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Kisscut (Grant County #2)

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Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember. But when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton - the town's paediatrician and medical examiner - finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy. What seemed at first to be a terrible but individual catastrophe ...more
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Published February 6th 2003 by Audiobooks (first published 2002)
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Carol I read this book without reading the first one, and felt badly cheated by not knowing the outcome of the first one, and the back story for Lena.

So my…more
I read this book without reading the first one, and felt badly cheated by not knowing the outcome of the first one, and the back story for Lena.

So my advice is to read the first one first.(less)
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Mary Beth
Mar 21, 2016 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kisscut is not for the fainthearted, graphic repulsive subject matter, very horrifying scenes of intense evil, and layer upon layer of deception. Be warned!!

Kisscut is the second book in the Grant County Series. The book opens explosively. Jenny, a high school student, confronts a teenage boy outside a roller skating rink, threatening him with a gun. Sara witnesses the event and Jeffrey is on the scene shortly after it starts
and is forced to do the unthinkable.

The confrontation sets into motion
Feb 25, 2015 Jonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story begins at a skating rink where a young girl pulls a gun on another teen and a standoff involving the police ensues. It sets off a chain of events that goes into a direction I didn't expect.

It's an awful, uncomfortable story that Slaughter tells masterfully. My emotions were all over the place, especially where Lena is concerned. By the end, I couldn't believe my feelings of sympathy for her, an amazing feat. Her soliloquy near the end was extraordinary. There were a number of themes r
Sep 13, 2015 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"How could this happen?"

This one was more disturbing than the previous one.

We have Sara and Jeffrey ... divorced ... but sort of "in a relationship". I don't get them.

Lena is another enigma. Do I like her? Not really. What happened to her was dreadful.

Three stars really doesn't have me running to start the next book but I will. I want to read Sara's story before I meet her in the Will Trent novels by the same author.

The moon was high above the trees, and a breeze was coming in off the lake.
Nov 19, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well what can I say about this book. I really enjoyed it but it made me sick to my stomach. Now let me explain, the subject matter of this book was painful and at time sickening to read. Most of this dealt with violence towards children and I couldn't really handle it much before, and now that I am a father it is even harder to read and know that people like this really do exist. I have also thought that I had read and seen some of the most grisly crime scenes ever, but the one at the beginning ...more
I have to admit I have not read the first book in this series. I tried it years ago and gave up because I did not like the characters and thought the story line was silly. I will have to try it again now I have read #2. I still don't like the characters but this time the story dragged me in and I raced through the book. I'm giving it three stars because there are some definite weaknesses for example the dialogue. I hope the interactions between Jeffrey and Sara at least do improve in future book ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
I think this novel generally is realistic and true to life. It's about child sexual abuse, using the vehicle of a mystery series genre story. If you are sensitive or triggered, I wouldn't recommend reading this novel. However, if you are curious or want to be aware of how sometimes sexual abuse works invisibly in our society, and how it affects victims, I highly recommend this novel.

The main hero characters are from a small town and a small county with the pressures of a close community, but th
Tammy Walton Grant
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Sean Peters
Sara Linton, pediatrician and medical examiner in Heartsdale, Georgia, knows only too well the horrors that can hide behind closed doors in a small community. But when a Saturday night argument between teenagers at the local skating rink leads to death—and a subsequent autopsy reveals evidence of ritualistic self-mutilation and long-term abuse—she realizes that true evil is closer than she imagined. Aided by her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, and Detective Lena Adams, still traumatiz ...more
Okay, maybe it's just me but this book was a little over the top with twisted and not enough meat and potatoes to offset it. I love Karin Slaughters writing but this one had some female characters that I found indecisive and feeble, not at all what I am used to from her. The last quarter of the book really picked up and I can't wait to get to the next in this series. Warning: this story is not for anyone that can not handle revolting, despicable people that commit horrific crimes against childre ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Kisscut, the 2nd novel in Karin Slaughter's Grant County Series opens with a shocking and horrific scene. The fatal shooting of a teenage girl by the local police chief, Jeffrey Tolliver leads to the gruesome discovery of pedophilia, incest and children's porn right in the small town.

