One or two people have put massive spoilers in some of their reviews for this book (under Skin Privilege) so unfortunately I knew what was coming and when it did it was totally shocking. If you have followed the `Grant County' series from book 1 (Blindsighted) through to this possibly final one (I say possibly because I've read somewhere that Karin Slaughter is taking a few years off from `Grant County'), you will have appreciated how as a writer Slaughter has matured and developed her characters. This is especially so in the fifth book (Faithless) in which she incorporates Sara and Jeffrey first meeting into the up to date story and gives the reader great insight into their relationship which puts into perspective some of the feelings and emotions of the previous books, and indeed into Skin Privilege.
Much of this book is about Lena Adams, Jeffrey's former colleague. Some reviewers have said that it's too much about Lena rather than Jeffrey and Sara but Lena has always been a big part of Grant County and, in a way, this book has gone back into Lena's past in the same way Faithless did with Jeffrey and Sara. Lena deserved to have her childhood looked into and have some of the wrongs put right. She's always seemed such an angry and bad tempered character in the previous books and in this one, her upbringing by her uncle Hank comes to the fore and answers some previously unasked questions. For past readers of the Grant County series all this is more important than the crimes which the book is centred around, but for those who are reading this as a stand alone story then the dreadful vicious murders, violence, racism and thrill of the chase gives a great un-put-downable story. I think Slaughter is up there with the best of the crime and thriller writers and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book or any of the Grant County series.
One last thing, if you read this book DO NOT BUY SKIN PRIVILEGE, it is the same book with a different title.