35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut
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...
Published on 18 Mar 2007 by J. Mellor
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is not really about crime.
If you like crime novels, like me, because, amongst other things, the crime in a book forms a hard-to-solve puzzle, then this book is not for you. The book is really about a group of people that all have a traumatic experience in their past that seems to dominate their lives. Unfortunately, this does not lead to interesting characters. On the contrary, because they are...
Published on 22 May 2010 by A. P. J. Jansen
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut,
This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (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!!!!!!!!
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb,
This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (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?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive Debut,
This review is from: Blindsighted (Paperback)As indicated this is a first novel for this author - with the second 'Kisscut' also just released.
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.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut,
This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (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.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Book,
This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Graphic Detail?,
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This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (Paperback)I'm not a big reader of crime thrillers, but I did enjoy this book. The characters were well developed (if a little cliched at times) and the storyline was great, with some nice twists added in at just the right times. This made for a nice fast paced book, that was hard to put down.
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.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab!,
This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (Paperback)What a great book.
I have just got back from a weeks holiday where i read 'Blindsighted' and 'Kisscut' straight after each other.
'Blindsighted' is a fantastically written thriller, although, as already stated by a previous reader, can be a bit too graphic at times. It plots the story of Sara Linton (peadiatrician and medical examiner) and her ex husband Jeffrey Tolliver (chief of police) as they try to unravel the mysteries surrounding two horrific deaths.
Unlike other reviewers, i did not figure out who had done it until it was unraveled in the book. I thought it was kept well hidden and i hadn't guessed.
Karen Slaughter is proving with this novel that she is hot on the heels of the likes of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, although i don't think they need to worry just yet!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (Paperback)This is the first book of hers that I've read and I really enjoyed it. I'm halfway through Kisscut. Strongly recommended.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning,
This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (Paperback)Having read Kisscut and A Faint Cold Fear before Blindsighted, and enjoyed both of them, I was eager to pick up the beginnings of the sub-plots that Slaughter weaves into the two later books. I thought that prior knowledge of how some of them (e.g. Detective Lena Adams's ordeal) turned out might kill some of the suspense, but this was not the case; if anything, it added to the tension.
The plot is intriguing and has sufficient twists to keep the reader interested to the end. However, Slaughter does not quite seem to know how to play the relationship between Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his ex-wife, Sara Linton. She seems unsure how to depict Tolliver, once moment presenting him as an insensitive clod, then next as the complete opposite. Or perhaps she is simply reflecting the truth that all of us have many, sometimes contradictory, sides to our character. However that may be, I found myself drawn to this duo, and looking forward to Slaughter's next book with them as the central characters. Slaughter also develops her minor characters well, especially that of murder victim Sybil Adams's lesbian lover, and the ex-junkie Hank.
I wish I could say the same about another main character, the irritating Lena Adams. I know that in real life the character and personality of victims of appalling crimes should not matter to us; no-one, no matter how obnoxious they may be, deserves to be tortured, raped or murdered. But in the realms of fiction, we are brought face to face with such victims in a way would not happen to most of us in real life. We therefore need to feel some sympathy for the main characters, so that we care about their fate. Unfortunately Lena Adams has such a monumental chip on her shoulder, and such a negative attitude to life, that she quickly becomes tedious. She is supposed to be bright, but her undisciplined emotions make her act in stupid ways so often that it is difficult to see her lasting long as a detective. I tried hard to feel some degree of empathy for her, but ended up simply feeling sorry for the people who had to work with her and endure her relentless self-absorption.
There were one or two things that jarred about the book. One of these was distracting more than anything: Slaughter's all-too-obvious use of names from Wuthering Heights: for heaven's sake, Hareton Earnshaw? And Cathy Linton - not to mention Eddie Linton! Then there was a gaping hole in the evidence given by Sara Linton at the trial of her assailant: given the circumstances of the assault, how on earth did she become pregnant? I'm not giving away any more of the plot: read the book and see for yourself!
In spite of these minor irritations and the annoying Lena Adams, I enjoyed the book and found it interesting to see how Slaughter developed her characters further in the later books. Recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller from new talent,
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This review is from: Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) (Paperback)I'm always weary of diving into a new piece of fiction by a new writer and i must admit to being won over from all the rave reviews for Ms Slaughter's debut thriller. I am so glad i plunged into the deep end, this is a really good read - yeah, like other reviewers, i do think the level of violence is a bit over the top but this does add some bite to the story and must be seen in context of the general atmosphere. The characters are well drawn and the dialogue is crisp. If you like val mcdermid or patricia cornwell, i'm sure you'll enjoy this.
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Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) by Karin Slaughter (Paperback - 3 Oct 2002)
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