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Indelible (Grant County #4)

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The fourth Grant County novel

When medical examiner Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver take a trip away from the small town of Heartsdale, it should be a straightforward weekend at the beach. But they decide to take a detour via Jeffrey's hometown and things go violently wrong when Jeffrey's best friend Robert shoots dead an intruder who breaks into his home. Jef
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 25th 2005 by Arrow (first published 2004)
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Jonetta
Aug 22, 2015 Jonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Sara Linton visits Jeffrey at the police station and becomes embroiled in a deadly shootout and hostage situation. The story alternates between this tense showdown and that of Sara and Jeffrey's early relationship.

I thought the alternating stories were done brilliantly. At first, I was impatient, wanting to get on with what was happening at the station. But soon I was just as hooked by the revelations of Jeffrey's past. It wasn't immediately clear how the two would relate but I trusted that it
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Mo
Sep 15, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author's note.

"Sticklers for order who ask "where do I start" reading the Grant County series have two choices. You can go with Blindsighted, which is technically the first book, or you can start with Indelible, which is the "origin story" for Sara and Jeffrey. I always write my books so that anyone can pick up any book and know what's going on and who is who, but I am the type who has to read in order, so I know this is an important question."


Do I agree? Mmmmm ... not sure. I am a stickle
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Kelli
May 18, 2016 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2016-fiction
Leave it to me to select the audio without realizing it was part of a series. In my defense, it didn't indicate that but luckily, the author herself states that those new to the Grant County series can start here at (gulp) book four or at the logical beginning with book one. This reminded me on some level of my days when I read anything Patricia Cornwell. It was entertaining enough but I didn't love it. There is a good chance that is because I didn't begin at the beginning, but it is just as lik ...more
Karin Slaughter
Mar 23, 2014 Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Sticklers for order who ask "where do I start" reading the Grant County series have two choices. You can go with Blindsighted, which is technically the first book, or you can start with Indelible, which is the "origin story" for Sara and Jeffrey. I always write my books so that anyone can pick up any book and know what's going on and who is who, but I am the type who has to read in order, so I know this is an important question.

What I like about this book is you get to see where Jeffrey grew up.
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Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Another great read by Karin Slaughter...I don't know what else to say. She is a master at dark, emotional, heartbreaking suspense. Couldn't put it down.
Bill Garrison
After reading INDELIBLE by Karin Slaughter, I will have now read all of her novels. I realized after reading that I always liked the character Jeffrey Toliver, because he seemed to be the only normal character of the bunch. Well, not after reading this book. It is Tolliver's turn to have his sordid, twisted past revealed. The novel opens with a horrific shootout at the police station where kids are taken hostage and cops are killed.
With the hostages in a standoff, the story skips back in time to
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Marnie  Krüger
This is definitely my favorite book in the Grant County series!

This is the origin story of Jeffrey and Sara, combined with the most horrible of events anyone of them has ever faced.

I never were a Jeffrey fan, but after Indelible I am in love...
Also seeing a younger version of Sara just made her so much more real.

I can't wait to see what is next in line for them.

O, and Lena...
Lena is finally growing up!
Mike
Only 2 Stars for this one. Virtually no character in the book is attractive or sympathetic. Depressing scenery, confusing timelines with flashbacks every other chapter. Loved the first book of hers that I read, Triptych, but the Grant County series hasn't clicked and actually I only finished this one because I wanted to see how little I could care about the characters. Except for a couple of minor players, don't care about any of them.
Freda Malone
Oct 12, 2015 Freda Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel in the series was a surprise. Having the opportunity to learn more about how Chief Tolliver and Sara Linton met and dated was nothing short of intense and was enlightening to say the least. Sometimes if you look into the past and history of an individual; or in this case, a character, you'll find out why certain attributes are ingrained into these characters and how they became the person they are. Phobias, habits, attitudes and notions included.

I enjoyed this part in the series beca
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Andrew
Oct 24, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read, but it did take me quite a while to get into the book with the two different stories from the different timelines. However once I did get into the book it was well worth it. It was good to find out more about the backstory of Jeffery and the early days of the Jeffrey and Sara story.
Lauren
Indelible
4 Stars

A brutal attack on the Heartsdale police station leaves several officers dead, the Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver, critically wounded and his ex-wife and town coroner, Dr. Sara Linton, taken hostage along with several children. As events unfold in Grant County, it soon becomes clear that they are inextricably linked to Sara and Jeffrey’s past and a crime they investigated in Jeffrey’s hometown of Sylacauga, Alabama. A crime that may have a lasting effect on their future …

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Darcy
Sep 27, 2009 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book was learning the back story of Sara and Jeffery. At first I had a hard time when they kept going back and forth between now and when they went away. Once I had that figured out I couldn't put the book down.

I was surprised at how Jeffery's high school friends treated Sara. The first meeting was bad. If I had been her I would have left. But knowing later things in the book things that were said did make sense. And I can't believe the mom!! I would have slapped her.

I li
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Melissa
Jan 03, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dana Delamar
Mar 24, 2014 Dana Delamar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping from start to finish--very well done! I really enjoyed learning more about Sara and Jeffrey's past. Slaughter has a real gift for portraying relationships in all their strangeness and complexity. She does a great job here of showing how mistakes made in the past (at different times) have unexpected consequences years down the line. (I really don't want to say too much about this book, because I don't want to ruin the plot.) Her deft plotting and character development elevate this book a ...more
Dee
Apr 17, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

Two very bad guys
Kill cops and take hostages
Including Sara

Past explains present
Two plotlines, intense drama
Better and better
Susan Crowe
This was good, but just wasn't as good as the last 3. I think Jeffrey was very disrespectful of Sara in this book. If I had a man say some of the things to me as he said to Sara while they were dating, hell if I'd turn around and marry him. Very crude. My opinion of him has changed tremendously.
MadProfessah
Jan 30, 2016 MadProfessah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Whoa! Definitely the best of the Grant County novels so far, perhaps because it has the smallest amount of Lena and much more of Jeffrey and Sara. Really Jeffrey is the main character, especially in the earlier time line set in his hometown of Sylacauga, Alabama.

