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Title: A Faint Cold Fear
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Published July 27th 2004 by Harper (first published 2003)
ISBN: 9780060534059
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The third pulse-pounding novel in the Grant County series from New York Times bestselling 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 fo The third pulse-pounding novel in the Grant County series from New York Times bestselling 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...

30 review for A Faint Cold Fear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    3.5 to 4 stars Slaughter continues to be brutal with the third installment of the Grant County series. Every character has skeletons in their closet. Every relationship is troubled. Nothing is as it seems to be. I am not going higher with my rating on this because I still feel like this book, like the previous installments, is leaning heavily on shock factor over story to draw in the reader. Not that shock factor is a bad thing, but when every scene is gory of violently sexual, it does get to be a 3.5 to 4 stars Slaughter continues to be brutal with the third installment of the Grant County series. Every character has skeletons in their closet. Every relationship is troubled. Nothing is as it seems to be. I am not going higher with my rating on this because I still feel like this book, like the previous installments, is leaning heavily on shock factor over story to draw in the reader. Not that shock factor is a bad thing, but when every scene is gory of violently sexual, it does get to be a bit much. I will be continuing reading Slaughter because the stories are interesting and, overall, they are improving. But, if you decide to give her a try - and I may have said this before - proceed with caution!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    I started off really liking this book, but at some point along the way it started to feel like more of the same old, same old. Sara and Jeffrey are still sort-of-estranged and still vacillating about their feelings for each other. Sara is a really prickly person! Lena is still getting it all wrong. It seems she has learnt nothing from her past. Frank is....well, Frank is Frank is Frank. Sara rather stupidly takes her heavily pregnant sister Tess along for the ride when she attends the scene of an I started off really liking this book, but at some point along the way it started to feel like more of the same old, same old. Sara and Jeffrey are still sort-of-estranged and still vacillating about their feelings for each other. Sara is a really prickly person! Lena is still getting it all wrong. It seems she has learnt nothing from her past. Frank is....well, Frank is Frank is Frank. Sara rather stupidly takes her heavily pregnant sister Tess along for the ride when she attends the scene of an apparent suicide. Tess takes a walk to attend to the call of nature and is brutally attacked. Doubt is thrown on whether the suicide is actually a suicide when another apparent suicide occurs. Lena becomes involved in another death on-campus, and really? It all gets a bit messy. There are plots, and sub-plots, and sub-sub plots. Not the best Karin Slaughter I have read. And honestly? I think I prefer her stand alone books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    Well, they do say "Practice makes Perfect" and I must say this was a vast improvement on the first two in the series. Most of the characters are intriguing. I seriously don't know what to make of them. Sara, Jeffrey, Lena ... especially Lena. No matter what Jill Rosen said, Lena had rules and one of them was that she never drank before eight at night. Was in Vegas recently and visited Jimmy Buffet's restaurant! It wasn't five o'clock there but it was somewhere!! "Ritalin, of course. His generatio Well, they do say "Practice makes Perfect" and I must say this was a vast improvement on the first two in the series. Most of the characters are intriguing. I seriously don't know what to make of them. Sara, Jeffrey, Lena ... especially Lena. No matter what Jill Rosen said, Lena had rules and one of them was that she never drank before eight at night. Was in Vegas recently and visited Jimmy Buffet's restaurant! It wasn't five o'clock there but it was somewhere!! "Ritalin, of course. His generation grew up on that. More Valium, lithium, amantadine, PXIL, Xanax ... Jeez, I am blessed with healthy children who never needed medications. Fingers crossed this will continue. "How about that?" Bit of a twist at the end... "C'mon Sara, what are we doing here? No fucking idea but y'all need to get your act together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    The third in the Grant County series is a fine addition. It continues the story of Sara (pediatrician and coroner) and Jeffrey (chief of police) and their volatile relationship and I sped through it quickly. The murderer was a surprise. I didn't see that coming , but all in all it was not as shocking as her first 2 books in the series. It was all wrapped up rather neatly, but it did seem as our murderer had been very busy (when does he have time for his day job?) until the final 3 paragraphs and The third in the Grant County series is a fine addition. It continues the story of Sara (pediatrician and coroner) and Jeffrey (chief of police) and their volatile relationship and I sped through it quickly. The murderer was a surprise. I didn't see that coming , but all in all it was not as shocking as her first 2 books in the series. It was all wrapped up rather neatly, but it did seem as our murderer had been very busy (when does he have time for his day job?) until the final 3 paragraphs and then I was gobsmacked. WTF!!!???

