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15 August 2018

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter
Series: Grant County #3
Deborah Hazlett - Narrator
Audiobook, Duration: 12:12:29
Published August 2nd, 2006 by BBC Audiobooks America

Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, GA, is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college campus. The mutilated body offers few clues - and the college authorities are eager to avoid a scandal - but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up. 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 barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next victim…

My thoughts…

Dr. Sarah Linton is called to the scene of an apparent student suicide and allows her pregnant sister, Tessa, to accompany her. While Sara is examining the victim, Tessa, wonders from the car and is brutally attacked in the woods. What happens next sets off a series of tragic and mysterious events that calls into question whether the dead student was a suicide.

Lena, ex-detective, works for the nearby college as a security guard and is trying terribly to conduct her own investigation. Lena becomes involved in another death on-campus, while starting an abusive relationship with another student (who happens to have an extensive rap sheet). Lena is a mess and can’t get it together, she is working for a man she despises, drinking too much, and becoming self-destructive. Jeffrey doesn't help matters where she is concerned, she is rude and argumentative towards him.

A Faint Cold Fear had a different feel from the previous books in the series. It started good and then it became more focused on the characters than it was on the murder, which I had mixed feelings about. I’m going through the entire series with these characters and of course I want to read about them, I just felt it was too much in one book. I do like reading from Sara and Jeffrey’s viewpoint, but those two need to get on the same page with their relationship. It saddened me when Sara’s family shut her out after Tessa was attacked. Lena’s viewpoint drove me insane. She made so many mistakes in this book and is turning into a character that I dislike. This book wasn’t my favorite, but I will continue with the series.

Happy Reading -J 


  1. I've read all the Grant County books, and then the Will Trent/Atlanta one that continues on from this previous series. I did like Lena in the beginning as a wild card character, but she does get obnoxious as time goes on. At least Sarah stays steady among all the chaos around her. Some of the books I liked better than others, but I can say that I did enjoy every one of Karin Slaughter's books.

    1. I'm finding some books I do enjoy more than others. Oh my goodness, the Will Trent series is by far my favorite so far. I do enjoy her writing and story lines, she is definitely an author that I will automatically purchase. Thanks for visiting Rita :)

  2. Sorry to hear this one wasn't quite as satisfying as the previous ones. Hopefully the next one will be more of a return to form.

    1. A Faint Cold Fear wasn't a favorite but the later books have lived up to expectations. Have a great day Greg.


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