This book is Karin Slaughter's first stand alone book. All her other books before this one were part of the "Grant County" series. This was different but at the same time similar to her series style. There were less "good guy" characters, it was still very gritty and descriptive. I wouldn't say I didn't like it...I was far from disliking it but I wouldn't recommend it as a first read by this author. It wasn't as great as her series.