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Karin Slaughter can use this series to teach a class on character development. With every book in this series, these characters grow increasingly complex. With every punch, their resilience builds but not without considerable scarring which makes them oh so human. Slaughter's characters suffer so much. I can't even fathom it. But her lead characters are women and you all know we can overcome a lot. Well-done, Ms. Slaughter on another 5-star crime thriller. Grant County is a dark and graphic seri Karin Slaughter can use this series to teach a class on character development. With every book in this series, these characters grow increasingly complex. With every punch, their resilience builds but not without considerable scarring which makes them oh so human. Slaughter's characters suffer so much. I can't even fathom it. But her lead characters are women and you all know we can overcome a lot. Well-done, Ms. Slaughter on another 5-star crime thriller. Grant County is a dark and graphic series, but if you can handle it, it's a winner. Check it out! My favorite quote: “Everybody had something horrible happen to them at one time or another in their life; it was part of the human condition. How they struggled through adversity proved what kind of people they were.” The Grant County series consists of the following installments as of July 2018. Highly recommend reading in order as the main characters in this series have an ongoing storyline with significant backstory. #1-Blindsighted #2-Kisscut #3-A Faint Cold Fear #4-Indelible #5-Faithless #6-Beyond Reach

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Originally posted on The Book Nympho Sarah Linton is called to the scene of an apparent student suicide and allows her very pregnant sister, Tessa, to accompany her. What happens next sets off a series of tragic and mysterious events that calls into question whether the dead student was a suicide. Most of the story was akin to watching a train about to wreck while standing by powerless to do anything about it other than scream at the deaf pages. Lena Adams drove me crazy and Jeffrey Tolliver does Originally posted on The Book Nympho Sarah Linton is called to the scene of an apparent student suicide and allows her very pregnant sister, Tessa, to accompany her. What happens next sets off a series of tragic and mysterious events that calls into question whether the dead student was a suicide. Most of the story was akin to watching a train about to wreck while standing by powerless to do anything about it other than scream at the deaf pages. Lena Adams drove me crazy and Jeffrey Tolliver doesn't help matters. The mystery was a good one, though, as I wasn't certain of the killer's identity because I couldn't figure out motive. This is an extraordinary series with deeply flawed and troubled characters. No one comes out unscathed and sometimes it's difficult to define the good guys.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    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 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    This particular installment of the Grant County series felt different than the other's I've read (including Slaughter's books that aren't part of this series). It was definitely more focused on the characters than it was on the murder, which I had mixed feelings about. On one hand, if we are going to be following these characters through a series, I want to know about them, but on the other hand I felt like after the opening of the book (which started off with a bang!) I was missing some of the This particular installment of the Grant County series felt different than the other's I've read (including Slaughter's books that aren't part of this series). It was definitely more focused on the characters than it was on the murder, which I had mixed feelings about. On one hand, if we are going to be following these characters through a series, I want to know about them, but on the other hand I felt like after the opening of the book (which started off with a bang!) I was missing some of the seat gripping action. I loved reading the book from Sara and Jeffrey's perspectives, but holy hell, did Lena make me want to punch her in the face. I want to like Lena so badly, really, I do, but this book make it so hard! I'm hoping in future books I'll like her more. Despite all of that, I did love the book. As for the story, it was fast moving, as are all of Slaughter's books, which kept me wanting to read it until I finished it and found out the end. The last chapter in this installment was excellent, and I can't wait to move onto the fourth book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vivisection

