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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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Fast paced and a great beach read!
Ready to read some more from this author and this story line! Thriller!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Keep you on your toes . Enjoyed reading it I think you'll be really surprised at the end
Slaughters prose isn't anything to write home about but this story will definitely keep you going, and probably keep you up at night. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joshua L. Cejka
I liked this book a lot and will be getting the next ones in the series. Interesting and flawed characters - more like real people than some fictional characters.Published 4 days ago by C. Yokum
I was hoping this might be a start, for me, for a good series to sink my teeth in but I'll not be going that route. It was just an OK read for me. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Joann R. Greene
Excellent book. Kept me in suspense up till the very end. Hope to read all of Karin Slaughter 's book not only well written but fast reading and most enjoyable.Published 6 days ago by Dorothy Parker