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Kisscut (original 2002; edition 2011)

by Karin Slaughter

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Title:Kisscut
Authors:Karin Slaughter
Info:Harper (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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Tags:2011, Crime Fiction, American South, Family Relationships

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The second Grant County thriller, featuring pediatrician Sara Linton and her ex-husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Toliver. I read the first book a few years ago and only gave it 2 stars; but I felt I might have been extra harsh because one of the characters targeted by the serial killer in that book shares my first name and that freaked me out a bit. So I decided to give Slaughter another chance.

This book starts with a Saturday night at the local skating rink where Sara is waiting for her ex-husband to show up. They’re “dating” again, though Sara says she wants to take it slow because she’s not sure she forgives him yet for the cheating that resulted in their divorce. But an altercation in the parking lot between two young teens interrupts this date, and results in Chief Toliver’s shooting one of them. Sara, who is also the medical examiner, is tasked with performing the autopsy; what she finds shocks her, the police and the victim’s mother.

Sounds promising, doesn’t it? It isn’t. Slaughter throws in everything but the kitchen sink … a newborn found in the toilet, child abuse, a fragile female officer not yet over her own trauma (see book one), Sara and Jeffery’s budding re-romance, a young rookie cop’s efforts to overcome embarrassment and inexperience, etc. Some of these threads stretch credulity too far. A therapist volunteers to provide his case notes to the police when a suspect is not talking openly. One young person vacillates between crying vulnerability, predatory sexuality, and a near catatonic trance … all within one interview.

It’s a fast read, but you would still be better off spending that time reading something else. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 25, 2016 |
** spoiler alert ** Definitely not a lighthearted read. I really struggled at times with the content in this novel. This story for me is the epitome of a true horror story. Child abuse/molestation is one of the worst possible abominations ever. Ms. Slaughter does an amazing job as is typical of her work, just not a book that everyone will be able to enjoy - particular a parent.
  AMKee | Jan 11, 2016 |
Kisscut is the second book in Slaughter's Grant Count series and is another excellent book by Karin Slaughter. I am so glad I chose to go back and read the first three of the Grant County series. I highly recommend the entire series. ( )
  knittingmomof3 | Aug 8, 2015 |
As much as I liked the first book in this series, I'm starting to think that Slaughter has created one of those towns were everything that possibly could go wrong will and all her characters will have horrible things happen to them over and over. It might seduce some readers into thinking she is a wonderful suspense writer but those of us who appreciate realism to a degree will grow tired of the improbability of a small group of people going through these horrendous events month after month. Don't move to Grant County, GA. You're bound to get killed. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
As much as I liked the first book in this series, I'm starting to think that Slaughter has created one of those towns were everything that possibly could go wrong will and all her characters will have horrible things happen to them over and over. It might seduce some readers into thinking she is a wonderful suspense writer but those of us who appreciate realism to a degree will grow tired of the improbability of a small group of people going through these horrendous events month after month. Don't move to Grant County, GA. You're bound to get killed. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
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Karin Slaughterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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
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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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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:52 -0400)

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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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