Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
When I bought this I did not realise Blindsighted was the first in the Grant County series. I have read a few of the ones following this and this definitely fleshed out some of the information that was touched in those and can now be understood by reading this one. I still believe that it reads as a stand alone novel, especially as it is the first of the series.
The major plot theme is rape. Slaughter handles it with raw reality, she portrays the point of view of the person raped and does it well. She gives the raped women context and doesn’t skimp on the emotions or experience that they have gone and are going through. It is a challenging read because of that subject matter but also well worth that effort.
Being a rape survivor I am often offended at the flippant way it is defined and/or described in books. I remember being furious at Ernest Hemingway’s poor description of it in “Up in Michigan”, one of his short stories. At the time his short story was ground breaking and well done for him to actually mention rape in a story but the way he did it felt trivial and showed his lack of understanding women.
Definitely, keep it. I already collect Slaughter and well continue doing so.