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Title: Beyond Reach
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Published July 31st 2007 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385339476
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Sara Linton--resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, --has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when her husband, Police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker detective Lena Adams has been arrested for murder and needs Sara's help, she is not sure she can handle t Sara Linton--resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, --has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when her husband, Police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker detective Lena Adams has been arrested for murder and needs Sara's help, she is not sure she can handle the pressure of it all. But soon Sara and Jeffery are sitting through evidence, peeling back the layers of a mystery that grows darker by the day--until an intricate web of betrayal and vengeance begins to unravel. And suddenly the lives of Sara, Lena, and Jeffery are hanging by the slenderest of threads.

30 review for Beyond Reach

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    This is the 6th and last book of the Grant County Series, and OMG it was so gut wrenching, even though I was prepared for it because I read the Will Trent Series first. You will not want to do this because there are major spoilers, make sure you read this series first. If you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend it. It is so good. I will admit though that this series is not for the faint of heart. When Detective Lena Adams is arrested in her home town in Georgia, her boss, police Chie This is the 6th and last book of the Grant County Series, and OMG it was so gut wrenching, even though I was prepared for it because I read the Will Trent Series first. You will not want to do this because there are major spoilers, make sure you read this series first. If you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend it. It is so good. I will admit though that this series is not for the faint of heart. When Detective Lena Adams is arrested in her home town in Georgia, her boss, police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver, goes to help her and takes his wife medical examiner Sara Linton with him. Sara has problems of her own: she is being sued for medical misdiagnosis after the death of a young patient. His parents, overwhelmed by debt, are looking for someone to pay. Jeffrey and Sara have recently been accepted into an adoption programme. Lena, who always seems to be in trouble, has been discovered by the local police sitting on the ground on the perimeter of a high school sports field, with her foot on a fuel can. On the fifty yard touch line is a burning Cadillac and investigators can see a body, beyond saving, charring on the back seat. When Lena won’t answer questions or indeed speak at all, she is taken to the hospital, and at the same time charged with obstructing the law. Soon after Jeffrey and Sara arrive, Lena absconds, setting off a chain of events that places them all in great danger.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    WOW! I feel like I have been hit by a freight train - that's how fast paced this book was. But it was good - really good. Lena has a disposition which, more often than not, lands her in trouble. But never before like this..... Slaughter must be one of the best ever writers. I even love her acknowledgements - 'Sue Kurylowicz was the winner of the 'Get Slaughtered' contest, granting her the dubious honour of having her name appear in this book. Sue, honey, you DID ask to be bad....' and It's not man WOW! I feel like I have been hit by a freight train - that's how fast paced this book was. But it was good - really good. Lena has a disposition which, more often than not, lands her in trouble. But never before like this..... Slaughter must be one of the best ever writers. I even love her acknowledgements - 'Sue Kurylowicz was the winner of the 'Get Slaughtered' contest, granting her the dubious honour of having her name appear in this book. Sue, honey, you DID ask to be bad....' and It's not many people who will keep listening when you begin a conversation with 'So, I want to burn someone alive....' Thank you Karin Slaughter for another fantastic journey through the darker side of life. I didn't think I was going to bond with this book to begin with as a lot of it is centred around the methamphetamine industry, but she had me after the first couple of pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Patterson

