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REVIEW: Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter

Editorial note: This review/letter may contain spoilers. It is also not entirely a review but more of a diatribe. If you read this series, you may not want to read this post. Again, if you do read this and are spoiled, don’t blame us. We warned you. 

Beyond Reach by Karin SlaughterDear Ms. Slaughter:

I have tried to rewrite this letter many times since I’ve read the book because I try to come off as a reasonable person and this letter is angry and bitter. After trying to rewrite it for the nth time, I’ve just decided to own the fact that this letter is angry, bitter, and even juvenile. I can’t help my emotional response and I am not going to apologize for it so that I can appear levelheaded.

I am an emotional reader. I invest emotionally with the characters, particularly those whom I have read over the course of many years. I recall buying each Grant County book in hardcover. I remember hotly anticipating each new mystery and each new development in the relationship of Jeffrey and Sara.

At the outset of the series, Sara begins to renew her relationship with her ex-husband, Jeffrey, whom she had divorced after she caught him cheating on her. When my friend, Keishon, urged me to read this series, I was quite reluctant. After reading Blindsighted, however, I was captivated; not only by your way of weaving a mystery and creating suspense, but at your deft characterizations.

I don’t think that Grant County books would be so compelling if it weren’t for Jeffrey and Sara. After all, despite your good writing, I never bought your stand alone book, Triptych, simply because there was no Jeffrey and Sara. And the love story of Jeffrey and Sara was one that I saw develop from the very inception to strengthen and grow deeper as Jeffrey and Sara both grew and matured as individuals.

Beyond Reach has a tightly plotted suspense story which primarily revolves around Lena, a former detective who worked for Jeffrey in Grant County. Trying to shake off her past, Lena accepts a police position in a different small Georgia town. Unfortunately, a series of deaths occur with the finger of responsibility pointing toward Lena. Jeffrey and Sara travel to Heartsdale to help Lena and extricate her from the mess. Once there they discovery racism and drug use driving the town into darkness.

Beyond the suspense is the continuing depressing and repetitive downward spiral of Lena. Her storyline has remained fairly constant from the beginning of the series. She’s angry and bitter (hey, maybe she read a book by an author she loved and then the author turned on her) and self destructive. She suffered a terrible tragedy and has never been able to escape from her own pain, striking out at those around her and associating with those who only deepen her psychosis.

Unfortunately, the story ends. It ends with a cheap trick to elicit a strong emotional reaction. In looking back, I see that I’ve been misled all along. You have often gone for the shock route to gain reaction from your characters. It was not enough for Lena to have struggled with her childhood and the violent death of her twin, but you took an emotionally unstable woman and had her suffer one of the worst torments. It shouldn’t surprise me that you chose the out that you did. It shouldn’t surprise me that in 6 books, Lena hasn’t grown or matured because she’s an easy stomach turner. It shouldn’t surprise me that you choose to take a course of action that will effectively ruin the future of the series for me because you wanted to have some kind of reader response. It seems to me that you are afraid to allow your characters to experience happiness. That prolonged happiness would somehow negatively impact your writing. The ironic thing is that for as much as you want to be remembered as a strong mystery/suspense author touching on important subjects such as how meth addictions ruin lives, I suspect that most will remember you for the ending of this book. That is what will stick in most readers’ heads for years.

I won’t ruin the ending, but I will say that I am sorry that I ever read you. That I spent over $100 in your career along with years of waiting and hours of reading. I am sorry that you have chosen your path. If this makes me a child who can’t handle the realities of life, so be it.

If I sound bitter, it is because I am. You expect this, I think, but hope that we readers will understand and stay with you. Not this reader. I’ve got too many authors to read. Too many books to try out to stay with an author whose belief that sufferance is of the greatest literary merit. B for the suspense and F for the rest of it.

Signed Angry and Bitter

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Slaughter Fan
    Jan 22, 2008 @ 16:42:41

    I completely disagree with you. How many murders can occur in a small town all the while the person who is putting away the murderers goes unscathed? Slaughter’s work works because it is realistic. You criticize the Lena character because she hasn’t “gotten over” the issues that have scarred her…that is realism lady. People don’t just “get over” rape and torture. Initially, I too was disappointed by the “plot twist” in “Beyond Reach” but I also read the letter to readers that Slaughter posted on her website. It made perfect sense to me and I am anxiously awaiting her next installment in the Grant County series.

  2. Melanie P.
    Jan 22, 2008 @ 20:53:13

    Slaughter Fan-
    I completely disagree with you too. Enough has been said on the subject as you can read in the previous posts.
    Books, movies, TV shows are not meant to be 100% realistic, which is why most of us read books, watch movies, etc. We get enough reality in our every day lives. You want realism? How realistic is for all three, make that four of the female characters of this series to be brutally raped? Sara, Lena’s twin, Lena, and Sara’s sister were all raped within the boundaries of this “small town”. What kind of town is that and why would anybody live there? Is that realistic?
    You’re saying Lena’s character is realistic because nobody can “get over” being raped. I’m not saying she should “get over” that kind of trauma, but she doesn’t need to be so self-absorbed, self-destructive, and so obnoxious, especially towards Jeffrey, who has been more that nice and understanding to her. He put himself in danger so many times to go to her rescue and save her sorry a** from the problems she brought onto herself. You want realism? How many chances do you think a loose cannon like Lena would get in REAL life?? She would’ve been fired without a doubt. Jeffrey was the most REAL character in the series and he was the glue that kept everyone in one piece, especially Lena. I don’t think KS would’ve lost any readers because her books are not realistic enough. Instead she definitely lost many reader with the choice she made.
    Whether you agree or not the series WAS about Jeffrey and Sara and it was the reason many of us read it. Let’s let go of the realism and enjoy a great read. And it was a great read until the last pages of Beyond Reach, until KS singlehandedly slaughtered the series… not pun intended. I don’t know if I’ll read the next GC book but I can tell you that I am extremely disappointed in the direction this author chose to go.
    And I’m not alone…
    I read her “letter” which didn’t explain anything. She pretty much said she did what she thought was right. In other words she did whatever she wanted because she’s the author and has that power. Whether we like it or not, tought s**t.
    This is just my opinion and everyone is entitled to theirs.

  3. Sheila
    Jan 23, 2008 @ 22:41:59

    A while back someone was asking about other authors to read. I really enjoy Margaret Maron’s Judge Deborah Knott series. I also like Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schulz series. They’re really worth a try.

  4. Delilah
    Feb 05, 2008 @ 13:38:24

    I bought Beyond Reach the day it went on sale. I had been counting the days and had reserved my copy at my local Borders. I read the entire book in 2 days. I was devastated by the end of that 2nd day. That was last summer. I was mad as hell that Ms Slaughter saw fit to steal away my 2nd favorite character. (Lena is my favorite ~ Sara is a little too uptight) It’s been about 7 months or so and my anger has now diminished a bit. I am looking forward to reading the next Grant County book. I beleive it’s going to be titled Genesis. If that book does not grab me and pull me into the story as all the previous books have done, I will be done with Ms Slaughter.

  5. Delilah
    Feb 05, 2008 @ 13:42:23

    Courtney, I agree that Janet Evanovich’s Plum series is great reading. Much lighter than Slaughter… quite delightful. Im looking forward to Fourteen.

  6. cazi
    Feb 11, 2008 @ 16:21:47

    I’m really confused. I simply can not understand why anyone would be angered by the ending to Skin Privilige/Beyond Reach.

    If anything it’s the ending to that one that makes me more determined to read any other book by Slaughter.

    The only thing I would say about the series is, it’s about time Lena got some happiness in her life!

  7. gail
    Feb 11, 2008 @ 18:44:34

    I’m angry because the character I cared about the most will no longer be part of the Grant County series. I loved his character, and I loved his relationship with Sara.
    You want Lena to have some happiness? Jeffrey was her best chance — he was the only one who believed in her. You think the next chief of police is going to give her pathetic self as many chances?
    Lastly, I’m angry because KS seems determined to beat Sara down. Finally she was happy — remarried to the love of her life, an adopted child on the way, everything looked great. To rob her (and Jeffrey) of that happiness just seems very wrong, and very cruel. And for me it ended my patronage of Slaughter’s books.

  8. Melanie P.
    Feb 11, 2008 @ 19:38:01

    I completely agree with you. Jeffrey was the character I cared about the most and I LOVED his relationship with Sara. Most definitely the next chief of police will not put up with Lena’s ways. I can’t believe she is anyone’s favorite character, she’s pathetic. It is not possible for Lena to get happiness in her life simply because she does not know how to be happy. Lena wallows in misery which mostly she brings onto herself. I hope she’ll get what’s coming to her and this time Jeffrey will not be there to save her sorry butt.
    It was beyond cruel to do that to Sara when she was finally getting
    everything she and Jeffrey have worked so hard to accomplish.
    How could anyone NOT understand why so many readers are upset with the ending?

  9. Karen Mitchell
    Feb 13, 2008 @ 14:32:34

    Unreal. I am so mad I wouldn’t read another book of hers even if it was given to me fo free. I thought I finally found a good author,someone and a series I could stick with. If she wanted her crediability to go down she sure did a good job of it.

  10. Disgusted
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 20:30:13

    People…it’s a BOOK! It’s FANTASY! You knew going into the series that she writes about brutal killings.

    If you’re looking for love and romance, go buy a Nora Roberts.

    SHEESH! I hope I can cancel this thread.

  11. Jane
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 21:10:44

    Unfortunately, all you can do is comment in the thread. I don’t ordinarily close comment threads simply because there is disagreement.

  12. Janine
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 23:43:22

    Jane — I think she meant cancel her subscription to the thread.

  13. Karen Scott
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 03:23:12

    Jane — I think she meant cancel her subscription to the thread.

    You’d think he/she would be clever enough to see the ‘Manage your subscriptions’ link underneath the comments box.

  14. Leah
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 07:10:04

    I have never read this series, but I found this whole discussion fascinating. I felt the same way when Elizabeth George killed off Lady Helen AND her unborn child, when Lynley could have allowed Lady Helen to be kept on life support so that their baby could be born….Lady Helen, well, whatever, but a BABY!!!!! What father would DO that???!!! I wondered if she did it just because she thought a baby would be inconvenient in the life of her character. Of course, I was pregnant at the time, so that probably had something to do with it. But I won’t read wWhat Came Before He Shot Her because of it–just way too depressing.

