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Publisher's Summary

This is the third pulse-pounding novel in the Grant County series from New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter.

Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college campus. The mutilated body provides little in the way of clues, and the college authorities are eager to avoid a scandal, but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up.

Two more suspicious suicides follow, and a young woman is brutally attacked. For Sara, the violence strikes far too close to home. And as Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective Lena Adams, now a security guard on campus, may be in possession of crucial information. But, bruised and angered by her expulsion from the force, Lena seems to be barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next victim.

©2003 Karin Slaughter (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Contemporary Mystery, 2003

"Coldly captivating....with a satisfyingly chilling ending." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dana Ivey does a superb job....The story is not without graphic description. However, a complex plot and conclusion make this an interesting listen." (AudioFile)
"Slaughter knows how to ratchet up the psychological tension in a compelling plot with an unexpected twist....Chilling and addictive reading." (Booklist)

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Great Story-Voice a Litte Distracting

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Dana Ivey?

I have listened to many other Karen Slaughter books, read by Kathleen Early, and would listen to those in a heartbeat. I was disappointed to hear a different voice on this book. Probably will not listen to another one now, as the voice does not fit the story and is therefor distracting.

How could the performance have been better?

I do not think Dana Ivey's voice is a good fit for the Karen Slaughter books. I loved the way Kathleen Early voiced the Karen Slaughter stories-the voices and accents were good, and her voice was crisp and youthful in a way that you could tell she was around the same age as the characters she was portraying. This is very important when you're trying to get into a story on audio. As soon as this book began, and I heard Dana's voice, I was immediately disappointed, and actually find myself not listening to this one as often as I would listen to the other Slaughter books being narrarated by Early. I will probably not listen to any more of Karen Slaughter books if they are voiced by Dana. The beauty of Karen Slaughter books is that that they are a guilty pleasure read, filled with drama, passion, drugs and crime. The last thing you want to envision is your grandmother reading these stories to you, which is the way I feel when Dana is narrating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

I found it disappointing. Didn't like the narration in particular. I found I didn't connect with the characters. Not recommended at all.

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okay

Choppy between chapters. The beginning and end were missing. Also the audio was fuzzy. The Male characters were also not as good as could be.

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Very confusing plot

I tried very hard to keep up with the plot but it was impossible to do so. Half the time I wasn’t sure who was speaking. I had to keep going back on the book. I also didn’t like the reader trying to speak with a southern accent. I was very fake.




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Disappointed

I love Karen slaughters books but this voice and narration was extremely poor and irritating.

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  • BRIAN
  • farmers branch, TX, United States
  • 02-20-14

Details, details, details

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Dana Ivey?

yes

If you’ve listened to books by Karin Slaughter before, how does this one compare?

not accurate on the details

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

the narrator's voice did not vary enough by character

Was A Faint Cold Fear worth the listening time?

yes

Any additional comments?

large problem with the second suicide victim, as the author confused rifle/shotgun bullet/shell. 20 and 12 gauges are shotguns, not rifles. Shotguns discharge shells loaded with shot. Rifles discharge bullets. made the rest of the story hard to listen to as I was constantly looking/listening for other gaffes.

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  • Rod
  • Kawana, Australia
  • 11-06-13

Good Listen

Have enjoyed the series. The narrator is easy to listen to. Overall it was enjoyable.

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A lot was missing

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Dana Ivey?

I love the characters in this series but the abridged version is so chopped up I'm afraid I missed half the story. Will def be reading it as the story is excellent.

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  • Jenny
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 07-19-11

Not worth it

My third attempt at giving this author a fair chance, it will be my last. Started the books from the beginning, only hoping the writing would get better. It doesn't. This one was very frustrating. The storyline for Lena was ridiculous and the narrater is absolutely one of the worst I've listened to. Not worth the money or the time. Third strike you're out!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful