Gillian Flynn says, "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today."
Two armed men enter the police station in tiny Heartsdale, Georgia, and open fire. When the shooting stops, an officer is dead, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is seriously wounded, and the survivors—including a class of grade-school children and medical examiner Sara Linton—are held hostage. In a tense standoff that could erupt at any moment into more bloodletting—with her ex-husband on the threshold of death—Sara must search for answers and an escape in the memories of a time at the start of their relationship when another brutal, shocking crime shattered their small-town world. Because the sins of the past have caught up with Sara and Jeffrey ... with a vengeance.
Complex characters with credible relationships underpin this gripping prequel to Slaughter's Blindsighted (2001). Georgia pediatrician/medical examiner Sara Linton is visiting her ex-husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver, when two malevolent strangers, hauntingly familiar to Sara, pull out guns at the station house, where several schoolchildren are on a class trip, and bloody mayhem ensues. The action shifts to the past, when new lovers Sara and Jeffrey detour to his hometown on their way to a beach weekend. A nostalgic tour of Jeffrey's youth turns sinister as buried secrets and injustices slowly come to light. An ugly midnight encounter with Jeffrey's sloshed mother sends Sara outside in time to hear gunshots from the neighboring house of Jeffrey's childhood friend Robert, a cop, who's found bleeding, gun in hand, across the bedroom from his dead victim. Sara is grateful to perform the autopsy, knowing there's more than meets the eye in this puzzling crime scene. The couple's budding romance is put to the test as Sara tries to coax answers from tight-lipped Jeffrey, whose silence and suspicious actions nourish her doubts. Slaughter's tightly disciplined rhythm and occasional sly humor keep readers hooked right up to the end.
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Very enjoyable and kept my interest more than any book I have read in years. The twists and turns in the story kept me guessing till near the end.....exciting and realistic. I will be looking forward to other stories by this author!
Her characters are mighty
The Grant County books are great. Start at the beginning or start here. You will be hooked!
I've read 9 books by KS so far…
THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE 9 BOOKS THAT I'VE READ. I literally read the entire book in less than 24 hours. I realized that I was reading the books out of order before, so I started from the beginning. I've read every book before this book, and some of the books that came after. Even though I love Sara and Will, this book made me so sad to know that Jeffrey is gone. They were truly soulmates.