  15. Maureen
    Feb 24, 2008 @ 13:50:16

    Yeah I did not like the ending of Beyond Reach , but I can not wait to see where she takes it from here. I will always be a fan of karin slaughter. love all of her books.. It is a story people .not real life . get over it .

  16. Karen Scott
    Feb 24, 2008 @ 15:27:44

    It is a story people .not real life . get over it .

    Here’s a good idea, how about getting over yourself?

    People have a perfect right to be pissed off with the direction that Karin Slaughter has taken, and don’t need to be told to “get over it”.

  17. Melanie
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 13:36:59

    Karen Scott – i agree!! 100%!


  18. Sharon
    Mar 06, 2008 @ 12:14:10

    I have to admit, I didn’t see this one coming!! I love reading the Grant County series. I like others can’t wait for the next one, but….after the way this one ends, what more can there be????

  19. Rebecca
    Mar 06, 2008 @ 13:01:08

    It won’t be the same without Jeffery! I hope Karin Slaughter reads all our views and decides to bring him back!

  20. Kristin
    Mar 09, 2008 @ 20:30:03

    I read this book when it first came out, and I have to tell you–still not over the ending. It left me with such a sick feeling, I had to tell myself to get over it!

    I assumed that it was just a plot twist, that Sara had a nightmare or something. But now that I have read the spoiler, I just can’t believe it. However, it will be very interesting to see where the author takes this one.

  21. gail
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 04:35:10

    I agree, Kristin — I felt sick afterwards too. And so let down. There are very few books that follow an established couple, much less a couple who can keep the interest, the spice and the thrills going. I thought KS was unique because of that. Now, to me, she’s just another author who went for the cheap shock.
    And I’ll say this again, although everyone here is probably sick of hearing it, but it hurts me to the core that she let Ethan Green win. Even if he gets his due in the next book, he still killed Jeffrey and robbed Sara of the life she so wanted.

  22. Kab F
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 12:33:45

    When I read the ending of Beyond Reach I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. I loved all the characters from Grant County and cannot imagine what will happen next to Lena and Sarah. I hope that KS can continue this series without Jeffrey, but I really don’t know how she is going to make her stories as readable and enjoyable. The love affair between Sarah and Jeffrey was as much part of the magic as were the the terrific plots. However, KS is a fantastic writer and she must have something good up her sleeve or she wouldn’t have taken such a risk. I will continue to read her stories because I am intrigued to find out more. I do wish she hadn’t taken the route she did but I am loyal to a good author and they don’t come much better that this one. Give her a chance and see what happens.

  23. kell
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 21:41:40

    You had to know something was going on when you got to the last few chapters of this book. All of the threats from Ethan and the Brotherhood. Come on people just because she didn’t end the story on a happy note doesn’t mean she is a bad author. How many other author’s have you read that leave you hanging to never know the end of a story. Do you stop reading their books because of it? Books like life are not always a bed of roses.

  24. dj
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 11:04:07

    You people are complete losers and need to get lives. This woman is a truly gifted writer and should be read for the way she tells a story. Yeah, I couldn’t believe Jeffrey died, but I’m not boycotting her for it! Grow up! I hope I never meet any of you, way too scary. Sounds like you live in a fantasy world. Can you say MISERY??!!!

  25. Karen Scott
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 11:13:22

    DJ, you are a fucktard.

  26. gail
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 11:55:35

    Wow dj, don’t sugar coat it. Just because some of us feel things a little deeper than others doesn’t mean we’re losers or live in a fantasy world. I promise I’m not scary. I think we’ve already met — didn’t you sit next to me in the anger management class? Just kidding — I respect your opinion and would hope you’d give others the same courtesey. I agree that KS is a wonderful writer. If I choose not to read her next book, don’t let it bother you.

  27. karla
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 12:55:25

    whoa, Karen Scott, a little too much caffeine, maybe?

  28. Karen Scott
    Mar 20, 2008 @ 15:19:24

    No Karla, just saying what’s on my mind. It’s what I do best.

  29. Another Karin
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 00:00:21

    I have read every one of Karin Slaughter’s books. Originally, I only bought Blindsighted because her first name was spelled like mine, but I instantly became a fan. I too was astonished, shocked, and slightly bitter at the end of Beyond Reach. But I understand that an author sometimes feels a pull within them to write something that they may not entirely agree with. That’s what makes them great, it’s the way they feel the story must go. Not all stories are happy endings. I don’t believe she went for the “shock” tactic and sold out at all. I think we all have to wait and see what happens next for the survivors of Grant County. To be a fan of an author means to love their work as a whole, whether we agree with turns the tale takes or not.

  30. BJ
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 01:25:15

    After several months, I’m no longer particularly irritated or bothered by the way the Grant County series ended. Yeah, it’s over. I’ve been reading the posts by KS fans who, for some reason known only to themselves and their therapists, need to attack ex-readers of KS. I liked KS’s work very much, but she was not one of my favorites. That makes walking away from her series not so difficult. Jeffery was the character I found most sympathetic. Sarah was a little irritating, and Lena was beyond irritating. I could have more easily accepted the death of either of these characters. Without Jeffery, I don’t really care what happens in the next book. For me, the other characters are not compelling or likable in their own right.

    I understand KS wants her work to be more like Pelecanos and Lehane (who ARE on my favorites list) than the cozies often written by women, but Lehane knew not to kill Patrick or Angie when he felt he had nowhere else to go with them. He wisely stopped the series and moved on to other projects. To the fans who think KS is a great writer and look forward to the next installment, I say ENJOY. I don’t get angry if you consider her a literary giant. It doesn’t bother me that you care what happens to Sarah and Lena. The fact that some KS fans take so personally other people’s decisions to quit the series is a little weird. In fact, it’s a little scary–just not scary enough to make me read more Slaughter books.

  31. Loozy
    Apr 16, 2008 @ 20:11:08

    Last week after a shitty day at work I went into Eason, my local favourite bookstore *located in Galway, Ireland* and started looking over the crime section. At random I picked a Slaughter- book and at random I opened it at a page and started reading *my usual selection process unless I have a specific book in mind*… I was instantly captivated and bought four books at once, a fifth following… I’ve read all but the first one, and that I ordered today…

    10 minutes ago I finished the book, Skin Privilge, Beyond Reach for those from the States, and the ending left me gasping and mad… I feel much the same as you do, severe disappointment… It seems as though the author cannot let her characters have a light moment for once, and while I am a sucker for drama, there is only so much drama you can write about before it gets ridiculous and annoying…

    Fair to say that while I will read Blindsighted, simply to get the full hang of the Jeffrey/ Sara- relationship, I will not read any more books of the author, simply because I am just so very much disappointed… Over the last couple of days I’ve practically inhaled these books in every single spare moment, and now this?

    What a let down… This is the second time that I got hooked on a series in crime novels and got kicked in the behind… First time was Elizabeth George, now it is Karin Slaughter… :(

    And aside from the ending, I also am getting very annoyed with the constant drama encircling Lena, a character that I never really warmed up to, or could empathy for…

    To make it short, I feel with you, bitter and angry…

  32. Lavenderblue
    May 21, 2008 @ 01:50:31

    I couldn’t agree more with those who have decided thay will not read another book by Karin Slaughter again. Why she decided to kill Jeffrey, the most interesting of her characters, is beyond me. I feel cheated and I wish I had never spent any of my hard-earned money buying her books!!!

  33. Jackie
    May 22, 2008 @ 09:47:01

    I could have written the first message that started this huge debate about Skin Privilege. I read a lot of American authors and Karin Slaughter was one of the best – until now. I think she went for the cheap shock ending like the soaps do, but why kill off the golden goose? If she was tired of writing the stories, she could have just had Sara & Jeffery adopt that much wanted baby and ride off into the sunset. No movie or tv series now.

    I have read Trypich and the story stayed with me, it was so powerful, but I don’t want to read any more of her books. I think people like a love story, they like a happy ending (real life is more nasty than fiction – just see the news) and they like good to triumph over evil, if it doesn’t then why should we bother? I don’t want to be made depressed or miserable, I want to be uplifted if you like.

    Given a choice between some sad, dark story with relentless misery and no hope and a tale where the hero & heroine rise above the chaos and win the day, guess which one I go for? And it is noticable that the most popular stories have a couple who have to go through a period of being apart, not getting on, then becoming a couple – even in Trypich that happened. The sexual tension intrigues whether it is in a book, on tv or in a movie.

    Maybe the fashion is now for gloom and doom, but not for me. Sorry Karin, you blew it.

  34. gail
    May 22, 2008 @ 16:49:15

    Well said, Jackie. The brutality of the murders in the series was balanced by the love story between Sarah and Jeffery, and it was such a realistic relationship with ups and downs, anger and passion, battles and truces. Their sexual chemistry sizzled. I too think it was a cheap shot to end it as she did.

  35. shirley
    May 24, 2008 @ 02:07:26

    This was the first Karin Slaughter book I had read. It was annoying all the way through really in what were obviously references to other books with the same characters. But I have to say it is the last Karin Slaughter book I will read. What a rotten ending. If she is sick of the characters she has obviously been writing about for quite a while there are other ways she could have finished the series. Or has she finished the series? Cant see it carrying on further with this tragedy hanging over them all. As Gail said – a cheap shot!

  36. elaine
    May 28, 2008 @ 06:38:42

    i can’t wait for the next grant county book to see how they cope, it was a shocking ending but you could see it coming. Well done to karin for moving on i didn’t feel the relationship could carry on they were never going to be happy.

  37. Anne
    Jun 06, 2008 @ 11:37:16

    What a shock, I am late reading the book but had no idea what was going to happen. I loved the love story element between Jeffery and Sara but cant wait to see where she will take the next phase in the series. I can understand that by killing Jeffery she has opened all sorts of doors for the next story and the lives of those left behind. This may be the making of Lena and move on from her sob story. I will definitley read the next book as it will be completely different and moved on.

  38. Melanie
    Jun 12, 2008 @ 12:52:47

    hate to beat a dead horse, but i was just checking out her site AGAIN, to see if she has any other books coming out SOON. I wonder if part of the reason she killed off jeffrey is cause maybe she is going to step away from grant county for a while and do the Will Trent Atlanta Georgia books?? cause the next book due out is another Will Trent book, now considered a “series”… hmmm!!! then after that the next grant county novel comes out… Still pissed about jeffrey and the whole end to the last grant county book – after all the time i put into the series…. ah well,

  39. Vix
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 08:01:15

    Wow, what a backlash! And what a terrible shame….no, not the way the story panned out, more the way a lot of people seem to have reacted. Im amazed at this kind of reaction, reminds me of a chapter or two from ‘Misery’ …..seems KS should be thankful that she’s not been tortured by obsessed psychopaths! I for one cant wait to see what happens next in Grant County.

