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Publisher's Summary

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality starts to become clear.

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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Terri
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • 04-06-07

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Austin, Texas, United States
  • 06-07-12

Horribly graphic rape scenes ruined the book.

Would you listen to Blindsighted again? Why?

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.

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

The graphic rape scenes.

What about Judith Ivey’s performance did you like?

Very good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, except for the rape scenes. the last one was especially hard to read.

Any additional comments?

This would be a pretty good story except for the graphic rape scenes. They were very disturbing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Performance killed it...

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

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes!!

Any additional comments?

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...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • Australia
  • 05-23-12

Captivating

If you could sum up Blindsighted in three words, what would they be?

Audio book just as enthralling as reading it a few years ago

What other book might you compare Blindsighted to and why?

Comparability probably all of Karin slaughter books

Which scene was your favorite?

Lena confronting her sisters lover

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, prefer to make it last over a few days

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A. Story that sustain sustains surprise

Lena finds her sisters k killer then learns family history not known that could be ....

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Good book, too much twang

The story was great, grabs you from the beginning and holds on until the end. Unfortunately the woman performing the story went way overboard with her southern accent and African American dialects to the point I could hardly stand to listen to her. There were several times I wanted to stop listening to the book, but it's a very short one and I didn't want to waste a credit so I stuck it out. I have never written a negative review of a performance and I've listened to two to three books per month since 2010.

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Well written

While it is very well written, it is graphic. I really like this author, although not all of her books.
I had to adapt to the narrator's voice, but I really like Judith Ivey. I feel she did a wonderful job with all the different voices.

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Expected a little more

Unfortunately I read my first Karin Slaughter book and it was the fourth in the Grant Co. series.
I am thankful for that because it made me a fan.
This book is good but I was hoping for a little more in wY of plot.
However Iam a huge fan of Sara and Jeffrey so I am wxcited to read the rest of the series.
This book is not bad my expectations were just high...

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  • H.S.
  • Edmond, OK, United States
  • 10-14-16

Hard to listen to.

The story may be interesting but, I can barely listen to the narrator. I regret this purchase.