    I think I'm going to have to give back my English Lit degree. I don't know how I got to book three in this series without realizing that half the characters are named after characters in Wuthering Heights. Really? Hareton Earnshaw? Cathy and "Eddie" Linton? It's useless to argue that I'm just reading this series out of boredom because I am clearly working my way through the Grant county series. With this novel, however, I am losing some of my like and respect for the characters. I like Jeffrey a I think I'm going to have to give back my English Lit degree. I don't know how I got to book three in this series without realizing that half the characters are named after characters in Wuthering Heights. Really? Hareton Earnshaw? Cathy and "Eddie" Linton? It's useless to argue that I'm just reading this series out of boredom because I am clearly working my way through the Grant county series. With this novel, however, I am losing some of my like and respect for the characters. I like Jeffrey a LOT less, regardless of his personal crises of faith in several characters. I am annoyed by Lena--fix her soon. Or as another reader suggested, kill her. Just stop the cycle of degradation. I had high hopes at the end of book two that she was turning things around. The plot twist with Tessa's stabbing seemed tacked on and unresolved--seriously. After the hospital bed plea of "Find him" there was no conversation between Sara or her sister. I hope this gets sorted out or I'll have to quit reading. I don't like to turn on characters in whom I've invested significant time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    This book definitely came across as being more character driven than mystery driven. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I think after getting used to the punch of Slaughter's later books (particularly the Will Trent series) this one just felt slightly lacking. Still a strong, intriguing read but not up to the high caliber of some of her other work.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really struggled to finish this book for a number of reasons. Firstly there is practically no character development. In the last book, Lena was screwed up and Jeffrey and Sara were flirting about not knowing how to commit to their relationship. In this book, nothing had changed! I got bored of Lena shrugging people off and yelling for them not to touch her, and I got frustrated with Sara and Jeffrey falling in love and then arguing and running in the other direction! Either kill Lena off or ge I really struggled to finish this book for a number of reasons. Firstly there is practically no character development. In the last book, Lena was screwed up and Jeffrey and Sara were flirting about not knowing how to commit to their relationship. In this book, nothing had changed! I got bored of Lena shrugging people off and yelling for them not to touch her, and I got frustrated with Sara and Jeffrey falling in love and then arguing and running in the other direction! Either kill Lena off or get her fixed but don't keep dragging out the 'I'm screwed up!' theme. Secondly I felt that though the book is quite substantial in size there wasn't really that much happening, a few people got killed but there didn't seem to be any real urgency in the investigation, and the sub plot of Tessa just kind of petered out but for a few haphazard phone calls to remind us about it chucked in. Overall I read the book because I liked the first couple and I do like the characters (Except Lena) and I really want to see development but it just didn't happen in this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    3.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    3.75 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    My least favourite so far. What started with a great opening chapter (poor Tessa!!) devolved into revisiting everything we'd already experienced in the interplay of the character dynamics but instead of moving forward, as this took place seven months after the previous book and a whole year since the first, we were literally right where we were from the series opener. But worse because of the emotional trauma and baggage from those first installments. There seems to be some hope for book four co My least favourite so far. What started with a great opening chapter (poor Tessa!!) devolved into revisiting everything we'd already experienced in the interplay of the character dynamics but instead of moving forward, as this took place seven months after the previous book and a whole year since the first, we were literally right where we were from the series opener. But worse because of the emotional trauma and baggage from those first installments. There seems to be some hope for book four considering how this one left off but at this point who knows as I thought the same after book two. As for the mystery and crime of A FAINT COLD FEAR, I wasn't invested at all and found it the least interesting so far.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    I'm almost struggling to get thru this series. I love the way Karin Slaughter writes, and I'm a big fan of hers- but this series- not so much. I read 2 of the Will Trent series and I'm sooo loving that. I read the very fist book in this series and then jumped to Will Trent. Only because I admire so many of my Good Read pals- I went back to this series to see how it ends. Everyone talks about Lena- how they dislike her. From the first book, after what happened to her- I can see why she is the way I'm almost struggling to get thru this series. I love the way Karin Slaughter writes, and I'm a big fan of hers- but this series- not so much. I read 2 of the Will Trent series and I'm sooo loving that. I read the very fist book in this series and then jumped to Will Trent. Only because I admire so many of my Good Read pals- I went back to this series to see how it ends. Everyone talks about Lena- how they dislike her. From the first book, after what happened to her- I can see why she is the way she is. I cannot just can't believe she is STILL not only in this series- but makes an appearance in Will Trent. Then we have Sara and Jeff. I have a love/hate relationship with them-sometimes I just love to hate them. The we were married once and now we are getting back together ,but they fight each other is just too much. This type of romance- love/hate/married once and getting back together , but not sure if we should reminds me way too much of a soap opera. YUCK. So having said all that-I went to the library and took out books 4, 5 and 6 of this series JUST to see how the hell this is all going to end up. This story was an ok to good. Quick and easy read for me and I honestly do like Karin Slaughter as a writer- but hey, you can't like ALL her book, right? So, finished up this book , and in a few day , on to book 4 ....

