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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 by Karin Slaughter (2003)

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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 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Have finished A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter, 4 stars. An enjoyable read but I would have liked more of the story to have focused on Sara and to have mixed up between the characters a bit more rather than the big sections focused on the viewpoint of the three main characters. It was one book where I did work out who did most of it but there was still a shock waiting for me at the end!
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  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Sara Linton is a practicing pediatrician and also the town's Medical Examiner, as well as the ex-wife of Jeffrey Tolliver, the Chief of Police. When questions are raised over a death that looked like an obvious suicide and when someone close to Sara is attacked, you know that the mystery is only beginning. A second suicide/murder, leads into an intricate web of deceit. Along with the investigation, Sara's relationship with Jeffrey becomes more defined, even as an old boyfriend of Sara's pops back into the picture.

Lena Adams is now working security for the local college, no longer an investigator for the Police Dept. Lena's dysfunctional life places her squarely in the center of a major murder investigation.....and only a few people will see the whole picture.

Karin Slaughter's writing is very detailed and in detailing, it's graphic. You will leave a page with a definite picture of the crime scene. You won't have to use your imagination. Fans of Patricia Cornwell should enjoy it. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
So I stayed up late, because this book was intense times ten! Sara is at the scene of a suicide when she discovers a member of her family is attacked. Things go from bad to worse when her suicide case turns out to be murder and more people start dropping like flies Everyone in this book is struggling with some sort of relationship crisis, which tends to add to the tension of the book. If the murder mystery wasn't top notch, I probably would have chipped away at the star rating for their idiot behavior. Lena is no longer on the force, but she's up to her neck in the investigation and making horrible decisions when it comes to the company she keeps. Jeffrey is pushing Sara for more and trying to "fix" Lena at the same time, which just makes a bigger mess of things. I wanted to thump all of the characters on the head to wake them up. Regardless, the surprises discovered during the investigation were literally jaw dropping and the last paragraph of this book blew me away. Did Lena really kill Chuck after all? Or did Ethan use her knife? I want to jump right into the next book...but I can't! Argh. ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
This was a fast-paced book that was hard to put down. I started with Will Trent series and realized I needed to read these first. Well-developed characters and a great plot makes for a good read. Lots of twists and turns and a surprise ending. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
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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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