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Belladonna (Grant County #1)

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Sara Linton, Kinderärztin und Gerichtspathologin, findet Sybil Adams verblutend auf der Toilette eines Restaurants. Zwei tiefe Schnitte in ihrem Bauch bilden ein tödliches Kreuz. Dass Sybil blind und damit so gut wie wehrlos war, macht den brutalen Mord noch entsetzlicher. Das Motiv für die Tat ist völlig unklar. Als nur ein paar Tage später eine weitere junge Frau gekreuz ...more
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Published July 5th 2006 by Hörbuch Hamburg (first published January 1st 2001)
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Wendy Darling
If you love gritty suspense thrillers, you really must give Karin Slaughter a try. The forensics, the police work, etc are all exceptionally well done, and her characters are fantastic. I'm copying the rest below from my review of Fallen, the eleventh book in the series.

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:

Gran
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Mike
Blindsighted: Karin Slaughter's first Sara Linton novel

And the publishers announce:

First there was Patricia Cornwell!

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THEN there was Kathy Reichs!

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NOW GET READY FOR KARIN SLAUGHTER!

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Karin Slaughter

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
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Tim "The Enchanter"
Posted to The Literary Lawyer.ca


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
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Sean Peters
This book was voted as our June Book Read by our group " A Good Thriller"

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
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Jonetta
Sarah Linton is a pediatrician and the coroner for the town of Heartsdale in Grant County, Georgia. If that wasn't a weird enough combination, her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, is the town's police chief. I knew from the start this was going to be a different kind of story.

The crime
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
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Lauren
Blindsighted
4 Stars

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
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Tammy Walton Grant
3.5 stars

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
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Ray Daniel
I hardly every rank a book with five stars. To get there the book needs to do three things:

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
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Brandi



Well, this didn't work for me at all - I haven't even wanted to pick it up for two days. Our main character was more scared than I could believe considering she's the coroner and dead bodies aren't foreign to her. I believed the shock she felt when she first saw the body, because you're not expecting something like that ever, but after that all her nerves were just annoying to me. Or how she was cradling the victim when the cop came, as if she were really close to this person, but she wasn't, s
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Sue
"Blindsighted" by Karin Slaughter, is the first book in the Grant County Series. If you love reading gritty suspense thrillers, you really must give Karin Slaughter a try. Karin Slaughter books are not for the faint of heart. Being a avid reader of mystery/suspense thrillers, this is the most graphic book I have read in this category.
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
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Anamy
Okay so I don't normally tend to read non fantasy books but this was an exception (I got nagged in to it). I've been in a bit of a reading slump recently. I'm not sure why but this has really kicked me back into reading shape. This is one of those books that as soon as you read the first chapter you go WOW THIS IS GOOD.

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
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Cynthisa
The many ERRORS in the medical issues of the book made it hard for me to enjoy what otherwise would have been a decent thriller. It's hard to excuse such glaring errors in a book in which a main character is supposed to be a physician and also a coroner. As an example, despite the dramatic pronouncement of the supposed expert on the drug ("There's no known antidote."), atropine (belladonna) DOES have an antidote (and the science of these types of nerve agents are well known, like Physiology 101 ...more
☮Karen
This was an OK story that left me wanting more. It was one of the shortest audio books I've come across because it was Abridged; and with less than an hour to go, I realized we still needed the second victim to materialize, and there were no clues yet about the killer's identity. At that point I guessed who it would be.
At the end, my immediate thought was that it needed more characters and more action. The more I pondered it, I also needed more explanation than I was given as to why exactly this
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Mo
This is Ms Slaughter's debut novel so maybe I should cut her some slack. I don't know what it was about it that just did not grab me. Thought the main characters were quite uninspiring and boring. There was no romance as such in the book. Some of the scenes were quite gruesome. A bit OTT and I thought she was trying to "shock" readers too much.



My main reason for starting this series is that one of the characters, Sara Linton, appears in the Will Trent series, which I was enjoying very much.

Might
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Freda Malone
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Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Wow. What an intense book. I started listening to the audiobook this morning and could just not turn it off. The story, the characters, the setting are just wonderful. The suspense is well paced and ratcheted quite nicely up. I did figure out whoudunit about halfway through the book but it did not detract from my enjoyment at all.

