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Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember. But when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton - the town's paediatrician and medical examiner - finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy. What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long term - abuse, of ritualistic self-mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn. The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. And unless Sara and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again...
Arrow Books Ltd
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UK Kirkus review
This follow-up to Blindsighted by the appropriately named Slaughter is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It's a horrifying, atrocious and completely gripping crime novel of a very modern variety. Again, the leading characters are paediatrician Sara Linton and Detective Lena Adams. The August heat is creating a mini-crime wave in Heartsdale, a small town in South Georgia. Fights are breaking out all over town, including at the local skating rink, where Sara is on a date with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. But this particular fight has far worse implications than anybody could imagine possible. A 13-year-old girl is shot dead and a story unfolds of such horror that it is sometimes difficult to go on reading the book. Sara, Jeffrey and Lena cannot seem to break the impenetrable ranks of the dead girl's friends and family, until another girl is kidnapped and the truth is slowly revealed. It's hard to describe the storyline without giving too much away, but suffice it to say that pregnancy, self-abuse, ritual mutilation and religion are all involved. If it was not written so well it would be easy to dismiss Slaughter's work as sensationalist. But her characters are real, interesting people and the plot is so absorbing that even at its most horrific you won't be able to put it down. (Kirkus UK)
About the author
Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing since she was a child. A commercial signmaker by trade, Slaughter recently sold her business to concentrate on her writing career. She currently resides in Atlanta where she is working on her next novel, Indelible.
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