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Ith no expectations that I already know I love I m really pumped to start this series rom the beginning again as it s one of my all time The Summer House favorites and I m hoping to write a proper review this go around Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter is a 2015 Harper publication This is theirst book in the Grant County series which was originally published way back in 2002 I have read this book before a long time ago before Goodreads had even launched However I decided to start the Grant County series over despite having read a Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir few of them already It s a long story but basically I got some of the Grant County books mixed up with the Will Trent series which caused a great deal of confusionor me which is something I did a lot until GR came along to help me organize my books and before I recieved valuable hints and suggestions rom other readers So although I know how things work out or some of the characters in uture installments I want to understand the ull story and refresh my memory about a ew things before I continue with the Trent series Sara is a pediatrician and works part time as a coroner The part time work puts her directly in contact with her ex husband Jeffrey a man she has a complicated history with and with whom she still *carries a torch But when Jeffrey s deputy Lena loses her sister in a very violent way *a torch But when Jeffrey s deputy Lena loses her sister in a very violent way stirs up bad memories or Sara and Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design forces her to work up close and personal with her Jeffrey while they try to put a killer behind bars This is a very gritty crime thriller with some pretty gruesome and lurid descriptions which is certainly notor the The Magic Cake Shop faint of heart There s also someantastic personal interactions some of which nearly choked There s also some antastic personal interactions some of which nearly choked up Wow I had orgotten how good this book was It has perfect pacing well timed twists and in depth characterizations that are very rare or a irst in a series novel and of course let s not orget that stunning shocker at the end Although this book was written ifteen years ago it stands up well to the test of time and blew me away even knowing all I know now So if you have started the Will Trent series without reading this series irst I still recommend picking these up If you haven t read Will Trent yet I STRONGLY urge you to read the Grant County books irst because it will really help you understand the backstories that crossover into the Trent series later 45 stars I decided to read the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter having read Blindsighted a while ago I thought I should give it a reread I remembered it of course the graphic violence stayed with me At the time I only gave it 3 stars because those horrific images things I have never heard of in any horror movie or book before I ll admit I don t read that much of the genre so that s why I gave it those measly amount of stars but having devoured this in a American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series few hours I know I was gobsmacked and couldn t see beyond the cruelty to the craft of the writer Brilliant stuff. Or the county's soleemale detective Lena Adams the The Mother Zone first victim's sister want to serve her own justiceBut it is Sara who holds the key toinding the killer A secret rom her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath or mean her dea. Ive Karin Slaughter a try The orensics the police work etc are all exceptionally well done and her characters are The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish fantastic I m copying the rest belowrom my review of Fallen the eleventh book in the seriesFor anyone who is interested in checking out this series please note that it s important to read them in order since the author wrote two separate series that eventually merge Here s the order in which they should be read Grant County SeriesBlindsightedKisscutA Faint Cold FearIndelibleFaithlessBeyond ReachWill Trent Series These two books can be read in order concurrently with the above but read them before you read the third batchTriptychFracturedGeorgia Series merging of two sets of charactersUndoneBrokenFallenFair warning that they are airly violent and occasionally gruesomeso they are definitely not or the The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War faint of heart But if you enjoy this sort of thing you re inor a really un time D There s something to BE SAID FOR REREADING A BOOK YOU LOVED IMMENSELY said or rereading a book you loved immensely I obviously knew who did it this go around it was really a special experience that allowed me to soak up the wonderful characters and marinate in all the Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art feelsrom these Alice Oliver fine southernolks that I haven t spent time with in many moons Clearly the The Protestant Temperament first go around I wasocused on picking up clues and solving the crime but this time elt different it was laid back and easygoing Gone was the urgent rushed sense of devouring the book not that there s anything wrong with urgently devouring books and I was able to experience things rom a completely new perspective Maybe as I grow older I appreciate the The Radiant Child fine details the exuisite style of writing and the author s talented way of drawing me completely into the story but Iound myself just as gripped by The Plot Without Any Of plot without any of tension or pressure to ly through and move on to the next oneObviously the central case was graphic both violently and sexually so it won t be or everyone but I was so pleased that it remained a concrete 5 stars The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data for me without all thelashy twists blowing my mind rom the irst go around If you are looking Tempting Eden for top notch characterization in your crime thrillers you really can t do any better than Karin Slaughter It s like the woman lives in a different world than we do and sees things I overlook on a daily basis the tiny details are what really set these stories apartrom others in the genre I know so many people are die hard Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, fans of the Will Trent series but if you skipped ahead without reading Grant Countyirst I urgently INSIST THAT YOU BACKTRACK AND TAKE THE TIME TO that you backtrack and take the time to where it all started There s a tight knit Talking to Dragons feel in theseirst 6 books that I have yet to Three Times the Love find anywhere else which is one of many reasons why this series will be one of my all timeavorites Sara Jeffrey my The Drowning Man favorite couple ever A rereador me but with all these arcs piling up around me I The Bride of Willow Creek felt I needed to pick up a book that is sentimental and justor me one Es clearSara's ex husband police chief Jeffrey Tolliver leads the investigation a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is GREAT INVESTMENT, THE found crucified aew days later But he's got than a sadistic serial killer on his hands ,
I don t ind myself in this situation often enough attempting to put my thoughts on display The Lively Art of Writing for a book and series that I ve not only adoredor years but read countless times Let s be honest rereads have been an infreuent occurrence in my world My best guess at the number of trips I ve made to Grant County over the years though six Yeah I m going with six at least While I was the urthest thing rom blindsided I remembered about 9899% of the plot going in I still relished every was the urthest thing rom blindsided I remembered about 9899% of the going in I still relished every single Maybe even appreciated the setting a tad considering I now call the peach state homeThere are countless reasons why Karin Slaughter s name has resided at the top of my list of avorite authors over the years Without getting ahead of myself too much here I respect the direction she takes this series despite the sopping mess I always seem to revert to in the end The main reason why I ve gravitated towards Slaughter s work time and again continues to be her uncanny ability to deliver an exceptional literary journey and to do so on multiple ronts clever plotting unrelenting suspense detailed but interesting criminal cases and the characters I love and love to hate And of course I can t downplay the guts and gore With a name like Slaughter would you expect anything less than blood soaked pages and a depraved killer I think notThe brutal murder get ready or the heinous happenings of a college professor rocks the small Georgia town of Heartsdale Landing Jeffrey Grant County s chief of police and his ex wife Sara the County s pediatrician and part time coroner side by side as they work to track down the brazen killer Tensions rise as the body count increases and the couple s history comes to a head The intensity of Jeffrey love him and Sara s and her connection begs the uestion will they or won t theyAll you love story avoiders don t let what I m about to delve into scare you off this is ar rom a romance novel When I irst stepped The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness foot in Grant County I was nowhere near the seasoned romance reader I consider myself to be now And yet it was the thoughts andeelings Jeffrey and Sara s connection inspired that ultimately turned this The Leadership Gap first time Slaughter reader into a totalangirl To this day second chance storylines hold a special place in my heart with all the credit going to Jeffrey and Sara Their relationship arc is extremely well done Maybe even monumental as Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) far as second chances go I m talkingavorite literary couple territory here Sometimes he began when I wake up in the morning I Serenity Role Playing Game forget that you re not there Iorget that I lost you The small town setting interesting characters some are easy to adore while others will naturally piss you off and the depravity put on Save the Cupcake! full display makes this one heck of a series opener Even almost 18 years after release Wowirst published in September 2001 and several revisits I still remain impressed If you love gritty suspense thrillers you really must A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, found brutally mutilated in the local diner But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that theull extent of the killer's twisted work becom. .