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by Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural

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Once again Slaughter delivers the goods in this tension-filled and hair-raising thriller. She unites three popular characters, Dr. Sara Linton, last seen in Beyond Reach, and Will Trent and Faith Mitchell from Fractured, and creates a chillingly evil villain. Keep the light burning brightly, for Slaughter takes readers into some dark places that will make you squirm.

After the murder of her sheriff husband ripped apart her world, Dr. Sara Linton completely changed her life. For three and a half years, she's been working in the E.R. of an Atlanta hospital. She's drawn into a world of brutal violence and abject terror when a woman who's been severely tortured is brought in. The perpetrator is obviously someone with a twisted mind. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents Will Trent and Faith Mitchell happen to be in the emergency room at the time. They can see a horrendous crime has been committed and work to wrest this case from the local police. This woman is not the only victim, and there's no time to waste. They're the only ones standing between an insane killer and his next victim. (DELACORTE, Aug., 436 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed By: Sandra Garcia-Myers

Publisher: DELACORTE

Published: August 2009

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4 Stars

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Submitted by Robin in PA on June 3, 2012 - 11:13am.

Dr. Sara Linton has left Grant County behind. She is working at an Atlanta Hospital's trauma center when a woman is brought in. She was hit by a car, but it is apparent she has also been tortured and starved. Special Agents Will Trent and Faith Mitchell start an investigation. Will soon finds an underground torture chamber and another victim. When another woman is kidnapped in broad daylight, Will and Faith race against time to find a vicious killer.

In this book, Karin Slaughter has merged her Grant County and Atlanta series together. Since I wasn't happy with the ending of the Grant County series, I was happy to see the continuation of Sara Linton's character. Slaughter specialty is drawing complex characters with multiple layers which makes them believable. Even the victims in this book are well drawn but not particularly likeable. The mystery and suspense in the story are good, but I thought the middle of the book dragged a bit. My rating: 4 Stars.