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Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

Kisscut (2002)

by Karin Slaughter

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Series: Sara Linton (2), Grant County (2)

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I really enjoyed this book. The subject matter is difficult but this is a reality in our world, bad people are out there even in small town America. I really like the characters in this series and their relationships with one another. ( )
  Thelmajean | Dec 1, 2017 |
At first, I felt this story had too much of a drama/almost chick-lit feel to the style of writing – Slaughter is great at character development and intricacies between her characters but it went a bit too far for me in the first part of the book.

Then, the story started to kick in and the more I read, the more I enjoyed it.

Jeffrey Tolliver was interesting, haunted, dark and broody, and driven.

Sara Linton felt like a real woman with a career that takes her into the morgue, guilt about her child clients she has been unable to protect and feelings for Jeffrey (her ex-husband) that are complex and irrational.

Lena is struggling to overcome the events in the first book of this series and we see her very realistically on-the-edge and threatening to go over it.

Plus, there are gruesome and absolutely evil crimes that they will all struggle to deal with and evil perpetrators who are able to run rings around the investigative team. Great stuff.
The crimes in this book are not for the faint-hearted and involve young people, so be warned.

Four stars and I only dropped the last star because of the slow build-up to the real action. I shall definitely be reading the next in this series. ( )
  AnnGirdharry | Aug 21, 2017 |
Kisscut is the second book in Karen Slaughter's Grant County series. Sara Linton, pediatrician and local medical examiner, is meeting her sister at the local skating rink one Saturday night. She sees a distraught teenager entering the ladies room and goes to check on her. The girl, Jenny Weaver, has apparently just tried to flush a newborn baby down the toilet. Jenny rushes out to the parking lot where she threatens a boy named Mark Patterson then pulls a gun to shoot him. Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, is forced to kill Jenny before she can kill Mark. Sara's autopsy reveals evidence of ritualistic self-mutilation and long-term abuse....and the evidence that Jenny had never given birth.

I'm currently rereading this series in audio. While very compelling, it is also difficult to hear some of the more graphic portions of the book and not be able to fast forward. I eventually traded my audio in for the actual book. That was a good choice because the plot is very intense and much of it disturbing.. Karin Slaughter does an excellent job of creating realistic characters that are most often not truly good or truly bad, but a combination of both. That's why I can't wait to pick up the next book in the series, A Faint Cold Fear.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
In this second installment of the Grant County mystery series by Karin Slaughter we discover a disturbing story. A shoot-out at the local skating rink initially seems to be an emotionally charged lovers’ spat between two teenagers. However, the autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse and self-mutilation, leading pediatrition/ME Sara Linton and Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver down a long, twisted path of perversion.

While definitely not for the faint of heart as the storyline is very high on the “ick” factor, this was a very good story and kept me interested to the end. Although one of the perpetrators was pretty obvious, others were revealed only as their heinous crimes were uncovered. I will definitely continue with the Grant County series.

Rating: 4 Stars ( )
  bhabeck | Mar 19, 2017 |
I didn't care for this book. Not horrible, but just not for me. I did finish it, but I wasn't all that happy with the way it turned out.

Unlike some readers, I did like the characters of Lena, Sara and Jeffrey. But I didn't connect to the children so much as I was supposed to. Not sure if it was just me, or something the author did, but I just felt distanced from the horrendous abuse. As more and more kids piled on as victims, it was just overload I guess.

Getting books from the Little Free Library is always chancy. This one turned out to be the second in a series, and apparently the stuff I kept hoping to find out about (regarding Lena) seems to have been covered in the first book. And I probably won't bother to search out the first book.

Book goes back to LittleFreeLibrary.

And I'm not planning to include this on my list of 2016 books read. Not worth it. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
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Karin Slaughterprimary authorall editionscalculated
Andrae, Karinsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baar, Marry vanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corbetta L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Early, KathleenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, Lotte KirkebyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenting, InekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parpola, Inkasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, ClarindaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sønsteng, GryOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwaner, Tejasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"DANCING QUEEN," Sara Linton mumbled with the music as she made her way around the skating rink.
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The two known english-speaking narrators for the unabridged version of Kisscut, are: Kathleen Early, Clarinda Ross, and Kelly Culpin.

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060534044, Mass Market Paperback)

When police chief Jeffrey Tolliver responds to a disturbance at a local skating rink, the last thing he expects is to have to shoot a 13-year-old girl who's holding a gun on a fellow student. Then Jenny Deaver's autopsy reveals two stunning facts: she did not bear the murdered newborn discovered in the rink's restroom, and she had recently been genitally mutilated. With his ex-wife, pediatrician Sara Linton, Jeffrey uncovers a child sex and pornography ring involving Jenny, her classmates, and their mothers--a horrific enterprise that culminated in the killing that Tolliver will never be able to forget. This taut, chilling thriller showcases Karin Slaughter's skill at plotting, pace, and narrative, and will linger in the reader's mind long after the stunning denouement. This is a terrific sequel to her debut, Blindsighted, with two protagonists whose complex relationship will no doubt be a featured subplot in her next offering. --Jane Adams

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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 paediatrician and medical examiner - finds herself entangled in a horrific tragedy. What seemed at first to be a terrible 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. But when a young girl is abducted, it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. And unless Sara and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again...… (more)

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