Friday, January 01, 2010

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter .

Okay, so after the last eight books that I have read, it was time to put those disposable latex gloves back on again for this crime thriller which cuts very sharp, quick and deep. I enjoyed reading Fractured by Karin Slaughter back in April 2009, so I bought Blindsighted which was her first novel. This book has 392 pages and was written in 2001, it does not appear dated and has stood the test of time.

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams 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. When a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, it becomes clear that Sibyl's brutal murder wasn't a one-off attack. What Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver are dealing with is a seasoned sexual predator.

On page 42 the reader learns a different take on the sexual act of double penetration, one this 51 year old blogger has never thought about. This novel deals extensively with rape, it explores all aspects of this crime. The story tells of the emotions that are felt by the rapist and the victim. It explores the legacy and torment that plagues the later life of the victim. It also explains the thinking behind the people committing the crimes in this novel. Although this story is graphic, I feel it is suitable for both men and women. I think that all readers will enjoy reading this book and I do not think anyone should be offended. Karin is a good storyteller and this novel has a good pace, with a full rounded story.

There are 3 main characters in this story, Sara Linton - the medical examiner, Jeffrey Tolliver - the police chief and Sara's ex husband, Lena Adams - a detective. This novel is not written in the first person but splits itself by telling the tale from the viewpoint of these 3 main characters.

I think Blindsighted is a good book although I thought Fractured was slightly better. This is a very good first novel and it is obvious why Karin has gone on to write another 8 books. There is a terrific ending to this story that starts on page 354, giving you a 38 page climax. At the end the reader develops a strong hope for both Sara and Jeffrey to put aside their shared past and build a future working together.

The next book that I will start reading tomorrow is called Kisscut, which is the 2nd novel written by Karin Slaughter. What is nice is that Karin continues with Sara and Jeffery working together as a team in the fight against crime. New gloves please!
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