Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter (Grant County #1)
Published May 1, 2001 by Harper
Date read: 2018
Date read: September 17, 2022
Sara Linton, Grant County pediatrician and coroner
Jeffery Tolliver, her ex-husband, chief of police
Lena Adams, police detective and the sister of the first victim
The Plot (from Goodreads):
A small Georgia town erupts in panic when Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it’s only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer’s twisted work becomes clear. Sara’s ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation — a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he’s got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county’s sole female detective, Lena Adams — the first victim’s sister — wants to serve her own justice. But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath…or mean her death.
My first Karin Slaughter book was The Kept Woman, which is approximately book nine in the Will Trent series after it merges with Grant County. I loved it even though I didn’t get all of the backstory, so I jumped back to the beginning of the series to get the full story.
I read this series in full long before I started this blog, but wanted to outline all of it for anyone that’s reading it for the first time. I am a huge Karin Slaughter fan and 100% will read anything she writes. You can technically read KS’s books out of order, but I always urge people to read them in order of publication year, starting with Grant County and continuing on to Will Trent. It seems like many readers my age heard of Karin Slaughter around 2018 when The Kept Woman and some of her standalone books came out, and they often don’t realize that The Kept Woman, The Last Widow, and The Silent Wife are part of a series.
In honor of the Will Trent TV show coming out in 2023, I’m re-reading the whole series and providing reviews and summaries this time around. I don’t often re-read books, so it says something special about this series that I want to!
Blindsighted is a gory crime thriller full of trigger warnings so certainly not for everyone, but I love the amount of procedural detail KS puts into her books. I did remember who the killer was as well as most of the storyline, but it was so fun to read this story at a leisurely pace and see what I might have missed my first time around. I still find Karin’s writing incredible after all these years. The plot is so well thought out and expertly executed, the procedure is knowledgeable and detailed, and the gore is unmatched. It’s an absolute joy to read that stands up to the test of time.
A big part of the magic of this series is in the romance. I’m Team Will overall, but there is something to be said for Sara and Jeffrey’s second-chance romance. At this point, I’m still not the biggest Jeffrey fan–he cheated on her because she was working two jobs!–but I’m excited to see if my opinion of him has changed at all when I read Kisscut.
If you haven’t read this series yet (and if you don’t mind your thrillers gory), I absolutely recommend starting at the beginning with Blindsighted. If you jumped into the series with The Last Widow or The Silent Wife, it is so worth going back to the start!
If you’ve already read Blindsighted, jump to my review of Kisscut here.
If you’re looking for a matching set of the Grant County books, most of them are included in this set, which I purchased recently and love!
Grant County books in order
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