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.