Kisscut

Kisscut

by Karin Slaughter

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ISBN-13: 9780062021885
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: Grant County Series , #2
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television.

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Chapter One

"Dancing Queen," Sara Linton mumbled with the music as she made her way around the skating rink. "Young and sweet, only seventeen."

She heard a furious clicking of wheels to her left and turned just in time to catch a small child before he crashed into her.

"Justin?" she asked, recognizing the seven year old. She held him up by the back of his shirt as his ankles wobbled over his in-line skates.

"Hey, Dr. Linton," Justin managed around gasps for breath. His helmet was too big for his head, and he pushed it back several times as he tried to look up at her.

Sara returned his smile, trying not to laugh. "Hello, Justin."

"I guess you like this music, huh? My mom likes it, too." He stared at her openly, his lips slightly parted. Like most of Sara's patients, Justin seemed a bit shocked to see her outside of the clinic. Sometimes she wondered if they thought she lived in the basement there, waiting for them to get colds or fevers so she could see them.

"Anyway," Justin pushed back his helmet again, knocking himself in the nose with his elbow pad. "I saw you singing it."

"Here," Sara offered, leaning down to adjust the chin strap. The music in the rink was so loud that Sara could feel the bass vibrating through the plastic buckle as she tightened it under his chin.

"Thanks," Justin yelled, then for some reason he put both his hands on top of the helmet, as if to rest them. The motion threw him off balance, and he stumbled, clamping on to Sara's leg.

Sara grabbed his shirt again and led them both over to the safety railing lining the rink. After trying on a pair of in-line skates herself, Sara had askedfor the old four-wheel kind, not wanting to fall on her ass in front of half the town.

"Wow." Justin giggled, throwing his arms over the railing for support. He was looking down at her skates. "Your feet are so huge!"

Sara looked down at her skates, feeling a flush of embarrassment. She had been teased about her large feet since she was seven years old. After nearly thirty years of hearing it, Sara still felt the urge to hide under the bed with a bowl of chocolate-fudge ice cream.

"You're wearing boy's skates!" Justin screeched, letting go of the rail so that he could point at her black skates. Sara caught him just before he hit the ground.

"Sweety," Sara whispered politely into his ear. "Remember this when you're due for your booster shots."

Justin managed a smile for his pediatrician. "I think my mom wants me," he mumbled, edging along the rail, hand over hand, casting a wary eye over his shoulder to make sure Sara was not following him.

She crossed her arms, leaning against the railing as she watched him go. Sara loved kids, a characteristic most pediatricians shared, but there was something to be said for not spending her Saturday night surrounded by them.

"That your date?" Tessa asked, coming to a stop beside her.

Sara gave her sister a hard look. "Remind me how I got roped into this."

Tessa tried to smile. "Because you love me?"

"Right," Sara returned caustically. Across the rink, Sara picked out Devon Lockwood, Tessa's latest boyfriend, who also worked in the Linton family's plumbing business. Devon was leading his nephew around the kiddy rink while his brother watched.

"His mother hates me," Tessa mumbled. "She gives me nasty looks every time I get near him."

"Daddy's the same way about us," Sara reminded her.

Devon noticed them staring and waved.

"He's good with children," Sara noted, returning his wave.

"He's good with his hands," Tessa said in a low voice, almost to herself. She turned back to Sara. "Speaking of which, where's Jeffrey?"

Sara looked back at the front entrance, wondering that herself. Wondering, too, why she cared whether or not her ex-husband showed up. "I don't know," she answered. "When did this place get so packed?"

"It's Saturday night and football season hasn't started; what else are people going to do?" Tessa asked, but did not let Sara change the subject. "Where's Jeffrey?"

"Maybe he won't come."

Tessa smiled in a way that let Sara know she was holding back a snide comment.

"Go ahead and say it."

"I wasn't going to say anything," Tessa said, and Sara could not tell if she was lying or not.

"We're just dating." Sara paused, wondering whom she was trying to convince, Tessa or herself. She added, "It's not even serious."

"I know."

"We've barely even kissed."

Tessa held up her palms in resignation. "I know," she repeated, a smirk on her lips.

"Just a few dates. That's all."

"You don't have to convince me."

Sara groaned as she leaned back against the railing. She felt stupid, like a teenager instead of a grown woman. She had divorced Jeffrey two years ago after catching him with the woman who owned the sign shop in town. Why she had started seeing him again was as much a mystery to Sara as it was to her family.

A ballad came on, and the lights dimmed. Sara watched the mirrored ball drop down from the ceiling, scattering little squares of light all over the rink.

"I need to go to the bathroom," Sara told her sister. "Will you keep an eye out for Jeff?"

Tessa glanced over Sara's shoulder. "Somebody just went in."

"There are two stalls now." Sara turned toward the women's rest room just in time to see a large teenage girl go in. Sara recognized the girl as Jenny Weaver, one of her patients. She waved, but the girl didn't see her.

Tessa muttered, "Hope you can wait."

