Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, Sara's ex-husband, is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, he has to face the fact that Sibyl's murder wasn't a single personal attack. They're dealing with a sadistic rapist-turned-killer who is terrorizing rural Grant County.
Jeffrey isn't alone in his search. Lena Adams, the county's sole female detective, wants to see justice done since her sister was the first victim. Sara, too, cannot escape the terror. A secret from her past could hold the key to finding the killer, unless he finds her first.
©2001 Karin Slaughter; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Judith Ivey's expressive narration does full justice to the story....It's easy to listen to and hard to turn off." (AudioFile)
"Wildly readable....A bull's-eye, deftly crafted, damnably suspenseful and, in the end, deadly serious....Slaughter's plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless." (The Washington Post)
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"Narator's southern drawl . . ."
I enjoyed the storyline, but had problems with the naration. Judith Ivey's southern drawl made all of the men in this book come across as nitwits. This distracted from the story, for me.
This is the second book I've listened to by Karin Slaughter. I've enjoyed her stories. I will continue to listen to others of her books.
"Horribly graphic rape scenes ruined the book."
No. The story went along pretty good with a surprise as to who the killer/rapist was but the rape scenes were so graphic that I would never recommend it for reading.
The graphic rape scenes.
Yes, except for the rape scenes. the last one was especially hard to read.
This would be a pretty good story except for the graphic rape scenes. They were very disturbing.
"Predictable but good read"
The narration of this book was excellent and the book was definitely suspenseful. However, I figured out pretty early on who "done it." It seemed fairly obvious to me. For that reason, I don't think I'll continue to read her other books.
"Performance killed it..."
I would definitely try another book by Karin Slaughter, but I really did not care for Judith Ivey's performance. She made Dr. Sara Linton sound much older than she is, at least in my opinion.
Sara is one of my favorite characters, though Lena is also very interesting! I've read The Grant County Series, The Will Trent Series, and The Georgia Series, and Sara is favorite in each! Just the trials that she's had to overcome and her doing so successfully makes her one of my favorite characters!
I felt that the narrator made Sara sound much older than she should have been. I really didn't care for any of it, which is a shame as this is a great book, one of my favorites in fact!
Initially,I thought that this was unabridged. It wasn't until after I purchased the book that I realized that it was the abridged version. Since an unabridged version is not available, I thought I'd give it a shot. Not only didn't I dislike the narrators portrayal of Sara Linton, there are times when you can hear "other audio" besides the narration. Its almost like someone is talking in the background. Sometimes there's an echo, which is also annoying. I hope that this book gets re-released, unabridged and with a different narrator. The music was also annoying...
Audio book just as enthralling as reading it a few years ago
Comparability probably all of Karin slaughter books
Lena confronting her sisters lover
No, prefer to make it last over a few days
"Hard to listen to."
The story may be interesting but, I can barely listen to the narrator. I regret this purchase.
"I am dying for a good book!"
And this is not it. I guess this is the type of book where your expectation should be at a certain level, which is to say - not high.
It's a certain kind of book. Very formula. I will say the author didn't try very hard with The Who-done it part. I knew the second this person entered the story, who the killer was. And I'm not particularly bright. :-)
The narrator was horrible. She ruined the book. I will not listen to any more books with this narrator
"Can't stand the accents!"
The performer's interpretation of male southern accents made me want to pull my hair out. Not every man should sound like a total back country hick. It was so distracting I almost couldn't finish the book.
"Story was decent, Narrator was pretty awful"
I would not recommend this narrator. Her voice sounded very elderly (which detracted from the edgy parts of the story) and her fake southern accent was painful to listen to. The narrator's reading skills were okay other that these two points. I would not listen to this book again with the same narrator.
The overall story moved along at a pretty good pace. It had a nice balance of interpersonal drama, crime analysis, mystery and graphic details (not too much of any).
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