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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 pediatrician and medical examiner—finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific 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. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again …

Topics: Psychological, Georgia, Small Town, Murder, Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Pornography, Incest, Dark, Violent, Women Detectives, and Second Chances

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061801167
List price: $6.99
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once again Karin has captured my mind and kept me reading till the very endread more
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I enjoyed Kisscut and the book before it, Blindsighted and would recommend them both with some reservations. They are both well-plotted with believable characters and lots of suspense-filled twists and turns. The characters are complex, flawed and, therefore, more interesting. My reservations revolve around the amount of violence and graphic description of violence. It does not dominate the book and is nowhere near the worst I have read, but I think it is enough to warn prospective readers ahead of time.read more
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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.read more
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Don't get me wrong, I love a meandering tale as much as the next person. I'm more than willing to sit back and let a story lap over me like a wave on a Cape Cod beach. I also like a good undertow, a good riptide that jerks your body when you've become far too complacent with the slow glide of warm water. This book was all warm water, no undertow. I expected at any moment to get snatched into a world that would defy my imagination, but it just didn't happen. Much is made of primitive cultures and the specter of female genital mutilation (circumcision). Given our society's penchant for male genital mutilation at birth, I found the cultural bias offensive.read more
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Another riveting, taut mystery, and a welcome break from the medieval sagas I've been reading! I prefer the Will Trent novels, though - he is her most interesting character.read more
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This was an intriguing story but the subject matter was not particularly pleasant.read more
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This might be my favorite novel by her to date. So much action and drama you can hardly stand it. Kisscut really attaches you to the characters introduced in Blindsighted and has such a great story line that will really make you think!read more
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Wow! What a disparity of opinions on this book. I have enjoyed other books by Ms Slaughter, but I thoroughly disliked this one. I think it's possible to write a book about child pornography, sex rings, incest and more in an informative and interesting way, but this definitely was not it. I found the story completely unbelievable. Also, the characters of Jeffrey/Sara/Lena are interesting, but I think the author has gone to the well a few too many times. There are only so many horrible things that can happen to the same characters in a small town.read more
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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!read more
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This was not as exciting as the first installment. But the scene where the Auburn vs Alabama rivalry is depicted is absolutely priceless.read more
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This is a chilling thriller that follows a case of self-mutilation, child abuse and child pornography. The book is riveting, it was one that I could not put down but was also an incredibly dark and gloomy read. I was hooked from the first page. This book is definitely a sequel to Blindisghted and I wouldn't recommend this without having read the first. The characters are very well developed with their stories from the first book being continued in this one. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.read more
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The human relationships were good in this book. The premise of child trafficking, incest and pedophilia were disturbing. It is a little hard to believe that two such horrible crimes, this book and the previous, could happen one relatively small community.read more
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I like reading thrillers by Karin Slaughter. She writes well and the characters she writes about take up space in their world and temporarily in ours. Their innermost thoughts and feelings allow us to get to know them pretty well, along with their strengths and human frailties.[Kisscut] is my least favorite novel thus far, written by Ms. Slaughter.What was repellent for me, but central to the tale, was the criminal activity directed at young people. It was creepy stuff, IMHO. It was similar to watching a horror movie or thriller and not being able to walk out (or at least fast forward the DVD) when things got too bad, because you do want to see the good guys win in the end. Here's where I want to say ... I stopped reading and hurled the book across the room, but I did not. Twists and turns abound, and very few *predictable* villains and *one-can-see-that-coming-a-mile-away* situations are presented within this suspenseful story.Hesitantly recommended for people who are more able than this reviewer to let horrific things roll off their consciousness like water off a ducks back.read more
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A series of books based on coroner Sara Linton and ex husband chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver.Book 2 in the series, Blindsighted was Book 1read more
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A very good book. It makes you depressed, knowing that we do live in a world where people take advantage of children. It was not as thrilling as Slaughter's previous book, but just as good.read more
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Couldn't put this down!read more
