Kisscut: Review

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When you finish a Karin Slaughter book it sort of sits with you. Those gory details don’t really go away, or leave your mind. So, the only way I knew how to forget the details of Blindsighted was to dive right into Kisscut.

I had started this book first before realizing that it was the second book in the Grant County series by Slaughter. I stopped reading the book immediately and started the series from the beginning, and since I finished the first book, I was ready to re-read Kisscut.

Once again, I was sucked into this small town right away, as the main character, and town’s pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton finds herself elbow deep in blood (literally) at the local skating rink, while her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver finds himself in an armed standoff with a teenage girl outside.

How one small town can see so much drama is beyond me, but it’s so gripping that I flew through the first 70 pages again, this time understanding the history of the character’s relationships a lot better.

This book is particularly disturbing as the main focus is violence towards children.

It is very uncomfortable to read at times, yet once again Slaughter does an amazing job of telling the story through various voices. It left me feeling sad, mad and empathetic all at the same time,

At the end of the previous book, the character of Lena Adams, the only female detective on the police force, was found alive after a very traumatizing ordeal. It left her with emotional and physical scars that made the reader feel for her. Lena’s internal struggle was raw in this second book; clouding her judgement and leading her to make bad choices, but in the next minute, the reader is left feeling sorry for the tough talking, independent cop.

That juxtaposition often left me wondering if I liked this character or not.

Lena was trying to find solid ground in her life, while trying to keep it together during this new investigation, but the reader can see the toll it is taking on her. Slaughter, once again does a phenomenal job of writing these deep and real characters, living through the most gruesome of details.

This case is not for the faint of heart. And it isn’t for Lena either; especially considering what she just went through. But she pushes herself through it, and I’m not sure that she should have. I sort of feel the same about the book. I pushed through some of the vilest details I never thought I would read. As a mom, I don’t want to know that these things are happening.

But I know they do.

As I mentioned, the subject matter is very heavy. The details are horrifically sickening and grisly. But I wanted to know who was behind it all.

Kisscut is another page-turner and definitely the most macabre of Slaughter’s books (that I’ve read) to date. I would never re-read this book, as I don’t think I could stomach it again.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars, solely based on subject matter.

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