  16. 5 out of 5

    Moonlight Reader

    I have really grown to dislike Lena - not because she isn't dealing with her trauma (even though she isn't), but because I didn't feel like anything that she did in this book made any sense at all. I have no idea where Slaughter is going with that character. The decision to have Tessa be the victim of a terrible violent crime was also a stretch for me - most families never have a family member who is involved in that kind of violence, and we're supposed to swallow the notion that the Linton's hav I have really grown to dislike Lena - not because she isn't dealing with her trauma (even though she isn't), but because I didn't feel like anything that she did in this book made any sense at all. I have no idea where Slaughter is going with that character. The decision to have Tessa be the victim of a terrible violent crime was also a stretch for me - most families never have a family member who is involved in that kind of violence, and we're supposed to swallow the notion that the Linton's have had to deal with one daughter who was raped and nearly murdered, and now a second daughter who was stabbed and nearly died in two separate episodes of violence ? They should move the hell out of Grant County ASAP. So far, I prefer Will Trent to this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I really enjoyed re-reading this 3rd novel in her Grant County series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Floor Flawless

    Oké, mijn twijfels over Karin Slaughter zijn weg. Ze is goed! Dit deel bleef door en door spannend en ik wilde continu doorlezen!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brenda H

    In this 3rd book of the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, the story opens with a call to the police for an apparent suicide. A college student has jumped from a bridge at the edge of the college grounds into the dry riverbed below. Jeffrey Tolliver, Chief of Police, has called the ME, Sara Linton (his ex-wife and current lover) to the site to confirm the death. Sara had been out running errands with her sister when she gets the call. Tessa insists on accompanying her and Sara agrees. While In this 3rd book of the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, the story opens with a call to the police for an apparent suicide. A college student has jumped from a bridge at the edge of the college grounds into the dry riverbed below. Jeffrey Tolliver, Chief of Police, has called the ME, Sara Linton (his ex-wife and current lover) to the site to confirm the death. Sara had been out running errands with her sister when she gets the call. Tessa insists on accompanying her and Sara agrees. While at the site of the suicide, Tessa decides to answer the “call of nature” and disappears into the woods where she is attacked and almost killed. This attack calls into question whether the death in the riverbed was really a suicide. Also called to the scene at the bridge is Lena Adams, now a college security officer. After the events in the first 2 books, Lena has decided to leave the force and her life has been falling apart. She’s working for a man she loathes, drinking too much, becoming self-destructive and belligerent to Jeffrey when he tries to help her. As other college students are found dead in apparent suicides, Jeffrey, Sara and Lena rush to determine a connection between the deaths and – more importantly – if the deaths are really suicides or if there is a killer loose on the campus. This was a good read but very painful as we watch Lena spiral out of control and consistently make bad decisions. We feel for Jeffrey as he tries to help her and doesn’t understand why they are continually at odds. In addition, we see the strain put on Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship as he is effectively shut out by her family as they sit vigil at Tessa’s bedside. Yet another good book in the Grant County series, ensuring that I will continue. The story is well-written and has good tension as well as being extremely frustrating. The narration by Kathleen Early was top-notch. Rating: 4

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    An apparent suicide has brought Medical Examiner Sara Linton and Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver to the local college campus. Subsequent "suicides" suggest that a different kind of terror is stalking the small town. This is the third book in Slaughter's terrific forensic series. Terrific story. Very hard to put down. Don't jump ahead in this book or you'll miss some clues. It has a surprise ending!!! My rating: 5 Stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I keep trying to like Lena in this series but dang it's really, really hard. Even Sara kinda ticked me off a bit, she seems prickly about silly things. I like these books enough to continue though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Richard (Davros)

