Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college campus. The mutilated body provides little in the way of clues, and the college authorities are eager to avoid a scandal, but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up.
Two more suspicious suicides follow, and a young woman is brutally attacked. For Sara, the violence strikes far too close to home. And as Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective Lena Adams, now a security guard on campus, may be in possession of crucial information. But, bruised and angered by her expulsion from the force, Lena seems to be barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next victim.
©2003 Karin Slaughter; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Coldly captivating....with a satisfyingly chilling ending." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dana Ivey does a superb job....The story is not without graphic description. However, a complex plot and conclusion make this an interesting listen." (AudioFile)
"Slaughter knows how to ratchet up the psychological tension in a compelling plot with an unexpected twist....Chilling and addictive reading." (Booklist)
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I found it disappointing. Didn't like the narration in particular. I found I didn't connect with the characters. Not recommended at all.
"Details, details, details"
not accurate on the details
the narrator's voice did not vary enough by character
large problem with the second suicide victim, as the author confused rifle/shotgun bullet/shell. 20 and 12 gauges are shotguns, not rifles. Shotguns discharge shells loaded with shot. Rifles discharge bullets. made the rest of the story hard to listen to as I was constantly looking/listening for other gaffes.
Have enjoyed the series. The narrator is easy to listen to. Overall it was enjoyable.
"A lot was missing"
I love the characters in this series but the abridged version is so chopped up I'm afraid I missed half the story. Will def be reading it as the story is excellent.
"Not worth it"
My third attempt at giving this author a fair chance, it will be my last. Started the books from the beginning, only hoping the writing would get better. It doesn't. This one was very frustrating. The storyline for Lena was ridiculous and the narrater is absolutely one of the worst I've listened to. Not worth the money or the time. Third strike you're out!
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