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Short Description for Criminal Slaughter's new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses 40 years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man's deepest secrets. "Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America."--"The Washington Post."
- Published: 03 July 2012
- Format: Hardback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780345528506 ISBN 10: 0345528506
- Sales rank: 331,764
Reviews for Criminal
A Splendid Serial Killer Read
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
Wow, oh, wow, oh, wow!! Not since Karin's first book have I been so taken with one of her books. This is a good series, that kind of went down a bit in the middle to 3s & 4s for me, then last book, Fallen, raised the bar back up to a 5 and here with Criminal, Slaughter has outdone herself. This is probably the most disturbing crime (or MO) a serial killer has ever performed that I have read in fiction. I'm actually afraid to check online to see if there has been a real case of this type of torture/killing because 1) I don't want to know someone could *really* do this and 2) if they didn't, it makes me wonder where Slaughter's mind goes to make up this stuff! Chilling, sick, creepy, a splendid serial killer read for something totally new, unique and different from the rest.
Karin totally switches things up with this entry in the series with setting most of the book during the 1970s and Amanda's first homicide case. This ties into the present with a case they are working on, but the past is the dominant part of the book and this just really throws something fresh into this series and finally we get to know Amanda as a person, what made her like she is today.
Thirdly, Will and Sarah's relationship develops and I'm so happy with the direction Sarah's character has taken as I absolutely could not stand her in the Grant County Mysteries. No longer is she the whiny woman, sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong, getting herself in trouble and having to be rescued at the end of the book. I hope to Heaven that never happens again. Please stay at the hospital Sarah! Anyway (LOL) This was just absolutely fantastic, loved every minute of it and I think Slaughter has blown a breath of fresh air into the series. Can't wait for next year's book! by Nicola Mansfield