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Publisher's Summary

The third book in Karin Slaughter’s acclaimed Grant County Series.

"[A] page-turner.... Slaughter's plot has more twists than a Slinky factory and the characters' relationships are sharply drawn." (People, starred review)

"Scary, shocking, and perfectly suspenseful." (BookPage)

Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, GA, 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.

Critic Reviews

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Contemporary Mystery, 2003

"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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loved the story

really good twisty storyline... enjoyed the reader has a lovely variable voice ... but haye the music ... good books dont need that.

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  • Stacey
  • 27-10-2016

Great Story-Voice a Litte Distracting

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Dana Ivey?

I have listened to many other Karen Slaughter books, read by Kathleen Early, and would listen to those in a heartbeat. I was disappointed to hear a different voice on this book. Probably will not listen to another one now, as the voice does not fit the story and is therefor distracting.

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I do not think Dana Ivey's voice is a good fit for the Karen Slaughter books. I loved the way Kathleen Early voiced the Karen Slaughter stories-the voices and accents were good, and her voice was crisp and youthful in a way that you could tell she was around the same age as the characters she was portraying. This is very important when you're trying to get into a story on audio. As soon as this book began, and I heard Dana's voice, I was immediately disappointed, and actually find myself not listening to this one as often as I would listen to the other Slaughter books being narrarated by Early. I will probably not listen to any more of Karen Slaughter books if they are voiced by Dana. The beauty of Karen Slaughter books is that that they are a guilty pleasure read, filled with drama, passion, drugs and crime. The last thing you want to envision is your grandmother reading these stories to you, which is the way I feel when Dana is narrating.

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  • Lynda
  • 13-01-2015

Disappointing

I found it disappointing. Didn't like the narration in particular. I found I didn't connect with the characters. Not recommended at all.

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  • PeggyC
  • 23-09-2020

Story great...narration so/so

Another great book by Karin Slaughter, but the narrator just doesn't quite fit. Dana Ivey is a beautiful woman nearing 80 and her voice reflects that. The Grant County characters are mostly adults in the prime of life, so hearing them in an aging voice is something of a distraction.

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  • Pamela Bartlett
  • 15-08-2020

Interesting and keeps you guessing

This book is very interesting and it does keep you guessing… It always keeps you trying to figure out what is going on and just exactly what has happened in the crimes involved in this book… It ends with a surprise and the ending is rather abrupt… I must say that there are so many reviews on here talking badly about the narrator and she is so much better than so many people on here have complained about… I am absolutely non-agreeable with all of these terribly negative reviews of her as I think she did quite well… Because of all of these reviews it almost pushed me not to get this book, but I wanted to not miss any of the Grant County series with Karen slaughter and so I purchased it anyway and I was rather delighted with the narrator and I think there are far too many people out here being so nitpicky and just wanting to write things in the most negative fashion that they can and that is very sad because you need to look at everything in a picture as a whole and you need to try to see the good in everything and not just the negativity… Can you imagine how hard it is to read a book and change your voices into all of these different people and honestly I did not see that as a problem one bit in this book so I just want those of you who are reading the negative reviews to form your own opinion and look for the good parts of this book because there are plenty of those and the narrator did quite well… Thank you

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  • Jan Cooksey
  • 25-05-2020

Love This Series of Book

I love Karin’s book, but this one was not one of her better ones. Although I suggest reading. The characters are great to follow. And Lena is one that I need to see what is next.

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  • 2kidsmom
  • 23-12-2019

I would skip this one altogetherr

Generally love this author but struggled to get through this one. I would not recommend this audio book.

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  • ~OnLineShopper~
  • 22-07-2019

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did not enjoy the narrator's rendition. all the men have whiny high voices and and leena sounds like a man. Weird inflections.

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  • Michelle Carroll
  • 10-05-2019

Good book, wrong narrator

The plot is good but the narrator takes away from the story. Listened to it for as long as I could. Will read the book.

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  • Shawna bethel
  • 23-04-2019

Don’t like the narrator in this book

This is the third book in this series and I’ve really enjoyed it. But I really preferred the previous narrator and I also did not think it added to the story at all that some overly dramatic music was added at times. I hope the other narrator is back in the next book.

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  • Tatiana M. Haddawy
  • 29-03-2019

Favorite Writer, Not my favorite novel

I am powering through the Grant County series on audible. Love it and love Karin Slaughter as a writer. I was thrown by the narration in this one. The characters sounded older than their years and weird music played Everytime the character changed. It was off putting. Still going for #4 in the series though.😊

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