  40. Melanie
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 11:23:17

    Wow Vix! How very nice of you to call us obsessed psychpaths just because we don’t agree with the ending of this book. That’s just plain rude and I’d appreciate it if you’d keep the insults to yourself. You don’t even know me so don’t call me an obsessed psychopath. I could really call you much worse than that but I like to think I have a little more class. I will read the next book more out of curiosity but I absolutely do not agree with the ending of Beyond Reach.
    This is a nice place for us to post our comments so let’s just leave the insults out ok?? As you can see from the hundreds of posts you are in the minority.

  41. Vix
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 11:52:56

    Oh touchy! I dont recall calling ANYONE on this site an obsessed psychopath. I merely commented that the reactions to the story seemed rather extreme, and that extreme reactions to an authors decision were the theme of well known novel. However, seems its ok to slate an author for exercising her right to decide the fate of characters of her own creation.

  42. Jane
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 12:11:28

    Im amazed at this kind of reaction, reminds me of a chapter or two from ‘Misery'

    Sounds like you were comparing the reactions from readers here to the character in Misery but backtrack all you like.

    However, seems its ok to slate an author for exercising her right to decide the fate of characters of her own creation.

    Yep, it is ok to “slate” an author for exercising her rights to do whatever she likes with her characters just like it is the readers right to state they think it’s bullshit and that they’ll spend their time and money elsewhere.

  43. Jersey Guy
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 12:43:28

    just like it is the readers right to state they think it's bullshit and that they'll spend their time and money elsewhere.

    Yep. You are absolutely right. The readers have every right to state those opinions, just as it is their right to sound like a bunch of spoiled children with an overblown sense of their own importance while they are doing it.


  44. Jane
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 14:32:03

    Oh, thank god, Jersey Guy, you’ve come to show us little womenz the error of our ways. Just to clarify though, it’s all right to have a sense of our own importance just not an overblown one? I hope you can further articulate the exact line between the overblown and the just right blown sense of importance. Clearly the 100 or so commenters have just not quite got it right and could use a good lesson by someone like you.

  45. Vix
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 15:48:59

    Sounds like you were comparing the reactions from readers here to the character in Misery but backtrack all you like.

    Wasn’t a backtrack, was an explanation for those who can only see one interpretation of my thread…
    Think Im beginning to regret posting on here more than some readers regret their time and money spent on KS’s novels!

    (Now awaiting further expressions of opinion about why MY opinion isn’t valid lol)

  46. Jersey Guy
    Jun 15, 2008 @ 01:34:35

    you've come to show us little womenz the error of our ways.

    Would your reaction have been different had a gender-specific word not appeared in my handle? Does anything in a web handle necessarily indicate gender? Do you have any real idea if I am male or female? Do you have any real idea if a poster with a handle like “Vix” is male or female? You are playing a rather interesting game with your response to my post. I had no idea at the time I posted whether the bulk of the posters in this thread had been male or female, I don’t pay much attention to that because it really has no bearing on the subject being discussed, but you twist it into a gender game instead of posting anything of substance. Pettiness is pettiness it doesn’t require gender to exist.


  47. Karen Scott
    Jun 15, 2008 @ 13:03:36

    Does anything in a web handle necessarily indicate gender?

    You’re kidding right? Wasn’t this you a few comments ago?

    Karen: I may not be the average guy, most of the non-fiction writer's that I read are female crime writers of one stripe or another

    Also, is it usual for women to have ‘guy’ as part of their handle these days? I obviously missed that revolution.

    And Vix, you were back-tracking like crazy, so don’t pretend you weren’t out to insult every person who didn’t feel the same way as you.

  48. Vix
    Jun 15, 2008 @ 13:30:22

    And Vix, you were back-tracking like crazy, so don't pretend you weren't out to insult every person who didn't feel the same way as you

    Oh dear, another who cant accept someone elses opinion is as valid as their own. I say again – I WAS NOT BACKTRACKING – why on earth should I feel the need to backtrack on a website? Maybe in real life if I thought a bunch of obsessed psychopaths were out to get me, Id backtrack!

    Also, is it usual for women to have ‘guy' as part of their handle these days? I obviously missed that revolution.

    Maybe next time I hear someone (particularly from the USA) say they were hanging out with the guys, I shall assume its a male only group they are hanging with!
    When all is said and done, Im as entitled to my opinion as any of you are, and KS is just as entitled to kill off a character in her book. Trust me, there are worse things to happen in life than a character being killed off in a novel, how many of the people on this thread have posted all their personal tragedies online?

  49. Karen Scott
    Jun 15, 2008 @ 14:54:25

    Vix, did you really write:

    Maybe next time I hear someone (particularly from the USA) say they were hanging out with the guys, I shall assume its a male only group they are hanging with!

    In response to this:

    Also, is it usual for women to have ‘guy' as part of their handle these days?

    Pardon me because I’m a Brit, but in what universe is ‘Hanging out with the guys’ considered a handle?

    Your opinion is valid as any on here, but surely you’re not naive enough to write:

    Im amazed at this kind of reaction, reminds me of a chapter or two from ‘Misery' …..seems KS should be thankful that she's not been tortured by obsessed psychopaths!

    And assume that nobody will feel insulted?

    You felt harassed just because a couple of people objected to your comments, so is your reaction more valid than theirs?

  50. Melanie
    Jun 20, 2008 @ 07:43:55

    hey everyone… lets talk about the book… i got 9 emails of you all arguing.. hoping it was going to be comments about the book, or about opinions on whether you think the Will Trent books will surpass Grant County… we are all entitled to our opinions.. that is what this site is for. Im pissed about jeffrey, but i did love her books so much, that i have let my anger pass, i will definetly read the next Will Trent book that is about to be released, i do hope she continues with those, and i will also give grant county ONE more shot, but if she disappoints me again, that will have to be it for me. now please, stop the bickering. we can all have an opinion whether it be that we love the ending, hate the ending, love KS, hate KS, but we dont need to go back and forth and back and forth arguing over who is right and who is wrong, calling people names, what have you!!!! :X

  51. CJ
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 13:12:26

    Hmmm. Literally just finished reading the book – which I did think until near the ending was a great read..but it got me so het up that I’ve done something I have never done before, found a forum to express my views!

    To think the origins of this thread began almost a year ago…

    I read her letter, and to be fair, it’s her thoughts and creativeness that produced the series and it has to be her choice, uninfluenced by readers, fans and the like that make major changes.

    Still it’s a shame. I read a lot of crime series; Alex Cross, Lincoln Rhimes, Temperance Brennan etc and they each feature characters that strike a balance with each other.

    I agree with Melanie though, if the next Grant County story is a bummer I won’t be reading anymore.

  52. ignogitoda
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 16:58:21

    Thanks !

  53. Sheila
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 20:54:17

    Hey! When I clicked on the last response to see why all they said was ‘thanks’ I got porn!

  54. Melanie
    Aug 06, 2008 @ 14:46:38

    omg – it figures… cant get away from the spam anywhere now a days… that is just lovely, especially for us people that are at work. this poster, ignogitoda on August 2nd, 2008 at 4:58 pm: should be banned from this site!!!

  55. Melanie
    Aug 06, 2008 @ 14:48:02

    oh, ps, sorry to send a second comment right away, i just got the new Will Trent novel by Karin Slaughter – FRACTURED… :-)

    Aug 12, 2008 @ 15:13:01


    Aug 12, 2008 @ 15:15:28


  58. Gloria Torres
    Aug 12, 2008 @ 15:23:51

    This was my first book by Karin Slaughter, Beyond Reach. I will not be buying anymore. I was so disappointed in the ending. I too was angry and asked the question Why? The book was pretty gory….I don’t mind danger, mayhem and bloodshed, but this was pretty evil, especially the ending. Too many questions. There was no point to it but to shock the reader. I don’t care if there is a sequel with Lena and Sara…..Jeffrey should not have died. To me, he was the main character, El Jefe!! Goodbye Karin.

  59. gail
    Aug 12, 2008 @ 15:49:27

    Ditto Paula and Gloria. I thought the Sara-Jeffrey relationship was one of the most realistic and enthralling I’ve ever read. They argued and disagreed like all couples, and the making up was always delicious. And I enjoyed their professional banter when working on a case. Such a waste to end it all like that.

  60. Nicole
    Aug 18, 2008 @ 19:32:58

    I am glad to find a site where most people feel the same way I do. I was angry when I read the end of Skin Priviledge and thought that KS rushed the ending and, like most of you have stated, just killed Jeffrey for the shock value.

  61. Susan
    Aug 20, 2008 @ 18:52:22

    I have just read A Cold Faint Fear, Indelible, and Beyond Reach.

    These I have checked out from the library. I’m having trouble figuring out how many more books go with the series, and what order they go in.

    I personally enjoyed the three I read, granted, Beyond Reach did not end the way I would have expected it too, but that is what makes a good writer in my opinion. I was floored and can’t wait to read all the others that go with the series.

    Can someone help me out about how many there are and what order they go in.

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  63. Jersey Guy
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 01:40:25

    “Can someone help me out about how many there are and what order they go in.”

    The Grant County series…

    Blindsighted 2001

    Kisscut 2002

    A Faint Cold Fear 2003

    Indelible 2004

    Faithless 2005

    Beyond Reach* (US) –
    Skin Privilege* (elsewhere) 2007

  64. Melanie
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 14:08:38

    Susan The Grant County series is as follows (she also has just started a new series called the “Will Trent/Atlanta Series – i have read the first book called Triptych, which was TERRIFIC and i am now reading the most recent that just came out a few weeks ago called Fractured, very good so far- part of me feels what she did to Jeffrey was maybe so she could expand on the Will Trent novels and have them be as good as Grant County, i am not sure, i am still really angry about jeffrey, but as much as i loved her books, i am trying to let my anger subside and continue reading the books – i get mad at myself for caving, but darn she really writes so well!!!) anyway, the grant county books go in the following order… Blindsighted 2001, Kisscut 2002, A Faint Cold Fear 2003, Indelible 2004, Faithless 2005, Beyond Reach 2007, Genesis coming in 2009. but i will tell you – if she does this to me again or if genesis doesnt hold up to what she has written in the past, i am done – as i should just be done now since she went for shock value killing jeffrey!!!!!!! urks me still when i think about it! books dont make me mad or sad and this one killing jeffrey made me cry.. :(

  65. Susan
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 21:38:06

    Hi Melanie,

    I checked out Triptych yesterday afternoon and just finished it, my goodness was that good! And there will more in this series with Will Trent? I’m looking forward to reading them. I love Will’s character and Johns. Unlike the Grant County series I’ve read so far, there was more warmth in these two characters and it helped take some of the edge off of the language.

