>> Monday, January 7, 2008
Series: # 5 in the Grant County Series
Publication Date: 2005
Challenges: Themed Reading Challenge #1, TBR 2008 #1, Chunkster Challenge 2008 #1, A-Z Reading #2 (F Title)
In this fifth book in Slaughter’s Grant County series, Pediatrician/ medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver continue their teamwork in investigating brutal crimes in small town Georgia.
This one opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman. She’d been buried alive in a coffinlike box in the woods and then killed in a horrible manner. Jeffrey and Sara set out to find out who killed her and why. The story is just a little bit less gruesome than some of Slaughter’s earlier books (something I was happy to see), but that doesn’t mean it’s not a brutal and tension filled thriller. The story involves a farm collective/ religious group run by the family of the young victim and the typical complex small town connections between the regular characters of the series and those introduced in this book.
The storyline with series regular Lena, continues to be my least favorite part. I know she’s not written to be likeable, but I continue to think that her back and side stories are the weakest part of this series.
Once again, Karin Slaughter has written a mystery/ thriller that kept me turning the pages as the story built to its conclusion despite the cringeworthy aspects of the story. Not for the faint of heart, but an excellent series, nonetheless.