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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 pediatrician and medical examiner--finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe prov
Paperback, 420 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by HarperTorch (first published 2002)
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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
Jun 17, 2015 Phrynne rated it liked it
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
Sean Peters
Feb 15, 2015 Sean Peters rated it liked it
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 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 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
Jul 25, 2015 Marnie 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
Jean Coldwell
May 06, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it really liked it
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
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?
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
Amanda Patterson
Nov 16, 2010 Amanda Patterson rated it it was amazing
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
Freda Malone
Aug 17, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 29, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Slow burning like the first book in the series. Pretty dark story line in this installment.
Dec 05, 2011 Chase rated it it was amazing
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
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
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jan 15, 2014 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Nov 23, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
So many plots and subplots and such a cleverly layered book that handles sensitively the murky topic of child abuse and exploitation. Karin Slaughter is at the top of her game with this one. I can't wait to start the 3rd installment in this wonderful series.
Kate Kelly
Mar 05, 2012 Kate Kelly rated it really liked it
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
Dec 09, 2015 Tasha-Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
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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
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
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
Feb 06, 2013 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Scissors
Jul 06, 2013 Amy Scissors rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2016 MadProfessah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Wow. Ms. Slaughter must be one sick **** to think up the crime scenario in this book. But really the problem is that there really are people in this world who are like the depraved people portrayed in the book. And they could be your neighbor or the local preacher and you'd never suspect them.

This is a pretty interesting series which is trying to do something I have not seen before: basically the mystery has THREE main characters: Sara Linton, Jeffrey Tolliver and Lena Adams.

I think Jeff is my f
Aug 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Kisscut is the second book in Slaughter's Grant Count series and is another excellent book by Karin Slaughter. I am so glad I chose to go back and read the first three of the Grant County series. I highly recommend the entire series.
Jul 29, 2014 Bookmom rated it really liked it
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
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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)

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