The conflict between Sara and her ex-husband is wonderfully written and very real.
Bonnie
In a small town in Georgia, a tragic and horrific murder shakes its residents to the core. The murder took place in a bathroom of a diner, shortly after the lunch rush, and no one heard or suspected a thing. Sara Linton, the towns coroner discovers the victim, Sibyl Adams, just barely hanging on to life, with a cross carved into her chest, but is unable to save her. Sara’s ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver is investigating and discovers that another girl is now mysteriously missing only ...more
Angela Risner
I can't remember what made me pick up the first book of this series, as it wasn't free - but whatever it was, I'm glad for it.

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
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Efka
Šiaip gan eilinė knyga, bet tai nereiška, kad ji prasta. Ne, tiesiog neturi jokių labai išskirtinių bruožų ar kažkokių itin originalių posūkių. Kita vertus, tai yra pati pirma kada nors parašyta šios autorės knyga, tad kaip pirmai knygai - tikrai labai gerai. O knygos viduryje vykusi reanimacijos scena išvis taip nerealiai gerai atvaizduota, kad turbūt net per "ER" geriau niekada nebuvo.
Marnie
This being Slaughter's debut novel, speaks volumes.
She truly have 'THE GIFT'; keeping you up all night just to make sure the bad guy is safely in jail or dead, just to be sure he wouldn't be coming for you.

Karin blends psychopaths , with violent crime and disturbing facts to keep you reading without end. Her settings is so visual, you'd believed you true were at every crime scene, seen every drop of blood and even smelled the air.
The characters is full, well rounded people whom you learn to lo
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Beth
Fantastic, Gripping and a real page turner I couldnt put it down

A new author to add to my favourites list
aPriL does feral sometimes
Dr. Sara Linton, pediatrician at the Children's Clinic and Heartsdale coroner, is a survivor of many things, but currently, while still getting over her divorce from Jeffrey Tolliver, Heartsdale Chief of Police, she is trying to survive her obligations to her family. Tessa, her sister, a plumber, is a little irritated because Sara is late again for their lunch at the local diner. Cathy Linton, her mother, is mad at her because at Easter services yesterday, Sara was squirming thinking about sex w ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars - 2nd Reading Summer 2014

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
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Barbra
First of this authors books that I have read and really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down. Recommended.

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
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Skye Skye
Blindsighted was an enjoyable thriller focusing on a maniacal serial killer and efforts to solve unspeakable crimes. The setting is Grant County, Georgia, and the Southern flavor is readily apparent. The book is graphically 'hard core' and the plot moves rapidly to its conclusion. There are several protagonists, some likeable others not, but characterizations are somewhat roughly hewn: time is spent on ancillary characters and less on major ones. At the end of the novel, there were many unanswer ...more
Sue Coletta
It was a good book. The ending was unexpected. However, I like a big shocking twist at the end. For me, this just didn't have that extra punch I look for. Still, it was definitely worth the read, and I would recommend this book to anyone looking to be introduced to Karin Slaughter's work. She is a great storyteller and I will read the next in the series, being that this is her debut. Normally I would give her five stars. I gave four solely for the ending. Too bad you can't give four and a half, ...more
Shelby
Holy crap what a ride. This is my first Slaughter book and I cant wait to jump into the rest of the series (which I hear gets even better) The detailing in this read was suspenseful and really creepy at times.
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
Bit graphic for my tastes in some areas. Not a fan of reading from the PoV of a rape victim or the rapist. The fact that the rape was not violent made it worse for me. I felt gross and skeeved out as I read one particular chapter. I'd much rather just read about the case, not be "in" the case. Otherwise, the writing was fine and I'll read more of the series, unless it becomes too graphic.

I'm not really squeamish about most things, but I can't stomach rape in books or movies.
Janet
This was a group read for 'A Good Thriller.'

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
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Helen
Fast-paced, disturbing and often quite sick and twisted, I read through this pretty quickly - a sure sign of a good crime thriller. Really gets your heart-rate going and will keep you up until past your bedtime. I'll be putting more by Karin Slaughter on my to-read list.
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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, COP TOWN, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.”

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the
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Other Books in the Series

Grant County (6 books)
  • Kisscut (Grant County, #2)
  • A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, #3)
  • Indelible (Grant County, #4)
  • Faithless (Grant County, #5)
  • Beyond Reach (Grant County, #6)
Triptych (Will Trent, #1) Fractured (Will Trent, #2) Broken (Will Trent, #4) Indelible (Grant County, #4) Fallen (Will Trent, #5)

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