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Blindsighted

Blindsighted

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by Karin Slaughter
     
 

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Interweaving knife-edge tension, superb characterization, and an evocative milieu, this thrilling novel of dark suspense, set in rural Grant County, Georgia, introduces engaging pediatrician and coroner Dr. Sara Linton.

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a

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Interweaving knife-edge tension, superb characterization, and an evocative milieu, this thrilling novel of dark suspense, set in rural Grant County, Georgia, introduces engaging pediatrician and coroner Dr. Sara Linton.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Wildly readable...A bulls-eye-deftly crafted, damnably suspenseful and, in the end, deadly serious...Slaughter's plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless.
BookPage
Scary, shocking and perfectly suspenseful... Will propel the Georgia native right onto the ‘must read' list for suspense fans.
Laura Lippman
Ellen Conford
Ellen Conford
Publishers Weekly
Billed as "Thomas Harris Meets Patricia Cornwell" and heralded by much advance hoopla in industry magazines, this long-anticipated launching of a scheduled three-book series featuring an attractive Georgia university town pediatrician-coroner marks the debut of a promising young author, but ultimately disappoints, partly due to overly-exorbitant pre-publishing claims. As Dr. Sara Linton leaves her pediatric clinic to meet her 33-year-old younger sister for lunch at a campus eatery, she receives a postcard picturing Atlanta's Emory University, where she interned. The enigmatic biblical message reads, "Why hast thou forsaken me?" At the diner, she goes to the restroom and discovers a young blind university professor who has been raped and brutally slashed with a knife. Too late to save her, Sara calls her ex-husband police chief, who, coincidentally, employs the victim's twin sister, Lena, as a detective. The trail quickly leads to a missing co-ed, and suspicion falls upon her druggie boyfriend. The co-ed is found raped, heavily drugged with belladonna and stretched out nude as if crucified on the hood of Sara's car in the hospital parking lot. Soon after, Lena is abducted by the killer. Fighting her attraction to her ex, Sara begins to suspect the rape-murders are tied to her own rape in the Emory parking lot 12 years ago. At the end, little suspense remains. Sara Linton is no Kay Scarpetta and her villain is a mere shadow of the complex, chilling Hannibal Lecter, but forgiving inept, trivia-cluttered dialogue and manifest lack of firsthand fluency in the medical arena the offbeat characters and setting are engaging enough to leave readers awaiting a sequel. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This debut novel's title refers to the extreme dilation of the pupils that results in the inability to see through open eyesone of the symptoms of belladonna ingestion. It also refers to authorities in a small Georgia town who must track down a serial killer who uses the drug to control his victims as he rapes and tortures them before the kill. As Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, and Jeffrey Tolliver, chief of police and Sara's ex-husband, work furiously to find the killer, they realize that they must also face the secrets of their pasts, secrets to which they had turned a blind eye for many years. Only then can they see the killer in their midst. This is an extremely mature first novel, with well-developed characters and a finely tuned plot; it also has a creepy killer and enough gory details to satisfy any Thomas Harris fan. The slightly too-neat ending paves the way for a sequel, which is already planned for 2002. Recommended for all public library thriller collections.Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Since she doubles as pediatrician and coroner for Georgia's Grant County, Dr. Sara Linton is used to trauma. But she doesn't expect it to follow her when she goes to lunch with her plumber sister Tessa and finds Prof. Sibyl Adams, a blind chemist at the Grant Institute of Technology, dying on a toilet seat in the ladies' room from a frightful series of wounds. Once Sara gets Sibyl Adams on the postmortem table, the ghoulish revelations just keep on coming. And her death is only the beginning. Julia Matthews, a coed who's disappeared from her Grant dorm, rapidly turns into another casualty of the same monstrous assailant, a man whose outrages are clearly escalating. Though they don't see eye to eye on very much at all, Sara and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, both agree with Sibyl's twin sister Lena Adams, a hotheaded police detective who keeps throwing herself into the case, that the perp isn't Will Harris, the black diner help the town seems to have picked out for the job. But is it really Julia's repellant boyfriend Ryan Gordon, or Jack Allen Wright, the man who raped Sara 12 years ago-a secret she never shared with the man who married her-or some friend or neighbor too close to think of as a suspect at all? Slaughter's first novel copies Patricia Cornwell's bestselling formula right down to the flaws: gruesome forensics, inventive plotting, strong/imperiled heroine who has problems with down-home male authority, a Perils of Pauline climax. Perfect escapist fare for readers well supplied with Maalox. Book-of-the-Month Club/Doubleday Book Club/Mystery Guild featured alternate selection
George P. Pelecanos
“An unflinching suspense thriller . . . Blindsighted is a promising debut, and Karin Slaughter is a novelist to watch.”
Jane Haddam
“Blindsighted is everything a book should be, and Karin Slaughter is a significant new voice in American crime fiction.”
Val McDermid
“A debut of rare quality that grips like a vise from the first page.”
Peter Robinson
“Excellent . . . and a plot with enough twists and shocks to keep you turning the pages.”
John Westermann
“This is storytelling at its finest, written in perfect pitch. A scary, sure-fire winner.”
Steve Hamilton
“Pitch perfect. Karin Slaughter is a new force to be reckoned with.”
Stella Duffy
“Karin Slaughter’s debut is taut, mean, nasty and bloody well written.”
Denise Mina
“Blindsighted is an extraordinary debut. Slaughter has created a ferociously taut and terrifying story.”
Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"A very promising debut by a very talented writer. I recommend it highly."
Booklist
“An accomplished first novel...[with] a riveting plot.”
Deadly Pleasures magazine
“A very promising debut by a very talented writer. I recommend it highly.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688174576
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/29/2001
Series:
Grant County Series, #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.05(d)

