Kisscut starts with a bang, and ends in much the same way. This is the second book in Karin Slaughter’s Grant County series. My second read through, and a thrill ride just the same as the first time I read it back in 2009.

A threatened shooting between two high school kids turns deadly when Chief Jeffrey Tolliver has to make a decision no man hopes to make in his lifetime. As we uncover why Jenny Weaver wanted to shoot Mark Patterson, a web of lies and traumas and horrible, horrible secrets untangle before us – including child abuse, paedophilia, rape, mutilation and murder.

This book is not for the faint hearted. It is brutal and the crimes are vicious and deplorable. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes. Karin Slaughter writes so well, that we feel exactly what we are meant to feel, and maybe things that we didn’t know we would feel.

We also have the characters from the first book, Blindsighted, to catch up with. And one of the things I love most about Karin’s books are the characterisations and the roads we get to travel with them. Sara and Jeffrey. Lena and Hank. Brad and Frank. The Linton’s. We get to hear more and more of their stories and that’s why I love this series.

“Too bad she didn’t know when to shut up and use it for something more helpful to Jeffrey than talking.”

I LOVE Sara and Jeffrey. I have loved them and rooted for them from the start, from the first time I read the Grant County series. I know Sara and Jeffrey’s story, how it starts and how it ends.. I also understand that Jeffrey has just shot a teenage girl. But when he comes out with lines like this, I just have a bit of a ‘hey?’ moment.

As a man Jeffrey is everything! But as a husband, he leaves a lot to be desired. He cheated on Sara, and she is willing to give him another shot, but he isn’t making it easy on himself. I mean, when he says stuff like this;

“…he wanted to lock her up in her house and stand outside with a shotgun in case anyone ever tried to hurt her again.”

You just think, ‘awwwwww’. He’s not even talking about Sara, he’s talking about Lena! LENA!?!? I would stand outside her house with a shotgun too, but I would likely go on in and hit her with it a couple of times to get her straight. Can’t stand the woman! I digress..

So, on second reading, I am seeing Jeffrey in a new light. I still love him and Sara though. They are the original couple.

Another thing in Kisscut that I was happy about revisiting was good ol’ Mr GBI agent Nick Shelton. He is great. I’d always thought he was a good match for Sara and that they should get together for a dirty weekend in Macon or something. But, alas, Jeffrey was always on the scene, so Nick would have to make do with shamelessly flirting with Sara at every opportunity.

I could go on, but I won’t. A fantastic read, and I would recommend this to anyone! Karin Slaughter is the best.. no arguments!

Becca x

Kisscut - Karin Slaughter
Kisscut – Karin Slaughter