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(Grant County #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  30,548 ratings  ·  1,068 reviews
The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods–then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty young woman. For them, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of life into the case.

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Paperback, 549 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 2005)
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This has been my least favorite of the Grant County series so far. It just didn't really click with me. I think a good way to describe it for me would be drawn out and repetitive. Also, this has been the most confused I have been so far when reading a Slaughter book.

Slaughter continues the trend of shocking subject matter and brutal descriptions. Her books are not for the faint of heart or queasy of stomach. Also, there are some potential triggers in this one - the biggest one being abortion. If
Susanne  Strong
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Twisty and Turny, with lots of investigating by my FAVORITE Character: JEFFREY!

When Chief Jeffrey Tolliver trips on a pipe sticking out of the ground while out walking with Coroner and Pediatrician Sara Linton, they find it unusual and make a discovery after doing a little digging. It’s that of a body buried in a box underground. Talk about a mood killer!

Upon investigating, Jeffrey and Detective Lena Adams find themselves at a Religious Community where the girl was from. Instead of feel
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jeffrey's sins of the past come back to stir up trouble between him and Sara. AS they walk around a lake and discuss their recent lack of intimacy, Jeffrey trips on something. As it turns out that something is sadly a young women in a box that had been buried in the ground. She has not been dead for long and Sara and Jeffery quickly start investigating her murder.

This book has many twist and turns which lead them to a secluded religious group that takes in runaways and parolees to work on their
Jeffrey and Sara are walking through the woods near her home when they stumbled upon a pipe coming up from underneath the ground. What lay beneath was heartbreaking, leading them into an investigation of a family who seems to have plenty of secrets. They're also leaders of a religious lifestyle that appears cult like.

This was a disturbing story that also explores the subject of domestic abuse. The investigation took some interesting turns, even though the field of suspects was narrow. Typical o
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book I need to read from the Grant County series featuring Sara Linton, Jeffrey Tolliver, and Lena Adams. I will miss this cast of characters.

Warnings: child imprisonment, domestic violence, drug use, religious violence based on Bible quotes by a crazy man.

I liked this but it bothered me that religion was used again to talk about crazy people. I know religion draws a lot of weirdos and nut cases to it but we're not all this way.

Other than that, of course, I enjoyed the gruesom
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it

Holy shit! I found this one to be disturbing. The mystery/murder side of things was alarming but of course I couldn't stop turning the pages!

The characters are still growing on me. Can't say I think Jeffrey and Sara are making the best choices but love is blind right....

Lena is killing me. I want her to get her slice of happiness in life even if it is just a sliver. But she cannot catch a break. Partly because of her own inner turmoil.

I wish things ended differently. My heart broke for Terri.

Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another roller coaster. Sometimes hard to keep track of all the characters.

With each book, Jeffrey and Sara are growing on me. I love that they are not the perfect couple. They argue. Her parents are great too. Lena, I don't know if she will ever have a Happy Ever After.

Some parts of this book were quite heartbreaking. Terri, my heart bled for her.

Off to review the last in the series!!
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still love the serie. It is interesting to see how the main characters are evolve.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 continuing saga stars

OK, I know there is just one left in series here! That's a little bittersweet, but I'm happy to know that Sara Linton's character continues on to the next series.

This one starts out with a bang as Sara and Jeffrey stumble across a box in the ground and the remains of a young woman inside. Who is she and who was responsible for her horrible death?

Jeffrey and Lena tackle this case and it all seems to trace back to a religious commune that seems rather cultish. Will they ge
This is the first I've read of any Karin Slaughter books. Quite a few GR friends are reading her thrillers so when I saw this audio book at the library I grabbed it on a whim. Faithless is #5 in the series about victims getting buried alive with a religious twist. I realized as I listened to the book that a lot had happened in the previous 4 books in the series that I should have read first.

I like the main characters, Sara and Jeffrey. There are so many characters, however, that it's hard to kee
I'm drawing a blank on how to express myself over this one. It was really long, and I'm annoyed that we get no real definite resolution over this installment's Big Bad (though it is somewhat implied), and honestly the third star is because of Lena's actions right at the end and how happy it made Jeffrey. Because it made me happy, too.

Vague review is short and vague.
Mary Beth
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Karin Slaughter, and I really love this series!
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
It may have taken we awhile to finish this book, but that had nothing to do with the story. Although the story line was disturbing, I enjoyed the telling of it. Sara and Jeffrey have an amazing relationship. They have been through so much and yet continue to stick together. This book centered around a sort of church cult and it makes you wonder about the non-fiction churches out there. The treatment the girls endured was awful. I was able to determine who the "bad guy" was long before Sara and J ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: karin-slaughter
I love this book.