    I don’t know how to review this book. I have to give it full marks, even though every cell in my body screams at me not to. Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver are well known to Slaughter’s fans. Slaughter has taken the American crime forensic genre and made it her own. Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs are running to stand still to keep up with her. They can’t. They won’t. No-one will. It takes a special author to shock a reader for 7 sequential books. Slaughter does it without flinching and without I don’t know how to review this book. I have to give it full marks, even though every cell in my body screams at me not to. Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver are well known to Slaughter’s fans. Slaughter has taken the American crime forensic genre and made it her own. Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs are running to stand still to keep up with her. They can’t. They won’t. No-one will. It takes a special author to shock a reader for 7 sequential books. Slaughter does it without flinching and without resorting to sensationalism. And she is never boring. Join the ride as Sara and Jeffrey follow his fellow detective, Lena, to hell. Unraveling the horrors of small town America is Slaughter’s specialty. She doesn’t disappoint. Her characters are flawless and flawed. And the ending – I still can’t speak about it. Read it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Words sort of fail me right now. The entire book is one huge tension-filled ride and just when you think it's safe to breathe...the world collapses. I think that's all I'll say about the book. It's brilliantly written, no matter how upset I am about the series end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Let's just say if I had been heavily invested in these books and these characters, this author would probably have lost a fan for life. (view spoiler)[That ending was fairly brutal. (hide spoiler)] He was smiling again, that half-smile that could infuriate her and make her love him at the same time. Ah, well, back to Will Trent and to see how that all pans out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    In this final addition to the, "Grant County" series, Lena leads Jeffery and Sarah into a deadly situation and as usual she is in over her head. Jeffery knows that Lena took a trip to her home town to find out why she had been unable to reach her uncle who had in fact raised her and her sister. When Jeffery is unable to reach her days later, he and Sarah are off to the next county to see what gives. Upon their arrival they learn Lena is in the hospital and being held for questioning, her uncle i In this final addition to the, "Grant County" series, Lena leads Jeffery and Sarah into a deadly situation and as usual she is in over her head. Jeffery knows that Lena took a trip to her home town to find out why she had been unable to reach her uncle who had in fact raised her and her sister. When Jeffery is unable to reach her days later, he and Sarah are off to the next county to see what gives. Upon their arrival they learn Lena is in the hospital and being held for questioning, her uncle is missing and the local bar he owns has been closed by the authorities. As soon as they are allowed to visit Lena, she starts acting more crazy than usual, begs them to leave town and promptly executes a desperate escapes. Shortly after her escape the local PD find a murdered woman who has been burned alive in a car. Jeffery will not stop until he finds out what deep trouble Lena has gotten herself into now. Secrets about Lena's childhood and her connection to a long running drug ring are revealed. Great characters, great narration, and a perfect jumping off story to start KS's next, the "Will Trent" series. One of my favorites.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    God damn it. I want to punch Karin Slaughter in the face right now. Seriously, I do! This book is the finale book in the Grant County Series. Holy Crap! I guess this series had to end one way or another. Lena, once again, is up to her eyeballs in trouble. Her bad decision making and self destructing ways lead her down a path that in turns leads Jeffery and Sara down the same path. Lena has been arrested for Murder and needs help. Sara is up to her eyeballs in stress as she is being sued by a forme God damn it. I want to punch Karin Slaughter in the face right now. Seriously, I do! This book is the finale book in the Grant County Series. Holy Crap! I guess this series had to end one way or another. Lena, once again, is up to her eyeballs in trouble. Her bad decision making and self destructing ways lead her down a path that in turns leads Jeffery and Sara down the same path. Lena has been arrested for Murder and needs help. Sara is up to her eyeballs in stress as she is being sued by a former patients parents. But she welcomes going out of town with Jeffrey to help Lena as a way of escaping her own worries for awhile. Little does she know that Lena has stumbled into a MESS and not a little mess either but a huge one full of organized crime, drugs,an incarcerated ex-boyfriend, and lots of fire. They appear to have bitten off more than they can chew in this book and right when we see Sara and Jeffrey in a happy place. This book begins with a bang and it end with one also. I wont give it away but it was a sad ending to a series I grew to love. Karin Slaughter continues to be my favorite Author. Holy Hell, this was a rough one! Loved it. She officially ripped out my heart and stomped on it and boy what a ride. Another great read. She knocked it out of the ballpark with this finale. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Finished re-reading (listening to) this 6th book in Karin Slaughter's Grant County series. I loved the story and only gave it 4 stars because of the shocking ending. I do understand why the author ended the book the way she did but that doesn't change how I feel about it. Looking forward to carrying on with the next book which starts the "Will Trent" series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donnelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having worked in a bookstore for a few years, I happened upon the first book in this series not so very long ago, and quickly found myself devouring all of the subsequent novels, as they were well-written and suspenseful, with the benefit of having truly fleshed-out characters. I enjoyed them so much that I even recommended them to several of the store's more frequent customers, and they, too, became fans of this series. I looked forward to Beyond Reach for quite some time, and picked it up as s Having worked in a bookstore for a few years, I happened upon the first book in this series not so very long ago, and quickly found myself devouring all of the subsequent novels, as they were well-written and suspenseful, with the benefit of having truly fleshed-out characters. I enjoyed them so much that I even recommended them to several of the store's more frequent customers, and they, too, became fans of this series. I looked forward to Beyond Reach for quite some time, and picked it up as soon as it was released. Most of the book featured what had, at that point, been trademarks of Ms. Slaughters' - an intricate plot carried along by well-developed characters to whom the readers could relate, or at the very least, find interesting and compelling. And then, there were the last two pages. I've read all of the reviews admonishing those who gave this book a low rating, on the grounds that these are, of course, Ms. Slaughters' characters, and she can do with them whatever she so chooses. I agree with that, to an extent. The problem lies in the fact that fans of this series had been made to invest in certain characters and relationships, and have followed them as problems and issues were confronted and resolved, resulting in character growth and more enriched connections and dynamics. To all of a sudden bring such a devastating conclusion to an aspect of this particular series that had just reached a truly significant turning point - what could even be described as something of a pay-off for all of those who had faithfully followed the maturation of the relationship in question - seemed entirely unnecessary. I have never subscribed to the notion that events such as the one that transpired here are all well and good in that it keeps readers on their toes and shifts storylines into new, exciting dimensions. Instead, it always feels cheap and manipulative and disrespectful to fans, and that is, unfortunately, the case here. Prior to this point, I had believed Ms. Slaughter to be an author who was confident enough in her own storytelling abilities that she wouldn't feel the need to resort to cheap tricks in an effort to build up so-called suspense. I'm disappointed that she chose to irrevocably disabuse me, and everyone else who was displeased with the ending, of that notion. I absolutely hated the ending, and have not been able to attribute anything even remotely positive to what transpired, in terms of future plots. All I know is that Beyond Reach was the last Karin Slaughter book that I will read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karin Slaughter

    I should also add that this book is called SKIN PRIVILEGE in the UK and other territories. My US publisher felt that Beyond Reach would be a better title, so we went with that here. Same book, same story, same words except for that color/colour thing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Great writing by Slaughter as always... but man, the ending!! I was literally heartbroken!! I cannot believe Karin Slaughter did that!!! I highly recommend first time readers of this series (Grant County) to start from the beginning because you gotta understand the complexity of these characters. There's just so much to Lena Adams, Sara Linton, and Jeffrey Tolliver that you can't really get from just reading this book. A must-read for suspense-thriller fans!! The ending... still gets to me!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    what the actual fuck, Slaughter. what the actual fuck. no rating for you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jori

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't even want to give this book a full star. She has lost a fan. I always loved her ending making you want more but all I found with the ending of this book was an end. I will not be buying the next book in the Grant County Series. I equate the ending of this book with this if JK Rowling had killed off Harry Potter in the 4th book why read the rest the main character is gone. What is the use. I was never able to connect with Lena or Sara but I did connect with Jeffrey. I hope she rethinks he I don't even want to give this book a full star. She has lost a fan. I always loved her ending making you want more but all I found with the ending of this book was an end. I will not be buying the next book in the Grant County Series. I equate the ending of this book with this if JK Rowling had killed off Harry Potter in the 4th book why read the rest the main character is gone. What is the use. I was never able to connect with Lena or Sara but I did connect with Jeffrey. I hope she rethinks here decision. I could even stand a "Bobby Ewing Dream Chapter" just to have the character back.

