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Blindsighted

Written by: Karin Slaughter
Narrated by: Kathleen Early
Series: Grant County, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A small Georgia town erupts in panic when 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.

©2001 Karin Slaughter (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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It’s not bad, just a little too predictable

I thought the book was entertaining enough, but found out pretty quickly it wasn’t really going to leave you in anticipation, wondering who could be the one behind the crimes. It was pretty obvious fairly early in the book. I guess I just prefer there to be a little more mystery, but the narrator was great and it kept me interested till the end.

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Good story, interesting characters

The first book in the Grant County series and Karin Slaughter has made me want to listen to the next. Her main characters are interesting though I feel like I only really got to know the female lead, the male lead is not really fully fleshed out. The narrator is wonderful and though she has a very feminine voice, she adds depth and cadence to her voice and you feel you are getting the full range of characters. I guessed the murderer early on, but did have a change of opinion a couple of times, until he was revealed. I also like that the author writes her villains as real people and not someone who can be shot 5 times and still come back to do damage to the hero/heroine.

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Female detective irritating

The female detective in the story is immature , homophobic and unlikable. the reader felt no sympathy for her

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Highly enjoyable!

Interesting (if graphic) story with several good twists, did figure out the villain but it took a while!

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Predictable & unbelievably macabre

I usually enjoy her books but this one was not my cup of tea. Had the killer pegged from the get go, it was so predictable who it was. The details of the sexual assaults also didnt make any sense in terms of a pattern and escalating behavior for the killer. ***SPOILERS*** his attack against Sybil with the gutt rape was so disturbing and unnecessarily so given he seems to have only done that to one victim (not that I want to hear about that happening more, but why include it for the "first" victim and not the others where he actually had more than 15 minutes with them? The nightshade was also weird because Lena seemed to be pretty lucid at time? Also he was doing these attacks to get Sarah's attention but had also attacked other girls before he moved to the town where she lives? Would have been more believable if he hated Sarah and was punishing her for not "saving" his sister.

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great book

really worked well great story line keeps you captivated and listening not wanting to stop.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2015-12-09

Sadly, a bit of a letdown

What did you like best about Blindsighted? What did you like least?

I thought the plot was a little cookie cutter, shallow and lacked anything that really made it stand out as unique.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

felt very Nora Roberts, I love her stuff but it is predictable, and follows a very specific formula.

Any additional comments?

I chose this one after reading Pretty Girls by the same author, which was an amazing book. I think this being one of the author's early works is just not quite up to par with where her later works are. I may continue with this series based on how good Pretty Girls was, but this book fell flat for me. The narrator was awesome, she is really enjoyable.

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  • Lia
  • 2017-11-26

Gory But Good

I am a new reader to Ms. Slaughter. My sister mentioned I may like this series and she was right, I am really liking it. Although I think it is a series that begs to be read in order, there is so much going on with the characters, their families and their lives together, I think you would miss something by reading them out of order. I'm glad they are all still available.
With that said, I also want to point out that so far, the books I have read, are very graphic, so if you only like cozies, stay away.
I gave it a four for only one reason, I had the bad guy figured out right away, I mean I just knew from the first time the character was introduced. I still enjoyed the story very much, so I didn't let that stop me from listening, but I thought well this is a little too easy to figure out. It won't stop me from the next book.
So for anyone out their looking for a series to pick up they may have not read yet, I highly recommend this author. Oh and I understand she has another series with different characters, but I have not gotten to them yet. Just a matter of time!!

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  • Soccer_mom
  • 2015-02-19

Great story- raw and amazing characters

What three words best describe Kathleen Early’s performance?

Crisp, good tempo

Any additional comments?

I started with Copland... Hated it and loved it simultaneously! The sexism and racism was weaved through the story in Ms. Slaughter's way, gave a glimpse of the past in a grisly reality. Read it twice before starting the rest of her books. This one did not disappoint!

One thing to note, chapter 15 is a repeat of the previous chapter. A sound edit mistake. Not a huge deal... Just needs a tweak. Otherwise it was perfect for me.

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 2015-03-24

Another Gripping Grant County Mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely if they were into well written mysteries. Although there are some rather gruesome elements to the story that aren't for the sensitive. The writing is clean, crisp and the characters move the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to.

Any additional comments?

Excellent narration by Kathleen Early. I've given up trying to figure out the correct order to these books. I'm just really happy when I come across one I haven't read or listened to before.

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  • Susan
  • 2016-02-17

The great start to the series

I have read Karin Slaughters, Will Trent series, and loved it. I was a little apprehensive about starting this series because I thought It may not be as good. Wrong, it was very good and will definitely be carrying on with the next book. Kathleen Early is an excellent narrator.

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  • Becka1310
  • 2018-02-01

Start here first...

I absolutely love Karin Slaughter novels. I started off with The Good Daughter and was hooked. I followed TGD with Pretty Girls, then Triptych, book 1 of Will Trent series, and then the entire Will Trent series , unabridged, in order (I only skipped Snatched, Book 6.5 and Busted. Book 6.5 because they are only 2-3 hours and I like to get the most value out of my credits. Once I completed the Will Trent series, (Wishing there will be more to come), I was hesitant to start the Grant County series. I thought it would be a prequel of WTS, and snd because I love WT, i felt GC would not stand up... Keeping that in mind, I decided on Copland and loved it. Finally decided to check out Grant County... I liked it, but, my recommendation is if you’re just discovering Karin Slaughter and decide to jump into a series, Go with Grant County first! Blindsighted Is good and if this type of mystery thriller with edgy darkness is something you like, then stick with it, because each book gets better.. She’s a wonderful storyteller - with the Will Trent series, there is no formula to her writing. Each book in the WTS is an excellent well written, engaging story.

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  • Drtvaddict
  • 2018-03-19

I don’t know why everyone loves this book

So I rarely write reviews but this was an audible recommended best murder thriller book so I gave it a chance. I hate books that are so beyond the realms of realistic it’s like science fiction trying to be passed off as everyday normal. My first issue is you cannot be a pediatrician and a forensic pathologist at the same time unless you did 2 residencies. Plus the reference to Dara’s ER work was weird cause as a pediatrician you work all over. Fine I’ll let that go but there’s an WR scene that’s absolutely not plausible that killed me. Ok fine I’ll let that go too. Lena however was an awful character and when I dislike a character that much it ruins the book. Maybe I’m jaded because I’m in the medical field but this was a hard book to finish. The narrator was great though. The book overall was predictable.

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  • Wayne
  • 2016-02-12

Wonderful thriller!

Blindsighted, released in 2001, was Karin Slaughter's first novel. The novel introduces podiatrist and sometimes coroner Sara Linton who appears as protagonist not only in the Grant County series but in most of the books in the Will Trent series. It also introduces Sheriff Jeffrey Tolliver who is both Sara's ex-husband and future husband. I am completing getting audiobook versions of all of Karin Slaughter's novels. She is one of my favorite authors.

Blindsighted was a blockbuster award winner that introduced Karin Slaughter to the world in 2001. It is just as good today.

Kathleen Early has narrated approximately half of Karin Slaughter's unabridged audiobooks. Her narrations are consistently excellent.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Actually, that's true of all of her novels.

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  • Aimie J
  • 2015-03-17

Gruesome mystery.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's my first Karen Slaughter book and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a perfect mix of gruesome and mysterious.

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  • Claire
  • 2015-03-26

Kept me guessing till the end

A good story. Her story Kept me guessing until the end and the narrator was great , clear and easy to understand.

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