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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!
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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