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Blindsighted

Blindsighted

Written by Karin Slaughter

Narrated by Kathleen Early


Blindsighted

Written by Karin Slaughter

Narrated by Kathleen Early

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4/5 (124 ratings)
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11 hours
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Feb 10, 2015
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9780062381514
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A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's twisted work becomes clear.

Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation -- a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he's got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county's sole female detective, Lena Adams -- the first victim's sister -- want to serve her own justice.

But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath .. or mean her death.

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Feb 10, 2015
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9780062381514
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About the author

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her twenty novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, Pieces of Her, and The Last Widow. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novel Pieces of Her is in production with Netflix, starring Toni Collette, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television.

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  • (5/5)
    Finished Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2. This is a very gritty (!) book, which is very readable. Actually a book that I worked out who the killer was well before it was revealed! However this didn't spoil the enjoyment of the book
  • (4/5)
    "Blindsighted" is Slaughter's first novel, originally published in 2001 and there have been a number of subsequent books in the Grant County (Georgia) series. I have read Slaughter before, a couple of books in another series, including the well-regarded Fractured. At the time I thought those "Atlanta" series books were good but I chose not to read others in either series. So I did not have particularly high expectations for Blindsighted, and I am happy to say that I found this debut novel much better than expected. The story takes place in a small town in Georgia about a four hour drive from Atlanta. Jeffrey is the Police Chief, managing a force of about 9 officers. His ex-wife Sara, doubles as a pediatrician and the town's medical examiner. A blind, young woman is found bleeding profusely as the result of a rape/stabbing in the bathroom of the local diner. Sarah attempts to rescusitate her but is not successful. The victim's twin sister, Lena, is an officer on Jeffrey's team. The investigation begins and we learn more of Lena's relationship with her sister and the uncle who raised the two girls. We also learn a great deal more about Sara and Jeffrey's marriage, and Sara's family background. The 392 page story moves along at a brisk pace, with interesting, well written characters and a comfortable level of tension. There are a number of passages with very graphic details of results found in the rape investigation and post mortem, including some paricularly nasty mutilations inflicted by the killer. And this is not the only victim.... The crime of rape saturates this book, and it may not be for those readers who are particularly upset by this crime. I thought the book was well written, yet one major criticism I have is that I thought there were too many coincidences and incidents that stretched credibility. Secondly, the police force seemed to be waiting for events to happen instead of proactively investigating. While the local sex offender's list was scrutuinized and interviews conducted, there was relatively little initiative subsequently I will probably read the second book in this series and my biggest concern is that given a small town setting will the second book seem to be only a variation of the first in plot, structure and character. I'll see.
  • (4/5)
    There are a few too many unlikely coincidences the occur to make things easier for the author, and there are too many common names (it's Matt/Will and Jeb/Jeff this time, and I know I get annoyed with this a lot, but my husband is a professional writer and he AGONIZES over making sure he never uses two names that start with the same letter or follow similar sound patterns in a given script, so it's a thing that bothers me when I notice it), but Slaughter is such a good writer, and I read her stuff for the characters, not the mysteries, so I loved this book.
  • (4/5)
    A young college professor has been mutilated and killed in the restroom at a local diner in a small Georgia town. Only after Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and part-time ME, conducts the autopsy will the full extent of the heinous crime become known. Then, another young woman from the college is found crucified on the hood of Sara’s car outside of the hospital.Sara’s ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, is Chief of Police and is leading the investigation into these deaths. What he doesn’t know is that these crimes have a link to Sara’s past…The crimes are described in explicit detail and are definitely not for the squeamish. The story is well written. The characters are interesting and draw you in (even when you want to shake Lena for being such a pain). Blindsighted is a great first book for the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter.Rating: 4
  • (3/5)
    The novel is set in a small town in Georgia. Nothing much happens in Heartsdale, and the local pediatrician, Sara Linton, also works as the coroner. Sara meets her younger sister for lunch at the local diner one afternoon and stumbles upon a grisly scene. The twin sister of a local detective has been viciously attacked, mutilated, and raped. It's not long before another victim surfaces, and Sara works along with her ex-husband who also happens to be the Chief of Police to try to track down this sick killer. All the while, Sara has her own tortured past as well as her strained relationship with her ex-husband to deal with. In this small town where everyone knows everyone else, who could possibly be the twisted rapist murderer?