    This is one of the worst books I have read in a long time. I would love to give it a lower star but it probably was better than that. I got into Karin slaughter as a good friend knows I am into Guts, Gore and Bloodletting; the more macabre the better. This failed in *EVERY* aspect. I was not even concerned over Tessa - or whether she would lose the baby, save for how long she [Slaughter] was going to drag it out for? Answer - too bloody long. It was my own fault, I should have deleted it off the c This is one of the worst books I have read in a long time. I would love to give it a lower star but it probably was better than that. I got into Karin slaughter as a good friend knows I am into Guts, Gore and Bloodletting; the more macabre the better. This failed in *EVERY* aspect. I was not even concerned over Tessa - or whether she would lose the baby, save for how long she [Slaughter] was going to drag it out for? Answer - too bloody long. It was my own fault, I should have deleted it off the computer after the first chapter. I am seriously thinking of not continuing with this series. Even having the computer reading it to me, using TextAloud, with "Lucy" reading it, did not help. The only bit I did like was the idea of taking up Yoga to get laid more often. If you are reading this on FaceBook, scroll down to where I started reading this (July, 04) and everything will come clearer. To everyone else, " ... Lena guessed that the male yoga students got laid more often than any other guys on campus." Now, how can I do The Crow in an eleccy wheelchair. If anyone knows, then please let me know. Davros in a spandex leotard ... :-) This book was T E D I O U S! Can ANYONE _*please!*_ explain the point of the last two chapters? Did she have to write a certain amount of words for her payment? Do not say it was to establish the "back story", that is a cop-out. Squishy, if you get to read this, the message not the book, leave this piece of **** well alone. I would rather buy you the the new Tess Gerritsen book, or the first book in the Mindhunters Series ("Waking Nightmare"), by Kylie Brant. I am only onto the second chapter and already think it is better than this pile of ****. People that truly know me know that I am rarely lost for words. I find myself struggling to adequately describe HOW BAD this book is. I even thought Heart Sick, by Chelsea Cain, was better than this - and boy did I have issues with that one. As in the words of Red Dwarf, "Queeg", Rimmer: "You are a total, total... a word has yet to be invented to describe how totally whatever-it-is you are, but you are one. And a total, total one at that." I will let you substitute your own word. - Davros -

