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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

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Publisher: HarperTorch
Publication Year: 2003
ISBN: 0-06-053404-4
Format: paperback
Pages: 448

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

I recently moved and during the packing process all the books that I am currently reading were put in a box and are now waiting to be unpacked. Needing something to read after the big move I opened one of my boxes of books and picked up one of the first ones that I came across, Kisscut by Karin Slaughter. Kisscut is the second book in Slaughter’s Grant County series which stars Sara Linton, pediatrician and medical examiner, her ex-husband Chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver and Deputy Lena Adams. The narrative of the story mainly revolves around these three central characters as they all work together to solve the latest mystery to plague their small Georgia town. This latest book picks up just a few months after the first book in which serial killer tormented the inhabitants of Heartsdale.

As the town is still struggling to cope with those horrible events a new tragedy is about to be revealed. One Saturday night at the local skating rink 13 year old Jenny Weaver is found in a parking lot holding a gun on 16 year old Mark Patterson threatening to kill him. Faced with little options Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver shoots Jenny in order to save a life. In the aftermath of trying to discover why Jenny would want to kill Mark an even bigger mystery is discovered.

This is a fast paced and often disturbing novel that touches on issues of great tragedy and abuse that sometimes touches too close to the heart to be dealt with comfortably. The main characters are flawed which breaths humanity into them and I like being about to slip into the minds of different people as the mystery unfolds. With the exception of Jeffrey Tolliver who is your often portrayed as a male chauvinist. The way that his character is written is not very flattering and the reader can only imagine what the author feels about men, but in this book at least its not a pleasent feeling. I enjoyed this mystery although it wasn’t a hard one to figure out. Although, this story wasn’t really about the how but the why.

As I said, the subject matter was often a difficult one to deal with, that of child abuse and child pornography. Slaughter presents a case of these that is scarily realistic especially since the heart of the story takes place in a small town. Its somehow easier to think of such a case occurring in a big city and it just seems closer to home when it takes place in a town much like my own. While difficult at times it was still a page turner and this is one series/author in which I will continue to read….once I find where the next book is packed that is.

One Response to “Kisscut by Karin Slaughter”

  1. Anonymous

    Martin Reed is thoroughly average in every way. So how has he wound up with such a pathetic existence? Martin has no friends, no lovers, and no respect. Working as a senior accountant at Southern Toilet Supply and still living with his nagging mother, his sole source of excitement is the crime novels he cherishes. So immersed is Martin in these escapes that he fails to notice the crimes going on all around him. When first one, then another, of his co-workers is brutally murdered, Martin is shocked to become the fetching female investigator’s prime suspect. Center stage at last, Martin basks not in the glow of the spotlight, but in the harsh glare of interrogation…