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Blindsighted - Karin Slaughter

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Author: Karin Slaughter / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      19.11.2011 14:13
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      brilliant read and gripping but disterbing not for the lighthearted

      I have got lots of books all stored in my cupboard. Every now and again I feel like reading a book and grab the first one that I come to. I can not say where I got this book from but I am asuming that this was bought for me at some time.

      This story is about murder, love and life. This is normally not my cup of tea I am a lover or romance and fairytails but I couldn't put this down when I started reading in total it took me 3 days to finish reading it.

      The storyline to this is very good because you have a secret that is not reveiled to way into the story so that part keeps you gripped although I did work out half way through the book what would happen but not sure who was involved.

      There were a lot of twists to the story and things that you wouldn't have expected. The charactors were very good and they all had their own story to tell. The major twist and secret is brilliantly thought of yet quite desterbing. Each character has been well thought out by the author and the author makes you feel sorry for them and feel intouch with their feelings but also you get the burning anger that they feel and at one point when I first started reading it made me feel physically sick and I had to put the book down for half an hour to let the feeling pass. I have never read a book that could get me feeling so many different feelings and so many powerful ones.

      About 5 pages into the story I didn't think I would be able to continue reading but if I didn't I think I would have had nightmares until I did finish it.

      I liked the ending but was slightly predictable but it is something that the reader would want to happen. As the events unfold the story gets more and more interesting and you have to keep reading with secret hope.

      I wouldn't advise that anyone reads this book if they have a sensitive stomach and I wouldn't advise that abused individuals should read this due to explicit content that may hurt or harm in anyway. The main thing about this book is that it is so close to life and could very easily have been based on a true story. We don't like to think that these things happen or could happen in our world but this book does touch on these things.

      Overall this was a very good read with a great storyline but I found it very disturbing and it made me sick to my stomach and glad I have only got to read it once.

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      04.11.2009 00:11
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      An absorbing and compelling thriller

      Karin Slaughter, Blindsighted
      Paperback 416 pages (3 October, 2002)
      Publisher: Arrow; ISBN: 0099421771

      It is set in Heartsdale, Georgia, a small city in a southern rural area of the US. The main characters are Sara Linton, a medical examiner and paedatrician, Jeffrey Tolliver, police chief, and Lena Adams, a police detective.

      At the start of Blindsighted, Sara Linton finds a local woman, Sibyl brutally murdered in the toilets of the local diner. It becomes clear from examining the body later that Sibyl was raped.

      She contacts Jeffrey, the local police chief, who doesn't believe the rapist/killer will stop at one victim. Lena also becomes involved. She has a very personal interest in this case, as Sibyl was her twin sister, and this becomes an issue as it is not certain that she can keep her personal and professional instincts separate.

      Sara and Jeffrey's jobs mean they are working together on this investigation, bringing up all sorts of issues about the past, including their relationship - they used to be married to each other.

      This complicated mixture of the personal and professional makes reading the novel more compelling, but it did mean the characters sometimes behaved in ways which didn't seem professional, and I find this both interesting and troubling in crime novels.

      I'm concerned in giving too much plot and character detail in a crime novel that I may tell those who might read the book more than they would like to know.

      There are further crimes in the course of the investigation, which becomes a race to catch up with the killer/rapist before he attacks anyone else.

      I always thought this sounded like a book I didn't want to read, as normally I avoid serial killer books and it sounded too sensational for me. It is gory with violent scenes including sexual violence. Then an email-based reading group I run chose it for discussion, so I had to buy the book.

      I am glad that I was pushed into reading it now, as I liked it enough to want to read the others in the series - while the mystery is resolved at the end of this one, I would like to learn more about the characters and what happens to them next. Others in the group had the same reaction, that they liked it more than they expected and want to read more by the author. I have been told by fans of Karin Slaughter that the next book, Kisscut, is a lot better than Blindsighted.

      There is a lot of explicit crime and forensic detail which may attract some readers and deter others. A friend who works as a nurse said she was distracted at times from the story by some glaring medical inaccuracies. As I don't know much about this subject, that didn't bother me.

      I had quite mixed feelings about the characters. I liked Sara and Jeffrey enough to care about what happened to them, but was less keen on Lena. I thought that this story was plot driven rather than character driven, though, and even in crime fiction I tend to prefer character driven novels.