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mónica BQ

    3.5 rounded down Still loving the series. But where the characters are heading, not so much. My usual pet-peeve with unprofessional behaviour while on the job reached a maximum height with this book. But it was tempered by how much I enjoyed reading it. And I was left with one massive question: (view spoiler)[who the fuck was the one writing the racial slurs all through campus? we never get an answer to that. The staged suicide murders are explained. So is Tessa's stabbing. We know the other kid die 3.5 rounded down Still loving the series. But where the characters are heading, not so much. My usual pet-peeve with unprofessional behaviour while on the job reached a maximum height with this book. But it was tempered by how much I enjoyed reading it. And I was left with one massive question: (view spoiler)[who the fuck was the one writing the racial slurs all through campus? we never get an answer to that. The staged suicide murders are explained. So is Tessa's stabbing. We know the other kid dies from accidental asphyxiation. And we finish the book understanding that Lena kills Chuck. But what about the graffiti?!!! Ethan's supposedly a reformed character. Granted, it's not a big thing in the scale of events, but it was used for plot fodder so I wanna get some answers! (hide spoiler)] Heading on to the next one, because I'm hooked.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    3.5 Fangs I enjoyed the suspense present in A Faint Cold Fear much more than I did in Kisscut. Sara is enjoying an outing eating ice cream with her sister Tessa when she's called to a crime scene. Jeffrey is already there. A black college kid is found dead and the evidence points to a probable suicide although, Sara is not too sure about it. While Sara is talking to Jeffrey, the unthinkable happens, a young woman is attacked and stabbed close to the crime scene. What follows is the investigation 3.5 Fangs I enjoyed the suspense present in A Faint Cold Fear much more than I did in Kisscut. Sara is enjoying an outing eating ice cream with her sister Tessa when she's called to a crime scene. Jeffrey is already there. A black college kid is found dead and the evidence points to a probable suicide although, Sara is not too sure about it. While Sara is talking to Jeffrey, the unthinkable happens, a young woman is attacked and stabbed close to the crime scene. What follows is the investigation into multiple presumed suicides and the attack of the young woman which shook Sara and her family to the core. Sara and Jeffrey will try to piece together the connection between the deaths since neither believes in coincidences. Lena Adams also makes a big appearance throughout the story. Lena is working on the college campus as part of its security team. She hates her new boss, Chuck but she needs a paycheck. At some point before the story begins, she has gone to a few counseling sessions but soon she has abandoned it. She is also hitting the bottle hard. Worse, she meets Ethan Green, a college guy with a terrible past and who's an abuser. Just what she needs after everything she has gone through!!! Even though I liked this story much better, my issues with Jeffrey and Lena persists. I still think Sara can do much better than Jeffrey. Now, Lena, she is a lost cause. She has tons of prejudices which she has mostly not changed since Blindsighted. She didn't stick with therapy which as we all know she needs desperately. She has become an alcoholic and is now in an abusive relationship. Yet, she thinks about Nan or Hank in a derogative way. She needs to look at herself first before criticising anyone else. To me, she acts conceited, disrespectful and mean most of the time. Not sure why she's still part of the story. She had multiple chances to contribute to the police's investigation but instead, she becomes a hindrance. I'm getting tired of reading about all her bad decisions. As with the prior books, A Faint Cold Fear has a good twist. We shall see if this plays a part in the next book. Cliffhanger: No 3.5/5 Fangs MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  25. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the 16th book by Karin Slaughter that I've read. She is mostly 4 stars for me, but there have been a couple of 2 stars and a few 3 stars. This one was 3 stars for me. I'm not sure I can even pin point why it was only 3 stars. The story didn't grab me like some of her others have or maybe I'm falling out of love with her writing and her stories. I don't know. So 3 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    I fear I’m about to enter a Karin Slaughter slump. I’ve been playing catch up, working through her Grant County series, and have reached the end of the few I have sitting at my bedside. I want to carry on so badly, but before I can do such a thing I need to do some ordering of books. Of course, we all saw this coming.   I’m terrible when it comes to reading series in the correct order, at least when it comes to crime thrillers, and my biggest mistake probably sits with Karin Slaughter’s work. Those I fear I’m about to enter a Karin Slaughter slump. I’ve been playing catch up, working through her Grant County series, and have reached the end of the few I have sitting at my bedside. I want to carry on so badly, but before I can do such a thing I need to do some ordering of books. Of course, we all saw this coming.   I’m terrible when it comes to reading series in the correct order, at least when it comes to crime thrillers, and my biggest mistake probably sits with Karin Slaughter’s work. Those people who have been fans of Karin Slaughter from the very start say to read her books in order. Unfortunately, I ignored this advice. No, not ignored – I was ignorant of this advice. I jumped on the Karin Slaughter bandwagon extremely late (read ‘over ten years late’). When I found Unseen and Fallen in a cheap combo pack in a store, I picked them up and decided to read them. At this point in time, I was oblivious to how they were parts of a series. It became obvious extremely quickly – yet I was able to enjoy them without the other books. Nevertheless, I went out and brought the other Will Trent books. I tried to read them all in order, but it didn’t go as planned. I was so excited to find out more about the characters that I read the books as I received them, not caring that the order was all wrong. Despite this, I really enjoyed them. Upon finishing, I told myself I would get hold of her Grant County series. I needed to know what came before Will Trent. Then came Cop Town and Pretty Girls. I got distracted by the two of these and the Grant County series got pushed down my to-read list. Then The Kept Woman was announced. By this point, I’d managed to find the first couple of Grant County books going cheap in the second-hand university bookstore. I told myself I would read them prior to the release of the eighth Will Trent book… Only NetGalley got in the way. I was accepted to read the book, and I jumped right in. I told myself, upon finishing it, that I had to read the Grant County series. I couldn’t put it off any longer. Thus, I jumped in. I was pulled in from book one, but not as much as I had been with the Will Trent series. By the end of book two, I’d concluded that I wasn’t as in love with this series as I am the Will Trent series. Whilst this remains true after the third book, the gap is slowly being bridged. I still stand by the statement I made with Kisscut – that your first love will probably be your bigger love when it comes to Slaughter’s two series – but I cannot deny that both series are wonderful reads.   As always, Slaughter delivers all you could hope for in a great thriller read. Of the first three Grant County books, this one is certainly my favourite. It has everything that Slaughter has to offer in abundance. A dark storyline, filled with twists and turns to connect everything together, leaving us questioning everyone and everything throughout. It is classic Slaughter. It is exactly what you expect of the woman. If you’re a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed with this read.   I really need to get my hands on the next books. Even though I know how things end due to having read the Will Trent books (see, reading her releases in order is beneficial), I still want to read the specifics. No, not want, need. I need to read the specifics, and I need to read them soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: murder, graphic descriptions of wounds, rape, assault, abusive relationships, domestic violence, serious injury to a loved one, death of a child, drug use. 20/11/2017 On reread, I think this may be my least favourite Karin Slaughter book. I mean, that's a pretty big claim at this point because I've only reread the first three books in the Grant County series, but there's just SO MUCH that I dislike in this book. First of all, it's far more of a character study than a thriller. Th Trigger warnings: murder, graphic descriptions of wounds, rape, assault, abusive relationships, domestic violence, serious injury to a loved one, death of a child, drug use. 20/11/2017 On reread, I think this may be my least favourite Karin Slaughter book. I mean, that's a pretty big claim at this point because I've only reread the first three books in the Grant County series, but there's just SO MUCH that I dislike in this book. First of all, it's far more of a character study than a thriller. The murder side of things almost takes a backseat to Sara dealing with her sister being attacked and with Lena's story. I make no secret of the fact that I really REALLY hate Lena as a character. Yes, she's been through a lot by this point in the series, and I'm sympathetic towards her. But at the same time, I want to slap some sense into her. Reading about the relationship she ends up in with Ethan, who abuses her from the second they meet turned my stomach time and time again. There's a lot of talk about how Lena knows he wants to change and then he hits her or stalks her or controls some new aspect of her life, and N.O.P.E. (Don't get me wrong - I hate Ethan FAR more than I hate Lena. But I still hate Lena) Basically? If abuse and domestic violence are triggering to you, stay far away from this book. But yeah, like I said five years ago, that final twist? Was one I did *not* see coming. 26/7/2012 Plot summary: Sara Linton is called out to an apparent suicide at the local college. But when her sister is brutally attacked and two other suspicious suicides follow, it becomes apparent to Sara and her ex-husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver, that things are not as they first appear. Lena Adams, formerly one of Jeffrey's detectives, is now working as a campus security guard, and may possess vital information. Will Sara and Jeffrey be able to persuade Lena to talk before more deaths occur? Thoughts: I've loved all of Karin Slaughter's books to date. This one? Not so much. It was still a good story, and I still enjoyed watching the mystery unfold. But so much of this story was focused on Lena, who I can't stand. Lena's character went through a lot in Blindsighted, so it's understandable that she'd end up with trust issues, a drinking problem, and probably a case of post traumatic stress. But to see her then ally herself with a man who's not only 15 years her junior, but who's an abusive racist with allegations of rape to his name was horrific. And the final twist? Left me gobsmacked. I'm curious to know whether the aftermath of that last twist is dealt with in subsequent books...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    There is nothing like a grant county novel. I absolutely love this series and if you’ve read any of my past reviews you already know I only have good things to say. Once again, we have Karin Slaughter with the win! A faint cold fear really showed some new sides to some of the grant county characters, specifically Lena. I loved Lena in the first novel and I really had a lot of frustration toward her in this one. I know she has been through a lot and am hoping she’s turning the corner and will sta There is nothing like a grant county novel. I absolutely love this series and if you’ve read any of my past reviews you already know I only have good things to say. Once again, we have Karin Slaughter with the win! A faint cold fear really showed some new sides to some of the grant county characters, specifically Lena. I loved Lena in the first novel and I really had a lot of frustration toward her in this one. I know she has been through a lot and am hoping she’s turning the corner and will start to rely on those who care about her and want to help her. I think what threw me off is I never thought her character could be so dark and I felt like that really came out in this book. I also am anxious to see if anything comes of her and Ethan. We were left with the words “see you around” which makes me think there’s more to come for these two. Another relationship I feel like really developed more in this novel was Sara and Jeffreys. I feel like they constantly are facing trying situations with one another and I felt confident by the end of this that their relationship is going to work out and that they really do belong together. I really loved how by the end Sara’s father was accepting of him and his role in solving what happened with Tess. Overall, I love this series (have I said that enough?) and I can’t wait to see what Slaughter has in store for us next!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janie Johnson