Slaughter really does an excellent job of mixing mystery, suspense and romance in her Grant County books and she is at the very top of her game in Indelible. When the hostage situation started I was annoyed about the sudden time switch t
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Jim
Feb 08, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Having read several of author Karin Slaughter's books, I found "Indelible" to be a very pedestrian read. The book never really had any jump to it. "Indelible", tells the dual stories of when Jeffrey takes Sara to his boyhood home in tiny little Sylacauga, Al. in 1991, and concurrently with a crisis at the police station in present day Grant County. Sara is in for a real shock arriving at Jeffrey's boyhood home. She's horrified by the people in the town and the way Jeffrey conducts himself while ...more
Amanda
Apr 16, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knowing that there are more books in this series with Jeffrey in them, you know that no matter what happens to him in this book, he’ll survive. I appreciate knowing this because I hate it when characters I like die. Even when I know that a character will eventually live or who will end up with whom, I enjoy the story that gets there. Karin Slaughter did not disappoint me with this book. There are really two separate plot lines here, but they are linked together, even though you are not really qu ...more
Holly
2 1/2 - 3 Stars

This installment of the Grant County series left me quite disappointed.

I was anxious to finally read about the early days of Jeffery & Sara's relationship, but the mingled past/present storylines ended up being rather dull. And the inevitable resolution to both stories were more than lacking.

I have a love/hate relationship with Lena throughout this series, and while she had a much smaller role in this book than she has in the previous books, I found myself liking her characte
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Kristijan Sašilo
Man, I hate giving ratings. I either love the book or I don't. So I give either 5 stars or 1. Occasionally I opt for 4 stars just to say "ok, I would have loved it if only..." I nearly rated "Indelible" 4 stars because all that dipping in the past really killed me but I changed my mind. Why? Probably because by now I have grown used to Sara's and Jeffrey's company, they feel like old friends. Having read most of the Will Trent books, I know what will happen to one of my friends so damn... But st ...more
Donna
Nov 15, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked this book. It is one I didn't want to put down. It was a complete page turner for me. I know I always say what I dislike about this author, but this is by far my favorite story written by her. I haven't read any of her other novels in this particular series, but I will now. .

I think what I liked the most was the flow of the story. It toggled back and forth from present to past, and I liked how all the info came together at the end.
Readstoomuch
I'm currently reading this book . . . it was recommended to me by a lady who was reading it at Chick-fil-a! She loved the book by this author. I checked it out of the library . . . the plot is interesting . . . a real who-done-it. However, the language is appalling . . . I'm not a total prude, but there are just too many "yuck" works here. I am going to finish . . . and can't wait to see the outcome! I haven't decided whether I will read others by her or not. I didn't know that this one was numb ...more
Oliver
May 22, 2015 Oliver rated it liked it
I like that the Slaughter books I read are usually dark. And the characters... she built up their backgrounds too well she could readily use it in the present storyline. It's just that the characters, like almost all of the main ones, are damaged. And that fact alone easily conveys the seriousness and sadness of this book. Not too crazy about this book, but I like it.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try her other series again - Grant County. I'm glad I picked Indelible because it gives the back story of Sara Linton and Jeffrey Toliver. I now understand Linton a bit better. Lena Adams - I still don't like her for some reason. The story within the main story really works because it explains why 2 gunmen walked into Grant County PD and started shootin ...more
Dotti Elrick
Dec 14, 2014 Dotti Elrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to one of my favorite series and favorite authors.

Indelible, is in a sense, two stories in one. We visit police chief Jeffery Tolliver's past, and deal with a hostage situation taking place in the present.

Sara Linton, Jeffery's ex-wife, is the towns pediatrician, and part time coroner. She and Jeffery have been trying to get their relationship back on track. That's what has brought her to the police station. Jeffery wants to get married again, Sara doesn't think they need that
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Julianne Bailey
Sep 03, 2011 Julianne Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pam
Nov 03, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed going back in time and finding out about Jeffrey's life when he was growing up. I haven't read the Grant county books in order so I was not prepared for this journey into Jeffrey's past. What an odd assortment of people. I live in Alabama and have been in many small towns and I have to say I have never met such a group of people as described in this book, thank goodness. The story was very tense and I could hardly put it down. I really wish Lena could change her life and find a ...more
Rhonda
Feb 19, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A definite improvement over #2 and #3.

Indelible is the fourth installment in Karin Slaughter's Grant county series. In my opinion, it's the best, save the first, Blindsighted.

I won't go over the plot as that has been done in other reviews as well as the book description.

Indelible is written extremely well. The style is different from the previous books in the series in that it switches from present day to the past. I really liked this and it was seamlessly done. There was a lot of background on
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
Indelible: not able to be forgotten or removed.

I'm still reeling from all the twists and turns in this book! I'm such an action junkie and Slaughter really delivers as she tells Jeffrey and Sarah's story in a series of flashbacks during a dangerous hostage situation. I've often wondered what made Jeffrey the man we see today. He's been a bit of a mystery until now. Seeing his background, I'm amazed that he was able to rise above it and become the guy he is. Yes, he's still flawed and I know a
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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, COP TOWN, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.”

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the
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