      In conclusion, I would recommend this novel with reservations, and with warnings that it is quite gory and disturbing at times, to those who like their crime fiction to be exciting. I plan to read the next books in the series, Kisscut and A Faint Cold Fear at some point in the future to see how the characters and the author's writing skills have developed.

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        20.03.2009 14:13
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        read it now

        Anyone who enjoys thrillers and horror combined should read this book. I have not been able to sit and read a whole book for a few years now since the years of harry potter but this book kept me captivated and i finished it in a day.

        The story looks at a pediatrician slash coroner and her ex husband the towns sherrif trying to find a serial killer who is rather warped i must add. This book should definatley come with an age limit as there are some scenes that made my stomach churn and that is very hard to do.

        The book is the first in a series and believe me once you read it you will want to read the rest. i dont really want to tell you much about the storyline as i hate giving away the story or having someone tell me the story before i get chance.

        There is no waiting for action as the first murder happens in the first chapter and the chapters are quite short so you feel quite smart as you can say you have red five chapters in 15 minutes which is always good.

        the book is available in asda and waterstones for between 4 and 7 pounds but i brought my copy off play.com for £2 so you can grab yourself an absolute bargain if you look.

        A fantastic book and horrific too.....not for the faint hearted

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        29.06.2007 22:36
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        Sara Linton has a history. She has a history with her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, chief of police and she has a history in medicine, being the town’s coroner as well as paediatric doctor. But her biggest history is her secret history, something that happened 12 years ago and is still haunting her today.

        When Sybil Adams is found by Sara in a toilet cubicle of the local café, mutilated, raped and barely alive from a deep cross shaped cut in her abdomen, Sara does everything she can to save her life, but unfortunately she dies in Sara’s arms. Horrendously involved in the case, both from her locality to Sybil at the time of death and the fact that she performs the autopsy on Sybil’s damaged body, brings Sara and Jeffrey together again to try and figure out the perpetrator of this disgusting and brutal crime.

        Another body turns up, this time with crucifixion marks and the race is on to figure this out before any more women are hurt in Heartsdale, Georgia.

        I had never read Karin Slaughter before, and was drawn to her fiction by Amazon who recommended her novels to me as I had brought PJ Tracy novels previously. I like the sound of this – her first book and went ahead and took the plunge. I was extremely rewarded with my decision to read and now have the following three or four books lined up ready.

        The feeling of a small town is very well portrayed and there was a cross between claustrophobia and comfort which was disconcerting at times. It almost made me feel wary about reading on because this would have been the way the local residents of this town would be feeling, knowing there was a killer in their community who could strike at any time.

        I really enjoyed Sara’s character as she was perfect but not prefect if this makes any sense. Her morals and personality were that of a good person and this shone across in her words and actions. However in her physical descriptions she is described as being very tall, with huge feet and hands and a rather gangly posture. This is comforting to read as she does not conform to the normal female lead character and I really like that. Despite her short fallings she is still beautiful and this comes across in a lot of ways through the book.

        Jeffrey is another favourite of mine too, as Sara’s ex-husband and chief of police. His character is a basically good guy too but mistakes are always made by someone and unfortunately this time Jeffrey made them. Not through the working of the case, but in his personal life and the results are him being the ex-husband rather than still being married. However he is repentant and you do warm to him quickly and want to stand in his corner with sections between him and Sara.

        The plot is pretty good in this novel but is also pretty graphic and anyone with a weak stomach may want to avoid this. There is no messing around in descriptions of wounds and attacks and the rape and physical abuse the women suffer is told in detail which can be hard to take sometimes. Whilst there is not lots of swearing in the book, it does occur and the tone is sometimes strong which again could offend.

        Unfortunately it lost a star for me because I felt the culmination at the end was just over too quickly. It was satisfying in terms of tying things up (mostly) but the eruption I expected and wanted to happen was just over too fast and moved on to the mopping up session these types of novels tend to have.

        Overall, I recommend you read this as a first introduction to Slaughter, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Kisscut is her second novel and seems to include the same characters again which follows in the same style as PJ Tracy. I hope she can live up to this book in her second.

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