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Blindsighted (Grant County Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Karin Slaughter--a wonderful name for a crime/mystery writer--sets her novel in a small town in Georgia. Nothing much happens in Heartsdale, and the local pediatrician, Sara Linton, also works as the coroner. Sara meets her younger sister for lunch at the local diner one afternoon and stumbles upon a grisly scene. The twin sister of a local detective has been viciously attacked, mutilated, and raped. It's not long before another victim surfaces, and Sara works along with her ex-husband who also happens to be the Chief of Police to try to track down this sick killer. All the while, Sara has her own tortured past as well as her strained relationship with her ex-husband to deal with. In this small town where everyone knows everyone else, who could possibly be the twisted rapist murderer?
Slaughter seems to have done her research for this novel. The medical information alone is quite interesting, and the dialogue and characters are believable. The plot is a bit easy to figure out early on in the novel, but I think it's probably pretty difficult to write a totally original novel dealing with serial killers in this day and age. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It's well written, and it's a quick read that's perfect for the summer.
This book, while a decent mystery/suspense novel, goes much to far with the graphic rape scenes. It terrified me, particularly with its references to the rapist pulling out the women's teeth to "rape their faces," and other such graphic detailings. I had nightmares about it, and for some reason, it's all I can think about when I go to the dentist (I'm not kidding). I feel pretty traumatized just by READING it, and I don't really feel like I can talk to anyone else about it, given how gruesome it is. It's almost as if I've lived the rape and am afraid of my own "dirty little secret"; it was that upsetting for me. My mother and I usually share books, but I can't stand the idea of having her read this, and having her haunted by such awful visions as well. So, I'm throwing it away.
I've never been unable to stomach a book before-- graphic detailings of corpses has never bothered me. But this one crossed the line for me. I just wanted to warn others, so they know about the graphic scenes going in.
The first thing I found fascinating about Blindsighted was the realization the entire book was going to take place within a week. Secondly I loved the characters of Sara Linton, a pediatrician and part-time coroner, and her ex-husband Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. This is a couple who still belong together but can't seem to work through mistakes in their past.
A vicious rape takes place resulting in the death of Sibyl Adams, a local college professor who happens to be blind. Add to the suspense is she is the sister of Lena Adams, one of Jeffrey's detectives. The rapist carved a cross across her stomach. Then a college girl goes missing. When found, another religious symbolism is apparent. Who is committing these horrendous crimes and why is he targeting the small town of Heartsdale, Georgia?
Blindsighted is well written, fast-paced, with plenty of action and character development. For me, the descriptions of the assaults were too graphic, but it hit home how gruesome these crimes were. Probably the only complaint I had was it was a little too apparent who the bad guy was going to be. It's my understanding there will be another book featuring these lead characters. Well, put me on the list as someone who will be out there buying the next one by Karin Slaughter.
Sara's role forces her to deal with her ex-husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. This unwilling partnership must confront its own issues while trying to deal with a second murder, even more gruesome than the first. Also part of the hunt is Detective Lena Adams, sister of the first victim. Torn by her own grief and a sense of powerlessness, the crimes seem to eat away at her, stretching her ability to retain control of her personal and professional life. The three find that they are dealing with a deranged serial killer that not only tortures and molests his victims, but then leaves them to be found at the edge of death. For Sara the deaths seem to be an impossible message from the past.
Each of the players, including the invisible killer, has some defect or injury which makes them vulnerable. As the lens shifts back and forth from Sara to Jeffrey, then to Lena, then back again, it is the fine detail of their personalities as much as the complex forensic work that first hides and then finally reveals the roots of the killer's motivation. Much of what makes "Blindsighted" work is the adeptness with which Karin Slaughter combines a complex and fast paced plot with unusually well developed main characters. Sara Linton, Jeffrey Tolliver, and Lena Tolliver are all given loving attention.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. I adore Karin Slaughter's writing. After reading most of her "Will Trent Series" I already knew a lot about Sara. Read morePublished 1 day ago by P wells
Ridiculously sick perverted episodes of violence against women in the most graphic detail. Why would anyone write this, and why would anyone want to read it? No me. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Eileen
I would give this 3 1/2 stars because I was immediately engaged in the story. I found the main character Sara interesting and figured out fairly quickly the common factor between... Read morePublished 22 days ago by CAB
Very disappointing. Seems like she has to try to sensationalism her story line. Pure trash. Threw book awayPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
From the moment the unhappy pediatrician/coroner enters the town's dinner and finds a woman dying in the restroom, the action is non-stop. Read morePublished 27 days ago by J.C.D.