    The plot is a bit easy to figure out early on in the novel, but I think it's probably pretty difficult to write a totally original novel dealing with serial killers in this day and age. Overall, I enjoyed the story.
  • (4/5)
    Pediatrician Sara Linton is on her way to lunch with her sister when she discovers the mutilated body of a blind college professor in the restaurant bathroom. It's a particularly sadistic killing and the small community is in shock. Chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver, who is Sara's ex-husband, has to inform one of his detectives, Lena Adams, that the victim is her twin sister. Before long the investigation leads to a missing co-ed, and suspicion falls on her boyfriend, a drug dealer. But he's being held in jail when she is found on the hood of Sara's car, raped and heavily drugged.

    The title refers to a number of plots in the story. A toxicology report reveals that the killer dosed his victims with belladonna, a drug that renders users blindsighted, where they are conscious but unable to process what they see or what is happening to them. Sara and Jeffrey have been divorced for two years but continue to work together because Sara is also the town coroner. They realize they must also face the secrets of their pasts which they had turned a blind eye to over the years.

    I've read the entire series featuring characters from this first book written in 2001 and am currently listening to all the audios. This is an extremely mature first novel, with well-developed characters and a finely tuned plot. It has a lot of sadistic details too. Because I listened to the audio version, I often wish I could skip some of the details of the victims. However, it's a gripping story that blasts its way through to the shocking and suspenseful final page.
  • (4/5)
    Women in Grant County are being brutally raped and murdered. Jeffrey Tolliver Chief of Police in Grant County is trying to figure out who is doing this. While Sara Linton (Ex Wife of Jeffrey) also County Coroner is trying to help. Nicely written with twists and turns.
  • (1/5)
    I mixed this book up with another one and the graphic details of the rape just about made me sick. I soldiered on because I liked the heroine but she turned out to be an idiot in personal life - now that I think about it, the whole force was stupid because they missed the obvious suspect under their nose - and I just don't want to read any further about these people, so that's the end of my foray into the Grant County series.
  • (4/5)
    While a bit dated in technology and cultural issues, I liked this book a lot. It definitely has some graphic violence which is mostly discussed after the fact but in great detail. I wasn't certain about who the bad guy was until pretty late in the book, although I did wonder about the guy briefly early on but then I moved on to other possibilities.

    You know, I can't say that I genuinely liked any of the characters but I didn't really dislike any of them. They felt like real folks, very flawed and just trying to get on with their lives.

    I'll certainly keep going with the series. I want to know what happens with them next.
  • (5/5)
    Karin Slaughter is the absolute best crime/mystery writer I have come across in this day and age. Her novels will simply astound you with their heart-racing moments and intrigue. Every time I pick one of her novels up I cannot stop reading until I'm done and I still find myself begging for more. She's a writer with no fear! She wields her instruments like a knife ready to dig in deep and take you by surprise at every turn!
  • (4/5)
    BLINDSIGHTED, Karin Slaughter’s first novel in her Grant County series, leaves me surprisingly pleased. I’m surprised because, although her two standalones that I read (COP TOWN and PRETTY GIRLS) are excellent, I was dissatisfied with the two books I read in her Will Trent series. But this series is just different enough to make me want more. So I’m happy that I started this Grant County series at the beginning, i.e., with "Grant County, #1." Now I intend to read the rest of the series in order.Told from the perspectives of three people in Grant County (Sara, the coroner and a pediatrician; Jeffrey, the police chief and Sara’s ex-husband; and Lena, a detective), BLINDSIGHTED’s plot involves their hunting down and interaction with a serial rapist. But there is more to this novel than that. As with all Slaughter’s novels, BLINDSIGHTED is not only plot driven. The three main characters also have personal stories, including their thoughts and feelings throughout. It is these personal stories that, in the end, leave the reader hanging just enough to make her anxious to read Grant County, #2, KISSCUT.
  • (4/5)
    Blindsighted
    4 Stars

    Warning: this book is not for the squeamish or faint of heart as the crimes are described in gruesome and horrific detail.

