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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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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
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
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
Tammy Walton Grant
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aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
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 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 they ...more
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
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
Wanda Hartzenberg
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
Jean Coldwell
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
Kate Kelly
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
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
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
What's with all the throat clearing?

This is the second in the Grant County series. After having read the first, Blindsighted, I dove right into the second. The plot is good. It does revolve around some very sensitive topics, incest, child pornography, rape, kidnapping, etc., but the story is well written and compelling. The continuing side stories involving the three main characters is also compelling.

I like the writing style and the flow of the story. It's fast moving and there are plenty of pl
As much as I liked the first book in this series, I'm starting to think that Slaughter has created one of those towns where everything that possibly could go wrong will and all her characters will have horrible things happen to them over and over. It might seduce some readers into thinking she is a wonderful suspense writer but those of us who appreciate realism to a degree will grow tired of the improbability of a small group of people going through these horrendous events month after month. Do ...more
Horrific things are going on in Heartsdale, GA that begin when police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver has to kill a thirteen year-old girl in order to save the boy she’s threatening to shoot. Finding out how they’d reached that point isn’t easy as no one wants to talk, made more disturbing by the things Dr Sara Linton uncovers during the autopsy. Yes, there are some very sick people in this world and rumors are swirling.

Once again the author provides chilling scenarios and gritty details while addressing
The crime in this second entry of Karin Slaughter’s Grant County series is one of the nastiest that an author can explore and that a reader can digest. That crime is pedophilia.

Now, as Slaughter is quick to point out in one of her mini data dumps, pedophilia is not the same as child molestation. Molestation is about using sexual behavior to cause pain while pedophilia is about someone believing that the only person upon whom he/she can bestow true love is a child. A pedophile denies that any pai
Gerard Oconnell
Enjoyed very much,hard to put down,should come with a psychological health warning. highly recommended,now for more of karin slaughters books, very soon.
Disgusting. Just disgusting.
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
I raced through this book like a fat man passing a salad bar, partly because it was good and flowed well, but mainly because I did not want to linger around the sickening crimes involved.

It's very twisted.

I did not know that KISSCUT was about child abuse. I have read other books that have touched upon the crime, sure, but Karin Slaughter was very clinical as she focused on the one of the most disturbing subjects in the world, and it left me feeling disgusted. Lena's recovery/rehabilitation wa
The first Karin Slaughter thriller I picked up featured FBI agent Will Trent. Trent talked about how he dealt with having dyslexia and having to do so much reading and paperwork as an agent. The book was [Triptych] and I was hooked on Slaughter. The books take place in Georgia where I used to live so I very much enjoy the location and spending a little time there. I also like the characters Slaughter has drawn in her books especially because both strengths and weaknesses are shown and drive the ...more
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
I just finished Kisscut, my 2nd Karin Slaughter. I love a good series, & this Grant County series is a good one. Karin Slaughter is a great author for the slightly morbid (yes, like me!). Shock-value plays a big part of her books. A friend mentioned to me that she enjoyed this second book more than the first, Blindsighted, because it wasn't as graphic, but that really isn't true! I can hardly wait to discuss this with her! Not much bothers me, & I wasn't disturbed by either book, but I d ...more
I read this book out of order since I am impatient (my library's copy was never returned and they had to use inter library loans to obtain it for me) and skipped ahead in the series. It didn't matter - this could be a stand alone book. The author explains briefly what occurred with characters earlier. This book had a great plot and lots of action, but I felt the characters were just a tad shallow here. Still, a quick and interesting read. Three-and-a-half stars.
Amy Scissors
This is my first time reading a Slaughter book. I have been into gory, serial-killer type thrillers lately, and I thought "Hey, with a name like Slaughter, this has got to be pretty twisted and sadistic, right?" I was not wrong. Any plot details that I could write would be a bit spoilery, so I will just say this: the book picks up the pace immediately. Just when you think the book couldn't get any more disturbing, it pushes the limit that much farther. There is some very heavy subject matter in ...more
I really like this story! It's the second book in the Grant series and it was just as good as the first. I love the characters of Sara and Jeffrey the best. A pediatrician/county coroner and Chief of Police! Doesn't get much better than this. Now in saying this....this book isn't for the faint of heart. It deals with child pornography and child sex. It's a sad story, but thrilling to the end. And it's not so much a story of "who done it", but more of a story about why, how and again why. There a ...more
Renata CR 	❀Bluetulip❀
Este livro foi difícil para mim. Não pela escrita - que foi tão boa quanto o primeiro - mas pelo tema que foi abordado no livro (tive pesadelo com o livro, um tanto no começo ainda da leitura). Me incomodou, me deixou desconfortável ao ler as cenas que passavam e/ou eram narradas pelos personagens (lembranças, acontecimentos com eles). Talvez isso fosse mesmo o que a autora queria e ela fez muito bem. Talvez algum dia o releia (traduzido, pois meu inglês não é nada bom e creio que isso não tenha ...more
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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 pediatrician and medical examiner—finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara

Purple Iris
Just reread this. Still love it.

However, when you read books from a series years later instead of as they're published, you can notice things like this.

From Blindsighted: "A joke around the station house was to hide Brad’s patrolman’s hat from him. At Christmas, they had stuck it on top of one of the reindeer on display in front of city hall. A month ago, Lena had spotted the hat on top of the statue of Robert E. Lee in front of the high school." (p. 122)

FromKisscut: "It was a joke among the se
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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)
  • Blindsighted (Grant County, #1)
  • A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, #3)
  • Indelible (Grant County, #4)
  • Faithless (Grant County, #5)
  • Beyond Reach (Grant County, #6)
Blindsighted (Grant County, #1) Triptych (Will Trent, #1) Fractured (Will Trent, #2) Broken (Will Trent, #4) Indelible (Grant County, #4)

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