On an otherwise uneventful Saturday night, Sara and her sister Tessa are hanging out with the majority of the town at the skating rink. Quite the normal night for a small southern town. When Jeffrey shows up to meet them, normal goes to hell and back when he comes up on a 13-year-old girl named Jenny aiming a gun at 16-year-old boy. Jenny is hell-bent on killing the boy and Jeffrey has no choice but to protect him the only way he can.
In Kisscut, by Karin Slaughter, the aftermath leaves Jeffery distraught by his own actions and extremely troubled by what could have motivated the girl. Sara, too, feels a sense of guilt, as Jenny was her patient and she wonders what she could have missed in the girl’s situation.
What they discover will set Grant County on edge.
Struggling with her own demons, Lena makes a connection with the 16-year-old, Mark, that leaves Jeffrey even more worried that Lena is nowhere near ready to be back at work. But true to her nature, Lena is bent and determined not to let her ordeal get the best of her. Even if it means lying to everyone, even herself.
Having come to know and care for the characters in Slaughter’s Grant County series in her first book, Blindsighted, this second in the series delves much deeper into their lives and brings you out exhausted on the other side. In a good way.
Exhausted from staying up late in the night because you cannot stop reading. Exhausted from fearing so much for the children involved in this novel. Exhausted from working to try to figure out where the story is going. Exhausted from when you have it figured out and then come the twists and turns that leave you breathless.
Intense is a word I used for Blindsighted. Kisscut may be even more so. With each Karin Slaughter book I read I am more impressed with her writing style, her ability to describe things and places and weave the descriptions into the story. Her unbelievable way of dealing with the emotions, fears, actions and reactions of people, and the way she isn’t afraid to take on tough subjects and put them out there for all the world to contemplate.
This book is not for the faint of heart. It deals with children in horrible situations and leaves you ready to go out and do something about the injustices and horrible things some people do to others. But it also leaves you with the knowledge that you have been in the presence of an amazing writer. I leaves you ready for the next book in the series.
A solid 5 of 5 stars!
Is there a writer who leaves you breathless and exhausted? If so, who?