My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Somehow or another Karin Slaughter never came into my radar, which is surprising as I like this kind of crime drama, a lot. So now I've read the first three in the Grant County series, and I feel compelled to write a short review.
Slaughter doesn't coddle her characters. She throws believable stuff at them. Extreme extreme, but still within the realm of believable. Her people are complex, nuanced, and each of them handles the dog-awful stuff differently. There are a couple of characters who could be more developed, but then there are characters who have small roles but who are incredibly well drawn and vivid. Eddie, I'm looking at you.
In particular one character — Lena Adams — was interesting to me in this third novel because she's been through hell, and there's no telling if she'll be able to pull herself out of the resulting self destructive spiral. I thought her development was handled really well, and then out of left field: a twist I never saw coming. Now I am really wondering how Slaughter is going to handle this in the rest of the series. She's not afraid to do bad, bad things to her characters but she's also making things challenging for herself. Which is brave, and promising both.
Warning: not for the faint of heart.