Gillian Flynn says, "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today."
Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton—the town's pediatrician and medical examiner—finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.
What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.
The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again . . .
This was a really fantastic book! I loved reading it again, because I'd forgotten pretty much everything about it! So yeah, reading it again was really great, being in this world again, because I really want to get to the latest book out in the series with Sara and Will!
So that people would do that to kids, is one of the top one worst things to be done, up there with terrorism that kills (vs. terrorism that doesn't, which is one step down) and genocide. Maybe something else is up there in the top one worst thing, but I can't think of anything else. It's just, kids. Enough said.
But this family, oh, man, they were just broken. We know that the husband and wife were together, because they were married, and they had their kids. But that the son was with the mom, and the son was with the sister, and the son implied that the dad was with the daughter, well, if that's true, all of the members of the family were with all of those of the opposite sex, and in a family, well, that's just awful. And it's the mom's fault. She was horrible, and yeah, I think Lena was right in what she did.
The one thing about this book, is that there isn't a happy ending. Sure, the little girl was recovered, and sent to live with her dad, but one of the two masterminds got away (while the other one died) and was going to keep doing what she was doing. And a pastor was one of the bad guys! It just sucks. But oh, well, it was a really great book!
I enjoyed this book a ton, and now I can't wait to read more of the series, it's just so great!
Author: Karin Slaughter
Series: Grant County #2
Read: April 11th, 2015
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book!
Published: October 13th 2009