  14. 5 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: drug abuse, white supremacists, Nazi symbolism, murder, fire, immolation, car accident, death of a child, mentions of rape (in the past), death of a loved one (in the past), mentions of abortion, explosions, (view spoiler)[a really graphic scene where someone's hand gets cut off, aaaand a character getting blown up and bleeding out in their spouse's arms (hide spoiler)] 22/2/2018 On reread, I think I'm bumping this up to 4 stars. Having read things in order, there are a lot of li Trigger warnings: drug abuse, white supremacists, Nazi symbolism, murder, fire, immolation, car accident, death of a child, mentions of rape (in the past), death of a loved one (in the past), mentions of abortion, explosions, (view spoiler)[a really graphic scene where someone's hand gets cut off, aaaand a character getting blown up and bleeding out in their spouse's arms (hide spoiler)] 22/2/2018 On reread, I think I'm bumping this up to 4 stars. Having read things in order, there are a lot of little threads that finally get pulled together in this, the last book of the Grant County series, and those threads made a lot more sense now that I've actually read the series in order rather than all over the damn place. This was possibly the most confronting book in the series simply because the discussion of meth addiction is SO RELENTLESS, and because the initial death that starts everything off is so completely horrifying. And even knowing what was coming, that ending totally blew my mind because while I knew what was coming, I'd forgotten the HOW and y.i.k.e.s. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into rereading the Will Trent books now! 3/7/2016 3.5 stars. Somehow when I devoured the Grant County books a couple of years ago, I missed out on this one. I'm still not sure HOW I did that, considering this one ends with a super major massive plot point that has massive ramifications for the subsequent books. So I knew about the super major massive plot point? But I'd never actually read about it happening. Anyway. Ultimately, this one was a bit of a let down for me. It's so ridiculously Lena-focused, and she drives me nuts. And because I knew from the get go what was going to happen, I was basically disappointed when it kept NOT happening because I was constantly anticipating it. On the whole, I enjoy this (slightly disturbing) series. But this one seemed pretty disjointed, and the story never really flowed for me. So I WANTED to love it. But I just...didn't. I mean, it was good. But it wasn't what I was anticipating, knowing what the super major massive plot point was.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wysterria

    karin slaughter is one of my favorite authors. i went on a spree and read everything she has written. i have a hard time giving her anything less than 5 stars. she writes captivating stories on the topic of crime scene/mystery/romance. strange combination i know. the main characters of her grant county novels are sara linton and jeffrey tolliver, who used to be married, and are both involved in each crime scene. jeffrey is chief of police and sara is county coroner. they have side story of their karin slaughter is one of my favorite authors. i went on a spree and read everything she has written. i have a hard time giving her anything less than 5 stars. she writes captivating stories on the topic of crime scene/mystery/romance. strange combination i know. the main characters of her grant county novels are sara linton and jeffrey tolliver, who used to be married, and are both involved in each crime scene. jeffrey is chief of police and sara is county coroner. they have side story of their own, attempting to reconcile their relationship after divorce. her books are pageturners, and open your eyes to the big crimes even small towns are exposed to.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Darn you Karin Slaughter!! Darn you for making me fall in love with Sara & Jeffery & all the characters of 'Grant County'. Now the series is done and I'm left with a binge-worthy series hangover. I enjoyed this series very much. This & Blindsighted were my favorite books of the series. Thankfully, I have 'Will Trent' to look forward to.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    What can you say about Karin Slaughter- If you like the thriller, slasher, kill em, slice them up , dice them up and all that other good stuff- this lady can pretty much do it all. Having said that - as far as this series is concerned "Grant County" it just didn't do it for me like so many of the goodreads people. First you have Lena- I know so many really hate her. I don't 'hate' her at all. I pity her more than anything. Having the childhood she had , and my goodness let us not forget what she What can you say about Karin Slaughter- If you like the thriller, slasher, kill em, slice them up , dice them up and all that other good stuff- this lady can pretty much do it all. Having said that - as far as this series is concerned "Grant County" it just didn't do it for me like so many of the goodreads people. First you have Lena- I know so many really hate her. I don't 'hate' her at all. I pity her more than anything. Having the childhood she had , and my goodness let us not forget what she went thru in the very fist