While rape/murder/vicious crimes against women are hard to read about, Slaughter does a fantastic job at keeping some details gory and letting you fill in the blanks about others. I like how Slaughter's female characters are strong even in the face of these heinous crimes. Slaughter knows how to unfurl a story. It never felt rushed or as if it dragged along. Toward the end, she hints at who it is all along which is who, as an avid CSI-er, Law and Order fan, I didn't quite see that coming either.
This was Slaughter's first novel and I'd love to read more from her.
I give this book 4 lipsticks.