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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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Timaz I think exactly the same and even asked it in my review. the answer that has given before me is sufficient and that is what was necessary. as the…moreI think exactly the same and even asked it in my review. the answer that has given before me is sufficient and that is what was necessary. as the author of this short answer wrote, Karin could explain exactly the same in her book to cover this gap. she could wrote "Murderer followed her to Grant County to give her a chance to save other victims and thus redeem herself and himself." but I didn't managed to extract this meaning from the book by myself. (less)
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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:

Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well after reading BLINDSIGHTED I now consider myself to be a full-blown KARIN SLAUGHTER fan! This is only the second book I have read by her and the first book in her Grant County Series which I thoroughly enjoyed. So this definitely will not be my last and I think that I will probably find myself binge reading the rest of the books in this series.

BLINDSIGHTED by KARIN SLAUGHTER is a gritty, edgy, engrossing, and suspenseful mystery / thriller that had me interested enough to turn those pages a
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter is a 2015 Harper publication.

This is the first book in the Grant County series, which was originally published way back in 2002. I have read this book before, a long time ago, before Goodreads had even launched.

However, I decided to start the Grant County series over, despite having read a few of them already. It’s a long story, but basically, I got some of the Grant County books mixed up with the Will Trent series, which caused a great deal of confusion, for me
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Uhmmm...
Recommended to Lawyer by: I confess it was a Nook Find for $1.99
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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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
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, audio, 2017
I am torn on this one and I am erring on the side of giving the author the benefit of the doubt as it was her first book. It definitely felt like a first effort. (Not that I could do better if I was to try). So, 3 stars for Blindsighted.

The plot was riveting and held my interest. At times, it was very extreme (if fictional violence against women bothers you STAY AWAY), but if you can handle the extreme, the details make it all the more suspenseful.

I felt a bit like some of the plot elements and
"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
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Simply amazing, that this was Karin Slaughters' debut 16 years ago!!! If it weren't for my friend Christine recommending this to me I may have overlooked it altogether. Thank you, Christine! Now I understand why this author has the following she does (including myself). In case you're wondering, I will be binge reading the rest of the 'Grant County" series then on to 'Will Trent'.
Tim The Enchanter
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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
Ray Daniel
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sean Peters
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I have read Karin Slaughters, Will Trent series, and loved it. I was a little apprehensive about starting this series because I thought It may not be as good. Wrong, it was very good and will definitely be carrying on with the next book. Kathleen Early is an excellent narrator.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I first read this book soon after it came out - and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time around I listened to it on my I-pod and enjoyed it every bit as much as the first read.

Karin Slaughter is an accomplished author who has never disappointed me.

This is the first of her Grant County series, in which we meet paediatrician and coroner Sarah Linton and her ex husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver.

Sarah reminds me a little of myself - fiercely independent and more than a little prickly. She is an in
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
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
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
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the better thriller work
This was Karin Slaughters debut novel and what an impressive one to start off with, based upon this book I ordered a few more So Impressed I was.

This book is very female orientated and at no point did this bother me especially with this killer rapist that is going crazy in Grant County. The murders feel horrific the descriptions of this vile act of power visited on women has rarely been written about in such an intense and taut style which managed to scare me quite severe.

The title is quite true
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Liked this book, I never figured out the bad guy until the very end. Look forward to more of these characters.
Sandra Bašić
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prvi susret s ovom autoricom ali sigurno ne i zadnji. Vrlo dobro, zanimljivo, jezivo onda kada treba (pogodila sam tko je "bad guy" jeeeej!), meni dovoljno za omiljeni žanr.
Janie Johnson
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow and I was worried I would be disappointed with this book/series after reading her Will Trent series. I gotta say I was so wrong on that theory. This book starts the series out with a bang, It is nice to go back and learn a little about some of those characters we discover in the Will Trent series. Fantastic!

A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton do
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
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ann Girdharry
I’m a Karin Slaughter fan and I've read books in the Will Trent series before this one (yes, I know that’s not in the right order!)

However, the beginning of this one really put me off.
There’s a brutal murder of a young woman in a diner.
It was so horrible because this woman was blind and there are graphic, bloody descriptions of the crime scene. This is followed by graphic, bloody descriptions of the autopsy carried out by Sara Linton. Then there's a second sadistic murder.

For me, it was too m
Brenda H
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young college professor has been mutilated and killed in the restroom at a local diner in a small Georgia town. Only after Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and part-time ME, conducts the autopsy will the full extent of the heinous crime become known. Then, another young woman from the college is found crucified on the hood of Sara’s car outside of the hospital.

Sara’s ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, is Chief of Police and is leading the investigation into these deaths. What he doesn’t know is
Freda Malone
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 town's 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

My BFF, T, loves these books, she binge-reads them like the rest of us watch the new season of "Sherlock" or "Orange Is the New Black." I thought it would be fun to give Slaughter a shot so T and I could do book talking.

Here are my thoughts, copy and pasted from my notes because I'm too lazy to write an actual review:

--A lot of this seems to be written with the purpose to shock.

--Wouldn’t one assume when a twin is killed that there’s an outside possibility the other twin is in danger, especially
Difficulty rating this one...

Ms. Slaughter's writing is very vivid and evokes all kinds of feelings. Blindsighted deals so much in dark, violent, and depressed emotions and without enough to offset that.

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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen thrillers, including the Grant County and Will Trent series, COP TOWN, PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER and the e-original short stories “Snatched” “Busted" "Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes" and "Last Breath."

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited
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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)

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