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Blindsighted Chapter One
Monday

Sara Linton leaned back in her chair, mumbling a soft "Yes, Mama" into the telephone. She wondered briefly if there would ever come a point in time when she would be too old to be taken over her mother's knee.

"Yes, Mama," Sara repeated, tapping her pen on the desk. She felt heat coming off her cheeks, and an overwhelming sense of embarrassment took hold.

A soft knock came at the office door, followed by a tentative "Dr. Linton?"

Sara suppressed her relief. "I need to go," she said to her mother, who shot off one last admonishment before hanging up the phone.

Nelly Morgan slid open the door, giving Sara a hard look. As office manager for the Heartsdale Children's Clinic, Nelly was the closest thing Sara had to a secretary. Nelly had been running the place for as long as Sara could remember, even as far back as when Sara was herself a patient here.

Nelly said, "Your cheeks are on fire."

"I just got yelled at by my mother."

Nelly raised an eyebrow. "I assume with good reason."

"Well," Sara said, hoping that would end it.

"The labs on Jimmy Powell came in," Nelly said, still eyeing Sara. "And the mail," she added, dropping a stack of letters on top of the in-basket. The plastic bowed under the added weight.

Sara sighed as she read over the fax. On a good day, she diagnosed earaches and sore throats. Today, she would have to tell the parents of a twelve-year-old boy that he had acute myeloblastic leukemia.

"Not good," Nelly guessed. She had worked at the clinic long enough to know how to read a lab report.

"No," Sara agreed, rubbing her eyes. "Not good at all." She sat back in her chair, asking, "The Powells are at Disney World, right?"

"For his birthday," Nelly said. "They should be back tonight."

Sara felt a sadness come over her. She had never gotten used to delivering this kind of news.

Nelly offered, "I can schedule them for first thing in the morning."

"Thanks," Sara answered, tucking the report into Jimmy Powell's chart. She glanced at the clock on the wall as she did this and let out an audible gasp. "Is that right?" she asked, checking the time against her watch. "I was supposed to meet Tessa at lunch fifteen minutes ago."

Nelly checked her own watch. "This late in the day? It's closer to suppertime."

"It was the only time I could make it," Sara said, gathering charts together. She bumped the in-box and papers fell onto the floor in a heap, cracking the plastic tray.

"Crap," Sara hissed.

Nelly started to help, but Sara stopped her. Aside from the fact that Sara did not like other people cleaning up her messes, if Nelly somehow managed to get down on her knees, it was doubtful she would be able to get back up without considerable assistance.

"I've got it," Sara told her, scooping up the whole pile and dropping it on her desk. "Was there anything else?" Nelly flashed a smile. "Chief Tolliver's holding on line three."

Sara sat back on her heels, a feeling of dread washing over her. She did double duty as the town's pediatrician and coroner. Jeffrey Tolliver, her ex-husband, was the chief of police. There were only two reasons for him to be calling Sara in the middle of the day, neither of them particularly pleasant.

Sara stood and picked up the phone, giving him the benefit of the doubt. "Somebody better be dead."

Jeffrey's voice was garbled, and she assumed he was using his cellular phone. "Sorry to disappoint you," he said, then, "I've been on hold for ten minutes. What if this had been an emergency?"

Sara started shoving papers into her briefcase. It was an unwritten clinic policy to make Jeffrey jump through hoops of fire before he could speak to Sara on the telephone. She was actually surprised that Nelly remembered to tell Sara he was on the phone.

"Sara?"

She glanced at the door, mumbling, "I knew I should've just left."

"What?" he asked, his voice echoing slightly on the cellular.

"I said you always send someone if it's an emergency," she lied. "Where are you?"

"At the college," he answered. "I'm waiting for the deputy dogs."

He was using their term for the campus security at Grant Tech, the state university at the center of town.

She asked, "What is it?"

"I just wanted to see how you were doing."

"Fine," she snapped, pulling the papers back out of her briefcase, wondering why she had put them there in the first place. She flipped through some charts, shoving them into the side pocket.

She said, "I'm late for lunch with Tess. What did you need?"

He seemed taken aback by her curt tone. "You just looked distracted yesterday," he said. "In church."

