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Without warning, the body jerked violently, pitching forward and slamming Sara onto the floor. Blood spread out around both of them, and Sara instinctively clawed to get out from under the convulsing woman. With her feet and hands she groped for some kind of purchase on the slick bathroom floor. Finally, Sara managed to slide out from underneath her. She turned Sibyl over, cradling her head, trying to help her through the convulsions. Suddenly, the jerking stopped.
Sibyl is, or was, Sibyl Adams, a college professor who had the misfortune of being drugged, savagely raped, slashed, and left for dead in the toilet of the local diner, to be coincidentally discovered by Sara Linton. Coincidences don't stop there, and neither do the rapes and murders. The next is, unimaginably, still more gruesome than the first and it, too, is discovered by Dr. Linton. Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is Sara's ex-husband, and mercurial detective Lena Adams, another major player in the ensuing drama, was Sibyl's twin sister.
And the monster behind these increasingly more depraved acts? Suspects abound, from the diner's jack-of-all-trades, Will Harris, to Victim No. 2's boyfriend, to Jack Allen Wright who, a dozen years prior, raped Dr. Linton (that rape had been a secret until now). There are other possibilities, naturally, and it soon becomes apparent that Sara's an intended target.
A graduate of the Patricia Cornwell school of mayhem and gore, Slaughter has faithfully stitched together a fast, engaging, and diverting read complete with a strong-yet-vulnerable heroine. Characters are nicely if somewhat obviously drawn, the plot is inventive, and the narrative's pacing quickens the pulse straight to the cliff-hanging denouement. And really, what more can you ask of an ME thriller? --Michael Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book was such a page turner! I absolutely loved it, but beware - it can get pretty gnarly in the details of the crimes. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Maddie cooper
I LOVED IT! I loved how they did not hold back on the surreal parts of life authors like to skip over. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jinie-read-me
Good read if you like murder and gore. Very specific about body part and very visual autopsy scene. Might not be everyone's cup of tea.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Torture porn. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
The writer writes quite well actually and the work flows. It is an easy and quick read. Read more
This was my first Karen Slaughter book. She really tells a good horror story with the required twist at the end. I can't wait to read more!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it, I'm doing it backwards. I read the Will Trent series first. Loved that also.Published 1 month ago by Robin S