This was a really shocking and unsettling story of child abuse, secrets and depravity with some really disturbing scenes. The author created such a feeling of menace and evil in the town that had me on the edge of m
Robert Beveridge
Karin Slaughter, Kisscut (Harper Collins, 2002)

I was wandering along in the middle of Kisscut half enjoying the novel and half wondering if this thing was really as obvious as it had seemed since chapter two, thinking that I was really, really going to hate this book if it was. And then I got to the end of chapter seventeen. And I immediately hated this novel so much that I actually considered abandoning a novel with only sixty pages left to read for the first time ever. I did end up finishing i
May 06, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult subject, without a doubt, and perhaps frustrating that there is no final resolution. I don't know if fiction thrillers can always be compared to "real life," but in life there are not always happy endings. So I guess I felt that it was not unrealistic to have loose ends in Kisscut. I have read some reviewers who have said that none of the main characters are "likeable." They are definitely flawed, but I do like watching their relationships unfold and develop, warts and all. I was able ...more
Janie Johnson
Mar 27, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book was not a planned read at all for this month, but I was struggling with the last book for my WHINRTB 3.0 challenge, so I picked this one up. This is book 2 of the Grant county series and wow I am glad I did pick it up. However it is a very tough subject matter that a lot of people can't tolerate, relating to children, so keep that in mind when determining if you want to read this.

Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Hearts
Freda Malone
Aug 17, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I swear, when I think of Karin Slaughter I am visualizing her sitting in the middle of a police station or FBI headquarters, plowing through tons of crime folders that give her these ideas for her next book. It gets bigger and better than the last! I can also imagine all the work that goes into each and every one. Her creativeness and imagination is just phenomenal when it comes to putting together a murder masterpiece.

Sara, I am so sorry but this novel fell flat with you in it for some reason.
Marnie  Krüger
Jul 25, 2015 Marnie Krüger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, books-i-own
Another amazing addition to the Grant Country series!
Karin Slaughter truly knows how to pice together a story both horrific enough and captivating enough to keep you guessing the whole time! Just to throw you a sucker punch, leaving you so disgusted with some characters that you feel you don't want to even finish the book. But you must! That's the drug! You need to know!

This is a brilliant author doing her brilliant work!

Just be warned: Kisscut is not for the faint at heart, there is pretty di
I am this close to shelving this under "horror". My brain hasn't quite recovered. Wow... There are good books you'd read over and over again, then there're good books you know you can never stomach reading again, no matter how great they were. This falls right smack in the latter.

Oh Karin Slaughter, you outdo yourself with every book. Why can't I quit you?
Amanda Patterson
Kisscut reminded me of the heady first novels written by Patricia Cornwell. I hate to tear down my idols but I believe that Slaughter may be better than all the rest. As I’m writing this review, I’ve ordered a copy of her first novel, Blindsighted.

Sara Linton, small town paediatrician and coroner, is a worthy serial heroine. Sara is out on a date with her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver. He is also the local police chief. On his way to meet Sara, he is forced to kill a girl who is threatening other
Jan 14, 2014 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little torn about this book..overall I liked the story but if I linger a little more on its parts there are a lot of things that didn't convince me.

One of the biggest problems, I'm sad to say, is the main characters: Sara, Jeffrey and Lena. They're not very likeable and it's very difficult for me to sympathize with them and theirs problems; also theirs attitude are often quite erratic which doesn't facilitate any understanding between them and the reader (or me in this case). Jeffrey, for
Aug 05, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of great an socially engaging crime novels
When the book starts a fairly small town Saturday evening date with Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver at a rollerskate ring turns into a situation in which a girl threatens to kill a boy with a gun. Sherif Tolliver is forced to shoot the girl.

