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Susan R. Sloan
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Isolated Incident

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  527 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
A 15-year-old girl has been viciously murdered and no one in the tranquil community of Seward Island, Washington, can imagine who the killer is. As the police begin an arduous search for suspects, the murder takes the people of Seward somewhere else: into their darkest prejudices and worst fears, and to a very human evil living in their midst.
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Nov 06, 2009 Debi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read..this book kept me hooked from the first chapter till the end. I had a hard time putting this book down..was up a couple of night till 2am. reading it. If you love a great mystery/crime book you have to give the book a read..smiles.
On an island with a small population of 12,000, 14 year old Tara's body is found in the dumpster. The start of a serial killer's rampage or an isolated incident???

This is one of the better murder mystery novels I have read in a while.
Jun 24, 2012 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!! Kept me guessing until the last page. Really gripping reading!
Nov 04, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Bruce Rauner

On a small island in Puget Sound, a 15-year-old girl, daughter of one of the area's prominent families, is stabbed to death. Suspicion falls on a high school history teacher, Jewish, who had tutored and befriended her. Did I mention he was Jewish? Jewish, he was.

Everything in this book is just a little bit off. At no point did I think to myself: "That's exactly how 15-year old girls talk: like 55-year olds. This is how neo-Nazis would hold meetings. This man would likely burst into Yiddish right
Jun 05, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Isolated Incident. Susan R Sloan. 1998. Warner Books. 470 pages. ISBN 0446606456.

An Isolated Incident falls into its own unique category, adding a spice of literary content to its fictional and suspense elements. The novel explores racism and discrimination of inhabitants on a small island off the Washington coast after the teenage daughter of a prominent banker is murdered.

An Isolated Incident begins with the murder of Tara Breckenridge, and soon introduces us to detective Ginger Earley, pol
Jan 01, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
The vicious murder of a 15-year-old girl shakes the residents of Seward Island, Washington to their very souls. The victim is wealthy, beautiful, and of the sweetest disposition imaginable, and absolutely no one in the tranquil community of Seward Island can imagine the lovely teenager has any enemies who would do her any harm. As the police begin the arduous search for suspects, the murder takes the people of Seward Island somewhere else: into the realm of their darkest prejudices and worst fea ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only a great thriller/mystery, but a chilling look at how insular a small community can become, looking at "us" and "them." People can sneer and say that these sorts of things don't really happen, but I grew up in a town just like this and it is true - if someone with darker skin, or the "wrong" religion showed up, they were an outsider and not accepted and treated with suspicion. Ms. Sloan showed how difficult it was for the few sympathetic townsfolk to stand up for the "outsiders," as well ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Karschtl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the criminal case and following manhunt are truly suspenseful, almost even more exciting was it to see how the public opinion - cleverly displayed through letters to the editor of the local newspaper - was formed, changed, and finally closed in on a suspect over the course of time. Another reviewer of this book finds it very unlikely that there is a community that would behave like the ppl on Seward Island portrayed here. I do believe that something like this can happen anytime, in any com ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Interesting book about a close knit community with it's first murder. Had everything-bigotry-small mindness-judging the victim-prejudging the suspect. It did tend to drag in a few places.
Nov 26, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Sloan is not well known, but does an excellent mystery. Try her.
Dale Barlow
Jul 03, 2016 Dale Barlow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
on an isolated state of WA island a first ever murder of a pregnant teenager from wealthy parents occurs; naturally, what appears to be an “open/shut case” is not (definitely not). I found myself reading this halfway thru the night or going to bed on time then reading for an hour midway through the night: that should be all you need to know about this books intensity. 1998 hardback via Madison County Public Library, Berea, based on my spouse recommendation (she volunteers at the…Library); 354 pg ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Op Seward Island in de staat Washington wordt de 15-jarige Tara gevonden. Ze is om het leven gebracht door talloze messteken. Tara is de dochter van een vooraanstaande zakenman. Ze was geliefd, maar als blijkt dat ze zwanger was, is de schok voor haar ouders en de eilandbewoners nog groter.
De grote vraag is wie begaat zo'n monsterlijke misdaad en is het een van henzelf? De plaatselijke politiechef Ruben Martinez en zijn vrouwelijke collega Ginger doen er alles aan om snel resultaat te boe
Yvonne deSousa
May 20, 2014 Yvonne deSousa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My all time favorite book! So much so that I have read it twice and listened to it on audio cd. Love the suspense and the love story that is very different from most other love stories. Was fascinated by the author's depiction of how easily good people can do bad things for good reasons and how easily we are blinded by our own sense of right and wrong.
Mar 29, 2015 Kainaaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense, murder, investigation, a romantic angle, what more does one need from a book? Had picked this one from my library when they were in the process of selling their old books. For a mere 50 bucks, it was definitely a great buy.
Jun 05, 2016 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good character development and suspenseful but a bit lengthy 3/4's the way through the novel. Tragic developments along the way. I guessed who it was very early on in the book and was furious upon completion of the book. Good 'ole boy network, no matter how disgusting and vile, is alive and well. Ugh!!
Morgan Podraza
"An Isolated Incident" was mostly a lot of wheel-spinning, and I found that I was bored before I reached the half-way point. To be completely honest, the last three pages of the book were a total shock but it's hard to argue for someone to make it through 450 pages to get to the last 3.
I had really wanted to read this book for a while. I love a good mystery and also used to live in the Northwest. I found it very amateurish and definitely not for a reader with any degree of sophistication. The identity of the killer was so completely obvious in the first 30 pages that I actually thought I had been tossed a red herring and waited for a stunning plot twist (which never came)! The characters were one dimensional and cartoonish. Stereotypes abounded throughout the book. I also didn ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only picked this book up because it takes place in Washington on an island in the Sound. I didn't think I would get into it cause its a murder mystery and I usually don't read that kind of thing. I was wrong, this book kept me glued to it and I finished it within a couple of days. It was very exciting and as soon as you think you have it figured out, something changes the way you were thinking. I did see one part of the end coming but the final reveal was a shocker. It made me so made at one p ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a young girl that is murdered on a small island and the affects that is on the whole community. I found the story to be true to life in the way people react with prejudice and suspicion against neighbors that they once called friends. A crime like things can bring out the worst and people and those are the traits that are highlighted in this story. Although most of the characters are very unlikeable for their thoughts and actions, there are some genuinely nice characters as we ...more
Sep 08, 2007 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who will read it!
I believe that the reason that I loved this book so much was not because of it's literary value (although it WAS good), but because of what it teaches us about ourselves. Every one of us has the capacity to make judgements on others, no matter how detrimental those judgements might be. Our actions can have a huge impact on others, but most of the time we are so wrapped up on our own personal "philosophy" that nothing else matters. But... we are wrong. This book presents the most elequent reason ...more
Karen Siddall
Nov 29, 2012 Karen Siddall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiocassettes
Abridged and read by Ed Asner.

