Indelible (Grant County, #4)
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Indelible (Grant County #4)

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Two armed men enter the police station in tiny Heartsdale, Georgia, and open fire. When the shooting stops, an officer is dead, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is seriously wounded, and the survivors -- including a class of grade-school children and medical examiner Sara Linton -- are held hostage. In a tense standoff that could erupt at any moment into more bloodletting --...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by HarperTorch (first published 2004)
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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...more
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...more
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
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
Dana Delamar
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
Karin Slaughter
Mar 23, 2014 Karin Slaughter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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....more
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...more
Julianne Bailey
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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
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...more
Sarah Verminski
I wish she didn't wrap up the unfinished storyline in Kisscut in about 4 sentences, having Dottie "Weaver" killed in a car crash without anyone in Grant County even knowing. It just doesn't do the story justice, as well as confuse the reader referring to her as "Jennings" when we knew her by the name "Dottie" throughout most of the book.

Other than that, Indelible is the most nerve-wracking book yet, in my opinion. I remember when I first read it, my heart nearly stopped beating when Jeffery was...more
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
Dr Sara Linton is at the police station trying hard to convey to chief of police Jeffrey Tolliver, that she’s serious about being with him when he’s told a guy wants to talk to him. The guy and his partner start gunning down officers in the station. Some are able to make it out the back, but Sara won’t leave while there are still children trapped; they’d been on a field trip touring the station. So begins a hostage situation.

This is Detective Lena Adams first day back on the job, being given a s...more
La Biblioteca
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Ci troviamo in una cittadina americana (alla fin fine Grant è solo una rappresentazione) e, alle 9.00 del mattino, la stazione di polizia viene presa in ostaggio da due delinquenti. Poco dopo, i ricordi si spostano ad alcuni anni prima, quando Jeffrey e Sara avevano iniziato a frequentarsi e lui l'aveva portata nella sua cittadina di origine perché lei conoscesse il suo passato, che tutti considerano pessimo e non mancano...more
Jean Coldwell
Having read Karin Slaughter’s previous three Grant County novels, as well as Triptych, I felt that I liked Indelible just a tad less than the others. I loved those books, so that means I liked Indelible quite well indeed.

Slaughter skillfully weaves the past with the present in alternating chapters, showing us the early days of Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver’s relationship as they embark on what is supposed to be a vacation at the beach, interlaced with an armed standoff in the Heartsdale poli...more
Julie H.
Indelible is book #4 in the ever-painful Grant County series. As in its predecessors, the characters continue to be their own worst enemies and the decisions their author has them make (e.g., Jeffrey going to the cave so he can get some peace, only to realize it's a tomb--let alone an active crime scene) defy anything resembling adult logic.

The one saving grace here was the alternation between the hostage situation at the sheriff's office alternating with scenes and a sidebar mystery unfolding...more
#4 in the Grant County series... this was a great book, it jumped back and forth between the past and present, and told the story of how Sara and Jeffrey got together, we find out a lot more about Jeffrey's past and how they ended up with being held hostage at the police station. Great back story on the characters!
This book irritated me. I've been working my way through Slaughter's books and most of them are pretty good. But this one bothered me in a number of ways. #1 - is there anything Sara doesn't know? She is now a blood splatter expert. #2 - Jeff Tolliver's cheating and history with women. We learn about their (Sara and Jeff) history. Turns out she knew about his reputation and married him anyway. Prior to this book, I liked Jeff. Can't stand him now. There's more, but I can't much without getting i...more
Christine Wahl
My first read by this author based on group read recommendations by the book club. I am very pleased with this author and read another book by her so I have two under my belt now and inter to read more.

I gave it a five star based on my enjoyment of the book and the mystery involved as well as the twists and turns that were not expected.

I knew early on what happened at the crime scene and figured it out quickly but did not expect what followed.

I have been stale with my my mystery readings latel...more
Cynthia Higgason taylor
I love this series. This was not my favorite of the Grant County series, but I did enjoy it. It had some background of Jeffery and Sara's early relationship, which I found interesting. I love the relationship between these two. It feels real. It's not all rainbows and ponies. They have their problems, but deep down they really love each other. In this one the police station is under siege, and Sara and Jeffery, as well as 3 children and others are hostages. As we are given background on murders...more
Another page-turner from Karin Slaughter with all the twists and turns we've come to expect from her. This fourth book in the Grant County series takes you back in time to when Sara and Jeffrey met and gives their relationship the depth and sweetness it deserves.

Lena Adams has rejoined the police force and you might be dissapointed to find that she is still in a relationship with Ethan. Luckily he only makes his appearance right at the beginning and right at the end of the book.

You also get to...more
Vera VB
When Sara is at the police station, she, Jeffrey, some other policemen and children are held hostage by 2 violent men who during the attack have killed several policemen. During the hostage situation, with flash backs Karin Slaughter goes back to the place where Jeffrey is born. A small village where horrible things have happened. When Jeffrey is there with Sara after they first met, a murder happens, a skelet is found, a lot of gossip about Jeffrey and his mates.
It seems the hostage situation...more
Loved this all her books.
I continue to enjoy this series.
I had read this one before and still was surprised at various points. Teh unfolding of Jeff and his childhood friends is a fun diversion....even in teh midst of ugliness again.

[close:] Medical examiner Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver make their fourth appearance in this riveting new back-and-forth thriller that grounds a brutal attack by two young men on the Grant County, Georgia police department in a twelve-year-old Alabama murder case that occurred while Sara and Jeffrey were ju...more
Dotti Elrick
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...more
This. Was. Awesome.

It was When Sara Met Jeffery up in here.

I needed a breather from Lena, and Grant County 4 (see my Grant County reviews, and others, on my blog) gave it to me. OK, she was in it, but not to the extent she has been. Basically, what you need to know is she's back on the force and she's still seeing that asswipe, Ethan Green. I still think she's gonna end up dead. *sigh*

We start out with a bang, literally. Two men walk into the police station and start shooting. Sara is there tryi...more
I would like to start by sharing something that I didn't learn until the author's note at the very end of the book: this is a sequel. I imagine much of my confusion regarding the plot of this novel can be attributed to that fact. In short, Sara the pediatrician and her ex-husband Jeffrey the police chief are held hostage by a couple of gunmen who raid the police station. Much of the book is spent in flashbacks to the early 1990s when Jeffrey took his then-girlfriend Sara to his tiny backwater ho...more
I loved this book as much as I liked the rest in the series, but possibly more so because there was something different in this one. Slaughter's writing style changed a bit. I liked how she used events in the past to tie into the present, as well as to give more depth to the story. I also liked reading about the beginning of Sara and Jeffrey's relationship, as well as how Cathy's, Sara's mother, opinion of Jeffrey has changed.

Since the beginning of the series, I haven't been overly fond of Lena...more
Kathleen Dixon
My son gave me this book because he knows I enjoy Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell and Sara Paretsky. Now I've added another author to that great list!

Indelible is the 4th book with Sara Linton - I read the 3rd nearly two years ago (also a gift from my son), but still haven't read the first two. In this book, which alternates between violent drama at a police station and a journey 10 years earlier when Sara was just beginning to know Jeffrey Tolliver, we're also told that they had married and...more
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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fourteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, 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 term "inv...more
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