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Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

Kisscut (original 2002; edition 2011)

by Karin Slaughter

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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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Kisscut by Karin Slaughter (2002)




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Series note: This is book #2 in Slaughter’s Grant County series and there are numerous references to events in the first book.

When an altercation between teenagers in a skating rink parking lot ends in tragedy, Grant County medical examiner, Sara Linton, and her ex-husband, Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver, are shocked and disturbed by the true nature of the crime and the fact that evil is lurking in their small and seemingly innocuous town.

The plot is extremely disturbing and horrific. Thankfully, there isn’t too much description of the actual abuse otherwise I might have had to DNF. The story itself is compelling and the message that appearances can be deceiving and we can never really know the people around us is an important one.

The real problem with this book is the characterization. None of the characters are likable or sympathetic not even the so-called protagonists, Jeffrey, Sara and Lena, who do and say very hurtful things to one another and to others. The only character to come across as a good person with a good heart is Hank, Lena’s uncle. I’m amazed that he was willing to put up with her.

All in all, Kisscut is a well-written and thought provoking book but not for the faint of heart. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Feb 28, 2014 |
Another graphic tale of violence in fictional Grant County, Georgia. Sara, Jeffrey and Lena continue as the main characters, and I think the reader would prefer to have read the previous novel in the series, Blindsighted, before tackling this one. Slaughter does a great job of making the reader empathize with her characters, and her plot, though gruesome, is compelling.

Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5350437/ ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 25, 2014 |
I don't like the characters in this series nearly as much as I do those in the Will Trent books, and when the characters aren't as good, the plot holes are more of a problem.

I think, mostly, that I don't like Lena. And I prefer Will to Jeffrey.

And I would like Karin Slaughter to reevaluate her "women are worse to women than men are," thing because it's untrue, and the only women I've ever met who say that shit are those who are awful to other women. ( )
  KateBond | Sep 20, 2013 |
The first Karin Slaughter thriller I picked up featured FBI agent Will Trent. Trent talked about how he dealt with having dyslexia and having to do so much reading and paperwork as an agent. The book was [Triptych] and I was hooked on Slaughter. The books take place in Georgia where I used to live so I very much enjoy the location and spending a little time there. I also like the characters Slaughter has drawn in her books especially because both strengths and weaknesses are shown and drive the action.

I did not see the end of Kisscut coming. It was complicated with several twists and possibilities for my mind to go with. I was never sure who the good guys or bad guys were, just like in real life. They were not cut and dried, nor were they stereotyped. Warning for some readers, this plot involves child sexual abuse which I usually don't read. I have to say tho that Slaughter does an excellent and I think helpful job of illustrating the psychological plight of man victims as they attempt to heal. Specifically, it can be difficult for victims to reconcile the fact that their bodies may naturally respond to sex while their minds are screaming no and this results in much shame. This is what Slaughter does a good job with. Anyone struggling with Stockholm Syndrome may find this helpful if not too traumatic, depending on where they are in their recovery. Four stars ( )
1 vote mkboylan | Aug 6, 2013 |
I liked the book even though I think it was a bit dragged out in some areas. A bit too much back story from the previous book about the characters. The ending was a little bit of a disappointment too. I prefer solid endings, with nothing left hanging. Lots of profanity too. Glad it wasn't an audiobook since I can skim over them when I physically read a book. ( )
  Barb_H | Apr 4, 2013 |
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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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