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A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County #3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  19,847 Ratings  ·  735 Reviews

The third pulse-pounding novel in the Grant County series from New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter.

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 fo

Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Harper (first published 2003)
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Sep 13, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, they do say "Practice makes Perfect" and I must say this was a vast improvement on the first two in the series.

Most of the characters are intriguing. I seriously don't know what to make of them. Sara, Jeffrey, Lena ... especially Lena.

No matter what Jill Rosen said, Lena had rules and one of them was that she never drank before eight at night.

Was in Vegas recently and visited Jimmy Buffet's restaurant! It wasn't five o'clock there but it was somewhere!!

"Ritalin, of course. His generatio
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Sarah Linton is called to the scene of an apparent student suicide and allows her very pregnant sister, Tessa, to accompany her. What happens next sets off a series of tragic and mysterious events that calls into question whether the dead student was a suicide.

Most of the story was akin to watching a train about to wreck while standing by powerless to do anything about it other than scream at the deaf pages. Lena Adams drove me crazy and Jeffrey Tolliver does
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I started off really liking this book, but at some point along the way it started to feel like more of the same old, same old.

Sara and Jeffrey are still sort-of-estranged and still vacillating about their feelings for each other. Sara is a really prickly person! Lena is still getting it all wrong. It seems she has learnt nothing from her past. Frank is....well, Frank is Frank is Frank.

Sara rather stupidly takes her heavily pregnant sister Tess along for the ride when she attends the scene of an
Jun 15, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
I really struggled to finish this book for a number of reasons. Firstly there is practically no character development. In the last book, Lena wasa screwed up and Jeffrey and Sara were flirting about not knowing how to commit to their relationship. In this book, nothing had changed! I got bored of Lena shrugging people off and yelling for them not to touch her, and I got frustrated with Sara and Jeffrey falling in love and then arguing and running in the other direction! Either kill Lena off or ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I keep trying to like Lena in this series but dang it's really, really hard. Even Sara kinda ticked me off a bit, she seems prickly about silly things. I like these books enough to continue though.
Richard (Davros)
Aug 27, 2013 Richard (Davros) rated it it was ok
This is one of the worst books I have read in a long time.

I would love to give it a lower star but it probably was better than that. I got into Karin slaughter as a good friend knows I am into Guts, Gore and Bloodletting; the more macabre the better. This failed in *EVERY* aspect. I was not even concerned over Tessa - or whether she would lose the baby, save for how long she [Slaughter] was going to drag it out for? Answer - too bloody long.

It was my own fault, I should have deleted it off the c
Nov 20, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
An apparent suicide has brought Medical Examiner Sara Linton and Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver to the local college campus. Subsequent "suicides" suggest that a different kind of terror is stalking the small town.

This is the third book in Slaughter's terrific forensic series. Terrific story. Very hard to put down. Don't jump ahead in this book or you'll miss some clues. It has a surprise ending!!! My rating: 5 Stars
Maureen DeLuca
Oct 06, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it liked it
I'm almost struggling to get thru this series. I love the way Karin Slaughter writes, and I'm a big fan of hers- but this series- not so much. I read 2 of the Will Trent series and I'm sooo loving that. I read the very fist book in this series and then jumped to Will Trent. Only because I admire so many of my Good Read pals- I went back to this series to see how it ends. Everyone talks about Lena- how they dislike her. From the first book, after what happened to her- I can see why she is the way ...more
Jul 16, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fear I’m about to enter a Karin Slaughter slump. I’ve been playing catch up, working through her Grant County series, and have reached the end of the few I have sitting at my bedside. I want to carry on so badly, but before I can do such a thing I need to do some ordering of books. Of course, we all saw this coming.

I’m terrible when it comes to reading series in the correct order, at least when it comes to crime thrillers, and my biggest mistake probably sits with Karin Slaughter’s work.

Janie Johnson
Aug 06, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book #3 of the Grant County series. Although this series is not as good as the Will Trent Series I am still enjoying it and plan on continuing with this story.

An apparent student suicide has brought medical examiner Sara Linton to the local college campus, along with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. But a horribly mutilated corpse yields up few answers. And a suspicious rash of subsequent "suicides" suggests that a different kind of terror is stalking the youth of Hear
Barbara Mitchell
May 21, 2011 Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it
I'm gradually becoming a solid fan of Karin Slaughter's mystery novels. In this one the lead characters are Sara Linton, medical examiner, and Jeffrey Tolliver, Chief of Police, of a small college town in Georgia. The college plays a large role in the story; it's supposedly a school for dorky types who don't fit in at the better known large universities in Georgia. Judging from the scene at one dorm party, though, these kids don't seem very nerdy at all.

As this gripping story begins, the body of
Sep 10, 2013 DJ rated it liked it
I give high ratings to Karin Slaughter because I really enjoy her books, even though I'm a bit of a literary snob and don't generally read contemporary fiction. I have spent the past few years reading a lot of non-fiction and her writing has been my reason for returning to fiction.

These books have a 'Murder She Wrote' element to them, wherever her main character -Sara Linton, pediatrician/smalltown medical examiner- is murder just happens to show up. This wouldn't be such a problem for me as a
A third tale about Grant county and in this one Sara Lintons sister gets viciously attacked at a crime-scene when a suicide is being discovered. When the witness of this suicide also commits suicide everything points towards a vicious killer who is masterful at hiding his handiwork.

