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Gillian Flynn says, "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today."

Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton—the town's pediatrician and medical examiner—finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.

The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again . . .

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4.2 / 5
June 15th, 2016
OH my this was such a horrendous, outrages storyline.Upsetting at times, yet very hard to put down, very well written. Its hard to believe that this book hit so many realities of what more than likely really happens to young children somewhere in the world.
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January 27th, 2015
It was excellent in fact I had to order the next book in the series because I was anxious to see if Lena would quit the police force or not I missed the first book in the series so may have to get it to the story line was excellent because it was hard to believe that mothers could do that to there own children but unfortunately I guess it happens more than you know
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October 22nd, 2014
The Grant County series in itself are great but always feel to be a notch lower in terms of intrigue, complexity, depth of story than the Will Trent series
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August 27th, 2014
A great read
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May 23rd, 2014
Very disturbing book now I'm looking at my neighbors with suspicion not trusting snybofy friend or foe with my granddaughter ughh but in all very entertaining
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