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?
I was impressed with the engaging and easy style with which she writes - it is a gripping story, which holds your interest well. There are believable characters (including the victims) with whom one becomes involved very quickly and with no real effort.
The story is satisfyingly grisly in keeping with modern standards, and I feel this book would appeal to people who enjoy: Val McDermid, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Boris Starling etc.
I look forward to reading the second instalment in this author's promising career.
I didn't think the graphic detail was over the top in anyway, it just fell in line with the story. Infact, I woudn't have thought it would've been an issue had I not read other reviewers comments!
Anyway, I can only recommend you read this.