Lena is working as a campus cop and seems to do about everything to hide her and her new skinhead boyfriends role in certain situations, her role is questionable at least and the ending of this book does show somebody
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
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 ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Vicki rated it did not like it
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Two-haiku review:

Body under bridge
Did he jump or was he pushed?
Then another crime

Convoluted tale
Multi characters and plots
Felt I missed something

Might have enjoyed it more if I'd read the series in order.
Larry Bassett
Sep 22, 2014 Larry Bassett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
OK, so here I am reading an eleven year old Karin Slaughter, third in the Grant County series. I read the second in the series sixteen months ago and gave it three stars so you can imagine pretty easily that I don’t remember or care what was happening then! Grab onto me Ms. Slaughter and make me want to read the next page! Dead body by the seventh page so that’s a start. Oh, yes, this is the coroner who is the ex-wife to the cheating chief of police in this small college town in Georgia. This is ...more
Aug 25, 2009 Kayeb rated it liked it
Her books essentially have every main character being raped, killed, or beaten... The themes of how women are abused is a prevailing theme, and I have to wonder if this author has experienced this and is trying to work thru it by her writings..... I just don't buy it. Lena's sister is killed and she is near death and then in violent relationships as she resorts to drinking post trauma........ Sara was raped when younger and stabbed, HER sister is attacked and loses a baby... just too much to be ...more
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 wi
Dec 24, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of the Karin Slaughter novels I have read this is my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong it was enjoyable because of the characters I have come to know. These characters are well written and I enjoyed the next chapter in their fictional lives.

In this book a suspicious suicide occurs sending out the town Medical Examiner Sara Linton. She is called out while with her pregnant sister. This particular death might have remained a suicide if it wasn’t for the stabbing of Sara’s sister at the crime
I won't rehash the plot, as that has been done before. I will simply give my opinion.

A Faint Cold Fear is the third in Karin Slaugher's Grant county series. It is well written and follows the same main characters as were introduced in the first book of the series, Blindsighted. All of their personal stories are furthered and continued to hold my interest; however, I did feel that there was too much focus on Lena. I find her character traits to be less and less believable, and frankly, I'm beginn
Karin Slaughters Grant County series is very good but, in my opinion, not as good as her Will Trent series. This book is proof of that.

Sarah, a medical examiner arrives on a murder scene and while she is examining the victim her pregnant sister, who she brought to the scene, wonders away from her car and is brutally attacked. What? A bit far fetched, but wait it gets worse. Lena, (a former detective and colleague of, Jeffery, the lead detective on the case and Sarah's ex-husband), just happens
Dick Edwards
Jan 27, 2011 Dick Edwards rated it it was ok
I heard this young woman present at the National Book Festival on 25Sep2010. She is a good presenter, relaxed and with a good sense of humor, and made me want to read her books. This book kept me reading to the end, because I suspected who the killer was. However, I was wrong, so therefore I consider this to be a good mystery. I perceive a major flaw, however, unless I am just not reading it intelligently enough. There were about 5 murders, and when the killer reveals himself, he says that one ...more
Freda Malone
Sep 09, 2015 Freda Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lena takes a turn for the worst as she starts her new job as a security guard for the local college campus. She can't seem to get her head on straight even a year after her abduction and rape. Sara's sister, Tessa, was caught in the crossfire of a presumed suicide when Jeffrey and Sara arrive at the scene. While someone was watching from the woods, pregnant Tessa went to relieve herself and was attacked with a knife. While Tessa is in the hospital, more bodies are piling up and Lena is ...more
Karin Slaughter's books are very character intense. She's just as interested in the murder mystery aspect of the novel as she is her characters' development and how they deal with what's going on around them. Although I don't really like any of the characters in her novels, I am interested in their lives. One of the problems with novels like this is after awhile you have to wonder why bad things (like murder) always keep happening to them. I mean, how many times can you have your primary ...more
Dana Delamar
Aug 02, 2013 Dana Delamar rated it really liked it
Another great entry in the Grant County series. There were a few things I didn't quite buy (the "talking killer" at the end is never one of my favorite devices, and here it seemed especially "off"--why the killer confessed to that particular person at that particular time didn't ring true to me), but the story had a strong mystery at the center and plenty of twists and turns. The characters of Sara, Jeffrey, and especially Lena are all well-drawn, and for me are the reason this series is so ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5

It only took about 20 pages before something happened, and it shocked me enough to the point where it felt surreal, and that maybe I had misread. While it’s certainly possible that this was the whole point, it was so unexpected and upsetting. And then it seemed like this certain aspect of the entire plot was shoved underneath the rug and only addressed if it was necessary to drive the emotional plot between Sara and Jeffery forward. I sincerely hope that what happened will be a
The Grant County series by Karin Slaughter is one of the best mystery series I've ever read. Each book gets better and better. Slaughter knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat, with surprises all along the way. And the endings are always a surprise. Even when you think you figured out "whodunit," she throws another blast at you.

I'm a big fan of series for the simple fact that I get to watch the characters develop throughout. Slaughter does a great job of it in Grant County. Once I finish
catje vdw
Jan 17, 2016 catje vdw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
weer een heel spannend (tot op het einde) boek, op naar de volgende !!
Mary Beth
Apr 10, 2016 Mary Beth rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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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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Grant County (6 books)
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