Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Blindsighted (Grant County, #1)Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
Published by HarperTorch

From the publisher:

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 does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer’s twisted work becomes clear.

Sara’s ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation — a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he’s got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county’s sole female detective, Lena Adams — the first victim’s sister — want to serve her own justice.

But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath… or mean her death.

After being impressed with Slaughter’s newest thriller, Pretty Girls, I decided to go back and read some of her older titles, and since this is the first book in a substantial series, it made sense to start here. I’m glad I did, because I plan to continue reading these books and the characters really started to grow on me in just the first book.

While Blindsighted wasn’t the best thriller ever, it was definitely engaging, kept me on the edge of my seat, and was pretty brutal in terms of the murder/gory stuff. I’m getting better at handling that stuff in fiction, because I really do like these kinds of books, and I hope to continue reading more like it.

The main thing I liked about the book was getting to know the characters and watch the relationships begin to take shape. The mystery part was good, but I’m thinking her books get better because I definitely felt Pretty Girls was much stronger in terms of the writing and pacing of the book. I am looking forward to reading more of the series to continue to get to know the characters and see Slaughter’s writing and storytelling continue to grow.


6 thoughts on “Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter”

  1. Karin Slaughter has been on Authors to Try list for a long time but I’ve never actually gotten around to trying any of them. I’m glad you enjoyed this one even though it wasn’t the best thriller. I’ll have to see if I can find this one. I love the sound of the plot.

  2. I love this author but had a hard time stomaching Pretty Girls.
    I do love her Grant County/Atlanta series crossover, and what I enjoy most is cheering for the MCs, getting to know their flaws.
    She does write graphic scenes, and as Jill mentioned above, if another author wrote those I might be turned off, but I do accept it coming from her in the scenarios of the plot.
    She is probably the most graphic of the suspense/mystery writers I read, so that tells you that she is worthwhile!

    1. I agree. I don’t read a lot of these kinds of books because I have a hard time with the graphic murder/sexual abuse scenes. But she’s good, that’s for sure.

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