(book one of an anticipated three featuring Grant County, Georgia, pediatrician and coroner Dr. Sara Linton), first-time novelist Karin Slaughter comes out swinging in true medical examiner fashion. That is to say, covered with blood from the get-go.
Without warning, the body jerked violently, pitching forward and slamming Sara onto the floor. Blood spread out around both of them, and Sara instinctively clawed to get out from under the convulsing woman. With her feet and hands she groped for some kind of purchase on the slick bathroom floor. Finally, Sara managed to slide out from underneath her. She turned Sibyl over, cradling her head, trying to help her through the convulsions. Suddenly, the jerking stopped.
Sibyl is, or was, Sibyl Adams, a college professor who had the misfortune of being drugged, savagely raped, slashed, and left for dead in the toilet of the local diner, to be coincidentally discovered by Sara Linton. Coincidences don't stop there, and neither do the rapes and murders. The next is, unimaginably, still more gruesome than the first and it, too, is discovered by Dr. Linton. Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is Sara's ex-husband, and mercurial detective Lena Adams, another major player in the ensuing drama, was Sibyl's twin sister.
And the monster behind these increasingly more depraved acts? Suspects abound, from the diner's jack-of-all-trades, Will Harris, to Victim No. 2's boyfriend, to Jack Allen Wright who, a dozen years prior, raped Dr. Linton (that rape had been a secret until now). There are other possibilities, naturally, and it soon becomes apparent that Sara's an intended target.
A graduate of the Patricia Cornwell school of mayhem and gore, Slaughter has faithfully stitched together a fast, engaging, and diverting read complete with a strong-yet-vulnerable heroine. Characters are nicely if somewhat obviously drawn, the plot is inventive, and the narrative's pacing quickens the pulse straight to the cliff-hanging denouement. And really, what more can you ask of an ME thriller? --Michael Hudson
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“An unflinching suspense thriller . . . Blindsighted is a promising debut, and Karin Slaughter is a novelist to watch.” (George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain)
“A debut of rare quality that grips like a vise from the first page.” (Val McDermid, author of Place of Execution)
“Excellent . . . and a plot with enough twists and shocks to keep you turning the pages.” (Peter Robinson, author of In a Dry Season)
“Shockingly good . . . beautifully and believably rendered. Slaughter may very well be the next Thomas Harris.” (Laura Lippman, author of The Sugar House)
“This is storytelling at its finest, written in perfect pitch. A scary, sure-fire winner.” (John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds)
“Pitch perfect. Karin Slaughter is a new force to be reckoned with.” (Steve Hamilton, author of A Cold Day in Paradise)
“Blindsighted is everything a book should be, and Karin Slaughter is a significant new voice in American crime fiction.” (Jane Haddam, author of True Believers)
“Karin Slaughter’s debut is taut, mean, nasty and bloody well written.” (Stella Duffy, author of Beneath the Blonde)
“Blindsighted is an extraordinary debut. Slaughter has created a ferociously taut and terrifying story.” (Denise Mina, author of Garnethill and Exile)
“What a terrifying book! Disturbing, original, haunting.” (Ellen Conford)
“Gruesome forensics, inventive plotting, strong/imperiled heroine . . . Perfect escapist fare.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A very promising debut by a very talented writer. I recommend it highly.” (Deadly Pleasures magazine)
“Engaging...marks the debut of a promising young author.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Scary, shocking and perfectly suspenseful… Will propel the Georgia native right onto the ‘must read’ list for suspense fans.” (BookPage)
“An accomplished first novel...[with] a riveting plot.” (Booklist)
“An extremely mature first novel, with well-developed characters and a finely tuned plot.” (Library Journal)