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review 2017-07-10 13:56
Fine stand-alone thriller - well worth a look
The Good Daughter: A Novel - Karin Slaughter

This is the first Karin Slaughter book that I've read and I was pleasantly surprised. The plot deals with a pair of sisters who, after an awful tragedy in their lives 23 years earlier, find themselves together again in North Georgia having to deal with a school shooting incident which brings back memories of  what they went through as teenagers. They learn a lot about themselves and each other while solving the case through their legal background and their astute intelligence.
Characterization is key in this slow boiler of a thriller as the events are fairly straight-forward. The writing is fluid and engaging and the reader is not snowed under my too much description. This novel is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good yarn and an interesting mystery novel

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review 2017-07-02 17:56
The Good Daughter: A Novel - Karin Slaughter

Whenever I get my hands on a book by Karin Slaughter, I always have this feeling I should put on a seatbelt before I crack the cover. She tends to nibble away at the edge of your comfort zone with stories that are intense, emotional & disturbing. This one is no different.

 

The book opens in 1989 with a brutal day in the life of the Quinn family. Rusty, the father, is typically absent. He’s a small town lawyer who specializes in successfully defending the dregs of society while dodging death threats. It’s just Gamma & daughters Charlotte & Samantha at home that afternoon when 2 masked men come calling. By the time they’re through Gamma is dead, Sam has been shot in the head & Charlie is hiding at a neighbouring farm. The family has been gutted & Rusty makes some snap decisions that will haunt them for years to come.

 

In present day, 41 year old Charlie is a lawyer who just made a huge mistake. She goes to the local school to set things right. Unfortunately, teenager Kelly Wilson chose the same day to stalk the hallways with a gun. By the time the dust settles 2 people are dead, Charlie is injured & Kelly is arrested. The police response is a tad enthusiastic to say the least & in the days that follow, they form a blue wall to make sure their version of events is accepted.

 

Rusty, of course, can’t wait to defend Kelly but Charlie is blindsided by memories of the last time she was held at gunpoint. As she begins to unravel, it’s clear there is one thing she needs. Her sister.

 

We revisit the1989 attack several times during the course of the book. Charlie & Sam alternate as narrators to give their versions of what happened. A few more details leak out each time & as the whole truth slowly emerges, we begin to grasp the numerous connections to present day events.

 

But it’s not just these events that put you through the wringer. The cast also provokes strong reactions. Slaughter specializes in putting her characters through ordeals that showcase their strengths & weaknesses. As the story progresses, they can morph from good guy to bad & back again, radically affecting how you feel about them. Charlie & Sam are good examples. Both are strong personalities & at several points I wanted to knock their heads together. But there were also times when I wanted to take them to the nearest bar & get them guttered enough to forget what they’d endured.

 

Rusty comes across as a grandstander who talks a lot but says little. I spent much of the story rolling my eyes at his chatter, frustrated by the way he treated the girls. But just as you grow tired of his obscure quotes & homilies, he’ll slip up & reveal the man behind the persona. From one particularly poignant scene...

 

What a rapist takes from a woman is her future. The person she is going to become, who she is supposed to be, is gone. In many ways, it’s worse than murder, because he has killed the potential person, eradicated that potential life, yet she still lives and breathes….”

 

Several other characters deserve mention. Charlie’s estranged husband Ben is a sympathetic guy who gets dragged into the whole mess. Rusty’s eccentric assistant Lenore has known the girls all their lives & can be counted on for no-nonsense advice. But it’s Kelly who breaks your heart every time she appears. She’s from “the holler”, a trailer park on the edge of town. Her social status & learning disabilities have made her a prime target for mean girls & the cliche of a disaffected youth who finally snapped has the media salivating.

 

My only complaint (and it’s teeny) is the last 20% or so. Was it badly written? Heck no, it’s freaking fabulous. It’s more a case of everything coming to a head at once. Following a pivotal plot twist, it’s like someone opened a cage full of restless clues & they all came out screaming at the same time. So much is revealed that you’re left reeling, trying to keep up as your brain makes a dozen connections. It has a profound effect on what you thought you knew & you may need to take a moment & look at some of the characters with fresh eyes. There are some jaw droppers here. Hidden agendas, secrets & lies will alter what Charlie & Sam had believed for so long.

 

This is a layered, engrossing & sometimes uncomfortable read. It’s an unflinching look at the lives of those judged with prejudice because of their social status & family history. There’s rarely a dull moment & you’ll fly through the pages to discover the fates of these characters you’ve come to care about. Just a heads up: there are scenes that are fairly graphic but not gratuitous as they inform the story on several levels.

 

So if you’re a fan of gritty character driven drama, I’ll just leave you with 2 pieces of advice. Get it. And buckle up.

 

 

               

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review 2017-06-09 04:54
Blindsighted
Blindsighted - Karin Slaughter

While I got sucked into this story I figured out who did pretty early on. I enjoyed the setting and relationships between the characters. That being said the premise of why the killer did what he did was super convoluted and meh. This story was super graphic so if that bothers you I’d skip most of Slaughters work.

