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Publisher's Summary

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality starts to become clear. Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, Sara's ex-husband, is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, he has to face the fact that Sibyl's murder wasn't a single personal attack. They're dealing with a sadistic rapist-turned-killer who is terrorizing rural Grant County.
Jeffrey isn't alone in his search. Lena Adams, the county's sole female detective, wants to see justice done since her sister was the first victim. Sara, too, cannot escape the terror. A secret from her past could hold the key to finding the killer, unless he finds her first.
©2001 Karin Slaughter (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Judith Ivey's expressive narration does full justice to the story....It's easy to listen to and hard to turn off." (AudioFile)
"Wildly readable....A bull's-eye, deftly crafted, damnably suspenseful and, in the end, deadly serious....Slaughter's plotting is brilliant, her suspense relentless." (The Washington Post)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Terri on 04-06-07

Narator's southern drawl . . .

I enjoyed the storyline, but had problems with the naration. Judith Ivey's southern drawl made all of the men in this book come across as nitwits. This distracted from the story, for me.
This is the second book I've listened to by Karin Slaughter. I've enjoyed her stories. I will continue to listen to others of her books.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joslin Walker on 08-22-12

Performance killed it...

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Judith Ivey?

I would definitely try another book by Karin Slaughter, but I really did not care for Judith Ivey's performance. She made Dr. Sara Linton sound much older than she is, at least in my opinion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sara is one of my favorite characters, though Lena is also very interesting! I've read The Grant County Series, The Will Trent Series, and The Georgia Series, and Sara is favorite in each! Just the trials that she's had to overcome and her doing so successfully makes her one of my favorite characters!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I felt that the narrator made Sara sound much older than she should have been. I really didn't care for any of it, which is a shame as this is a great book, one of my favorites in fact!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

Initially,I thought that this was unabridged. It wasn't until after I purchased the book that I realized that it was the abridged version. Since an unabridged version is not available, I thought I'd give it a shot. Not only didn't I dislike the narrators portrayal of Sara Linton, there are times when you can hear "other audio" besides the narration. Its almost like someone is talking in the background. Sometimes there's an echo, which is also annoying. I hope that this book gets re-released, unabridged and with a different narrator. The music was also annoying...

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