Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton–the town’s pediatrician and medical examiner–finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.
What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.
The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister’s death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it’s going to happen again.
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I love the thrillers from Karin Slaughter and am steadily making my way through the audiobook collection for the Grant County series, her earliest novels.
Kisscut starts five months after the end of Blindsighted and continues to tell the story from the points of view of Sara, Jeffrey, and Lena. This novel was less graphic that the previous one and the mystery aspect was more prevalent in my opinion. There are also several aspects of the series that appear to carry over into future novels in this series, which has just made me even more excited for my hold to come in on the third.
My favourite thing about this series is the relationships between the different characters and the fact that none of them are perfect human beings. Slaughter write real, flawed, passionate characters who feel like real people in addition to well-crafted, intricate thrillers.
I would love to see the Grant County series turned into a mini-series special on Netflix or Amazon Prime, where I think they would instant hits. I have heard rumours pre-covid that the rights to the books had been sold for production so fingers crossed that content materializes before long.
Listening time for Kisscut is 12 hours and 39 minutes. It is narrated by Kathleen Early, the same women who narrated the previous book. I definitely recommend reading this series in order as character development for Lena, Sara and Jeffrey is in relation to the events of Blindsighted.
I do want to provide a content warning for this book: the crimes being investigated involve a child sex ring. No children are molested on the page but the consequences of this crime are heavily discussed and investigated by our crime-fighting team and it might be disturbing for some people to read about.
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