Blindsighted: Karin Slaughter
Your ability to choose your own partner and the person you want to be with should be your own choice. But, what happens when you live in a small town where some are judgmental and someone is going around killing those that are different and do not adhere to the norm of being with someone of the opposite sex but in a same sex relationship. Two young women are caught by surprise from an unexpected source and direction. Finding himself or herself at the mercy of a sick and depraved killer both are victimized in a cruel and gruesome manner by the same person. Each woman impaled by something that creates a cross within her abdomens. One dies from her wounds where the other is saved but the quality of life she is left with might not be what anyone would want.
Sybil Adams and Julia Matthews might not have known each other but someone to link them but not in the way you think. Sybil was blind, a chemist and professor and well respected. Someone followed her movements and realized that every Monday she went to the local diner, after the noon rush, for lunch. Sybil was self-sufficient and went to the ladies room not thinking she would be ambushed, defiled, raped and crucified by an unknown assailant. Julia Matthews was raped, defiled and nailed down as if she were on a cross. Both young women never saw it coming and both died but in different ways. Sara Linton the Medical Examiner and pediatrician entered the same restroom and finds Sybil Adams in the stall. Hoping that she could save her from what someone has done she does her best to revive her but fails. Sara feels defeated and dejected and what happened to Sybil and what was done to her is graphically and vividly described within the first several chapters of this novel. Sara is deflated, more than upset and the murder is called in to the Chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver, her ex-husband. As the case progresses and her sister, Lena a detective is called, words are spoken out of anger and turn and then Sara finds herself knee deep in the investigation. With her family and her sister Tessa at her side, Sara deals with what happened to Sybil first and then Julia Matthews.
As the medical examiner Sara is called to do the autopsy for Sybil. Julia lives through her ordeal but at the end she decides to take her own life. With Lena right there and a gun in her hand what the author describes allows readers to understand that sometimes when you think things are handled and under control they are not. Lena feels pangs of guilt, more than defeated and then realizes her own vulnerability. Allowed to work the case for her sister, be in on the meetings Lena’s anger rages until something happens that changes it all.
Jeffrey Tolliver is a good police chief and wants to protect those in his charge. When an older black man named Willie might have some answers that might solve the case, Tolliver decides to learn more by protecting him and staying in his house. But, a noise wakes him up and shots ring out and Tolliver is injured, a rock thrown into the house and more than just structural damage is done. While someone is out to create fear within the residents of this town Sara works hard to learn more about Julia, Sybil and what they might have had in common. Their deaths and the cause of their deaths are the same. The manner of murder frightening and gruesome. So, why is it she is so determined to solve this case and what is the secret that she is hiding?
Her family’s concerns come to the forefront as she and her sister share moments that will enlighten readers as to Sara’s past. But, someone is out there and is determined to make not only Sara pay but others too. Why does Sara own a gun? Why is she hiding the fact from Jeffery? Why is she so afraid? As suspects are arrested and evidence comes to light just who is behind these deaths has yet to be revealed. Drug charges against someone, fear instilled in many and then Lena is taken by surprise and her disappearance goes unnoticed for some time.Sometimes killers are hiding in plain sight and what appears as an innocent encounter or meeting just might be fatal. As Lena is trying to deal with her sister’s death, her attitude and demeanor professional and yet the anger shines through, just who can be trusted and who is really out to take another victim?
With so much at stake and two bodies that are mutilated and violated beyond comprehension, when Detective Lean Adams is taken and her disappearance finally realized will they find her in time or will she suffer the same fate as the other two? Hearing Sara’s voice, listening to that of her ex-husband and then Lena’s viewpoint we see the story unfold from three different perspectives: one whose past relates to the present: the second whose sister was the first victim and then the police chief trying to piece it all together.
When Sara’s family tells her to explain what happened to her in the past to the Chief of Police, how he reacts to the information will surprise readers. Trying to get back into her life it he seems distant and apart from what she relates and the two never seem to mesh. Hear what happens when the killer takes Lena. Find out just how dangerous the drug Belladonna is as the author’s research into the effects is quite extensive.
Although the book and some of the scenes are quite graphic it adds to the suspense and realistic picture the author wants to create when focusing on a serial killer whose MO is one of a religious connotation. When the truth comes out and more lives are at stake, what happens when Sara realizes that she is next? Will she be able to save herself from a demented killer? What happens when she realizes that she has been Blind sighted by someone she thought she could trust? An ending quite powerful. A detective who might never recover? A medical examiner whose life and goals might just change? When a harmful drug takes over their minds and the world looks different and you think you are flying remember that someone out there knows you can see but in reality you have been seriously: Blindsighted. Characters that are well developed. A story that will keep you glued to the printed page and an author who just got herself another fan.
Fran Lewis: MJ magazine /Just Reviews