    I had to go to another library for the rest of the books to the Grant County series, I can’t wait to start on them. They only had two of the three I need to read to finish up. I can’t believe I read the three I did over last week-end. I think Faithless is the one that was checked out at the library today.

    This is a story-line I cannot put down once I start. I stayed up so late last night that my eyes were rolling around in my head like marbles lol.

    I take it that so far there are only two books out about Will Trent, Triptych and Fractured?

    As far as Jeffery, I had to read that passage over and over again to make sure I was reading what I was actually reading. It floored me too.

    Truth be told, I’m more emotionally involved with Will, if she dogs him off, I will be having some problems too lol

  66. Melanie
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 09:31:00

    Hi Susan:
    Yes, there are only two Will Trent novels so far, triptych and fractured. I am not sure if there will be more, but i sure hope so, i feel like that is where she is going with them (maybe the same way she did Grant county – lord please dont let her kill off Will!!!!!!!!!) I do agree; I like Will a lot so far. The newest book is a little horrific the first few pages, but not as graphically detailed or as much language. I was the same as you with the Grant County novels, the first one I got was one of the middle books and I finished in a only a couple days and I was back at the book store scouring the shelves for as many books as I could find. My husband realized how much I loved the books and started pre-ordering them for me, haha!! She truly is an amazing writer! I too read that last page a good 5 times before I could believe what happened, I kept turning the page thinking, there must another page, I must be missing a page, surely she didn't just end the book with his body parts all over the ground!!! I hope you find the rest of the books you are looking for! Try and read fractured if you have time, I have been so busy that it is taking me longer to read than I had hoped it would, but I hope to be able to finish it over Labor Day!

  67. Theresa
    Sep 01, 2008 @ 15:22:20

    Well I’m finding this letter late – but I don’t think you were childish or harsh you stated everything I felt and in a much nicer way then I did when I worte her myself — You are right this series has ended for me and I know many others – she writes in a letter how she was afraid to commit professional sucide – well in my opinion she did just that – She was not a writer I normally read and like you ONLY read it for Sara and Jeffery – never her other books they never appealed to me. These books were much harsher in life then I like but becasue of Sarah and Jeffery I made an exception to my usual read – I am now sorry I invested my time and money into these books. It is nice to know I am not alone and many others will also quit reading her books as well form this stunt.

  68. Dorothy
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 05:51:22

    Having read the comments of anger & betrayal for KS’s killing off Jeffrey, I can’t believe that most of you are banning this author. I have read all her books and I too was shocked when Jeffrey was blown to bits, especially in front of Sara. What an ending! Talk about shocking the reader. However, on reading Tryptych and having just finished Slaughter, I’m in love with Will and look forward to reading more about him (and hopefully a relationship between himself & Faith. Angie does not warm up to me). Also can’t wait to read her next book to see how Sara carries on without Jeffrey. Who knows, she may find love again, then we’ll have all forgotten how harshly we were done by with the ending of Faithless. Lighten up guys, even though I too, get emotionally attached to characters in books, I do keep in mind that it is FICTION.
    I will keep reading Karin’s books as I think she is a great author and knows how to keeps her readers in suspence. Look forward to Genesis in 2009.

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  70. sharon from New Zealand
    Sep 08, 2008 @ 00:12:13

    Have just completed Fractured- the 3rd Will Trent / Atlanta book. Great read- bring on the next one.
    Thanks KS
    To all of you still in angst over Jeffrey’s demise- perhaps its time to move on and start with this series. They should be read in order- as the characters develop from the beginning .

  71. Katie
    Sep 08, 2008 @ 14:06:32

    I’ve been a long time reader of the Grant County series,I just finished Beyond Reach and was so upset I couldn’t sleep! I am also attached to the characters and I can honestly say I don’t believe I will continue to read the series( anyone else hope that it was Sara having a horrible nightmare?) Glad so many other feel the same as I do.

  72. Dawn
    Sep 09, 2008 @ 12:48:58

    Karin Slaughter, Grant series, great books loved them… But I have to tell you I can’t believe the ending. I will still wait for the next book, and then I will have to see, the main reason is because I want to know how she is going to make up for this great loss.
    Although I was very upset after reading Beyond Reach, I have to admit that, isn’t that what it is all about, having emotion, reactions that make a good book, if we weren’t commenting on Beyond Reach would it mean that we were intersted? or that we are? Just a little thought.

  73. Melanie
    Sep 10, 2008 @ 08:13:03

    Sharon from New Zealand. I believe there are only Two Will Trent Novels (if there are 3 can you please let me know what the 3rd is called?). I know there is triptych and fractured, but i dont know about any other. (i am an avid fan of KS, i have all her books, so if i have missed one, i would really like to get it!) Please let me know. This is a GREAT read – i LOVE the new series and i hope she continues with them like she did with Grant County (obviously, NOT killing off Will, but by keeping them coming!!) and i hope that he ditches Angie, him and Faith hook up – and that scum bag he went to the orphanage with bites it!!! LOVE the new series!!! cant wait for the next Will Trent novel – and i hope that she does us well with the Grant County Series – Genesis!!! :-)

  74. connie
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 22:54:08

    Dear Karin, i was shocked by Jeffries death, but i’m glad you are going on with Sara and Lena. I’m like you, these people are real to me. I have read every one of your books and hope you keep on writing!!

  75. Stacey Gaughan
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 03:22:11

    Hello All,

    Wow, some of you are REALLY pissed at Karin….but she is a crime author, and bad things happen to people believe it or not. That fact that you all feel so strongly at Karin’s book is a testament to her talent as a writer and that she has captivated us all so well by Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship. Please view my Karin Slaughter group on Facebook, lots of fun discussions.


  76. Karen
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 04:25:56

    hey, i absolutely love karin slaughter’s books and i like everyone else was shocked at the ending where Jeffrey dies, having been on karin’s website and read her reasoning of it i agree 100% with her there wasn’y much else sara and jeffrey could go through so one of them had to be killed of, just finished reading fractured but i cant wait for the new book and to see how sara’s life goes without Jeffrey

  77. Karen
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 04:27:32

    also as far as i know there are only 2 books featuring will trent, tryptich and fractured ?

  78. Jules
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 04:56:22

    I absolutly love Karin slaughters books, and cant wait until the next ones come out..especially the ones that follow on from the other like with sara and jeffery. yeah i was a bit shocked but like karin has said there wasnt much else for them, even though they could have probably gone on to have a kid together. i cant wait to read how sara will cope after jeffery’s death but also how lena will cope having lost the man she looked upto in the police..

    keep up the good work Karin

  79. Jules
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 05:09:16


  80. Rose
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 08:57:24

    I know in real life shit happens but sometimes Karin goes too far i mean sara will never be complete again and lena is allways so alone and jeffreys dead it’s just so tragic

  81. hayley
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 10:24:05

    I loved this book – didn’t see the ending coming and had to read it 5 times just to trully take in what had happened but that’s why i love Karin’s books – you just never know what is going to happen. Although its sad he’s dead and it was shocking after all this time but it was such a fantastic ending! I dont read books that are dull and predictable – whats the point? so this was a real thriller for me. I’ll definitly be getting the next series to see how Sara and Lena cope. Get over it people Jeffery is DEAD and there ain’t nothing you can do about it
    (well done Karin for pulling off the most shocking ending i think i have ever read in my life and keeping the reader guessing the whole way – thats what a good writer does!!)

  82. EC Sheedy
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 10:27:25

    Okay, this seems to be the thread that never ends–and the perfect place to ask a question of Karin’s fans. I’ve got her book, Fractured. And now I’m told it’s a second book in a series. Should I read the first one before tackling this one? Or will Fractured stand alone?

  83. Leslie
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 11:23:47

    I would read Tryptich before reading Fractured.

  84. Karen Scott
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:26:56

    Hayley, Jules and Karen sound like the same person to me. Jane, are they?

  85. Jane
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:32:37

    Doesn’t look like it. Dammit. You made me expend effort.

  86. Jules
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:38:14

    sorry to disappoint you karen scott but we are NOT the same person at all so sorry to burst ur bubble

  87. Karen Scott
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:46:12

    I’m not disappointed Jules, surprised, maybe, but definitely not disappointed.

  88. Jules
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:49:10

    ok well u carry on being surprised but i can assure u that u are wrong
    im too old to play silly little games

  89. Karen Scott
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:55:50

    But apparently young enough to use teen-type text speak. Go Jules.

  90. Jules
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:57:53

    ill use what txt i like,

  91. Karen Scott
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:02:46

    Good for you. I like a woman who’s willing to stand up for her right to write in teen text-speak. I have your back sister.

  92. Jules
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:05:24

    u will have trouble backing my sister. shes been dead 24 yrs.
    u really should think b4 u write

  93. Jules
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:06:14

    anyway…if i want childish banter ill go to chatrooms..back when the kids have gone to bed

  94. Karen Scott
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:09:44

    And I guess I insulted your dead sister who died twenty-four years ago by calling you sister, right?

    You really are young aren’t you?

  95. Melanie
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:20:39

    Hello everyone! i just have ONE small request – can we please keep the bickering back and forth off? i had to open 10 emails up that i thought would be about the book but ended up being bickering back and forth- i know you are entitled to do what you want, but i really dont wanna waste my time opening them in hopes it is about the book :( — not trying to be b*tchy, just asking kindly. Also – half way through Fractured, it is good so far! (still pissed about jeffrey though, probably always will be!) :-)

  96. Dorothy
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 01:31:38

    I’m with you Melanie, I too opened 16 emails just to cop a whole lot of, let’s be honest, b*tchy banter. If I wanted b*tchy, I’d stay at work where there is plenty of it.
    If you don’t want to discuss the slaughter books, stay off the page.

  97. Karen Scott
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 09:03:36

    If you don't want to discuss the slaughter books, stay off the page.

    And who made you queen for the f*cking day?

    If opening up 16 e-mails proves to be too much like hard work, you can always use the unsubscribe button.

  98. Susan
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 12:07:16

    Finally I found ‘Faithless’ of the Grant County series.

    One thing I like about these books so far in this this series is you can pick-up any book, even if it’s out of order, and still be satisfied with what you read. Each book hints at an on-going storyline previous without taking away from the book your reading or letting the cat out of the bag about the previous book. That’s talented writing in my opinion.

    Some of you may think I’m heartless, but I can’t stand Lena. Since I started in the middle of the series I learned right away that something horrible had happened to her in a previous book, although what it was, was never given away. As I finished the last three books and she kept this ‘I hate the world’ attitude, I was able to over look her depressing presence on every page where she appeared.

    When I finally found the first book in the series and saw how she pretty much had the same attitude about her right from the beginning, I quickly became disgusted with her. Truth is, I would actually skip a lot of pages when it just droned on and on about her hate and dislike for everything and everyone. The character really tried my patience. And this was before she was attacked.

    Anyone who has ever lived life in general has had some very low and dark places in their lives. Again, I could forgive Lena her ‘I hate the world’ attitude in the latter books, but she was in a very dark place right from the beginning.

    I wont lie, I wish she had died instead of Jeffery. Just to get rid of her character.

    If the series continues, I hope she is either killed off or finally finds someone that can bring some light into her life and get a genuine smile on her face. Love can heal a lot of things.

    I know I sound heartless, but the chick is depressing…all the time…every page she’s on.

  99. Melanie
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 16:14:36

    Susan – i couldnt agree with you more!!! i didnt think anyone else shared my opinion on Lena… :) -Maybe it is the fact that i didnt start with the first book when i originally began reading KS, but even after i went back and read them all, i still had the same feeling toward Lena. i was kinda wishing she was the one axed instead of jeffrey!! but i do hope she finds happiness (or gets killed off)! you should read the new WIll Trent books, if you havent already!! :-)

  100. Susan
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 18:53:25

    Hi Melanie,

    I’ve read Triptych, excellent story with warmth. Haven’t found Fractured yet. Well, I saw the book at Krogers but I can’t pay $20.00 for a book that will only take me a day or so to read lol. It’ll turn up at the library or in paperback soon I hope.

    I read over most of the comments made and I think besides you and me, only one other person was sick of Lena.

    Imagine actually knowing and being around someone like that all the time. One of us would have to die lol.

  101. Melanie P.
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 20:44:21

    Melanie and Susan,
    I completely share your opinion that Lena is such a depressing and infuriating character and I wish KS would’ve killed her off instead of Jeffrey. I expressed my thoughts in previous posts regarding Lena’s character and Jeffrey’s death. I wish people would stop telling me to “get a life” and that “it’s only a book”…etc. I get very invested and attached to the characters in the books I read, especially to the characters with moral values. Lena certainly isn’t one and I would not’ve lost any sleep if she was the one killed off. In fact I think everyone else would’ve been better off without her. I’m sorry if that sounds really insensitive or mean. Yeah she had a sucky childhood, and yeah she was raped… and yeah she made the consciuos decision to hook up with a drug dealing, gang banging, racist looser so now she needs to make everyone else’s life as miserable as hers? She needs to either grow up in the next book or get the hell out of town. As I recall Sara was also raped and Sara’s sister was attacked and yet they didn’t turn out such insufferable b****es.
    I read Fractured and really liked it and I hope she doesn’t decide to kill off the main character in this series too. I will read the next GC book mostly because I am curious to see how Sara is coping and to see if she went through with the adoption. I cannot ever immagine Sara’s life without Jeffrey. I have read countless books by so many authors and Sara and Jeffrey were one of the best and most realistic couples and I loved them.
    Good to know other people feel the same way. I’m also glad that people are stil posting here from time to time. I hope this stays active until the next GC book comes out, I would love to read everyone’s thoughts on it.
    Melanie P.

  102. Dorothy
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 05:01:47

    To Karen Scott – You have an attitude. Chat rooms are for losers like you. If you don’t want have a sensible discussion, stay off. I expected 16 emails of sensible opinions and thoughts, eg. Melanie P & Susan, not your bullsh*t.

    And yes, I will unsubscribe, so I don’t have to read from crappers like you. Unlike you, I have books to read.

  103. Karen Scott
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 07:49:47

    Chat rooms are for losers like you.

    I wouldn’t know, having never visited a chat room in my life. You seem knowledgeable enough about them though?

  104. Susan
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 10:02:18

    Hi Melanie P.

    You must have been that other person I was referring to when I mentioned it to the other Melanie. It didn’t click at first that there were two Melanies’ lol.

    I am so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like poor put upon Lena. I just knew people would want to skin me alive. Like I said before, I could understand her outlook on life after her horrible attack, but the woman was walking bag of gloom and doom right from the beginning.

    Can you imagine what she is going to be like in the next book? Since she was the one that hooked up with Ethan the racist guy, and he off offhandedly threatened Jeffery, she will be the one indirectly responsible for Jefferey’s death.

    That is going to open up a whole new bunch of problems for the Grant County Police Force. That one fellow doesn’t like her to start with, well I think he likes her he just doesn’t think a woman should be on the force or something like that. I can’t recall his name, I think he is Jeffery’s second in command.

    I’m sure there will be another book, there has to be. There are things that have to be dealt with. Sara’s reaction to Jeffery’s death, not to mention Lenas. Ethan and what part he played in it if any.

    I wait with a great deal of anticipation lol

  105. Melanie P.
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 10:51:53

    Hi Susan,
    I have never liked her character and never will unless she does some mojor growing up in the next book. I’m also pretty sure that Ethan was behind Jeffrey’s death and I hope that that will be a big wake-up call for Lena. She’ll have to live with it for the rest of her miserable life.
    Yes I think you’re right, no one on the police force was too fond of Lena…with good reason… Jeffrey was the only one that gave her way more chances than she deserved, and bailed her butt out of trouble so many times, and risked his life for her coutless times, and ultimately died because of her. Because she brought Ethan into their lives.
    Lena has a huge chip on her shoulder and a bug up her a** and she’s absolutely deplorable. I can’t find it in me to feel sorry for her no matter what she’s been through. I do have compassion for those that deserve it…
    I hope she finds a way to get revenge for Jeffrey’s death and honor him for all that he’s done for her. I hope she grows up and does the right thing and kills that looser Ethan.
    Lena’s relationship with Sara was already so strained, Sara only put up with Lena because she knew it was important to Jeffrey. Can you imagine what their relationship will be like now? I’m sure Sara at least in part blames Lena for Jeffrey’s death.
    There will be a next book in the GC series (Genesis) coming out sometime in 2009.
    Melanie P.

  106. Susan
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 09:38:22

    Hi Melanie P.

    That’s interesting that this next book is going to be called Genesis, that means beginning or first book.

    Wonder where she is will be going with this? I would think this next book would be the end and wrap up the series.

    In my head I try to play out the different scenarios that could take place with Sara, Lena, Ethan and some of the rest. I know things will be dealt with, but I don’t think we have a clue how Slaughter will do this.

    I look to the obvious, I am so sure Ethan was behind Jeffery’s death (it will be something if he didn’t have anything to do with it after all). I wonder if Sarah will kill Lena or will Lena finally go over the edge and kill herself.

    What ever happens I bet we’ll be in for a surprise.

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    Sep 28, 2008 @ 17:15:12

    I read to excape the daily “bad news” Our country is in deep trouble and I love to “leave it and lose myself in a good book. I have read the last Slaughter book. I stayed up till 3am to finish it-got to the last page and had me a good fit, throwing it across the room. Bad endings I can get on the news.

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  109. Melissa
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 23:48:35

    I personally love this series, but if I had known before hand that it was going to end this way I would have never read the six book. I agree, I had such great expectations and the only time I actually read a series is because I love the characters, I should have stopped at 5 and let everything go how I would have hoped and expected. It’s doubtful that I’ll read the 7th when it releases.

  110. Melissa
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 23:53:37

    I would also like to add, that I too would have preffered to see Lena knocked off. I actually expected at one point in the series. I only read the series for Jeffrey and Sara and skimmed and sometimes even skipped pages during Lena’s sections. There’s nothing left except a broken hearted Sara and Lena who has a bad attitude, the characters can not stand alone in a book.

  111. Nasheba
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 10:47:39

    I just finished reading the Beyond Reach (Skin Privilege) book last night and I was floored. Like many of you I had to read those last few pages more than once to come to terms with what I was reading! In an effort to find a palatable explanation, I stumbled across the KS letter and it frankly did nothing to make me feel better, so I kept on searching until I found this blog and I have to admit that investing the time (over 1.5 hours) has definitely helped clarify my thoughts.

    I don’t like Lena but I disliked Jeffery more. I am realizing that I am happy he’s dead. I thought he was arrogant, selfish and stubborn. I’m fond of Sara but always thought of her as a little bit bland and always wondered how the story would have worked if she was smart & strong enough to move on from Jeffrey. I am very interested to see how the next book will end. I’m hoping that Sara will grow that backbone I’ve always wanted for her and that Lena will evolve into a less odious, miserable, obnoxious and pathetic creature. I didn’t realize that part of my dislike of Lena was her lack of growth. I thought that with her own book you would see her come into her own but that didn’t happen and I’m hoping I’ll see that change in the next GC book.

    Interestingly enough this book made me like Lena more. With every interaction that she had with Sara and Jeffry, I realized that she wasn’t as bad as I’d always thought, that she truly cared for Jeffry and was prepared to sacrifice herself for them. Those interactions also made me realize that Sara was, in her own way more pathetic than Lena. Yes she was going through a hard time but to become such a follower?! I no longer blame Lena for Jeffry’s death (which was my original reaction). It was Jeffrey’s arrogance that led him to go visit Ethan and (assuming that Ethan was behind this) it was his interaction with Ethan that put him back on Ethan’s radar, what person in their right mind thinks it’s OK to taunt a psychopath?

    I’ve also realize that I’m interested in the development of the relationships between Ethan and Lena & Lena and Sara.

    While I think it’s horrible how KS choose to end the story, I’ve decided that I’m now intrigued with where she’s going to go. I think it was a bold and risky move that was too abrupt & rushed but ultimately, daring.

    As an aside I also think that the Will Trent novel (I haven’t read the second one yet — will order it today) was great.

    This blog was exactly what I needed and I want to thank EVERYONE for posting, it was a great read and inspired me to post for the first time…

    I particularly enjoyed Karen Scott, Jersey Guy and Jane (you guys are awesome). Thanks again for the great read and I look forward to reading what everyone has to say about the next GC book.

  112. Jersey Guy
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 12:44:40

    “I particularly enjoyed Karen Scott, Jersey Guy and Jane (you guys are awesome)”

    Thank you, Nasheba!


  113. Jules
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 17:18:43

    I just finished reading beyond reach and I am so p’d off!!!! You can’t end a book like that. I immediately picked up my laptop to see if anyone else felt the same way and said anything about it and I found this thread. I’ve calmed down a little since reading all this but I’m still pretty mad. What’s the freakin point of writing this series making Jeffery the hero time after time and then killing him like that? Do we even care what happens now? He won’t be there and all that can come next for Sara and Lena is morbid sadness. Yeah people have to move on after a tragedy but do we really want to read about it? Karin’s letter says she’s just keeping it real but we’re not reading her books to understand how to go through tragedy. I’m sure we all know all too well. I read every day as a relaxation tool. I enjoy reading but I definately do not enjoy finishing a book and being so angry! My thought was WTF!!!!!!!! That’s all. WTF!

  114. Vix
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 19:05:03

    If this series had gone on forever and a day with Geoffrey being the one and only cop to survive in such a small geofraphical area with so many murders, everyone would have been up in arms about the lack of reality…instead we get what is probably the most realistic ending going, and everyone wants to slate the author! My question…could Karin Slaughter win? I think not!!

  115. Jane
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 21:10:13

    @Jules: Yes, WTF indeed.

    @Vix: I think the problem is a) that many deaths in a county really isn’t that realistic so b) why should the ending be considered “realistic” either? The series had some basis in realism, in its gritty look at small town life, abuse, dependency, and so forth, but there was a lot of artifice in the stories. Realism isn’t really what Slaughter was going for. She explained that it was a creative choice, but never really hung her hat on the “realism” argument.

  116. elsalu227
    Dec 18, 2008 @ 11:38:15

    I just finished Beyond Reach and am devestated. I guess I am a happy ending person, especially with series. After a year of many losses and tribulations I read to escape real life disappointments of deaths of our favorite characters. (hint hint)

    I am chosing to believe that this didn’t happen and Karin is going to redeem herself with witness protection or the faking of the death to protect themselves. (Please, Karin)

    So I will wait for the next book to come out and hope with all of my heart that the death didn’t really happen. Maybe it is a bad dream? There are many options that can happen to make this not true, seeing that this is fiction. For some reason I doubt that Karin even sees these but if she does your readers are begging for your help in continuing this series with the love that we have come to share with a very special couple. So for now I guess we have to wait which stinks just as much!

  117. Jane
    Dec 18, 2008 @ 11:41:05

    @elsalu227 I don’t want to crush your hopes but Slaughter has said that this is no dream and the next book will be about Lena and Sara moving on from Jeffrey’s death.

  118. bhenderson
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 20:11:46

    I HATED the ending of Beyond Reach. I can only hope this ends-up being a faked death.

  119. elsalu227
    Dec 31, 2008 @ 09:21:44

    That sucks but I won’t stop reading. I’m sure, like life there is a reason for everything and us readers will become happy again in the future!

  120. Dianne Harrison
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 13:17:44

    Beyond Reach was so dark/bleak, I peeked at the ending 100 pages into the novel. I will not finish the book nor read another Karin Slaughter. I also teach mysteries and will not recommend another Slaughter to my students. I do not care how Sara and Lena manage to survive without Jeffrey: I’m having enough trouble dealing myself. Patricia Cornwell managed to pull off reviving Benton Wesley, and Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes–but I know there will be no such miracles here. It is a shame Slaughter had the talent to create Sara and Jeffrey, get readers involved in their love story, and then destroy one of them at a single stroke.

  121. christy
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 09:36:35

    I started reading Ms. Slaughter’s books around six months ago. I completely devoured them; so engrossed in the characters, the plot and the suspense that I could not put them down. I was so disappointed with the ending of Beyond Reach that I also will most likely not purchase another Karin Slaughter book. Childish as that may sound, I enjoy happy endings or at least moderately happy endings. This was the biggest let down in a series that I have ever read.

  122. Jane
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 10:48:31

    @christy Alot of us feel the same way christy.

  123. Susan
    Jan 24, 2009 @ 11:33:39

    When is Genesis due to come out?

  124. Melanie P.
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 22:11:35

    Genesis comes out July 21, 2009.

  125. Melanie
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 06:53:24

    OMG! Genesis TEASER below my comment………….

    I can not believe this!!! they are going to bring the Will Trent series and Grant County together in this book!!! and i wonder if Will and Sara will fall in love or if Will and Faith will fall in love, i really wanted will and faith to get in a relationship, but now that the two stories are merging, oh me oh my i just dont know what i want… Karin pulled me back in with the teaser, as much as i didnt want to still be a fan… GRRRRRRRRRR

    Someone had spent time with her – someone well-practiced in the art of pain…Three years ago former Grant Country medical examiner Sara Linton moved to Atlanta hoping to leave her tragic past behind her. Now working as a doctor in Atlanta’s Grady Hospital she is starting to piece her life together. But when a severely wounded young woman is brought in to the emergency room, she finds herself drawn back into a world of violence and terror. The woman has been hit by a car but naked and brutalized it’s clear that she has been the prey of a twisted mind. When Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Investigation Team returns to the scene of the accident he stumbles on a torture chamber buried deep beneath the earth. And this hidden house of horror reveals a ghastly truth – Sara’s patient is just the first victim of a sick, sadistic killer. Wrestling the case away the local police chief, Will and his partner Faith Mitchell find themselves at the center of a grisly murder hunt. And Sara, Will and Faith – each with their own wounds and their own secrets – are the only thing that stands between a madman and his next crime… “

  126. Sheila
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 08:59:49

    Do you think this is what she had planned all along or is this her way of drawing those of us back in that were only going to keep reading the Will Trent books? It makes me want to read it but at the same time it makes me mad that she’s done it this way, because I’d only be reading it because it’s a Will Trent book. Now I too am all conflicted.

  127. Melanie
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 11:22:44

    i was wondering the same thing, was this her plan all along or was this just to draw back in the fan base that left when she so rudely killed Jeffrey… hmmmm… darn her for this. and i know i will buy the book, i just know i will… argh!

  128. gail
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 16:03:05

    I won’t buy the book. Just my personal stand.

  129. Tom
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 20:46:08

    Boycotting an author is a first for me. After reading thousands of books over the years it was something that I had never considered before.

    I’m sure she was pretty proud of herself when she had her little epiphany. I think, and hope, this is going to hurt her future sales.

  130. Susan
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 08:10:10

    Hi folks,

    First let me say that I do respect everyone’s opinion and feelings about this series of books. Secondly, we have to remember that Jeffery is a fictional character; he is only real on the pages we read and within our own imaginations.

    I too was very upset when he died, not to mention the way he died. That is what makes this series of books so unique, we are getting the unexpected. No one ever expects the hero to die at the end of the book. It stinks but hey; look at how it stirred our emotions.

    I read above where the two series are coming together, I am thrilled, there is more warmth and caring in the other series and I hope it spills over into the lives of the Grant County people.

    As for some saying they will never buy her books again, you are cheating yourself out of an exciting read. We won't hurt the author, we'll only be hurting ourselves, and always wonder how the story really ended.

    She is a writer because she loves to write, she has the talent to write (I wish I had the talent to write) and she wants to make money. We all have to make money, but how many of us can make money doing something we like?

    I can assure you if you continue with the series, the memory of Jeffery will fade and the new characters will become as real to you as Jeffery was.

    I don't believe when the series ends, we will be left wanting. That definitely would not be in her best interest as an author.

    Give the series a chance and then make a decision. Finish it to the end. If by some chance she does finish the series with a horrible ending, then I won't be reading anymore of her books either, not because I'm mad, but because I don't want to be left with a cloud of gloom and doom over my head.

  131. RKB
    Apr 18, 2009 @ 19:32:44

    So I’ve never read these books in my life, but I was curious to read the author’s spoiler letter. I had to go through *five* “THESE ARE SPOILERS, ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO CLICK HERE?” links. When I finally got to read the letter, the first thing she says is:

    “(C) Karin Slaughter. Please do not copy, duplicate or otherwise disseminate any of the
    contents of this letter. If you do, you are a total jackass and I hope you get herpes.”

    From the herpes comment alone I will never read her books. And because I’ve copied two lines of her letter, I guess she wishes herpes on me? Classy attitude, there! This author needs to take her book earnings and find herself a therapist to talk to, because she’s got some major issues.

  132. mary
    Apr 29, 2009 @ 20:44:13

    I invested years in this series. It is one of few that I would pre order a book and pay for the hard cover.

    The ending of this book blew my mind and of course led me to believe it was Eathan who did it. I sworeI would never buy another of her books. I didn’t read any of the Trent books. Yest here I am lokkingto see when Genisis is comming out.

    I have to say that in the last few books of the GC series I have seen a disconnect in her writing. She would normaly give some ending and tie in to previous things. Such as does Sara have a differnt father? What happened to all of those people from that book? Just forgotten? Do we believe Saras’ mothers one statement on the whole thing or go back to the height/hair color / looks thing? Why didn’t she did deeper? Why was the sisiter such a non charector in the last two books? OK mentioned in the whole church thing but not much. CouldLena have made it with the old flame who came to visit?

    The first few books seemed more tied into eachother. Beyond reach also seemed more violent sexualy than the previous books.

    I had just gotten two of my nieces hooked on the books. I am one that re reads books. I have boxes full and rotate my bookshelves. They were loving iy. With one I said , just go to the end don’t bother and she did, the other had to read through the whole book. The one who read the whole book also says she hates Lena , but she can’t see that she so identifies with her in the wrong choices dept.

    So here I am fighting myself about reading genisis when it comes out, never mind buying it ( oh by the way the ?UK release date is 3 weeks earlier and you can pre order it that way.

    I am still so pissed at KS…..I know they are fictional . Burt like most advid readers , they become part of our lives.

  133. linda clemens
    May 04, 2009 @ 14:21:40

    why did you kill off jeffery tolliver, when you had them together, ready to adopt? You brought them so far! Why? could you find the time to respond, or don’t you do that? Jeffery & Sara where central to the series, whereas as much trouble lena brought, she should have been killed off instaed of jeffery. I don’t blame everyone for being angry, what happened? I know I’m late to respond, but I just finished beyond reach. Why Jeffery?

  134. Stephanie Farina
    May 04, 2009 @ 19:19:56

    What letter is everyone talking about. Did Karin respond on why she wrote this book this way? I have been looking but haven’t seen anything anywhere.

  135. mary
    May 06, 2009 @ 07:42:20

    On her website she wrote a letter to her readers “explaining” herself and assuring everyone that Jeffery was indeed dead, not comming back, no dream.

  136. scene girls
    Jun 11, 2009 @ 15:09:23

    Hah! That really made me laugh – thanks!

  137. mary
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 17:54:23

    Don’t bother reading undone or as it was orig set as genisis.

    It is NOT Saras’ story, certainly a book meant to bring you back to buy more to find out what happens

  138. Melanie
    Jul 27, 2009 @ 12:43:54

    are you serious? is it that bad? i read a clip that she brings the Grant County novel and the new Atlanta/Will Trent novel together in this one. i wasnt sure if that was gonna tick me off or make me happy. Cant wait to get my copy, but i am telling you – if she pisses me off again with this book that is it, i am officially done with KS – she will have officially “slaughtered” her carreer

  139. Susie, Redondo Beach, CA
    Aug 21, 2009 @ 00:18:19

    I just finished Beyond Reach after reading all the Sara and Jeffey books. I’m so dissapointed and will not read anymore of your books. I realize these are murder mysteries but there was always the 3 constants and when you “really” screwed that up that was it for me. Women are the biggest readers of these stories and if we wanted that kind of ending we can watch the 6 O’clock news. You could have left us with a little happiness after all the dealth instead of slapping us in the face. I enjoyed the whole Sara and Jeff series until the end of the last book. I was looking forward to the next one, not happening now. You blew this one!
    I hope you read this because I don’t usually comment on books but I’m just so pissed off at the ending of this on. Maybe it was a dream and she’ll wake up in your next book realizing it was just a fearful dream.

  140. Joanna, maine
    Sep 29, 2009 @ 04:54:00

    Well, because I’m a used book fanatic, I bought Beyond Reach at a used book store, and was ecstatic reading it, thinking I had found another great mystery novelist to enjoy, but this ending honestly ruined the rest of the book, instead of the awesome plot, wonderful suspense, and overall great story, I just keep thinking of the ending, not only did it feel like a cheap parlor trick, but it felt rushed at that, if you had kill off the main guy, couldn’t Karin have put a little more effort then a couple pages into it?

    Karin rushed, and ruined a series I would have otherwise purchased in it’s entirety.

  141. Dorothy
    Sep 29, 2009 @ 05:12:52

    I’m a great fan of Karin Slaughter’s books and have read everyone. I too was disappointed with the death of Jeffrey. However, I am 3/4 through Genisis and in true Slaughter style, the book is captivating. Murder mystery & romance. One chapter may have closed when Jeffrey was killed off but another has opened with Will, Faith & Sara. I haven’t been able to put it down. Love her writing and can’t wait for follow up books.

  142. Irene Grindell
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 11:34:28

    Read genesis after waiting for ever after “the last 3 pages”. Read everything KS ever wrote and loved it (except for lucky charm )until she killed off a main character and then fobbed me off with a bad book. Was not worth the wait, very disappointed in it and karin has lost another fan. Surprised no one else has commented on it or has no one actually bought it?

  143. mary
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 19:31:21


    I commented on it.

    All I wrote was not to bother with it.

    I had pre ordered it even though I swore off slaughter.

    This book was horrible. Not at all Slaughter style nor what you would expect from her. I expected more!!
    It is also not the story of Sara and no whre is Lena mentioned except the lette that Sara carries around.

    We were promised it would be Saras’ story and would find out how Lena was doing …

    Nope none of that. Just a trap to get you to buy another book to try to find out. Bad writing all around.Bad move to alient true former fans too

  144. Jane
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 21:10:10

    @mary I am glad I didn’t pick up the follow up then. Sounds like I would have been bitterly disappointed.

  145. Melanie
    Oct 21, 2009 @ 08:07:37

    i am reading the new book Undone (US version of Genesis). I too was baffled that so far it really has nothing to do with Grant County, since i thought this was a grant county book. I went to Karin’s website to make sure i had indeed picked up the correct book. WELL, i am shocked to see that this book in an entirely NEW freakin series… I mean, we have the grant county series, which is looking like ended with the brutal killing of jeffrey since she hasnt come out with a new one since that book (which really she needs to continue that story line considering the only reason why people bought her books to begin with were for Grant County, not these other series… anyways…) then we have new “Will Trent/Atlanta series”, and now this newest book Genesis/Undone is part of a series called “The Georgia Series”. REALLY?!?!?!? did anyone know this?? i am curious to know your thoughts! (sorry for the long post)

  146. mary
    Oct 23, 2009 @ 08:01:09


    I am glad I was not the only one who felt that way. This is in no way the story or continumn of Sara and Lena, and how their lives were 3 years later which it the way it was presentee or “sold” to all of those “faithfull” readers.

    She puts you on a string herre. Do you buy the next book to see if she readfs Lena’s letter? Are they ever going to tell us anything about her real life except her damned apartment? What about everyone else from Grant county? All of the unanswered questions? Sara’s parentage for one. Jefferies son. Do they ever tell him? What happened to the baby they were supposed to adopt. Sara’s sister, her cousin… alll those we took a personal interest in.Oh yeah what happened to the girls who were burried undergroud??

    OK I know it is fiction. I have been reading these books since the first. Waiting with baited breath for the day Sara and Jeffery would be happy. Always waiting for little tidbits about the non main charectors that slaughter used to throw in. It became part of my life. REal to me. That is what a good author does.

    She lost me.

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  148. Kaye Hildebran
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 16:52:40

    I just can’t believe you killed off Jeffrey. I loved him and Sarah so much and looked forward to read about their coming lives after they adopted the baby boy. I am real disappointed that this has happened but I know that is the way things work when you read a book. I hope there is a way to get Jeffrey back but with what happened I doubt that can be done. Thanks for your books.

  149. Judi
    Jan 17, 2010 @ 11:55:56

    I came upon this thread because I’d read an except from Indelible and was captivated by the romance. I’d planned to go buy it and see if I could the author’s back-list to purchase also. Now I won’t be buying. The relationship is what drew me. And I have enough death in my life thank you.

  150. Barb
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 22:16:57

    i agree totally with the reviewer of Slaughter’s book Beyond Reach. I will no longer be reading Slaughter’s books.

  151. Irene Grindell
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 04:53:37

    I have received an email recently informing me that her new book will be out in the summer and I realised I have absolutely no interest in it whatsoever. Genesis was a poor attempt, badly written, lousy plot, coincidence after coincidence after coincidence…. I was so disappointed with it. I liked both of her previous series but this latest book was an insult to her fans. How cd she even think about making Will do what she did (with Angie) just so that he stood up to her??????? Definitely have lost all interest in any new stories from Karin Slaughter.

  152. Barb
    Feb 28, 2010 @ 13:26:05

    I am still very angry at the killing off of Jeffrey. I tried reading the next book and it sucked. Don’t like the Will Tent books. I have suggestion for Ms. Slaughter. Apologize to your Grant County book fans for killing Jeffrey, rewrite the ending to the book and give us who bought the book a very discounted new version when we turn in the original book, pretend that the next book didn’t happen, and continue the Grant Co. series with both Jeffrey and Sara alive.

  153. Melinda
    Mar 13, 2010 @ 14:33:51

    Well all I can say is I felt a little bit different about the book. I have read all of the Grant County series and I can honestly say that I thought her books were well written. I did have a problem with the killing off of Jeffery but it wasn’t that deep. I understand why she choose to kill him off. You can’t write about to same characters forever. I like the twists and turns and the unexpectance of things. All of her book have been good reads for me.

  154. sharon theobald burch
    May 09, 2010 @ 11:30:47

    I agree with everyone who are ex fans. There was no need after all fans had been through to get them together (how many books?) NO reason for the story line the end that way. I’ve bought my last Karin Slaughter book. Lot of good new authors out there.

  155. sharon theobald burch
    May 09, 2010 @ 11:33:57

    I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!

  156. Blondie
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 22:31:26

    Wow, people, get a grip! It’s a BOOK! I read like mad-I finish at least one book a day and there are some I become attached to, yes, but if the author changes that it is because either he/she has a new vision that’s going to be better or he/she couldn’t see a future for that particular character anymore.
    So, question, if your best friends spouse suddenly died, no warning, would you quit talking to your best friend? Cuz their spouse was no longer a part of their life? That’s essentially what you all are saying about Karin Slaughter. That because her character passed (violently and sadly, yes, I agree on that. It deeply saddend me! Made me grieve and feel even more deeply for Sara!) you can not have the reader/writer relationship anymore.
    That’s what happends in REAL life–unexpected, cruel twists jump out at us all, unknowingly, at any time. She just made her characters that much more real. I am saddend but I will continue to read. I want to see how Sara handles life without the love of her life, how she recovers and discovers the new, grieved Sara. Karin is a great, talented woman and I can’t wait to read more!

  157. karen
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 22:13:40

    I just finished reading Beyond Reach, I had read all the previous GC books but never followed up due to life getting in the way. I almost stopped reading her in the first one when she wrote that Lena was on her way from Macon to Atlanta on I-20. That interstate runs E-W, not N-S, and for KS to be a “GA native” this was offensive to me. But I loved the plot, it was very intriguing, esp the way that the perp ended up being exposed in an “OMG, are you serious???” way. So I kept reading and I liked all the others. But for her to make Sarah and Jeffery the main characters from the beginning and lead us up to the reunion of them, their growing up and acceptance of each other, to the potential adoption of a kid, just to end it in a very brutal way in two pages with no hope for an even semi-happy ending?!?!?! It is bordering on cruel and deceitful, because she made it where Sarah was having doubts and then realized how much she wanted a baby with Jeffery then had Jeffery blown apart while she had to hold him as he died!!!! I felt grieve that rivaled when my Granddaddy died and nothing has ever hurt me that deep. It is unfair as an author to write books with relationships in them that speak to the reader for so long, and at such a deep level, to just rip them apart in a matter of paragraphs. KS should be ashamed for calling herself an author.

  158. KAREN
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 22:24:38

    And I just read her so-called “letter to my fans”, and it is nothing more than a plea to not hate her for what she’s done. She says Genesis will take place 3 years after Jeffery’s death, that is a coward’s way out from having to deal with writing a story about Sarah’s grief. I am so livid right now I can’t even fathom going to sleep, and I skipped dishes to finish the book before time to sleep b/c I had to know how it all ended. GGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  159. Angie
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 12:52:31

    I agree. I just finished reading Beyond Reach and wished I had never read it. I feel like I wasted my time. Nothing was resolved in the end. Too many loose ends that weren’t tied up. I’ll never read another one of her books because even though I do like thrillers, I also want a resolution at the end. I don’t like to be left hanging like that after you’ve invested in the characters. So sad……..

  160. Beverly
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 11:26:57

    I am also disappointed. I hope other authors like James PAtterson never take this path in his/their books

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  162. Amanda
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 15:18:37

    I am going to disagree. Sometimes main characters have to die. They can’t continue on forever. You can feel free to blame this on the fact that I didn’t read the books in order. I knew Will Trent before Jeffrey Tolliver. And I also knew Jeffrey was going to die, because Undone was the first book I read. In fact I have enjoyed her later writings even more than the first ones!

  163. Melanie
    Dec 11, 2010 @ 20:07:45

    I am soooooo pissed off at Karin Slaughter for killing off Jeffery. This was the worst thing that she could have done, Lena could of died instead of Jeffery. I have read all of the books, this far and am not sure if I am going to cintinue following! This sucks soooo bad. She was becoming my favorite author, and then she had to go and FUCK UP!

  164. Mac
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 03:47:59

    @Melanie: In my opinion Kim Slaughter’s Grant County series especially Beyond Reach were very exciting to read but I must admit I was actually hoping that in the end, Chief Jeffrey Tolliver and Dr. Sara Linton would end up happy together with their newly adopted son. The death of Jeffrey was a negative twist but the novel was still very nice. Miss Slaughter is a very good writer.

  165. Mac
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 03:50:05


    I guess killing Jeffrey paves way for another book wherein Sara and Lena will pursue Jeffrey’s killer or something like that.

  166. Elli
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 03:23:46

    It’s 3:52am and I just finished Beyond Reach, Then I read KS’s letter which lead me to these reviews. I agree with all you “bitter” fans. The reason I just read Beyond Reach at this late date is that while I wait for favorite authors to hurry up and feed me a new book, (why are all the good authors so slow? lol) what was I saying? oh yes, while I wait, I’ll try out a “new” author, and if I like it, I’ll go back and buy up all the previous paperback versions of the series. If I find a series that I know I’ll read many times over, I’ll invest in the hardcovers. Elizabeth George and Dana Stebenow, among others, are in hardcover on my shelves. One of you said that they pulled the same stunt. I can’t remember what they did. I think this just shows how well they intergrated it into the story so believably. It made so much sense that I could accept it and continue on enjoying the series. Which I cannot say for KS. Two pages for the death of a beloved character? come on KS, really. That is no way near enough time to absorb the shock. I quickly picked up Undone to see if maybe the ending was a dream or a mistake but no, sadly, it wasn’t. I only read a bit of chapter one and don’t feel like finishing it. Can someone just tell me if Sara gets her baby? I doubt it. Double d…m. Needless to say, you will not be seeing harcover copies of this series on my shelves. In fact, I feel a real need to donate my copies to Goodwill and go back and read EG and DS over again.

  167. Jayne-emma
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 08:32:30

    Dear bitter person.

    Get a life!!!! stop moaning for heavens sake its just a book series!!! I happen to think that the books are chilling and I love the misery and horror that is conveyed in this book. Maybe you should go and read a book about pretty butterflies or something u obv can’t handle it lol

  168. Becca
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 08:16:23

    My first Karin Slaughter book was “Fractured.” I picked it up at a truck stop because I ran out of books in my truck. I am glad that it was the first Slaughter book I read. I knew nothing about the Grant County series. I found out about it after reading “Undone” (which I thoroughly enjoyed, by the way) and proceeded to buy all the Grant County books and “Triptych.” I think Jeffrey’s death didn’t affect me as much because I knew from the beginning that he was going to die. I agree that Lena had almost no character growth during the entire series. I agree that Sara and Jeffrey were a fun couple to read about. But honestly, the Grant County series was getting a little stale. Maybe because I read the entire series in about a week, but that’s how I felt. For me, the character I like the best is Will Trent, so unless she kills him off, I’m okay. In fact, I’m about to pre-order “Fallen.”

    Also, I take offense to the people that say everyone should get a grip or get a life just because they are upset about a character’s death. When your read a series or an extremely long book, like Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” or the full version of “The Stand,” those characters aren’t just words on a page, they are your friends. You care about them. You wonder what they are up to now. Have you never laughed or cried or got emotional while reading a book? Because if you haven’t, what’s the point of you reading at all?

  169. Sue
    May 24, 2011 @ 19:56:51

    I stumbled across KS, with Faithless, and read Indelible and A Faint Cold Fear. Couldn’t put the books down. Unfortunately, I just read Undone, and found that she had killed off Jeffrey (!!!) in Beyond Reach (which I haven’t read yet, and am not sure if I ever will). What I’m confused about is Sara’s age. In Undone, KS says Sara will be 40 the next year, and she has been married to Jeffrey for 15 years + she has been grieving for 3+ years after Jeffrey’s death. How does the Math add up?? Did Sara and Jeffrey get married when Sara was only 22??

  170. Barb
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 10:22:51

    I totally agree with Jane. As I’ve reread the Grant County series just recently I thought much the same thing. Why can’t these characters have some peace and happiness? Why does everyone have to go through these tragic personal losses ALL the time? I liked reading about Jeffrey and Sara and their struggle to fit back together becaused they really loved each other. I liked that they had remarried and were adopting. Killing off Jeffrey killed the series. Other writers have done a wonderful job of bringing two people together through alot of struggles and still continued writing a good series. Look at Patricia Cornwell with Bentley and Kay. I think Slaughter copped out at the end of Beyond Reach. I don’t think she knows how to write about happiness, not corniness, happiness with struggles of life. I’ve noticed she also leaves alot of things hanging. Like what did Jeffrey want to discuss with Sara at the end of Beyond Reach? In Undone she tells about a letter Sara carries around from Lena for months and then finally reads but we don’t know what’s in the letter. Now that Jeffrey is gone she is dividing her books between Will Trent, Sara, Faith Mitchell and some Lena. They lack acontunuity of a series. I admit I’ve continued to read because of Sara but each book leaves me depressed. I will no longer read Slaughter’s books. I love to read and do so voraciously. I can handle struglles in people’s lives but I can no longer emotionally invest in Slaughter’s books. The characters just have too many problems and can’t seem to find happiness without it being smashed to pieces. So no morew money spent on her books and no more time reading them. I’ll stick with Paricia Cornwell, Dana Stabenow, Lee Child, an d others.

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  173. toni
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 15:33:13

    i love all of your books and in response to the angry bitter letter above, i personally think that if you dont read the atlanta series such as triptych you are not going to understand the new atlanta series in which sara is featured, but saying that i do understand where u are coming from as i was quite reluctant to read the atlanta series after finishing the grant series, but you are missing out as triptych and fractured are also just as amazing as the others. keep wrighting karin coz im dying to find out how sara and wills relationship turn out, im deffinitely rooting for them both :) xxx

  174. Lorhainne Eckhart
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 13:31:46

    Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors. I have read this series, and I realize the ending may have upset many fans. It really made me think.
    The subject and genre this series is based–the ending was realistic. And really this series is not targeted to romance readers who need that happily ever after. If that’s the type of book you’re looking for. This novel will piss you off.
    I will not hesitate to read all of Karin Slaughters novels, because I know to expect the unexpected. I don’t want to read easy predictable novels. And I do get emotionally involved with my characters like Sara and Jeffrey–great characters. When I read a novel, I love authors who really delve into difficult subjects, and Karin Slaughter does this quite well.

  175. dphilblack
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 11:05:53

    Some time has passed since this post was created… but I thought I’d add to it to see if there is fresh perspective and if any of the angry postee’s have broken their resolve and read some more of KS’s books. The first Karin Slaughter book I read was indeed Beyond Reach and despite not knowing the back story about Jeffrey & Sara I loved their romance, the connection and the realistic twist of a relationship. I was shocked at the ending as any reader would be and yet I faithfully read all the previous books to that one and now as an avid fan early await her yearly new release. Initially I too felt that psychological block of reading any other of her books but overcame and loved the Atlanta series too. I guess I love her writing and story telling more than the characters themselves… because the characters are there to reflect real life situations (one of them is death obviously).
    The books following Beyond Reach are just as good and I would say that the last one in particular Fallen nearly matches my love for Blindsighted.
    So, I am curious to see if the readers have gotten past their grieving stage for Jeffrey and are reading now about what’s happening with the characters that carried on to live in the next stories…

  176. Josie
    May 12, 2012 @ 02:23:21

    @Laura: I have just finished reading the book and it so depressed me with her killing off Jeffery just as they were going to get a baby can’t find if there is a book to follow to make things a bit better has anyone heard.

  177. Bhoomi
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 00:48:37

    Wasted my time…. :-( Realy Pathetic, no other words to describe this book.

  178. Karen
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 21:50:59

    Wow! Is all I can say. I am a little late to the party, I just read this series and the ending sucked so bad. I am angry! Yes, I know this is just a book, but I have to ask why? Jeffrey is DEAD. THE END! Seriously! Did the author get bored? Maybe when I read another series I will start at the end of the last book first. I will go back to my favorite author Karen Rose. Very dissapointed with Karin Slaughter.

  179. Jane
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 08:25:56

    @Karen – you are in good company!

  180. June Schlebusch
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 06:43:22

    Hi there I have just finished the latest book, Criminal…I can’t wait for the sequill…I found Will Trent to be amazing example of a human being that triumps over disaster…What a beautiful love story…I seems they Are going to live happily ever after.

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