Blindsighted (Grant County #1)

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 — wants 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.

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Blindsighted is the first mystery novel written by bestselling author Karin Slaughter. I have read several of her more recent novels but had yet to explore her backlist so I am excited to be working my way through those now, as fast as my library holds will allow.

I listen to all of Slaughter’s books, and as usual, I was perfectly happy with the narration performance. These books all take place in the southern US state of Georgia, and I do love that southern accent.

There were a few aspects of Blindsighted that didn’t quite live up to the author’s more recent plots. I was able to guess in the first 1/3 of the book who the killer was, although I wasn’t positive until later on in the novel. The story also ended very abruptly with Lena’s rescue, and nothing further is seen from her POV, which was weird considering the circumstances. I can only guess that some of this might be resolved in next novel since it is a series, but don’t know yet.

For readers looking for the audiobook version of Blindsighted, note that there are two. The abridged version, which in my case did not save in the description or on the cover that it was abridged, and the unabridged version, which is always better. In this case, significantly so as the abridged version is only 40% of the length. That is a huge chunk of story cut out! I only noticed I was listening to the wrong version because the book was clearly missing pieces and not making sense… at first I wondered if there was a formatting issue with the electronic audiobook … until I realized.

To make it easy for you, I looked up the good version I listened to and it is narrated by Kathleen Early and is 11 hours 48 minutes long. If your version is different, switch!

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