    While the characters are very compelling it is difficult to say that they are likable. They are all seriously flawed from Sara, the local pediatrician/coroner, with a devastating secret to Jeffrey, the local police chief and Sara's unfaithful ex-husband, to Lena, the hard-ass female detective with a huge chip on her shoulder. Nevertheless, the plot is well-written and fast paced although the villain is a little too obvious- the fact that he uses Belladonna makes him the only viable suspect, and the ending is somewhat anti-climactic.

    This is my second Karin Slaughter book and I enjoy her dark and gritty writing style. Moreover, the characters are sufficiently interesting to continue with the series.
  • (3/5)
    I thought Blindsighted was just OK. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and I guessed early on who the killer was. It definitely had its suspenseful moments, but sometimes I found of the description of the violence a little too graphic. 3.5 stars
  • (3/5)
    his is a forensic thriller - with all of the blood and guts and gore that includes. The main character is the pediatrician in a small town in the south, who moonlights as the county coroner. The local police chief just happens to be her ex-husband. The plot revolves around a series of rape/murders that occur in their sleepy little town. There is a little romance - some suspense as well as the blood/guts/gore. I had never heard of Ms. Slaughter before reading this book - it was on sale, so thought I would give it a try. It did hold my attention (enough so that dinner was late tonight while I had to finish it). I do plan on reading more of the series. If you are a fan of Kathy Reichs, you might want to give this a try.
  • (5/5)
    All of the awards Karin Slaughter won for this book are justly deserved. I could not put this book down. Well done Karin!
  • (3/5)
    I ventured out of my comfort zone with this book. I was looking mostly to see how this genre compares with science fiction and to examine the differences in writing style. I didn't finish this book, mainly because the genre's focus on highly detailed corpse dissection is not really for me. I do understand that is no fault of this book. Whithin it's target audience I would imagine it is well received.
    The characters are plausible. The story looks like it is going in the right direction. I stepped into a genre that isn't right for me, so for that reason only, I'll stop reading and return to my favoured areas of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
  • (3/5)
    A little on the gory side but a good mystery. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Grant County series.
  • (4/5)
    I thought I had read everything by the fabulous author Karin Slaughter only to discover I missed the first four books in her Grant County series, I know, how on earth did that happen. As I would expect, Blindsighted was brilliantly written and as soon as I finished I began the next book in the series, Kisscut. It is possible I may choose to reread the entire Grant County series, who knows I may reread all her books again, they are that good.
  • (4/5)
    In a small town in Georgia, a tragic and horrific murder shakes its residents to the core. The murder took place in a bathroom of a diner, shortly after the lunch rush, and no one heard or suspected a thing. Sara Linton, the towns coroner discovers the victim, Sibyl Adams, just barely hanging on to life, with a cross carved into her chest, but is unable to save her. Sara’s ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver is investigating and discovers that another girl is now mysteriously missing only to have her body discovered on the hood of Sara’s car with the wounds of a recent crucifixion. The religious aspects of these crimes have Sara fearing that their deaths are actually related to something that happened in her past and wondering if she knows exactly who is committing this atrocities.Blindsighted is Karin Slaughter’s debut novel, however, I’m clearly behind since she has a massive amount of books under her belt at this point. But holy. cow. Blindsighted is rife with intensity. The forensic detailing is meticulous, the crimes are horrendously intricate, and yet I couldn’t put this down for anything. What I loved the most about this one though was the characterization. Sara Linton is clearly the main character but didn’t completely take center stage, giving side characters like Jeffrey and Lina enough page time to build their stories as well. Sara Linton was written perfectly average with strong medical skills but her and her actions never gravitated towards the impossible making this story and all the horror that came with it all the more plausible.I made a new shelf specifically for this book (and I anticipate the other books in this series to be future additions) called “super-sicko”. When I was a teen, thriller/suspense novels were my go-to reads and my mom always called them my sicko books. While I haven’t read too many of them in recent years, this one most definitely qualifies and managed to even horrify me at times.I’m happy to say that my iron stomach is still sufficiently intact.
