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3.99982578397213 out of 53.99982578397213 out of 53.99982578397213 out of 53.99982578397213 out of 53.99982578397213 out of 5 4.00 (17,220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karin Slaughter Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grant County Series Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9780060782962
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Slaughter] is compared to Thomas Harris and Patricia Cornwell, and for once the hype is justified…She is a serious, as well as a skillful writer, and I look forward to the further adventures of Dr. Sara Linton.”

    Washington Post

  • “If you are looking for an unflinching suspense thriller with an emphasis on charachter, this is the one. Blightsighted is a promising debut, and Karin Slaughter is a novelist to watch.”

    George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain

  • “A debut of rare quality that grips like a vise from the first page. It’s hard to believe this is Karen Slaughters’s first outing, so mature is the prose, so taut the suspense, so extreme the engagement with the reader…A lot of writers are going to read this and weep.”

    Val McDermid, author of Place of Execution

  • “Excellent…with characters you care about and a plot with enough  twists and shocks to keep you turning the pages long after bedtime. Karin Slaughter goes straight on my must-read list.”

    Peter Robinson, author of In a Dry Season

  • “This is storytelling at it’s finest…A scary surefire winner.”

    John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds

  • “Karen Slaughter’s debut is taut, mean, nasty, and bloody well written.”

    Stella Duffy, author of Beneath the Blonde

  • Blindsighted is everything a book should be, and Karin Slaughter is a significant new voice in American crime fiction.”

    Jane Haddam, author of True Believers

  • “Gripping…Rich with likable, believable characters and plot twists that will take your breath away.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Slaughter is off to a fine start…in this bloody, fast-paced thriller.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “An engaging story…A noirish thriller that veers into the Southern Gothic tradition complete with the brooding atmosphere…Slaughter allows the reader few moments of rest as she keeps the tale moving at breakneck speed, still taking hairpin curves with ease.”

    Orlando Sun-Sentinel

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A People Pick of the Week

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed it. But there was a lot of pretty graphic violence against women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 1/31/2014

    " Ending was a bit of a letdown, but great action and good tight story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 1/31/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue Ansell | 1/31/2014

    " Read for book club and since I picked it out shouldn't complain but too much about rape. Since this was her first book may be that the other books are better but I did not care for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/21/2014

    " First time reading Karin Slaughter and happy to say it will not be my last. The details are greusome but gave me insight as to EXACTLY what was going on as if it were happening in front of me which was kind of tough to deal with at times since it really did get pretty gruesome! I didn't know who did what until the very end.. so that made me glad, when I find out who did it and still have over half the book to read that kind of sucks!! This book was a definate PLUS for myself and the friend I have in TX that reads books with me. It was great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shirley | 1/4/2014

    " Started out I thought this book had promise, but eventually I just skimmed through to see "who did it." Too much gory detail about the crime, seemingly repeated much more than necessary. Couldn't really relate to the characters either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanna Read | 1/1/2014

    " Loved it! Fabulous! Will read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/4/2013

    " Extremely engrossing, kept me on my toes the whole book. Love it and I'm going to read the while series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 9/12/2013

    " Fantastically gripping and horribly gruesome. Really liked this and read it quickly. The Grant county series realy should be read in order though! (Reading the last one first was a mistake!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Witt | 2/4/2013

    " Exciting and upsetting, but I couldn't stop reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liane Manso | 1/13/2013

    " Awesome start to a great series! Karin Slaughter in a fantastic storyteller. I love Sara but wasn't a huge Jeffery fan at first. He does redeem himself in further books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 12/2/2012

    " Will Trent is my favorite character so I need her to write more books with him in the storyline rather than Lena, Sara or Faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/27/2012

    " Well written, but not for the squeamish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 7/1/2012

    " I love how Karin scares the bejebbies out of me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/7/2012

    " The first book I read by KS was Factured, it was a good read but no where near as gritty as I had expected after hearing about this author. I was then told to try Blindsighted, this one blew me out and the water and I haven't been able to get enough of Karin Slaughter since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/1/2012

    " Great read. Very suspenseful. Keeps you going at every turn! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhondi Proctor | 11/2/2011

    " Great series. I love the characters. After the Grant County series, continue on with the Will Trent series. One of my favorite authors. Crime/Thriller/Romance "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/19/2011

    " Liked this book, but figured out the murderer before the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsay | 5/15/2011

    " Excellent book! I've been trying to find a new author and I finally found one. Just a warnng, the crimes are very gruesome and disturbing. If you have a difficult time reading detailed accounts of crimes against women you should skip this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 5/3/2011

    " Another good thriller from Slaughter..her name says it all..if you can't take gory then dont read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/28/2011

    " The first of the Grant County Series and absolutely amazing. Couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to get the next installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zunny79 | 4/21/2011

    " Super spannend, mein Einstieg in die ganze Serie Grand County und Will Trent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/15/2011

    " I ended up with mixed feelings about this book. It was extremely graphic, but hard to put down at the same time. I found the ending to be expected, but I enjoyed watching the characters develop. All in all, I enjoyed the book and will look for the additional books in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 4/9/2011

    " The narrator sucked so much but the book itself wasn't a masterpiece either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/31/2011

    " Been enjoying Slaughter's more recent work so thought I'd go back to the beginning. Hard to believe this was her first novel. Very well done, if a bit stomach-churning. I thought it faded a bit at the end, so probably more of a 3.5 star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrieanne | 3/3/2011

    " I loved this book hae read all the karin slaugter books and enjoyed them all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 3/1/2011

    " Exciting and upsetting, but I couldn't stop reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 2/20/2011

    " just started, page 30 of 392 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/19/2011

    " Definitely kept my interest but really graphic! "

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About the Author
Author Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of over a dozen thrillers, including the Will Trent and Grant County series. A longtime resident of Atlanta, she splits her time between the kitchen and the living room.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace.