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Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karin Slaughter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first Grant County novel, from the No. 1 Bestseller.



The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the post-mortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality becomes clear.



Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver - Sara's ex-husband - is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, both Jeffrey and Sara have to face the fact that Sibyl's murder wasn't a one-off attack. What they're dealing with is a seasoned sexual predator. A violent serial killer...


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    "Don't read this alone. Don't read this after dark. But do read it" Daily Mirror "This gripping debut novel, filled with unremittingly graphic forensic details, is likely to have Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs glancing nervously in their rearview mirrors because rookie Karin Slaughter is off the starting grid as quickly as Michael Schumacher and is closing on them fast" Irish Independent "Chilling but thrilling" OK! "Slaughter ... brings the story to a shattering climax" Sunday Telegraph "Wildly readable... [Slaughter] has been compared to Thomas Harris and Patricia Cornwell, and for once the hype is justified ... deftly craf ted, damnably suspenseful and, in the end, deadly serious ... Slaughter 's plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless" Washington Post

    Literary Review

    ‘Unsparing, exciting, genuinely alarming … a formidable debut’

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 663 KB
    • Print Length: 418 pages
    • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (4 Sept. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0031RS5XS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing short stories and novels since she was a child. She is the author of the international bestselling Grant County and Atlanta novels, the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like A Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.

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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut 18 Mar. 2007
    Format:Paperback
    I confess to deliberately avoiding Karin Slaughter and made the mistake of assuming she was another Patricia Cornwell/Kathy Reichs. How wrong I was!!!

    This is a great debut novel with a much harder/gruesome edge to it than I was expecting. The writing style is very lucid and I found the characters intriguing. The perpetrator was also not obvious although subtle clues were there all along.

    It is a good storyline with an element of realism about it, given the very gory descriptions, which draw you in.

    I would certainly recommend this book.

    The good thing about it is there are quite a few other Slaughter books that I can now buy with confidence!!!!!!!!
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    31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut 14 July 2006
    By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    Blindsighted is the first of five novels (so far) set in Grant County, Georgia and involving paediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton, ex-husband and local police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, and his rookie assistant Detective Lena Adams. In this highly promising debut from Karin Slaughter, we are presented with a vicious and sickly murder of a young blind woman and its resulting investigation, followed up with further homicides, which together take us into the minds if not souls of the leading characters and in so doing often delve deeply into their very troubled pasts.

    Having only read one Slaughter novel before this one (Faithless, the fifth in the series) and liking it, I was looking forward to finding out how this series started out, particularly given that most reviewers suggest that this debut is the best of the five. In the end I would say that it is probably marginally better than Faithless but to be honest it's really a case of 'more of the same'. Again I found the most interesting character to be Lena Adams because of the three she clearly has the most coiled-up energy and for me the most interesting secrets. Sara Linton, it emerges, has plenty to hide herself, in a kind of past life, but she has contained it rather better and her personality comes over as being slightly bland. Amid the highly-detailed descriptions of the gore and post-mortems, there is comprehensive character examination which probably provides the strongest backbone to this tale, with all of the skeletons in each of their emotional wardrobes described and developed with sensitivity and realism.

    I don't think it really breaks any new ground in particular, at least not in the dramatic sense, but for anyone who likes murder mysteries with blood spattered across most of the pages, and an authentic degree of characterisation analysis, then this tale is unlikely to disappoint.
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    38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Superb 25 Jun. 2003
    Format:Paperback
    Its hard to write a review on this book that does it justice.
    I made the mistake of reading Kisscut first and so I knew the basics of what had happened in this book. I have to say, however, that it didn't really spoil it that much.
    If your into crime thrillers or are just exploring the genre then this is a great book to start with providing your not to squeamish.
    For a first novel this firmly puts Karin Slaughter on the map. She builds her characters well and you take this with you to Kisscut. YOu find yourself entrapped in this novel that though gruesome and scary you just have to read on.
    Sara Linton is a great character. I have read some reviews about the inaccuracy of the postmortems but come on what average reader is that worried about that as long as they are close enough and make you understand. We don't want to be blinded by scientific terminology.
    My recommendation is read this book. You will read it quickly and it will leave you wanting more....I've just pre ordered her new one....what does that tell you?
    Enjoy
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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Book 23 Oct. 2006
    By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    I'd read of good reviews of this new crime/thriller writer and thought I'd give her first book a go and I wasn't disappointed. An excellent debut book and I'm sure the following books will be just as good if not better. The story was murderously gripping from the start and the puzzle of the murder made you want to quickly continue through the book. It was very graphic in the description of the murders and the following autopsies which makes excellent reading - loads of blood and gore! The only down side that irritated me slightly was that nearly all the characters seemed to be very bad tempered, angry people that flared up for little or no apparent reason.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner of a sleepy Georgia town, goes to the bathroom in her local diner and is precipitated into horror when she finds a violated and dying woman in there. But she is just the first victim and the small town becomes the site of a violent sexual killer. Interspersed with the serial killer story is that of Sara's own relationship with her ex-husband, the police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, and dark secrets in her past.

    This is the first Karin Slaughter book I have read and, while I didn't hate it, I did find it both very conventional and told in a clunky fashion. There's very little excitement in the pace of the writing which is uniformly adequate but dull, with lots of flashback, lets-catch-up-on-past-history slowing it all down. The characters have been seen before: the ball-busting women with no time for men... but with hidden vulnerabilities, and the tangled personal life of the two investigators.

    The plot itself doesn't make an awful lot of sense: I don't want to include spoilers but new readers might want to look away here - there is a huge and unlikely coincidence that the same woman should be targeted by two violent rapists on the same day. And why does one wait twelve years before completing his plan?
    This is a gory book with more than a hint of torture-porn about it but beneath that is a rather pedestrian story not particularly well-worked out or written. I certainly didn't hate it but am equally not rushing out to read the rest of Slaughter's books.

    Ps. What is her strange obsession with the characters from Wuthering Heights? Cathy Linton, Hareton (Hare) Earnshaw?
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