  • (2/5)
    Disappointing. I thought Sara was an idiot - lacking judgment and intelligence. I didn't think the forensics were very accurate, and I guessed the killer fairly early on. In fairness, though, I was a little freaked out to find a character named "Tessa" in a thriller/mystery featuring a serial psycho and that may have colored my opinion.
  • (5/5)
    Dr Sara Linton is a pediatrician and the coroner in a small college town in Grant County, GA. Going into the bathroom of the local diner she discovers a woman who is dying after being raped and mutilated. So begins the manhunt for a guy who seems to leave his victims for Sara to find. And it’s hitting her hard on a personal level.This difficult-to-put-down story is told from the points of view of three characters; Sara, her ex-husband Jeffrey Tolliver who is the chief of police, and his detective Lena Adams, the twin sister to the first victim. An interesting, although at times gruesome mystery, that gets into specific detail from the coroner’s end of the story. We also get some insights into rapists and their victims.The main characters are well fleshed, each with enough emotional baggage that we see aspects of their personalities you won’t necessarily like at times. The relationship between Sara and Jeffrey has depth and nothing is black or whiteI thought the mystery itself was well done and you don’t know who the bad guy is until the author is ready to drop a rather large clue for the reader to grab. The overall story is an emotional ride on a number of fronts.
  • (3/5)
    This is the first Karin Slaughter book I have read. To be honest I was disappointed. Potentialy the story could have been alot better. The main character Sara Linton was ok but not really that beliveable. She is the medical examiner of a small town in the US. The Sheriff is ex husband, She tries to save a blind girl who has been horribly raped. Then a student suffers the same fate and then kills herself. Finally she rescues the blind girls twin sister who is a Police woman. The rapist was Sara's new boyfriend. Could have been better written I think.
  • (4/5)
    I accidentally read one of the later books in this series, Skin Privilege, back in April, and really enjoyed it, so I decided it was time to start at the beginning and catch up on the characters' back stories... This novel introduces Sara Linton, Grant County paediatrician and coroner, as well as the other two key players in the series: her ex-husband, Chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver, and his feisty young detective Lena Adams. Where Skin Privilege focussed on drug running and authority corruption, Blindsighted highlights sexual violence, manipulation, and what happens to individuals, couples and families in the aftermath of rape.It opens with Sara finding Sibyl Adams, Lena's blind twin sister, raped, drugged and mutilated, in the bathroom of the local diner. Despite her best efforts, Sibyl dies in her arms. A familiar and well-loved face around town, her death throws the locals into turmoil, raising old demons, causing huge professional and personal conflict for Lena, and pushing Sara and Jeff together as they struggle to find a lead that might help them track down the killer. When the mysterious predator strikes again, drugging and crucifying a young student, the race is on to stop him before he can strike a third time. As a reader, as a woman - as a human being - this is brutal, thought-provoking and disturbing material, but once again I found that once I was wrapped up in Slaughter's claustrophobic small-town web, it was very hard to wrench myself free. Although Slaughter doesn't hold back with the grisly description and clinical details of the crimes in her novels, I think their strength really lies in her characters. They are not secondary to the violence being committed, nor are they shallow vessels for justice. Changing the third-person viewpoint every so often allows the reader an insight into each of the main characters and their motives, and the author explores their personal journeys and complicated relationships with such warmth that we can't help but invest in their wellbeing and success. Her female characters are particularly well-drawn; Sara is a strong woman who has overcome a tragic past to stand tall at Jeffrey's side through everything the novel throws at her, and Lena is certainly a tough cookie, but in a more headstrong and stubborn way. Jeffrey is almost the weakest of the three, in a sense, despite his role at the head of the investigation!Overall, despite the odd couple of slow moments (where Slaughter became a bit too character-centric and seemed to forget about all the urgent and exciting things she'd set into motion that I wanted to get back to!), this was another well-plotted, emotive and gripping read that I ended up liking more than Skin Privilege. Gruesome truths are revealed with expert timing for maximum visceral impact, the autopsy scenes are painstakingly authentic, the relationships between characters are sympathetic and very astutely observed, and I learned some fascinating details about belladonna (the killer's drug of choice) as well. If I can learn something interesting while I'm being entertained then so much the better! Recommended for crime/thriller fans with a strong(ish) stomach and a keen interest in the bizarre and bleak world that is the criminal mind...
