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Indelible - Karin Slaughter Indelible starts off with a bang as a group of armed men storm a police station, kill a couple of people and take hostages. Instead of a story that is a seige and negotiation, much of the story is told in the form of flashback in a trip back home for Chief of Police Jeffrey Toliver and his ex-wife Sara as he introduced her to his family and the people he grew up with. The initial flashbacks were jarring becuase they completely removed the reader from the action. The flashback uncovered a sordid tale of statutory rape, homosexuality, suicide and murder. in the end, there are very few redeemable characters left in the novel. On the positive side, the long flashbacks directly relate to what is happening in the present, but also rob it of mystery and drama. What's left is a solid read, but nothing spectacular.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity