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Faint Cold Fear (original 2003; edition 2011)

by Karin Slaughter

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Title:Faint Cold Fear
Authors:Karin Slaughter
Info:Harper (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
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Tags:M, '12, Sara Linton, Jeffrey Tolliver, Lena Adams, false suicides, family dysfunction and secrets, domestic abuse

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A Faint Cold Fear
3.5 Stars

A suspicious suicide and a vicious attack on a pregnant woman at the local college place Chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his ex-wife, Sara Linton, in pursuit of a brutal killer who will let nothing stand in the way of his ambitions.

Slaughter’s writing style is dark and gritty but never fails to captivate. The crimes in this installment are toned down somewhat as compared to the previous books, but there are still some gruesome depictions. The investigation is interesting with several solid twists and turns although I did manage to guess the villain quite easily prior to the big reveal.

Even though this series is character driven, it cannot be said that any are particularly appealing. Jeffrey and Sara have tremendous potential both as individuals and as a couple, but they never quite manage to pull it off. The biggest problem is their on again/off again relationship, which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and the time has come for them to either fish or cut bait.

Lena has always been rough around the edges bordering on unstable, but her behavior in this book is simply incomprehensible. I can only hope that Slaughter does something to either rehabilitate or get rid of her once and for all.

All in all, one of the weaker books in the series and I hope the next one will be better. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Aug 20, 2014 |
The investigation of an apparent suicide of a university student becomes so much more, including on a personal level, putting the nerves of both characters and readers on edge. Then another apparent suicide, but wait, this one doesn’t add up.

The story is once again told from the points of view of three characters, Dr Sara Linton who is both a pediatrician as well as the county coroner, chief of police Jeffrey Tolliver who also happens to be Sara’s ex-husband. And Lena Adams, a former detective now working security at the university after Jeff, her boss had given her an ultimatum to get counseling or get fired.

The mystery itself is buried really deep and the real reason behind everything isn’t made clear until the perp tells another to impress them. We’re provided a number of twists and red herrings – or are we? We do get some gritty detail on victims, but this one wasn’t as graphic as others have been. However, it can be argued that a stabbing victim will hit the reader harder.

Domestic violence is brought up and it’s difficult to watch victims lie about it and the abusers getting away with it. Jeff and Sara are trying to work on their relationship, but right now the nerves are getting in the way. Watching Lena self-destructive is difficult. Hopefully she’s hit rock bottom in this book. She’s never been a particularly likeable character, but you’ll just want to shake her—or more--this time.

I found the story engaging as well as disturbing. Keeping the reader guessing on the who and why is handled well. ( )
  dearheart | Aug 3, 2014 |
Another in Karin Slaughter's riveting series based in Grant County, Georgia. The killing is close to home - initially at the local college. Medical Examiner Sara Linton and her significant other Sheriff Jeffrey Tolliver investigate, but at the same time Sara's sister Tess is lost in the surrounding forest. As usual, the bloodshed escalates and the tension in the story rachets up as Slaughter keeps the reader engaged. ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 26, 2014 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
I loathed this book and I so wanted to throw it away and not finish it. But I rarely do this with any book I start.

I hated the characters and couldn't care less about what happened to them. In real life I would not have anything to do with them. I loathed this so much that I won't be reading any more in this series. ( )
  Balthazar-Lawson | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Karin Slaughterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zeitz, SophieÜbersetzermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corbetta, LuisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kolehmainen, AnnukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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