It is the fifth in the Grant Series, following Dr Sara Linton and her husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. This book starts with Sara and Jeffrey arguing (as usual) in the forest behind Sara's parent's house around the lake. Jeffrey's past is catching up with him again, as he hears devastating news from the woman he cheated on Sara with. Whilst arguing, the pair come across a body buried in the ground beneath them. This story follows the investigation to find out who killed h
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those that starts a little slow but gains speed and interest. The twist at the end got me and also broke my heart. I'm happy Lena has found a way to deal with her abuse, even if it is in a more cowardly way that I would expect from her. ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars! I LOVE THIS SERIES! Once again Karin Slaughter starts off with a bang in Faithless and I couldn’t stop until I was done.

I was happy we got to see Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship progress in this one. Another thing that I would like to note is how close Nan and Lena have become. I think watching their relationship form and grow has been great. They both loved Sybil and to see them living together and becoming friends I think has been really great.

I also would like to say how much I thi
Kirsten "keep calm there are only 5 days left"
Another great thriller with Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver. They are a great couple. These are not soft thrillers - there is a lot of grit to them. A lot of hard truths. This one deals with fundamentalism and abuse of teenagers.

Jeffrey and Sara are having trouble again and Lena is still taking the low road through life. But even with that, these thrillers are meaty!
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I love this series, this book was just a bit off for me. I didn't feel the usual closeness to the characters. Looking forward to the rest of the Grant county books. ...more
Brenda H
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faithless, the 5th book in the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, is centered around Jeffrey Tolliver, the County Sheriff and Sara Linton, the County’s ME and local pediatrician (as well as Jeffrey’s ex-wife and current lover).

Jeffrey and Sara are out walking in the woods when Jeffrey gives Sara shocking news. Feeling betrayed, the upset Sara takes off at a fast pace toward home. While trying to catch up to Sara, Jeffrey trips over a pipe in the ground….The pipe leads to a victim who had be
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like James Lee Burke, Karin Slaughter delivers novels where the separation between good and bad involves a fine line, and it’s not always easy to see, even if it’s drawn on the pavement in red crayon. The relationship between Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver makes FAITHLESS an entertaining read, and the deft, clever plotting makes it even better. This novel proved a hard one to put down, and despite reading several other novels at the time, I just had to keep reading. Reaching the end, though, w ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book by Karin Slaughter might be my favorite one so far. I've read quite a few of her books and even a novella or two. Her books are often heavy on violence towards women. This book also possessed that same thread. But I feel that was balanced by everything else. It didn't feel like the often abused 'shock and awe' trick I dislike. There were a few different threads woven into the plot and I liked that. She also does a great job with her characters. Not only are they well drawn, but they al ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable mystery in this series! I have already read the Will Trent series, and I am dreading what comes next!
aPriL does feral sometimes
Why do men beat up women? Karin Slaughter tries to make sense of it in 'Faithless', book five in the Grant County mystery series.

The larger question is why do many of the women who are beaten up by men insist on staying with their abusers? Why do mothers allow their babies to get beaten up, and/or exposed to living with the constant fear and brutality of men? What do mothers think they are protecting their kids from by staying with a man quick to hit? Staying with an abusive man most certainly
Ahmad Ardalan
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fast paced thriller set in a small county. For a 500 page mystery, this will engage you from start to finish.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Faithless is the penultimate novel in the Grant County series which focuses on Sara and Jeffery’s tumultuous relationship as well as Jeffery’s partner Lena. The clear protagonists of this series are Sara and Jeffery as Slaughter spends the majority of her time developing their relationship, however Lena is an incredibly compelling character as readers watch her fall apart from the trauma she’s endured.

Faithless’ central mystery surrounds a young woman found buried alive. Where the other Grant C
4.5/5 - This rating does not include the audiobook, which I am not rating at this time. I have some thoughts about that at the bottom of this review if you are interested.

I feel a little bit mixed up after Faithless. On the one hand, Faithless is not my favorite in the series in terms of crimes and police procedure. But it isn’t my least favorite either. On the other hand: THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED FROM SARA AND JEFFREY AND EVEN LENA! So this is my reason for a 4.5/5 rating - I would rate t
Laura (Kyahgirl)
More like 3.5/5. I liked a lot of things about this book like the usual intensity of the investigation and the forensic details. I also thought the author did a pretty good job of shining a light on some of the incomprehensible aspects of domestic abuse. It made me pretty sad.
I have to say, on the downside, I’m really tired of watching Sara and Jeffrey go back and forth, with Sara doing most of the waffling.
Faithless is the fifth book in the Grant Count series. It is probably my least favorite so far, but by no means was I unhappy with it. It starts with Jeffrey and Sara taking a walk in the woods, discussing their ever-tumultuous relationship. Jeffrey has been distant lately, and Sara, in her usual direct manner, wants to know what is going on. It seems Jeffrey’s past has come back to haunt him. While on their walk, they discover a body buried in the woods, which starts them on another disturbing ...more
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Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER. Her most recent book, THE LAS ...more

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