  • (4/5)
    One of the better Grant County books - wish I had started with this one instead of wondering why Lena is so bitter and Sara is so dense in subsequent novels! Oh well... The point: fast-paced, interesting, clever, well-written - I would expect nothing less from Karen.
  • (5/5)
    Karin Slaughter is the absolute best crime/mystery writer I have come across in this day and age. Her novels will simply astound you with their heart-racing moments and intrigue. Every time I pick one of her novels up I cannot stop reading until I'm done and I still find myself begging for more. She's a writer with no fear! She wields her instruments like a knife ready to dig in deep and take you by surprise at every turn!
  • (4/5)
    Book one in the Grant County series. Sara Linton is the local pediatrician in this small town in Georgia and ex wife of the police chief. While in the diner having lunch she finds the raped and slashed body of professor Sibyl adams in the toilet stalls. More victims are discovered until it becomes apparent that Sara is the next intended victim.
  • (3/5)
    Karin Slaughter is a new thriller writer that's been coming up on my radar quite often. This is her debut, and it proves to be a very tight thriller. Fast paced, and told from varying perspectives, it charts the small-town sleuthing pair of Sara Linton (paediatrician/city coroner) and her ex-husband Jeffrey (chief of police) as they track down what seems to be a serial killer/rapist. There are some other characters thrown in to speed things up and the plot does have its twists. However, if ur a true thriller fan, you'd spot the "evil one" halfway thru the book. Slaughter writes without holding back any punches in detail, so be warned that the crimes are very violent in nature and can be quite disturbing. But a good read nonetheless, and the dynamic duo lives on for a few more books.
  • (3/5)
    This story takes place in one week in a small Georgia town and involves a serial killer who drugs and rapes and ritually abuses his victims--and I should warn it's graphically depicted. Slaughter had a fairly smooth style (even if I got tired of all the ways the word "blindsighted" was worked in.) There are three central characters through whose eyes we see the story: Sara Linton, a pediatrician and town coroner, Jeffrey Tolliver, the Police Chief and her ex-husband, and Lena Adams, one of his detectives as well as the sister of a serial killer's first victim. I liked all three at first, even if Lena (seemingly from what I've read a tradition in depicting women cops) has a huge chip on her shoulder. However, I did become hugely annoyed when I learned Sara had been withholding crucial information for days--despite her reasons, it rather nudged her towards the Too Stupid to Live category I can't abide. Otherwise I can't say I think this story stands out among the standard serial killer thriller, although it certainly kept me turning pages.
  • (4/5)
    Blindsighted begins with the grisly death of a blind college professor named Sibyl Adams who was brutalized before her death. The chief of police, Jeffrey Tolliver, begins to investigate the murder with little evidence to go on. His ex-wife, Sara Linton, is the small town's coroner and it is up to her to provide any clues that she can find from the victim's body. But soon after a new victim is found and both Jeffrey and Sara realize that they may have a serial killer on their hands.I ended up with mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, I was easily caught within the story from the very beginning. I had a hard time putting the book down. But...and this is a big but for me....the book was too graphic for me at times. I usually don't mind details and all but the murders and what was done to the bodies was a bit much even for me. And it caused me to step back from the book a couple of times. The characters were good and I liked that they weren't perfect nor were their relationships with each other perfect. I especially liked the interaction between Sara and Jeffrey which was interesting to read about. It made me want to see what is going to happen in future books as this is the beginning of a series. I did kind of have an idea as to who the killer was but there were questions left open at the end of the book that showed me I didn't guess everything. And I'm hoping that as I read the next book that maybe I'll get some more answers. Bottom Line: A good/okay read but one I would recommend with hesitation or at least a warning and I will be continuing with the 2nd book at some point :)
  • (5/5)
    This was my 1st Karin Slaughter book. I can honestly say I couldn't put this book down. I read each book in this series one right after the other until there were no more to read. She needs to come out with the Grant County series a bit faster!!! I was able to turn a few friends into Slaughter fans as well.