    This book #3 of the Grant County series. Although this series is not as good as the Will Trent Series I am still enjoying it and plan on continuing with this story. Synopsis 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 Hear This book #3 of the Grant County series. Although this series is not as good as the Will Trent Series I am still enjoying it and plan on continuing with this story. Synopsis 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. I find the plots to most of these books are much more brutal than those of the Will Trent Series. So they may not be for the faint of heart. As the story unfolds we are introduced to A LOT of different characters, both the good and the bad, and those you think are bad might be good and vice versa. I thought there was a lot going on in this one, but it was still relatively easy to follow, and I still found the storytelling very fluid, but that is because I find Karin Slaughter an excellent writer. I felt like this one really makes readers think and try to decide who the bad guys are and it really is hard to figure it out. Then the ending of this book blew my mind and just opened me up to a ton more questions that I do hope eventually get answered somewhere in the rest of this series. The characters, while pretty well developed at this point really kind of disappointed me. I ended up really hating Jeffrey because I found him to be a real ass, making me wonder what Sara still sees in him, and then doubting Lena because she is really showing a side of her that I did not expect to see. Sara, I still pretty much like, she is mostly the same as she is in the Will Trent series. Then there are characters in this book that I was just not sure about, showing that they were one way and end up being something completely different. So there is a lot to sort through and some pretty colorful characters as far as that all goes. I definitely can recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Karin Slaughter. She is such a gifted writer. I look forward to continuing with this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Mitchell

