Book Review

by Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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Karin Slaughter's taut, harrowing debut, Blindsighted, established her as a unique and strong new voice in crime fiction; her second novel, KISSCUT, is even better. Once again, Dr. Sara Linton, the town pediatrician and coroner in tiny Heartsdale, Georgia, teams up with her divorced but still beloved husband, Jeffrey, the Chief of Police, as well as Det. Lena Adams, who survived a horrific ordeal in Blindsighted, to find the truth behind a tragic crime.

It starts with a teenage girl aiming a gun at a more popular, attractive boy, daring the police to stop her before she shoots him—seeming at first to be another case of teen melodrama fatally mixed with firearms. However, when Sarah examines the girl, Jenny Weaver, she finds signs of terrible, longstanding abuse, which her mother never knew about. Sarah and Jeffrey are horrified by what's been done to Jenny—and that she never told anyone about it—but what they later uncover under their small town's placid facade is far, far worse.

This is a graphic, complex, viscerally powerful novel that may make some readers uncomfortable. However, there's a strong, steady current of love, both familial and romantic, balancing the bleak events. In elegant prose, Slaughter takes an unflinching look at human relationships, violence, and redemption. (Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Laurie Davie

Publisher: Morrow

Published: October 2002

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Submitted by Robin in PA on March 28, 2012 - 9:01pm.

Sara Linton and her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, are on a date at the skating rink when a teenage girl pulls a gun. A shoot-out ensues and medical examiner Sara ends up examining the girl at the morgue. The autopsy shows signs of long-term abuse and mutilation.

Jeffrey and Detective Lena Adams begin their investigation into the case. They find the children close to the victim aren't talking. The families have turned their backs. When a young girl is abducted, it becomes clear that there is a dark presence in the small Georgia town.

This is the second book in Slaughter's Grant County series. This series should definitely be read in order since this book touches on many things that happened in the previous book and gives us background into what makes the great characters in this book tick. This is a very dark suspense novel. Warning to readers...the subject matter may not appeal to everyone. My rating: 4 Stars.