book in this series- hate, for me is too strong of a word. Who knows "pity" may not be the correct word either. I think Ms. Slaughter went way over the top w/her character IMHO- so much so that it was way too far fetched. Yes, this is a book- I get it. Like everyone else, I can take the 'over the top' in so many books- (that is why I/we read them, correct?) but Lena- way, way , way over the top to the point being ridiculous. Jeffrey and Sarah- A part , I love both of their characters- together , I didn't. First they get married, then they divorce because of his cheating. Then you have all the garbage in between. This part of the story line (throughout the entire series) is more of the romance/soap opera/ love me, hate me, curse at me, lets have sex on the stairs, make up, then curse at each other, say I love you- then hate you , sex in the kitchen. Ok, you get the idea- There are books that are Romance/Thrillers- that kind of book you expect that , which is why I pretty much stay away from them. I want a really good story with some romance thrown in , I don't want a soap opera type story.(In this series- this is what you have) I first read book number 1 in this series, and left it to go to the Will Trent series- after reading two of those books- I learned that one or some of the Grant County characters are in the Will Trent series- so I went back to the Grant County series to get the full story of what happens. Time is going to tell if it was worth my time going back or not. Some of the reviews on this last book , people were very angry on how it ended. I saw one person say "I'll never read another Karin Slaughter book again!" Really? Oh my GROW UP. The way this book ended or the way the whole Grant County series was, would never stop me from reading a Karin Slaughter book- and certainly just because I wasn't crazy about this series, that is not going to keep me from a terrific author ! For Grant County series based on 5 stars- I give it between a 2 and 3. Based on my personal taste in Thriller books. As far as Ms. Slaughter being as a writer, nothing but a 5 . You can really like an author and not like one of her series at the same time. What I can say is, if this kind of series is for you - read it from book 1 and enjoy!!- then take the next step to the Will Trent series. Hey, who knows, there may be some of you out there- that will give this series a 5 and not like Will Trent as much as this. But, either way- Karin Slaughter is an amazing writer and we can only hope that she keeps on doing what she does best and then we can enjoy the ride!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janie Johnson

    This is the 6th and final book in the Grant County series. Although it reads like it could have another to the series and somehow I wished that there was another. I tired to prepare myself for this one since I was spoiled by reading the Will Trent series first, but I never quite got prepared enough. Synopsis Sara Linton--resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, --has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when he This is the 6th and final book in the Grant County series. Although it reads like it could have another to the series and somehow I wished that there was another. I tired to prepare myself for this one since I was spoiled by reading the Will Trent series first, but I never quite got prepared enough. Synopsis Sara Linton--resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, --has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when her husband, Police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker detective Lena Adams has been arrested for murder and needs Sara's help, she is not sure she can handle the pressure of it all. But soon Sara and Jeffery are sitting through evidence, peeling back the layers of a mystery that grows darker by the day--until an intricate web of betrayal and vengeance begins to unravel. And suddenly the lives of Sara, Lena, and Jeffery are hanging by the slenderest of threads. Wow this was a great ending to this series, although I felt like, after finishing, that something was missing, (oh yes that would be my heart once it was wrenched from my body.) it felt like there should be something more. This could actually be because I can't seem to get enough of Karin Slaughter's writing. This is the favorite of the series for me, there is so much action and excitement that it kept me on the edge of my seat, turning page after page till well past my bedtime. It was just so engaging, there is so much mystery to solve in this one. However I did figure out one of the bad guys. There are some really good twists in this one that I did not expect at all. The characters, again, are amazing. They continue to grow right into the Will Trent series. They are flawed and gritty, which makes them very realistic and believable and they are probably the biggest reason why I love the series so much. In my opinion, Jeffrey has to grow on the reader. When you learn who is he then he is more likable. Lena, even through all of her mistakes, is one of my favorite characters, she is very strong presence in this series and also very relatable for me. Sara is another favorite for me, she is a strong female protagonist who has a big heart, but don't let her fool you. I recommend this series, and this author to