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.
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!
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Karin Slaughters Grant County series is very good but, in my opinion, not as good as her Will Trent series. This book is proof of that.
Sarah, a medical examiner arrives on a murder scene and while she is examining the victim her pregnant sister, who she brought to the scene, wonders away from her car and is brutally attacked. What? A bit far fetched, but wait it gets worse. Lena, (a former detective and colleague of, Jeffery, the lead detective on the case and Sarah's ex-husband), just happens to work for the nearby college as a security guard and try's miserably to conduct her own investigation. She can't even navigate her own messed up existence after the brutal attack she experienced a year ago.
Please don't get me wrong, KS is an excellent writer, but this addition to this series was all over the place, not her best. I think she did pull it together in the end and left us with a "what the heck" ending, which is why the four stars, but a few of these characters are becoming a little ridiculous. I am hoping she reins in the soap opera dialogue between these three and gets back on track with the next in the series.
I've become a Karin Slaughter fan of late. This is the third Grant County series book I've experienced and I have to say that I was really disappointed in the fact that the main cast of characters are ALWAYS finding themselves in the victim seat. This was the weakest storyline so far. I'll continue on with her series hoping for something more.
I've been listening to the Grant County series in order. I thought Blindsighted was a good book. The story was gripping, the characters and their relationships had some depth and flaws. So despite reading some negative reviews I liked it a lot. The second book, Kisscut, was decent - not as good as the first - but the story was gritty and disturbing, it evoked emotion and sympathy for the characters and I found I couldn't stop listening. So on I went to the third book, A Faint Cold Fear. I found myself gritting my teeth and barely managing to stick with it for the whole duration of the book. Lina, especially, was just horrible in this book. Everything about her, and the scenes with her in them, was cringe-worthy. I did feel sympathy for the character, but not enough to excuse the horribleness of it all. The relationship between Jeffrey and Sarah was hard to bear too. As was the relationship between Jeffrey and Lina. I really couldn't bring myself to care about any of them. But I trudged through it to the end. I'm going to put this one in the back of my mind, forget it ever happened. And give the author and the series the benefit of the doubt. I feel invested in the series and the characters, and I want to know how it'll play out. So I'm about to start listening to book 4 with my fingers crossed and hope for the best.
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