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Indelible by Karin Slaughter


by Karin Slaughter

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Series: Sara Linton (4), Grant County (4)

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A brutal attack on the Heartsdale police station leaves several officers dead, the Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver, critically wounded and his ex-wife and town coroner, Dr. Sara Linton, taken hostage along with several children. As events unfold in Grant County, it soon becomes clear that they are inextricably linked to Sara and Jeffrey’s past and a crime they investigated in Jeffrey’s hometown of Sylacauga, Alabama. A crime that may have a lasting effect on their future …

Series note: This is the fourth installment in Slaughter’s Grant County series and it is necessary to read the first book for the backstory to Sara and Jeffrey’s current relationship.

The plot is comprised of three separate threads that come together to form a cohesive whole. 2/3s of the book are told via flashback and while the transitions between past and present are clear, the connections between the two time periods are not always obvious.

The mysteries are pretty straightforward and it is quite easy to figure out the culprits and their motivations. The focus, therefore, is on the characters and their development rather than the actual crimes.

Slaughter’s characters are definitely not of the warm and fuzzy variety. They are all deeply flawed and psychologically damaged, which makes it virtually impossible to like them as people. That said, it is precisely these very human characteristics that makes them so compelling and the stories surrounding them grab you by the throat and don’t let go.

In sum, Indelible is a fascinating character study that contributes significantly to fleshing out Sara and Jeffrey both as individuals and as a couple, and provides insight into their actions in previous books. It will be interesting to see what happens with them next.
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  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
I really love this series. This story really started off with a bang. Intense till the end. I was very surprised by some of the twists in this one. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. ( )
  Thelmajean | Jan 28, 2018 |
When the book starts off, pediatrician and part-time medical examiner Sara Linton stops by the police station in her small Georgia town. She's dropping off an autopsy report, but she's also hoping to check in with police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, her ex-husband and current lover. While talking to Jeffrey, two young men rush into the police station and start shooting, killing several officers, wounding others, and taking everyone else hostage. Sara realizes almost immediately that this is more than a random act of violence. These killers are targeting Jeffrey.

We then switch the narrative to 1991 where we meet Sara and Jeffrey at the beginning of their relationship. Jeffrey decides to stop by Sylacauga, a tiny town in Alabama, where he grew up. The reader knows what is happening in the past will have some sort of bearing on the future, but it remains unclear for the majority of the book.

I thought the author did a great job of taking the reader between the present and the past in a successful way. The trip back to 1991 shows fans of this series how far Jeffrey has come from the small town troublemaker he was in his early days. I'm currently revisiting his series in audio and it's been a great series to reread.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
Indelible is the 4th book in the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter and my favorite so far.

Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and part-time ME, is at the police station dropping off an autopsy report. While there, she stops to talk to Jeffrey Tolliver, the Chief of Police - as well as her ex-husband and current lover. While there, 2 young men enter the station and begin shooting the police officers, including Jeffrey. This begins a tense hostage situation.

The hostage storyline alternates with the story of the early days of Jeffrey and Sara's romance. After dating for 3 months, Jeffrey has taken Sara to his hometown of Sylacauga, AL where she learns about Jeffrey's past. The reader (and Sara) sees Jeffrey grow from the small town troublemaker to the man he is today and that is what makes him so interesting.

The author does a great job in bringing the 2 storylines together. The hostage situation is tense and scary - the hometown story is frustrating, sad and enlightening. I've been listening to these books on unabridged audio books and the narrator, Kathleen Early, is wonderful in her portrayal of the various characters and sets the tone with her reading. (reviews of the abridged version indicate that the narration is lacking). I will definitely be continuing with the remaining 2 books in this series.

Rating: 4.5 ( )
  bhabeck | Apr 2, 2017 |
KS is so good at her job! I enjoy everything she pens. ( )
  briellenadyne | Jul 27, 2016 |
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Medical examiner Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver make their fourth appearance in this riveting new back-and-forth thriller that grounds a brutal attack by two young men on the Grant County, Georgia police department in a twelve-year-old Alabama murder case that occurred while Sara and Jeffrey were just beginning their tumultuous romance. En route to a beach vacation shortly after they meet, the couple takes a detour to the small town where Jeffrey grew up and began his law enforcement career. But their carefree holiday is interrupted when his best friend from childhood, a fellow cop, is charged with murder after killing a man who broke into his house. Despite his subsequent confession, Jeffrey believes there’s more to the story than Robert is telling him, and when the skeleton of a young woman with whom both Robert and Tolliver were once involved is discovered in a secret cave only they knew about, and Robert admits to her murder too, Tolliver must again confront a past he thought he had long since put behind him.

Slaughter unravels a convoluted story deftly and smoothly as the action moves between those long-ago events and the siege of the police station by two young men who are determined to make Jeffrey pay for a crime they believe he committed. Threatening to kill whoever stands between them and their target--including eight children on a school field trip at the station house when the bloody siege begins--they execute a deputy they mistakenly believe is Tolliver. Skillfully blending past and present events and illuminating the equally convoluted relationship between Sara and Jeffrey (who have married and divorced in the intervening years) without interrupting the breathtaking pace of the action or dropping a beat, Slaughter takes this series to a new level of excellence. --Jane Adams

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"Two armed men enter the police station in tiny Heartsdale, Georgia, and open fire. When the shooting stops, an officer is dead, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is seriously wounded, and the survivors-including a class of grade-school children and medical examiner Sara Linton-are held hostage. In a tense standoff that could erupt at any moment into more bloodletting-with her ex-husband on the threshold of death-Sara must search for answers and an escape in the memories of a time at the start of their relationship when another brutal, shocking crime shattered their small-town world. Because the sins of the past have caught up with Sara and Jeffrey ... with a vengeance."--BOOK COVER.… (more)

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