Gillian Flynn says, "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today."
An apparent student suicide has brought medical examiner Sara Linton to the local college campus, along with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. But a horribly mutilated corpse yields up few answers. And a suspicious rash of subsequent "suicides" suggests that a different kind of terror is stalking the youth of Heartsdale, Georgia - a nightmare that is coming to prey on Sara Linton's loved ones.
A small town is being transformed into a killing ground. And the key to a sadistic murderer's motive and identity may be held in the unsteady hands of a campus security guard - a former police detective driven from the force by the hellish memories that will never leave her. Lena Adams survived the unthinkable and has paid a devastating price. Now the survival of future victims may depend upon her - when she can barely protect herself.
©2003 Karin Slaughter (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
A Faint Cold Fear, released in 2003, is Book 3 in Karin Slaughter's Grant County series. The primary character in all books in the series is physician Sara Linton. Other repeating major characters in the Grant County series include Sara's ex-husband and current boyfriend Chief of Police Jeffrey Tolliver, cop Lena Adams who has great talent but tends to be self destructive, Sara's younger sister Tessa Linton who is pregnant in this book and is victim of a knife attack, Sara's mother Cathy Linton, and Sara's dad Eddie Linton. Sara is a pediatrician who also serves as medical examiner.
This book tends to be gory and the language is crude. The first murder of a local college student is set up by the killer to appear to be a suicide. Tessa Linton is then gravely injured in a knife attack and other murders follow. Sara and Jeffrey work together to find the person responsible for the crime wave.
For those not familiar with Karin Slaughter, her novels read like a combination of Lisa Gardner and Patricia Cornwell. Slaughter is one of favorite authors. All of her novels are set in Georgia.
Very highly recommended!
This book was a lot more about Lena, one of the most annoying and unappealing characters I've ever encountered, than the murders. It was as if everyone else was just clutter. Disappointed.
Yes I would try another. This was my 2nd book and I look for both the author and narrator.
There were too many holes. What ever happened to Ethan...there seemed to be something between Jeffrey, Sara and Lena.....but it was hinted at, but never developed.
Sara was my favorite. She's smart...not a dummy (meaning keep doing the same things over and over again...not falling for the past guy, etc)
I just wish they would have developed the relationship between Jeffrey, Sara and Lena more. There was a significant plot twist that even I didn't see coming....one of those OHHHHH (mouth-open) moments.
As stated above this was a great performance by all involved. Ms Slaughter keeps you guessing and the reading is on the point. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing the next book by Ms Slaughter.
The last few chapters! It was like she got tired of writing the story and just wanted it to end. I still had no idea who had done it until he confessed to all of it and why he did it. It was like a Scobby Doo episode. After he confessed, the hot but totally unacceptable romance was over too. Just like that. See ya around. Again, like she got tired of writing.
I have listened to this book several times and will continue to enjoy it. I do not get bored with it and look forward to it playing.
I have listened to a number of KS books and read many more before using audio books. The narrator has a problem pronouncing the W sound - she seems to whistle it and it is beyond irritating. In every single book. Voice coaching would go a long way because apart from this she really does a great job.
really like this series. I like that everything doesn't get wrapped up all pretty at the end. though I am not sure Leena can take much more but I love her stubborn spirit
Stories are a journey and a destination worth while.
I accidentally read the will Trent series before the grant county series. I wish I would have read these first so that I had the great character development but I am still happy to read and listen to this series now. I find slaughters writing to be very basic and self explanatory but when I want to just fall away in the story line this is perfect for me. She paints wonderful pictures of the characters and scenes (good or bad). I like to have a long series of easy reads!
I have listened to these out of order, and I do prefer the Will Trent books, but this is good, with the usual frightening story line. Good Narrator. I will probably listen to all of the books eventually, even listening to them out of order does not affect the good writing.
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