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Kisscut Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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When police chief Jeffrey Tolliver responds to a disturbance at a local skating rink, the last thing he expects is to have to shoot a 13-year-old girl who's holding a gun on a fellow student. Then Jenny Deaver's autopsy reveals two stunning facts: she did not bear the murdered newborn discovered in the rink's restroom, and she had recently been genitally mutilated. With his ex-wife, pediatrician Sara Linton, Jeffrey uncovers a child sex and pornography ring involving Jenny, her classmates, and their mothers--a horrific enterprise that culminated in the killing that Tolliver will never be able to forget. This taut, chilling thriller showcases Karin Slaughter's skill at plotting, pace, and narrative, and will linger in the reader's mind long after the stunning denouement. This is a terrific sequel to her debut, Blindsighted, with two protagonists whose complex relationship will no doubt be a featured subplot in her next offering. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Aptly named novelist Slaughter (Blindsighted) brings back her horribly scarred cast of Grant County, Ga., cops and coroners for more murder, mayhem and horrific sexual violence. Pathologist Sara Linton, who has been dating her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, is witness to Tolliver's fatal shooting of a teenage girl when the girl threatens to shoot a 16-year-old boy in a standoff outside the local skating rink. A search of the rink turns up a dismembered fetus in a toilet; Sara's postmortem reveals the girl had a long history of abuse most gruesomely, her vagina is sewn shut. Working the case alongside Jeffrey is Det. Lena Adams, herself the victim of a recent abduction and rape, who is also trying, with difficulty, to come to terms with the death of her gay sister. Questioning Mark, the boy who was almost shot, Lena gradually uncovers a true horror show of pedophilia, incest and kiddie porn, an inverted world where parents rape their children before peddling them to strangers for money and blackmail. Slaughter adheres to the traditional mystery format, but turns up the shock factor tenfold, demonstrating that the deepest depravity can be business as usual in small towns as well as big cities. The undertone of violence is pervasive, even at quiet moments ("Lena was able to pull her hand away, but not before she felt Grace's thumb brush across the scar.... The touch was tender, almost sexual, and Lena could see the charge Grace got out of it"), amplifying Slaughter's equation of intimacy with menace and placing her squarely in the ranks of Cornwell and Reichs. (Sept.) Forecast: Slaughter's much-praised first novel, Blindsighted, put her on the thriller map. Kisscut, a featured alternate selection of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Mystery Guild and BOMC, could make her a bestseller. 10-city author tour.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Here's the thing. I was engaged but there were things that bothered me about this story and part of the things that bother me are carryovers from the first book. In the first there were some pretty big issues left outstanding regarding Jeffrey and his police force. Frankly, I assumed that there would have been some mention, even in passing regarding the resolution of that. Nope, it's like it never happened. The good thing, you could pretty much read this book as a standalone and the only thing you would miss is some of Lena's back story.
My other issue is that the main characters (Sara, Jeffrey, and Lena) are so flawed that as a reader I want to climb into the story and smack them. That being said, I find Sara the most likeable but it really bothers me that the author hasn't found a way for Sara and Lena to connect positively. They don't have to be friends but I find the animosity tiresome.
Then there is Jeffrey who has his moments when he's a good guy, but mostly he's self centered and self absorbed. Then as if that wasn't bad enough he has some sexist and degrading thought about Sara and you just want to punch him in the face. Twice.
Lena is the most fascinating character in the book. She went through so much in Blindsighted, and reading about her struggle and how she connected with the victims was pretty heartbreaking. And what is it about Lena that makes Sara turn into a petty jerk? Whenever I find myself liking Sara, I usually find myself disliking her just as quickly (Sara's taste in men is pretty questionable too). My favorite quote (from Lena): "Lena snorted a laugh at the thought of Sara’s lame apology. As if that made a difference. Sara had said exactly what she meant. The only reason she apologized was she felt bad for saying it out loud. On top of being a b*tch, she was a coward." I pretty much agree with that.
I still don't like Jeffrey much. In addition to being sexist, he seems to be ok with bending the law when it suits him, and also seems clueless as to the definition of sexual assault.
Even without any characters I like, I still want to read the rest of the books in the series.
The ending was rage inducing, but very realistic. These kind of monsters are out there, getting away with it everyday.
Recurring characters in the Grant County series
In Kisscut, the second of five novels in Slaughter’s Grant County series, Dr. Sara Linton and her once-and-future husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, come face-to-face with the ugliness of pedophilia and child sexual abuse. Linton is the local pediatrician who moonlights as the county coroner for extra money. Tolliver is chief of police. The two are a good match, both attractive, intelligent, and well-respected by nearly all those around them. Together, Linton and Tolliver top the list of recurring characters in the Grant County series.
A violence-filled thriller
The action gets off to a quick start in this violence-filled thriller when Tolliver is forced to shoot and kill a thirteen-year-old girl who is brandishing a gun at a teenage boy, threatening to murder him. Meanwhile, we are introduced to the backstory about one of Tolliver’s deputies, detective Lena Adams, who has herself been the victim of a terrible crime from which she is struggling to recover. Adams, who is young, impulsive, and unpredictable, is another recurring character, a useful foil for the disciplined chief.
As Tolliver wallows in guilt over killing a little girl, his investigation and Linton’s parallel inquiry lead the pair into the depths of a huge criminal conspiracy. It’s not a pretty story.
About the author
Karin Slaughter is the author of six novels in the Grant County series, set in rural Georgia, and another five novels and three novellas in the Will Trent series, set in Atlanta.
The book starts innocently enough at the skating rink and quickly escalates into a deadly confrontation between two teens. As the story unfolds it uncovers a ring of child predators with one single woman always one step ahead of the police. Each chapter brings a different level to the discovery of what has been happening right under the nose of Sara Linton, the counties pediatrician and part-time coroner, not to mention the ex-wife of the chief of police. The story also includes their tumultuous relationship and his efforts to win her back.