sara Linton, have not had an easy road. The beleaguered pair were married, divorced, reconciled, and are now remarried. Although they are unable to have biological children, the couple hopes to adopt a baby in the near future. Sara has been a dedicated pediatrician in rural Georgia for many years, but her reputation and career are being threatened by a medical malpractice suit that is currently in litigation. Tolliver and Linton face a new challenge when they become embroiled in the problems of Tolliver's protégé, Lena Adams. Lena, a detective with a long history of questionable behavior, has been arrested, yet she refuses to speak to the authorities about an appalling crime that she witnessed. She was on the scene when someone was set on fire and left to die in agony. Lena runs away rather than answer the authorities' questions, leaving Jeffrey and Sara to investigate the crime in an effort to clear Lena's name.

Karin Slaughter's "Beyond Reach" is a flawed novel with an incoherent and rambling plot, poor character development, and an unsatisfying resolution. The writing is awkward, the dialogue stiff and labored, and the mood one of unrelieved depression. The author relates in gross detail how depraved meth addicts destroy themselves, and as the corpses pile up, the author is a bit too forthcoming in her description of the appearance and smell of dead bodies.

Those familiar with this series know that Lena Adams is a deeply angry and self-destructive woman. Her abusive ex-boyfriend, Ethan, is now in prison, but he plans to pick up where he left off when he finishes his sentence.
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Karin Slaughter is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author. She is a native of Georgia.

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