anyone who loves mystery/thrillers. This is one of my top rated series. It is so worth the read. Karin Slaughter is very gifted and one of the things I like the most about her, is her growth as a writer, it is so obvious. I will read everything she writes now and in the future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Story was kind of average. But the terrible ending brought this to 1 star. I can’t trust this author to give me a good feeling at the end or emotional justice. I want closure and questions answered. In this book questions were not answered. Things were not resolved. Future threats still exist. And worst of all something horrible happens to a main character. During the book, I was curious about what was going on and what would happen. On hindsight, I regret reading this. The author’s mechanics were Story was kind of average. But the terrible ending brought this to 1 star. I can’t trust this author to give me a good feeling at the end or emotional justice. I want closure and questions answered. In this book questions were not answered. Things were not resolved. Future threats still exist. And worst of all something horrible happens to a main character. During the book, I was curious about what was going on and what would happen. On hindsight, I regret reading this. The author’s mechanics were confusing. One chapter was current day Jeffrey and Sara. The next chapter was titled Lena but did not say when that was. I was confused until I figured out that the Lena chapters were back in time a week or so. I wish the author would have said “One week earlier”, or “10 days earlier” in the title for each Lena chapter. Chapters alternated this way through most of the book. I was confused about the bad guys’ motivations for killing people. For example, a meth addict gets meth from a dealer. The addict knows about the dealer and bad guys. So after a while the bad guy says this addict knows too much, lets kill him. The addict had not talked to an authority or given evidence. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 573 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: current day mostly Georgia. Copyright: 2007. Genre: suspense, crime fiction.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I knew what was coming and yet the punch in the face hurt just as much. I was down to the final four pages, just bracing myself. As soon as Jeff headed to the mailbox I remembered what that vicious prick, Ethan, said and I knew. Damn. When I started reading Slaughter I began with a free Goodreads copy of Unseen, was so blown away I flew through the Will Trent series and then realized (thanks to holes in my understanding of Lena & Sara's dealings) I SHOULD have started with the Grant County se I knew what was coming and yet the punch in the face hurt just as much. I was down to the final four pages, just bracing myself. As soon as Jeff headed to the mailbox I remembered what that vicious prick, Ethan, said and I knew. Damn. When I started reading Slaughter I began with a free Goodreads copy of Unseen, was so blown away I flew through the Will Trent series and then realized (thanks to holes in my understanding of Lena & Sara's dealings) I SHOULD have started with the Grant County series, where it all began. The Grant County series dovetails into the Will Trent series, if you don't know. Had I understood that and read the books from both series' in published order, the entire tale wouId have flowed so much better. As it is I can't remember what happened to Ethan in Will Trent because I didn't KNOW Jeffrey and was, thus, not invested in his story. I was looking out for WILL and Sara(!). If I'd read the two series' in order I'd have known the whole story and been able to put all those emotions in the proper perspective. . So, don't mess up like me. Read them in order. Now I'm going to have to re-read the WT books until I find out what happened to Ethan... Now I care VERY much about HIS fate.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I could have told you this was going to be YET ANOTHER 5 star read before I even started it. Karin Slaughter absolutely kills the game with her Grant County series. This series has captured my heart and without giving any spoilers, I will say that the last few pages of this brought me to tears. I feel like these characters are so real and like I have connected with them so much throughout this series. One of the reasons I loved this particular book in the series so much is because I feel like Jef I could have told you this was going to be YET ANOTHER 5 star read before I even started it. Karin Slaughter absolutely kills the game with her Grant County series. This series has captured my heart and without giving any spoilers, I will say that the last few pages of this brought me to tears. I feel like these characters are so real and like I have connected with them so much throughout this series. One of the reasons I loved this particular book in the series so much is because I feel like Jeffrey and Sara were together, as one unit, and so in love I could hardly take it. To see them so in love is what I have been waiting for throughout the entire series and I feel like it finally happened! I felt like the entire series thus far has had them building up to where they were in this novel and to see them so in love and working