    I'm gradually becoming a solid fan of Karin Slaughter's mystery novels. In this one the lead characters are Sara Linton, medical examiner, and Jeffrey Tolliver, Chief of Police, of a small college town in Georgia. The college plays a large role in the story; it's supposedly a school for dorky types who don't fit in at the better known large universities in Georgia. Judging from the scene at one dorm party, though, these kids don't seem very nerdy at all. As this gripping story begins, the body of I'm gradually becoming a solid fan of Karin Slaughter's mystery novels. In this one the lead characters are Sara Linton, medical examiner, and Jeffrey Tolliver, Chief of Police, of a small college town in Georgia. The college plays a large role in the story; it's supposedly a school for dorky types who don't fit in at the better known large universities in Georgia. Judging from the scene at one dorm party, though, these kids don't seem very nerdy at all. As this gripping story begins, the body of a young man has been found in the dry river bed under a bridge by the college. He has fallen or jumped from the bridge and his legs are shattered. Is it suicide? He has tried to slit his arm before. While Sara, Jeffrey, and others try to figure out what happened, Sara's very pregnant sister leaves Sara's car to go up a hill into the woods to relieve herself. They find her stabbed and bleeding profusely a few minutes later. In other words, the book grabs the reader by the neck and doesn't let go until the end. There is one masterfully drawn character in this book you won't soon forget. Lena is a former cop who now works for the college security department. She hates the job, mostly because of her bigoted, smarmy boss. She was an excellent cop but was the victim of one of the most terrifying violent kidnappings you'll ever read about. Her head still isn't back to normal, and neither is her body for that matter. I was impressed by the depiction of this woman and her struggle to keep it together. The other characters are well drawn too and although the plot kept me turning pages, it was the characters I really loved. Slaughter has been compared to Patricia Cornwall and Kathy Reichs and I can see the truth of that comparison, but I am more impressed with Slaughter's characters than Cornwall's. I highly recommend this book.

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