Great story, a good abridgement, and Ed Asner does a fabulous job as the narrator (like that is any surprise!) The murder of a well liked local teen from a prominent family shakes up close knit Seward Island. The police chief and new detective recently returned to her home town begin a romantic relationship as the circumstantial evidence piles up against a well liked history teacher. Lots of interesting, suspicious characters and lots of suspense. At only 3 hours lo
Ginny Thurston
Interesting setting...island near Seattle...murder mystery
Apr 04, 2009 JenRaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction, crime, mystery
I'm really enjoying Ms. Sloan's books. Just like Guilt by Association, there was quite a twist at the end. After reading her debut, I knew what to expect, and knew who the perp was in the opening chapters. I have a horrible habit of looking ahead once I've made my guess at the outcome. I almost put the book down after reading that I was correct, but I'm so glad that I didn't. The storyline carries you quickly to the end. Set aside a nice chunk of time to read this in as few sittings as possible. ...more
May 09, 2015 Tomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery and an interesting commentary on prejudice. Neat ending, too...
Good plot & characters, ending disappointing
Jul 11, 2015 Niece rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent stand alone mystery.
Carolyn F.
Ed Asner did a great job on this book. Young boy, a 30 year old woman, father, older man - he did them all really well.

I had the villains narrowed down to two and ended up picking the wrong one. As the book finishes, you know that there's still a DNA test to come so maybe the villain doesn't get away with it and hopefully the person who saw him at the end stops him. Cryptic but I don't want to give it away.
Peggy Walker
This was a fairly good murder mystery with enough going on to keep up the interest. I really liked the sheriff. I thought the romance was a bit contrived. I thought the addition of Nazis along with the anti-Semitic activities and attitudes to be a bit much. There was an awful lot of coincidences in the story, and I'm not sure why the real perpetrator was never really looked at seriously. I'd probably give the author another try, but I would expect more.
Feb 14, 2013 Saily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't generally read mystery novels but this one had my attention from the beginning. It has a little bit of everything, mystery, romance, and social aspects of a small town. Although, the town as a whole seems to be very unlikeable, they still manage pull out emotions from you. There were times I found myself yelling at these fictional people. As for the mystery, I kept guessing all the way through to the very last sentence, then I yelled some more.
Jan 17, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I have read all of her books - about 4 - and have been disappointed to see that she is no longer writing. I really enjoyed all of them.
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