Belladonna (Grant County #1)
For anyone who is interested in checking out this series, please note that it's important to read them in order since the author wrote two separate series that eventually merge. Here's the order in which they should be read:
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Welcome to Grant County, Georgia. Don't look for it on a Georgia map. It isn't there. And in this fictional County, there's a fictional town. It's a small town called Heartsdale, somewhere around Madison, but before you hit Augusta.
Eddie Linton and Daughters is a plumbing company in town. But it should ...more
Beautiful Body that is Missing a Soul - 3.5 Stars
This was my first foray into the world of Karin Slaughter. Her world is filled with interesting characters, personal drama and a fair share of deranged individuals. I did enjoy the book. The writing was very good, the characters were interesting and the plot was good. That said, it seemed to be missing something. Something I am having a hard time putting my finger on. For all the positives, the story still lac ...more
Happy this book was voted as have enjoyed quite a few of Karin Slaughter books, although good to read this book as her debut book and the introduction of her character Sara Linton.
Karin Slaughter--a wonderful name for a crime/mystery writer--sets her novel in a small town in Georgia. Nothing much happens in Heartsdale, and the local pediatrician, Sara Linton, also works as the coroner. Sara meets her younger sister for lunc ...more
Sarah goes to the local diner for lunch with her sister. She's a little late and the lunch crowd is pretty much gone. When she goes to the restroom, she finds Sibyl Adams, a professor at the local college who is also ...more
Warning: this book is not for the squeamish or faint of heart as the crimes are described in gruesome and horrific detail.
While the characters are very compelling it is difficult to say that they are likable. They are all seriously flawed from Sara, the local pediatrician/coroner, with a devastating secret to Jeffrey, the local police chief and Sara's unfaithful ex-husband, to Lena, the hard-ass female detective with a huge chip on her shoulder. Nevertheless, the plot is well ...more
I think this is the second book by Karin Slaughter that I have sat down and read straight through.
For a forensic-type thriller I enjoyed it. Slaughter has thought up some pretty gruesome twists on a serial rapist/murderer plot, and I liked Tolliver, the chief of police, quite a bit. I also liked Sara Linton, the other main character. She is the coroner and also Tolliver's ex-wife. The tension get ratcheted up early on, and Slaughter keeps it up until the end. I only flipped ahead to se ...more
1. Turn off my internal editor--As a writer I have an internal editor who screens everything I read and tries to improve it. It takes a great book to get him to shut up and let me enjoy the story. Blindsighted shut him down in two chapters.
2. Invade my life--I read every day on the elliptical trainer. But Blindsighted had me reading through all my airline flights, in the limo, and on my couch. I would wake ...more
IT has everything you could want from a book. Suspense, drama, gore and romance...and a good whodunit. I admit I knew who the murderer was as soon as he was introduced, because i ...more
The Forensics, the police work, etc are all exceptionally well done, and her characters are involving.
A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college pro ...more
The conflict between Sara and her ex-husband is wonderfully written and very real.
The book opens with a murder and keeps the action going all the way through. Sara Linton, Grant County's pediatrician/coroner (!), shines as the female protagonist, trying to help her ex-husband, Jeffrey, Grant County's Chief of Police, solve the crime before anyone else is harmed.
It's the perfect set up for high drama, as their are many unresolved issues between Sara and ...more
Back Cover Blurb:
The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But its only once Sara starts to perform the post-mortem that the full ext ...more
I'm not really squeamish about most things, but I can't stomach rape in books or movies.
Admittedly I am a latecomer to these books, but I'm pleased I took it on. It had been recommended to me a few times and turned out to be a good introduction to Karin Slaughter and her Grant County series. I'm glad I started at the beginning and hadn't read any of the others before this one. I'm always interested in character development, seeing where they go, how their journey unfolds. I found it to be well researched, fairly pacy, with good characteri ...more
I always like the descriptive quality of her characters. The characters seem normal for the most part. I also like most of them when I can connect to them in some way. In this book though, I think I missed that connection. I felt distanced from them so it kept me from being engaged in the book.
The story was typical Karin Slaughter. I mean that in both a good and a bad way. They ...more
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been raped and has a large Cross carved into her torso. She is also the twin of Detective Lena Adams. Why would anyone harm the quiet, popular professor? Is it a hate crime? Is it a ritualistic rape/murder?
Then another girl from the GIT goes missing. Has she become the victim of the same freak? Or has her junkie boyfriend done something to her? If it i ...more
[close:] The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, ...more
My main complaint with Blindsighted is I don't like the protagonist, pediatrician and coroner Sara Lint ...more
That pretty much sums it up. There was a lot of gruesome crimes in this book for such a small town.
I had guessed who the bad guy was from the get-go, but still, the whole book just was a "meh" feeling to it.
This was the first book that I've read that goodreads had recommended to me. It was recommended to me because I highly rated The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen. So far, I'm not impressed by their recommendations.
I have another recommendation from them that I am planning on picking up next, so ...more
This one is definitely not a book for the squeamish. There's blood, guts and post mortems all over the shop and some of it is the type of thing that I need to read with my eyes closed.
Underneath all the icky stuff - because of all the icky stuff - there's a pretty good story about killings and rapes in small town Georgia (though Georgia's idea of a small town and mine seem to be different in size, this seemed like a rather large town to me). This is the first in the series and Slaughter (great...more
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Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the ...more