"I wasn't distracted," she mumbled, flipping through the mail. She stopped at the sight of a postcard, her whole body going rigid. The front of the card showed a picture of Emory University in Atlanta, Sara's alma mater. Neatly typed on the back beside her address at the children's clinic were the words "Why hast thou forsaken me?"

"Sara?"

A cold sweat came over her. "I need to go."

"Sara, I —"

She hung up the phone before Jeffrey could finish his sentence, shoving three more charts into her briefcase along with the postcard. She slipped out the side door without anyone seeing her.

Sunlight beamed down on Sara as she walked into the street. There was a chill in the air that had not been there this morning, and the dark clouds promised rain later on tonight.

A red Thunderbird passed, a small arm hanging out the window.

"Hey, Dr. Linton," a child called.

Sara waved, calling "Hey" back as she crossed the street. Sara switched the briefcase from one hand to the other as she cut across the lawn in front of the college. She took a right onto the sidewalk, heading toward Main Street, and was at the diner in less than five minutes.

Blindsighted. Copyright © by Karin Slaughter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

What People are saying about this

Peter Robinson
“Excellent . . . and a plot with enough twists and shocks to keep you turning the pages.”
Duffy
Karin Slaughter's debut is taut, mean, nasty and bloody well written.
Stella Duffy
“Karin Slaughter’s debut is taut, mean, nasty and bloody well written.”
Steve Hamilton
“Pitch perfect. Karin Slaughter is a new force to be reckoned with.”
Laura Lippman
“Shockingly good . . . beautifully and believably rendered. Slaughter may very well be the next Thomas Harris.”
Val McDermid
“A debut of rare quality that grips like a vise from the first page.”
Denise Mina
“Blindsighted is an extraordinary debut. Slaughter has created a ferociously taut and terrifying story.”
John Westermann
“This is storytelling at its finest, written in perfect pitch. A scary, sure-fire winner.”

Meet the Author

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Grant County and Will Trent series.

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Blindsighted 4 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 604 reviews.
Schmooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
The NOOK version: Worth the price! The characters are complex and flawed, and you are not sure what will happen to one of them, even at the end of the book. It is pretty graphic, with attention to detail, especially in the morgue. She describes her characters well, so you feel you are getting to know them. What I found really interesting is I wasn't sure how much I liked these people, no one was really someone you really rooted for. The author lets you in on details as the book progresses --- which was great! I didn't guess who the villain was until about halfway through and didn't guess why until towards the end. I would recommend this book, just beware --- it's pretty grisly in parts. If it were a movie, I'd probably rate it R or PG-13 at the very least.
FIYA More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read for the year thus far. It is so real. I love the details that are included in this book. This book is so detailed that when you read it it's like looking at a movie. AWESOME. About to ready her next novel "KISSCUT".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was many different things. Pls note, it is quite graffic describing the murders. This did not bother me though. The book had a riveting plot with many twists. It had great main character development. The forensic parts were interesting. It was a real page turner, very scarry at times, thrilling, kept u guessing, well edited, a love trying to rekindle. GREAT JOB AUTHOR! I recommend this book highly if u enjoy serial killer mysteries! Vallie
VermeerJg More than 1 year ago
Author Karin Slaughter is new to me, but she's risen to the tip top of my list as the author to pick-up for a guaranteed page-flipper. Characters are imbued with depth without slowing the pace of action. Additionally, as someone who goes through mysteries like 'Chicklets', it's not that easy to surprise me & definitely not easy to shock me. Karin Slaughter routinely does both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the plot of the book there was WAY too much foul language. It still would have been a good book without that. It's also extremely graphic, not a read before bedtime book. I wish I could get a refund.
Chelsea Weaver More than 1 year ago
Great read! Couldnt put it down!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Easy to follow. Connect with characters. Good twists. I recommend it. Great read and a fascinating ending.
franFDG More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - had a hard time putting it down. You won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt stop reading it! Great story, though it gave me the creeps! Some gruesome, but "love-to-be-scared" moments...admittedly my favorite kind of book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eexcellent book with a lot of suspense and several twists to keep you guessing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Cant wait to read the rest of the series!!!!!
VcSayegh More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down!! It was a very exciting piece of literature. This is a book that I will read again in a few months!!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I just stumbled on this author and this book has a great start and kept me on edge. Then it slowed and made me irritated that Sara could be such a stupid smart person. Now the end happened so fast and a little unbelievable. Overall not a bad read. It was good enough that I'll try the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very graphic a little sick and twisted but i loved it!! Enjoyed it til the end. Great surprises til the end. Scary which i enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the start! Great book, and highly recommended!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
indianabookworm More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Holds interest all the way through. Excellent!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced pageturner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me on the edge of my seat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story..can't put t down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and author. Kept you guessing until the end. Very riveting...a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
This was really a great book. Karin Slaughter never disappoints. 
ravenmama1021 More than 1 year ago
I loved this fast moving book. It literally grabs you from the start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this series again I love it!