In a stifling hospital room in a small Georgia town, Detective Lena Adams sits, silent and angry-the only suspect in a horrific murder. Soon, a hundred miles away, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver will get the call that his young detective has been arrested. And Jeffrey's wife, pediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton, has troubles of her own and little patience for Lena or her dramas. Fighting a heartbreaking malpractice suit, Sara cannot guess that within days she herself will be at the center of a bizarre and murderous case. For Lena has fled back to the place where she grew up hard, careening back through the shadows of her past and into a shocking underground world of bigotry and rage. And now only Jeffrey and Sara can free Lena from the web of lies and brutality that has trapped her-as this powerhouse of a novel races toward its shattering climax…and a final, unforgettable twist.
At the start of bestseller Slaughter's bone-chilling sixth thriller in her Grant County, Ga., crime series (after 2005's Faithless), Dr. Sara Linton, the county's resident pediatrician and medical examiner, is mired in a devastating lawsuit, accused by grieving parents of indirectly causing the death of their terminally ill son. Then Sara and her husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, must travel to rural Reese, Ga., where Lena Adams, Jeffrey's often reckless detective, has been injured in an explosion that killed a local woman. Lena's mysterious escape from the hospital plunges her, Sara and Jeffrey into a dangerous web of meth trafficking, white supremacy groups and long-buried family secrets. Expertly shifting back and forth in both time and point of view, Slaughter builds the suspense to a perfect crescendo, connecting every loose plot strand in a devastating and unforgettable climax. With methamphetamine use on the rise in the country, Slaughter's unflinching portrayal of lives ruined by the drug make her latest a timely and unsettling read. (Aug.)
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1 . Disappointing
Posted February 17, 2013 by April , Astoria, NYI enjoyed the entire series... until the end. Really a let-down. It is not only that I was unhappy with the resolution of this book, but that she chose to end a series in this way. After reading all six books, I feel totally dissatisfied. Based on this, I would advise friends to choose a differ series to read.
2 . Miserable reading, difficult to finish.
Posted July 29, 2012 by Debeebol , Scott CityThis was one of the worst books I have ever read! Every character in the story line was dealt devasting tragedy. Very depressing and unbelievable. I doubt I ever purchase another book written by this author for fear of it being this bad. I have read one other book by this author that was good. Everyone in town a drug addict, lier, cheat, burned in fires, blown up with bombs, ran over by their drug additct mother, dosed with lighter fluid and cooked, utterly ridiculous!
3 . Exciting...but disappointing ending
Posted January 16, 2012 by Anita , San ClementeFirst book I've read from Karin Slaughter, so I'm not too sure if this is her norm or not. I was captivated at first, and really enjoyed the story....until I got to the end. What a total let down! It was like "what the hell just happened!" It was a good read, BUT....if you're looking for a book with an ending that you can say "wow, I really liked that book"....this isn't for you. Based on that, not sure if I will read another one from her or not...time will tell.
4 . Beyond Reach
Posted October 28, 2010 by Teresa , West CovinaI can't say I loved the book, because of the ending.I was totally let down. When you get into a book, you become fond of the characters or you may not like them. Karin writes like she knows them personally and your invited into their world. It was a good read with interesting twist of plots, but I'm extremely disappointed on how it ended.
5 . the end is a shock
Posted October 23, 2010 by kj , smiths,alSlaughter (please tell me it's a pen name) writes a mean crime novel. I got it as a free e-book, and I'm frankly puzzled that the eBook Store offered what seems to be the LAST novel in a series. It is well written and she has any number of surprises in her plot, but the last one (and I'm trying not to spoil anything) is enough to ruin the idea of starting at the beginning of the Grant County series and reading through them. Considering what she does to the former Auburn football player, she must be a Georgia fan.
6 . worth the money.
Posted August 21, 2010 by cheryl , coon rapidsIt's a great book, enjoyed it. A little hard to follow at times. Going back to explain what already had happened. I did like it for sure.
July 29, 2007
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Excerpt from Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
SARA LINTON LOOKED AT HER WATCH. The Seiko had been a gift from her grandmother on the day Sara graduated from high school. On Granny Em's own graduation day, she had been four months from marriage, a year and a half from bearing the first of her six children and thirty-eight years from losing her husband to cancer. Higher education was something Emma's father had seen as a waste of time and money, especially for a woman. Emma had not argued--she was raised during a time when children did not think to disagree with their parents--though she made sure that all four of her surviving children attended college.
"Wear this and think of me," Granny Em had said that day on the school campus as she closed the watch's silver bracelet around Sara's wrist. "You're going to do everything you ever dreamed of, and I want you to know that I will always be right there beside you."
As a student at Emory University, Sara had constantly looked at the watch, especially through advanced biochemistry, applied genetics, and human anatomy classes that seemed by law to be taught by the most boring, monosyllabic professors that could be found. In medical school, she had impatiently glanced at the watch on Saturday mornings as she stood outside the lab, waiting for the professor to come and unlock the door so she could finish her experiments. During her internship at Grady Hospital, she had stared blurry-eyed at its white face, trying to make out the hands, as she calculated how much longer she had left in thirty-six-hour shifts. At the Heartsdale Children's Clinic, she had closely followed the second hand as she pressed her fingers to a child's thin wrist, counting the beats of his heart as they ticked beneath his skin, seeking to discern if an "achy all-over" was a serious ailment or if it just meant the kid did not want to go to school that day.
For almost twenty years, Sara had worn the watch. The crystal had been replaced twice, the battery numerous times, and the bracelet once because Sara could not stomach the thought of cleaning out the dried blood of a woman who had died in her arms. Even at Granny Em's funeral, Sara had found herself touching the smooth bezel around the face, tears streaming down her own face at the realization that she could never again see her grandmother's quick, open smile or the sparkle in her eyes as she learned of her oldest granddaughter's latest accomplishment.
Now, looking at the watch, for the first time in her life Sara was glad her grandmother was not there with her, could not read the anger in Sara's eyes, know the humiliation that burned in her chest like an uncontrollable fire as she sat in a conference room being deposed in a malpractice suit filed by the parents of a dead patient. Everything Sara had ever worked for, every step she had taken that her grandmother could not, every accomplishment, every degree, was being rendered meaningless by a woman who was all but calling Sara a baby killer.
The lawyer leaned over the table, eyebrow raised, lip curled, as Sara glanced at the watch. "Dr. Linton, do you have a more pressing appointment?"
"No." Sara tried to keep her voice calm, to quell the fury that the lawyer had obviously been stoking for the last four hours. Sara knew that she was being manipulated, knew that the woman was trying to bait her, to get Sara to say something horrible that would forever be recorded by the little man leaning over the transcript machine in the corner. Knowing this did not stop Sara from reacting. As a matter of fact, the knowledge made her even angrier.
"I've been calling you Dr. Linton all this time." The lawyer glanced down at an open folder in front of her. "Is it Tolliver? I see that you remarried your ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, six months ago."