I read dark things. I watch dark TV shows. I don't know what that says about me but I'm strangely attracted to it. Gore? Not my thing. Sadistic weird killers? Apparently are. One thing I have a freaking hard time reading about is anyone that hurts children. Which I'm sure affects everyone except for the people who HURT children and I just don't have words for you.
Description: 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.
To be blunt this is about abusing children. There isn't in depth description but the effects and the acts are mentioned. I was disgusted by it but was able to read this. Sometimes I cannot. But it was okay, but it made me freaking outraged by people WHO DO THIS.
And there is incest. Gross. That to me was almost worse than the child abusing because it was described a little more and ugh. It takes a vile person to have sex with your own child. I just can't.
However, I love Slaughter's book. And by the time this posts I will have probably finished the next book in the series A Faint Cold Fear. If you like Laura Lippman or Tess Gerritsen this is is an author for you to check out!
Can you read books that disgust you? What's the hardest subject matter for you to read about?
If you missed it on Friday, the September Group Read will be Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman!
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