together just was perfect. Another thing I loved about this were the twists and turns. I literally could not figure this book out until the very end. I was thrown off by not hearing about Ethan originally at the beginning and then once he worked his way in my assumptions were all over the place. I have a very hard time putting down a Grant County Novel and love the cliff hangers that Slaughter leaves at the ends. I cannot wait to read book 7 and start transitioning into the Will Trent series which is where I originally stumbled upon this amazing author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    5 stars - even though it broke my heart. There's no way to discuss this book without spoilers. I will say that this book & the entire series is written realistically...often graphically depicting the dark side of human nature. Slaughter doesn't sugarcoat this world and as she so aptly shows us, life doesn't always lead to sweet HEA's. I have so much respect for her for sticking to her vision for this series & I continue to be in awe of her writing talent.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    What a horrible ending to a series! Not sure what the author was thinking with this one. The plot: Detective Lena Adams goes to visit her uncle Hank during her day off. To her surprise, she finds him high as a kite. When did Hank get hooked on drugs again? Next thing we know, Lena is in custody after a car is burned with a body in it and Lena is found close to it. Chief Jeffrey Tolliver comes running to help his detective and Sara Linton is tagging along. Jeffrey and Sara have recently remarried a What a horrible ending to a series! Not sure what the author was thinking with this one. The plot: Detective Lena Adams goes to visit her uncle Hank during her day off. To her surprise, she finds him high as a kite. When did Hank get hooked on drugs again? Next thing we know, Lena is in custody after a car is burned with a body in it and Lena is found close to it. Chief Jeffrey Tolliver comes running to help his detective and Sara Linton is tagging along. Jeffrey and Sara have recently remarried and are in the process of adopting a baby. Sara's practice as a pediatrician has closed after she is named in a lawsuit. When Jeffrey and Sara arrive in town, they discover death, drugs, and skinheads all over the place. Jeffrey wonders if Ethan Green is involved in any of it. Beyond Reach was a letdown I felt the author was in need of a Wow moment and her ending was one way to achieve it. I wasn't satisfied. After reading all the Grant books and investing in these characters, the outcome failed to deliver. Surprisingly, this is the first book where I didn't hate Lena. Don't get me wrong, she's obnoxious and she's still making plenty of wrong decisions and in a very real way, she has to do with how wrong things ended but I didn't despise her like I did in prior books. As always, Sara is the best thing the Grant series has. I wonder what's in store for her. Cliffhanger: No, just a really bad end 1/5 Fangs MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I'm still not sure what I just read. I'm so mixed in my feelings about this book right now. Most of this book was a five star book, but in the end I have to give it three stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    I repeatedly kicked myself in the butt for not reading the Grant County series before starting the Will Trent series, which was where Sara Linton's life changed dramatically. I will try not to make this mistake again with other series. The timing has to be just right for the reader to understand the need for the chronological process. This is the end to the Grant County series and I am not as shocked as I would have been had I not read all the books in the Will Trent series first. I knew some th I repeatedly kicked myself in the butt for not reading the Grant County series before starting the Will Trent series, which was where Sara Linton's life changed dramatically. I will try not to make this mistake again with other series. The timing has to be just right for the reader to understand the need for the chronological process. This is the end to the Grant County series and I am not as shocked as I would have been had I not read all the books in the Will Trent series first. I knew some things were going to happen, I just didn't know the details. Sara and Jeffery and Lena were and are good characters, though I still think Lena needs to get knocked off somehow. Sara's life is about to change and I can't remember if she shows up in the first novel of the Trent series or if it was several books later. Nevertheless, I love her strong character. Having read all the books in the Trent series, I am finally caught up and waiting on the new Will Trent novel coming out hopefully early next year. The Kept Woman I need my Will Trent fix!!!! Hurry, hurry, hurry.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I don't know what Karin Slaughter is doing to me.. This can't be the end of the Grand County series?! I need another book.. WTH is this ENDING...?! Srsly, read this series. It's the best ever. And I can't believe that Karin Slaughter chose to end the series this way.. I always hope for a GREAT finale.. And this is one... I'm shocked beyond believe. Longer review: http://biteintobooks.blogspot.nl/2017...

