Author: Karin Slaughter.
Edition: Arrow Books, 2011.
‘The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams 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. When a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, it becomes clear that Sibyl’s brutal murder wasn’t a one-off attack. What Sarah and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver are dealing with is a seasonal sexual predator. A violent serial killer…’
Blindsighted is a gripping tale of murder focusing on the relationship and dynamics between medical examiner Sara and her ex-husband police chief Jeffrey Tolliver as they try and solve the case. The book portrays the image of a small town really well, and introduces various characters in a way that suggests you are part of the town and are already aware of them, which is a great quality. A feature of the character development that I found very interesting is the slow revelation of each characters background as the story develops. It allows the reader to discover why a particular character is acting a certain way whilst further strengthening the relationship between the characters.
The development of the investigation is also treated in a similar way with a few side plots which act as red herrings, which as a reader I greatly enjoyed. The story never felt like it was dragging its feet or tailing off at any point, and the gripping plotline made it easily readable in a day. The story has such pull that it is almost impossible to put it down.
The only downside to the book was the hint of religion and religious symbols in the murder investigation which were not developed to become a bigger part of plot, however that is just my own personal opinion and the book is still absolutely brilliant without that element.
Blidsighted was Slaughter’s debut novel in 2001, and although it wasn’t the first book of hers that I have read, I can definitely say that it is a great debut novel and has left me wanting to read more of her books.