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)
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.
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.
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.
I love murder, thriller, fantasy, and romance novels!!
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
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).
I think for a first book the story was fine but the southern accents used in the narration were so exaggerated as to be laughable. I am from south Georgia so I know what I am talking about. I like the narrators the author uses now much better!!! They do not distract from the story and don't sound like uneducated hicks. It is very hard to do a correct Southern Accent even if u r from Texas like this narrator.
I would a hardcover , but not by this reader. She made all of the characters sound horrible..It was all I could do to just finish it!!! I read this series years ago and enjoyed the hardcover so I thought I would give the audio set a try and was very disappointed in the first one.
I have just started the second audio from the Grant County series..
By not making the characters seem like they were all hillbillys. I realize it is set in the south, but her vision was way off in my opinion
I enjoyed the book while I was listening to it. Once I finished the book and had time to absorb the whole story, though, there were a few things I had an issue with. When the villain was revealed, I didn't find that his motive choice of victim and and the gruesome manner in which he killed his victim was adequately explained. The ending had a rushed quality about it, as though the author was rushing to meet a deadline.
Absolutely. I have already made my way through Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series and I do enjoy her books very much.
Some of the small characters (witnesses etc) seemed to be performed with a very whiny, geeky tone which I found annoying. I will give Judith Ivey credit with her use of emotion in her voice. There were times when a character was raging with anger and the emotion really came across strongly in her performance and really captured the mood of that particular "scene".
It inspired me to get more of the Grant County series.
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