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This is the 2nd book by this author that I have read and I enjoyed it just as much as the first, Blindsighted. Very fast paced, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a really good thriller and can't wait to read the third one.Back Cover Blurb:When a teenage quarrel in the small town of Heartsdale explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton - paediatrician and medical examiner - finds herself entangled in a horrific tragedy. And what seems at first to be a terrible but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications when the autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse and ritualistic self-mutilation.Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, but the children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime. And unless Sara and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again....read more
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once again Karin has captured my mind and kept me reading till the very end
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I enjoyed Kisscut and the book before it, Blindsighted and would recommend them both with some reservations. They are both well-plotted with believable characters and lots of suspense-filled twists and turns. The characters are complex, flawed and, therefore, more interesting. My reservations revolve around the amount of violence and graphic description of violence. It does not dominate the book and is nowhere near the worst I have read, but I think it is enough to warn prospective readers ahead of time.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Don't get me wrong, I love a meandering tale as much as the next person. I'm more than willing to sit back and let a story lap over me like a wave on a Cape Cod beach. I also like a good undertow, a good riptide that jerks your body when you've become far too complacent with the slow glide of warm water. This book was all warm water, no undertow. I expected at any moment to get snatched into a world that would defy my imagination, but it just didn't happen. Much is made of primitive cultures and the specter of female genital mutilation (circumcision). Given our society's penchant for male genital mutilation at birth, I found the cultural bias offensive.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Another riveting, taut mystery, and a welcome break from the medieval sagas I've been reading! I prefer the Will Trent novels, though - he is her most interesting character.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was an intriguing story but the subject matter was not particularly pleasant.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This might be my favorite novel by her to date. So much action and drama you can hardly stand it. Kisscut really attaches you to the characters introduced in Blindsighted and has such a great story line that will really make you think!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Wow! What a disparity of opinions on this book. I have enjoyed other books by Ms Slaughter, but I thoroughly disliked this one. I think it's possible to write a book about child pornography, sex rings, incest and more in an informative and interesting way, but this definitely was not it. I found the story completely unbelievable. Also, the characters of Jeffrey/Sara/Lena are interesting, but I think the author has gone to the well a few too many times. There are only so many horrible things that can happen to the same characters in a small town.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was not as exciting as the first installment. But the scene where the Auburn vs Alabama rivalry is depicted is absolutely priceless.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is a chilling thriller that follows a case of self-mutilation, child abuse and child pornography. The book is riveting, it was one that I could not put down but was also an incredibly dark and gloomy read. I was hooked from the first page. This book is definitely a sequel to Blindisghted and I wouldn't recommend this without having read the first. The characters are very well developed with their stories from the first book being continued in this one. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The human relationships were good in this book. The premise of child trafficking, incest and pedophilia were disturbing. It is a little hard to believe that two such horrible crimes, this book and the previous, could happen one relatively small community.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I like reading thrillers by Karin Slaughter. She writes well and the characters she writes about take up space in their world and temporarily in ours. Their innermost thoughts and feelings allow us to get to know them pretty well, along with their strengths and human frailties.[Kisscut] is my least favorite novel thus far, written by Ms. Slaughter.What was repellent for me, but central to the tale, was the criminal activity directed at young people. It was creepy stuff, IMHO. It was similar to watching a horror movie or thriller and not being able to walk out (or at least fast forward the DVD) when things got too bad, because you do want to see the good guys win in the end. Here's where I want to say ... I stopped reading and hurled the book across the room, but I did not. Twists and turns abound, and very few *predictable* villains and *one-can-see-that-coming-a-mile-away* situations are presented within this suspenseful story.Hesitantly recommended for people who are more able than this reviewer to let horrific things roll off their consciousness like water off a ducks back.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A series of books based on coroner Sara Linton and ex husband chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver.Book 2 in the series, Blindsighted was Book 1
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A very good book. It makes you depressed, knowing that we do live in a world where people take advantage of children. It was not as thrilling as Slaughter's previous book, but just as good.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Couldn't put this down!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is the 2nd book by this author that I have read and I enjoyed it just as much as the first, Blindsighted. Very fast paced, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a really good thriller and can't wait to read the third one.Back Cover Blurb:When a teenage quarrel in the small town of Heartsdale explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton - paediatrician and medical examiner - finds herself entangled in a horrific tragedy. And what seems at first to be a terrible but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications when the autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse and ritualistic self-mutilation.Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, but the children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime. And unless Sara and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again....
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