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text 2017-05-01 12:32
My April 2017
Tote Augen: Thriller - Karin Slaughter
The Lying Planet - Carol Riggs
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - cr Crystal S. Chan,Rudyard Kipling,julien choy
Der Augensammler - Sebastian Fitzek
True North - L.E. Sterling
Tote Augen - 4 stars
The Lying Planet - 5 stars
We Should All Be Feminists - 5 stars
The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - 5 stars
Der Augensammler - 5 stars
True North - 2 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: We Should All Be Feminists, The Lying Planet, Der Augensammler

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Immortal Writers, The Castaways

 

6 books, I'm actually really happy with that result. I'm still far ahead of my reading challenge, so that's also very very good. I read lots of really good books this month, three of them that really impacted me in some way and that I still think about lots.

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review 2017-04-05 13:26
Tote Augen // Genesis!!!
Tote Augen: Thriller - Karin Slaughter

German and english review

 

Inhalt: Als Krankenhausärztin in Atlanta, Georgia, versucht Dr. Sara Linton, ihr Leben neu zu ordnen. Doch als es zu einer Reihe grausamer Folterungen und Morde kommt, kann die ehemalige Rechtsmedizinerin aus Grant County nicht tatenlos zusehen. Sie schaltet sich in die Ermittlungen von Will Trent und Faith Mitchell vom Georgia Bureau of Investigation ein, auch wenn die Ereignisse schmerzhafte Erinnerungen in ihr wecken, die sie eigentlich hinter sich lassen wollte...

 

Es ist eindeutig nicht mein Lieblingsbuch in der Reihe aber es ist immer noch unglaublich klasse. Gerade als Fan der Grant County Serie ist es einfach unheimlich schön Sara Linton wieder zu sehen, nachdem die Serie um sie doch so unschön geendet hat und mich dazu gebracht hatte, der Autorin eine Weile aus dem Weg zu gehen. Übrigens haben die Erinnerungen an Jeffrey wieder all die Gefühle mit sich gebracht, jedes Mal ein gemeiner Stich ins Herz.

 

Der Fall an sich war wirklich richtig gut geschrieben, am Anfang hab ich aber viel zu lange gebraucht um richtig rein zufinden und habe die Namen der Frauen ständig verwechselt und wusste irgendwann garnicht mehr wer wer war. Das hat sich dann aber mit der Zeit gegeben. Es war spannend wie immer und ich habe auch bis zur Aufklärung nicht gewusst, wer nun dahinter steckt. Mehr sag ich zu dem Fall nicht, soll ja alles schön spannend bleiben.

 

Also zu den Charakteren.

 

Ich fand es gut wie Sara in die Geschichte mit reingeschrieben wurde, es hat sich natürlich und richtig angefühlt und nicht so als hätte die Autorin auf biegen und brechen versucht Sara reinzuquetschen. Beide Daumen hoch dafür.

 

Faith. Ich bin mit ihr die Achterbahn der Gefühle gefahren. Sie hat wirklich Urlaub verdient. Bei ihr ist ja so einiges passiert, dass ihr Leben total auf den Kopf stellt. Im Übrigen hat mir super gut gefallen, wie sich ihre Partnerschaft zu Will entwickelt hat und die Beiden hatten einfach so viele schöne Momente. Ich mag die beiden einfach total gerne. Im Gegensatz zu Angie und Will. Ich mochte Angie im ersten Buch so sehr, im zweiten Buch war ich schon nicht mehr begeistert wenn sie aufgetaucht ist und jetzt im dritten Buch, haben mich ihre und Will's Momente nur wirklich total verstört und ich hab mich überhaupt nicht wohl gefühlt. Ich will einfach nur, dass er von ihr weg kommt. Ich weiß, dass er denkt, niemand anderes könnte ihn lieben aber Angie ist eindeutig die Falsche für ihn.

 

Ich habe das nächste Buch noch nicht, deswegen wird es eine Weile dauern, bis ich mit der Serie weitermachen kann aber ich bin wirklich gespannt wie es weitergeht...

 

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Summary: When a tortured young woman enters the trauma center of an Atlanta hospital, Dr. Sara Linton is thrust into a desperate police investigation with Special Agent Will Trent and his partner, Faith Mitchell. Though guarding their own wounds and their own secrets, Sara, Will, and Faith find that they are all that stand between a madman and his next victim.

 

It is definitelynot my favorite book in the series but it was still pretty amazing. Especially as a fan of the Grant County series, it was just wonderful to see Sara Linton again, after that series ended pretty devestating and I kinda avoided the author for a bit. The memories of Jeffrey just brought all those feelings back and felt like a stab in the heart.

 

The case itself was really well written, in the beginning I had a hard time really getting into it, though, and I kept mixing the names of the women and at one point I couldn't remember who was who. That changed, thankfully. It was suspenseful until the end, and I didn't know who the bad guy was until it was explained. Nothing more about the case because I don't wanna spoil anything.

 

So on to the characters.

 

I loved how Sara was written into the story, it felt natural and right, not at all like the author wanted to put her in the story or the sake of having her in it. You know what I mean? Thumps up for that.

 

With Faith I felt like I went through every emotion she went through and that was one heck of a roller coaster ride. She needs a vacation. So many things happened to her, so many things that will change her life completely. On the good side, though, I loved how her partnership with Will developed and the great moments they had. I just love these two so much. On the other hand, Angie and Will. I loved Angie in the first book. In the second book I got annoyed whenever she showed up and now in the third book, her and Will's moments made me feel so uncomfortable and weird. Just no. I just want him to get far away from her. I know he thinks that no one else will love him or whatever but no, Angie is the wrong person for him. SO WRONG.

 

I don't have the next book at home, so it will take me a while to return to the series, but I can't wait to read where things are going...

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