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

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This gripping novel, while too truthful and realistic for some, rang true to me. The characterizations were totally believable (take it from someone in law enforcement and familiar with sex offenders). I enjoyed the dialogue and dynamics between sisters. Those that want a 'happily ever after' sort of read will be disappointed - life just isn't like that sometimes. Readers looking for reality and insight into this disturbing subject will find it here. This is without a doubt one of the best books I have read this year.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the parking lot of the popular Heartsdale, Georgia teen hangout skating rink Jenny Weaver threatens to shoot Mark Patterson. Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver is forced to kill the teenage girl. His former wife pediatrician and Grant County coroner Sara Linton witnesses the fatal shooting. Inside a toilet of the rink resides a dismembered fetus. Sara's autopsy of Jenny provides several strange clues that do not add up. The deceased was a long time abuse victim, Her battered vagina had been sewn shut and there is no evidence of any recent sexual activity to produce a fetus. Detective Lena Adams, a victim of rape and grieving the death of her sister interrogates Mark. Soon she learns the horrifying perverted secrets of a town with quite a sideshow of pediophile, incest, and child pornography and prostitution. Living up to her surname, Karin Slaughter provides readers with a graphic thriller that combines elements of a police procedural with that of a medical examiner tale. The story line catches the audience from the start, but fans should not dive in with a full stomach as KISSCUT tears into boundaries rarely seen in a thriller. The author eases some of the tension by the use of puns and other humorous devices that at times can be missed due to the high level of excitement. Those who enjoy Patricia Cornwall will relish this novel and Ms. Slaughter¿s previous book (see BLINDSIGHTED), but this writer adds more red meat in her recipe. Harriet Klausner
countrygirl3 More than 1 year ago
HORRIBLE!!!!! What a waste of time and money, the more I read the worse it got. If you like reading about incest, pediophilea, rape and torture this book is for you, not for me. I will NEVER waste my money on this author again!
womansheart on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I like reading thrillers by Karin Slaughter. She writes well and the characters she writes about take up space in their world and temporarily in ours. Their innermost thoughts and feelings allow us to get to know them pretty well, along with their strengths and human frailties.[Kisscut] is my least favorite novel thus far, written by Ms. Slaughter.What was repellent for me, but central to the tale, was the criminal activity directed at young people. It was creepy stuff, IMHO. It was similar to watching a horror movie or thriller and not being able to walk out (or at least fast forward the DVD) when things got too bad, because you do want to see the good guys win in the end. Here's where I want to say ... I stopped reading and hurled the book across the room, but I did not. Twists and turns abound, and very few *predictable* villains and *one-can-see-that-coming-a-mile-away* situations are presented within this suspenseful story.Hesitantly recommended for people who are more able than this reviewer to let horrific things roll off their consciousness like water off a ducks back.
ceh0017 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This might be my favorite novel by her to date. So much action and drama you can hardly stand it. Kisscut really attaches you to the characters introduced in Blindsighted and has such a great story line that will really make you think!
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Karin Slaughter is the absolute best crime/mystery writer I have come across in this day and age. Her novels will simply astound you with their heart-racing moments and intrigue. Every time I pick one of her novels up I cannot stop reading until I'm done and I still find myself begging for more. She's a writer with no fear! She wields her instruments like a knife ready to dig in deep and take you by surprise at every turn!
tulikangaroo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Another riveting, taut mystery, and a welcome break from the medieval sagas I've been reading! I prefer the Will Trent novels, though - he is her most interesting character.
PermaSwooned on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wow! What a disparity of opinions on this book. I have enjoyed other books by Ms Slaughter, but I thoroughly disliked this one. I think it's possible to write a book about child pornography, sex rings, incest and more in an informative and interesting way, but this definitely was not it. I found the story completely unbelievable. Also, the characters of Jeffrey/Sara/Lena are interesting, but I think the author has gone to the well a few too many times. There are only so many horrible things that can happen to the same characters in a small town.
wcath on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed Kisscut and the book before it, Blindsighted and would recommend them both with some reservations. They are both well-plotted with believable characters and lots of suspense-filled twists and turns. The characters are complex, flawed and, therefore, more interesting. My reservations revolve around the amount of violence and graphic description of violence. It does not dominate the book and is nowhere near the worst I have read, but I think it is enough to warn prospective readers ahead of time.
debavp on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was not as exciting as the first installment. But the scene where the Auburn vs Alabama rivalry is depicted is absolutely priceless.
Darrol on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The human relationships were good in this book. The premise of child trafficking, incest and pedophilia were disturbing. It is a little hard to believe that two such horrible crimes, this book and the previous, could happen one relatively small community.
emhromp2 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A very good book. It makes you depressed, knowing that we do live in a world where people take advantage of children. It was not as thrilling as Slaughter's previous book, but just as good.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a chilling thriller that follows a case of self-mutilation, child abuse and child pornography. The book is riveting, it was one that I could not put down but was also an incredibly dark and gloomy read. I was hooked from the first page. This book is definitely a sequel to Blindisghted and I wouldn't recommend this without having read the first. The characters are very well developed with their stories from the first book being continued in this one. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
dawnbirduk on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A series of books based on coroner Sara Linton and ex husband chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver.Book 2 in the series, Blindsighted was Book 1
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ravenmama1021 More than 1 year ago
Intense and perverse. I don't condone incestuous relationships at all. But again this book grabs you from the beginning. I read this book in 2 days. I could not wait to see what happened next. I love Karin Slaughter. Her books so far do NOT disappoint. Found there to be too much 'hang time' between dialogue between characters. But that certainly won't stop me from reading Ms. Slaughter's books. A little disappointed in the ending.....
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