Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Title: Blindsighted


Author: Karin Slaughter


Published: Arrow, 2003


Pages: 416


Series: Book 1, Grant County


Summary: The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it’s only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer’s brutality starts to become clear.

Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver -- Sara’s ex-husband -- is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, he has to face the fact that Sibyl’s murder wasn’t a single personal attack: They’re dealing with a sadistic rapist turned killer who is terrorizing rural Grant County.
Jeffrey isn’t alone in his search. Lena Adams -- the county’s sole female detective -- wants to see justice done since her sister was the first victim. Sara, too, cannot escape the terror. A secret from her past could hold the key to finding the killer -- unless he finds her first.  (Taken from Goodreads)


Thoughts: Blindsighted isn’t really a book for the faint-hearted.  Some of the scenes are more on the graphic side so if you’re a squeamish person then you might not enjoy Blindsighted so much.  It also talks a lot about rape which for some people is a very sensitive issue that they don’t like to talk about.

Usually when I finish a book I like to write the review for it straight away after I’ve finished it but with Blindsighted I left it a few days because I was quite undecided about how I felt about the book.

On the one hand it was a mystery and I really like mysteries, I like guessing whodunit and finding out if I’m right in the end and if I guessed the motive correctly.  I am happy to say that I did guess who had done it and so I liked that part.

But at the same time I felt like it was kind of boring.  I just felt like it took a really long time to get into the story and when it did things progressed really slowly.

Some of the character interactions were kind of tedious and I winced whenever Sara and Jeffry interacted because it was so painful.

The last few chapters of the book went flying by though; it was a really good conclusion and tie-up.  So I really enjoyed the last part of the book.

I’m going to say that I thought that Blindsighted was alright overall.  I’m still on the fence about whether I want to continue the series at this point as there are so many more thriller books of this type that I could read instead.

Source: Library

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