When they are trying to find out what the reason was for this act of suicide by cop you will find yourself in a book that tells a tale about sexual child abuse. Being a former child welfare worker I found some of the descriptions in this tale very scarily re
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jan 15, 2014 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The disturbing subject matter of this book adds to the shock value of the reality of sex rings via children.
The fact that this is not biased to one gender or the other, instead describing what being raped is like for boys and girls is extremely disturbing and also extremely well done and also done with insight that send a chill down my spine.
The question --How did you feel? Is basically the theme of this book. The monsters who perpetrate these crimes feel as if they are being victimized. The ch
Dec 29, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow burning like the first book in the series. Pretty dark story line in this installment.
Larry Bassett
An incident in a roller skate rink parking lot results in the death of a young teenager, shot by the local police chief. During the autopsy evidence is discovered that suggests that something far from normal is going on in this small Georgia town. As the police investigate more and more people seem to be involved. The questions are the usual ones: who, what, where, when, why? The answers are what is unusual. There is not a happy ending.

I started reading Karin Slaughter books because I wanted to
Eve Nolon
The first time I read this, just over a year ago, I had the summer 'flu so I think I missed more than a few key elements. I remember I thought it was confusing and didn't see how the case came together because nothing seemed to add up. A fever and cold medicine will make even the best story seemingly incomprehensible. I am glad that I revisited the novel. The material is still abhorrent, but this is Slaughter and that is both expected and the point. I think what makes Kisscut so different from n ...more
Jul 15, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of Slaughter’s Will Trent series and for the longest of times I told myself I needed to read what came before, that I needed to know what happened in Sara’s life prior to her appearance in the Will Trent books. It took me longer to work around to them than I had hoped, but I’m there now. More importantly, I can say they are not disappointing.

I read the Will Trent series in the wrong order. I brought a pack of books and a couple of them were in said pack. I was so interested that I
4 Stars

Series note: This is book #2 in Slaughter’s Grant County series and there are numerous references to events in the first book.

When an altercation between teenagers in a skating rink parking lot ends in tragedy, Grant County medical examiner, Sara Linton, and her ex-husband, Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver, are shocked and disturbed by the true nature of the crime and the fact that evil is lurking in their small and seemingly innocuous town.

The plot is extremely disturbing and ho
Dec 05, 2011 Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kisscut is definitely one of the most if not the first most graphic of the grant county series of books by author Karin Slaughter. To warn this book contains some very graphic and at times almost disturbing material.
However that very fact is what keeps you on your toes and your mind sharp while turning page after page. It starts off with Sarah Linton and Jeffery Tolliver on a date at the town's skating rink when something unspeakable happens that has Jeffery making a very tough and unthinkable d
Kate Kelly
Mar 05, 2012 Kate Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good so far but I'm not sure I will be able to read all the series. The story lines are great but someone "crosses their arms" every second page!!! Even when wearing roller skates(the old fashioned four wheels in four corners type) and leaning against a wall! Stood in this pose and then suddenly... crosses her arms. She even does it when we have had the discription of her sitting in the passenger seat of a car and being very tired and then staring straight ahead and crossing her arms. WHAT is it ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Mariazita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perturbador, arrepiante , doloroso. Como tema, o abuso sexual das crianças, e todos os horrores que elas vivem, os sentimentos e as vidas roubadas a estes seres inocentes, tão bem descrito neste livro, mas é muito doloroso ler todos estes relatos o que o torna um livro complicado.Cru e direto como e a escrita de Karin Slaughter.Não é facil ler.Mas autora tem o dom de nos agarrar á leitura, mesmo sendo uma escrita muito dura e escura.
May 26, 2016 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartacei
Tematica forte e ad alto impatto emotivo. Nonostante sia un romanzo, ti colpisce come un treno, sconvolgente. Forse per questo mi era rimasto così impresso. Ma mi é piaciuto ugualmente. Uno dei miei thriller preferiti.
Dec 09, 2015 Tasha-Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
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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.”

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Grant County (6 books)
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