  27. 4 out of 5

    stephanie

    i am so. happy. about this book. seriously. and so happy i didn't wait and got it when i did, though the cover of the american version is awful pretty . . . though i don't like the title as much. Beyond Reach. i don't know how much i can say without ruining the book, but seriously, the whole thing just keeps going and going and then it ends, and you're like, wtf?! it's such a wtf that the author wrote a letter to answer the inevitable flood of questions/etc. i, however, couldn't be happier with i am so. happy. about this book. seriously. and so happy i didn't wait and got it when i did, though the cover of the american version is awful pretty . . . though i don't like the title as much. Beyond Reach. i don't know how much i can say without ruining the book, but seriously, the whole thing just keeps going and going and then it ends, and you're like, wtf?! it's such a wtf that the author wrote a letter to answer the inevitable flood of questions/etc. i, however, couldn't be happier with the ending. the only thing that makes me horribly sad is that she isn't writing another grant county book next - she's writing something else, and then she'll come back to grant county. which means THREE YEARS until i get more sara and lena!! which is so wrong. and makes me happy that i read this one slowly. sigh. so good.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Oh Ms. Slaughter, I thought you were better than a cruel, almost cheap ending. Beyond Reach is the final novel in the Grant County series and I’m sad that it didn’t live up to my high exceptions in this amazing series. In my opinion, I feel that this was the weakest novel in the series. This novel is heavily focused on detective, Lena Adams, who is Slaughter’s most controversial character. I have such a love/hate relationship with Lena and of course that relationship continues in Beyond Reach. Lena Oh Ms. Slaughter, I thought you were better than a cruel, almost cheap ending. Beyond Reach is the final novel in the Grant County series and I’m sad that it didn’t live up to my high exceptions in this amazing series. In my opinion, I feel that this was the weakest novel in the series. This novel is heavily focused on detective, Lena Adams, who is Slaughter’s most controversial character. I have such a love/hate relationship with Lena and of course that relationship continues in Beyond Reach. Lena returns to her hometown and throughout the novel we are following Lena’s journey from 3 days earlier. In present day (3 days later), Jeffrey (the police chief and Lena’s boss) receives a call from the police saying that Lena has been arrested. Jeffrey and Sara go to get Lena and she is in really bad shape. They then have to piece together what happened in those 3 days. I was annoyed that the novel didn’t take place in Grant County and didn’t feature the characters that I have grown to enjoy and love. There was a whole new cast of characters and I didn’t enjoy them as much, or care about them at all. I found that the novel was just ok and then I got to the final chapter. I knew something was coming since my husband just finished the book before me and he told me that I had to read it ASAP so we could discuss. I’m not sure about how I feel about the ending. It wasn’t something that I expected, but it seemed to be so out of left field that I don’t understand why Slaughter did it. For those who have finished the series, I would suggest going onto Slaughter’s website and reading the letter to her fans about why she choose that ending, it helped me a bit to understand her actions Beyond Reach – Spoiler Letter

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    If I needed more reasons to stay out of the South, meth addicts and white supremecists would probably do it. I have long been a fan of Slaughter's Grant County series, which follow local pediatrician/coroner Sara Linton and her on-again/off-again cop husband. The series is always dark, and often a tad too gruesome for me, but the characterization is great and the plots tight. Her new book is a great addition to the series, taking Sara and Jeffrey out of their comfort zone and onto a case involvi If I needed more reasons to stay out of the South, meth addicts and white supremecists would probably do it. I have long been a fan of Slaughter's Grant County series, which follow local pediatrician/coroner Sara Linton and her on-again/off-again cop husband. The series is always dark, and often a tad too gruesome for me, but the characterization is great and the plots tight. Her new book is a great addition to the series, taking Sara and Jeffrey out of their comfort zone and onto a case involving the perennial screw-up supporting character of Lena Adams, a deputy in Jeffrey's department. Lena has gone home to check on her uncle, a former meth addict who seems to have had a relapse. She gets involved in local problems, and Sara and Jeffrey come down to help. Although the book meandered a little in the middle, almost losing my interest, I did find the author's depiction of small-town racism and drug abuse interesting. But I think she also struggled to keep Sara's character true to the series. Although giving ample reasons for her out-of-character behaviour, it was still a shame we did not see more of Sara's typical spikiness. The end was such a shocker I had to read it twice, but I'm not sure it was a good move for this series. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, and I'm still not sure, but since I felt like there had been a little too much manipulation of me as a reader to create the maximum amount of surprise, I will settle on a reluctant 3.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I just love these characters (Sara Jeffery and Lena). I cried at the end of this book, I never saw it coming. I had to read the last two pages over again just to make sure I was reading it correctly. I do recommednd that you read this series in order so you get to know the characters and understand what has shaped them and understand where they are going.

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