Book Review

by Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Hardboiled

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In this riveting debut mystery, Dr. Sara Linton has moved from Atlanta to her tiny hometown of Heartsdale, GA to be the town pediatrician and coroner. She hopes to see less violence there than in the big city. However, when she finds professor Sibyl Adams raped and murdered, she becomes involved in a horrifying series of killings that somehow seem to be directed at her. Det. Lena Adams, shattered and furious about her sisters death, insists on helping Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver, Sara's ex-husband, investigate but neither of them knows that Sara has a secret in her past that connects her to the killer.

BLINDSIGHTED contains a fair amount of graphic violence, but given the subject matter, its never gratuitous, just utterly terrifying, this is every woman's nightmare. Though Slaughter's story is beautifully written, fast-paced and puzzling, the real joy of the book comes from its two strong, smart, emotionally complex female protagonists who don't really like each other as they work together to catch a killer. Theres also a touch of romance in Sara's and Jeffrey's continued attraction to each other, and, best of all, this is the first in a series! (Available now, 310 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Laurie Davie

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: November 2001

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Submitted by Robin in PA on November 22, 2011 - 10:48pm.

Dr. Sara Linton's lunch time meeting with her sister doesn't go as expected. She finds a young professor, Sybil Adams, raped and murdered in the diner's restroom. Sara's ex-husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver, is in charger of the investigation. When a second victim is found a couple days later, he knows Grant County Georgia is harboring a serial killer.

This is an incredible debut novel. I couldn't put it down. The characters are well-developed. You learn more about their histories as the story goes on. If you are a reader bothered by violence or graphic forensic descriptions, you may want to skip this series. My rating: 5 Stars.