Blindsighted: (Grant County series 1) Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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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)
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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!!!!!!!!
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.
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 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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excess of distasteful gratuitous violence. I finished it, but have no interest in reading the rest of the series.Published 4 days ago by Hels Bels
I loved this book, I read it in a day, could not put it down, the characters were interesting and flawed just like in real life! Want to read this author again!Published 1 month ago by Cherry Hammett
I thought I'd re-read this book as it's such a long time since I first read it.
It's still an exciting read with twists and turns but I wish the proof readers/editors... Read more
Fan of Karin Slaughter books.
Previously read all the Will Trent series.
This is definitely on par with the rest of her work.