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Marred (Grafton County #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  91 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
When a serial killer breaks into the home of bestselling author, Sage Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff.

Sage buries secrets from that night—secrets she swears to take to her deathbed.

Three years of anguish and painful memories
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published November 11th 2015 by Tirgearr Publishing
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Garry Rodgers
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lock your door. Turn up your lights. And be prepared to thoroughly engross in one of the best reading rides you’ll ever have. Sue Coletta’s brilliantly told crime thriller, Marred, is the emotional, gut-tearing story of Sage Quintano’s physical and psychological survival—first from a vicious sexual assault, then from the taunting stalk by a deranged serial killer who’s abducted Sage’s twin sister, Chloe.
Marred suspends you into a terrifying world through an incredibly well-structured plot. The c
Stunning emotional and riveting read!!!
This is a power packed psychological thriller
filled with suspense, thrills and chills around
every corner. There are twists and turns that
will keep you on the edge of your seat. The
tension was very thick and well sustained.
Sage Quintano is a crime writer. Niko Quintano
is a homicide detective married to Sage.
Three years ago, Sage was held by a serial
killer. Niko was shot in the shoulder when he
came to rescue her. Sage miscarried and has
never been able to ove
Eliza Cross
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are two reasons why you should be prepared for sleepless nights when you read Marred by Sue Coletta. Reason #1, it’s a page-turner and you’ll be staying up late to see what happens next. And #2, if you’re like me, you’ll be thinking about Coletta’s chilling story for a long, long time -- especially if your phone rings unexpectedly.

Early in the book I became completely invested in the protagonist Sage Quintano and her detective husband Niko’s quest. Coletta’s carefully researched writing s
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, rf, thrillers
Marred is a nail-biting serial killer thriller that, once started, was hard to put down.
You immediately feel drawn to the protagonist, Sage Quintano, who writes books about crime for a living and has experienced a horrendous crime herself. A vicious assault has left her struggling with every day life. Her marriage to Nico, a homicide detective, is suffering as a result of the experience and because of secrets she has been keeping from him. Moving to a rural area in order to heal and rebuild thei
Nicholas Rossis
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nail-biting fun, from cover to cover. Coletta starts with a bang and doesn't let go of the reader until the very last, chilling sentence.

Mind you, it does get dark. In Coletta's world, terrible things do happen to nice people.

Still, if you enjoy a well-written, well-researched thriller, then this is the perfect book for you.
Boundless Book Reviews
Sage Quintano has been through hell. She is attacked by a crazed killer and now years later shes being haunted again. Niko, her husband, is a detective. He convinces her to leave Boston and move to a rural small town to start fresh, but when a killer comes to his town things begin to heat up again. Sage is now being threatened again by this man who has upped the game and took her twin sister. Now Sage has to put herself in danger to save her.

This book is a bit of a wild ride. It starts off fast
Cathy Ryan
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three years ago Sage and Niko Quintano’s lives were changed irrevocably after a horrific and brutal attack on Sage by a serial killer who also injured Niko. They left Boston where Niko was a homicide detective and relocated to a small New Hampshire town. Niko is now the Sheriff of Grafton County and he and Sage live under the radar, their location a closely guarded secret. Or so they believe.

Niko and Sage are both still suffering emotionally as well as physically from the trauma. Sage is keepin
Chantelle Atkins
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A classy crime thriller which keeps you guessing until the end. Very well written, and incredibly well researched. This is the story of Sage, who suffered a brutal ordeal at the hands of the killer her detective husband was trying to catch. In a further gut wrenching twist, she also lost their unborn child in the attack. Some years later, the couple have moved away to put the past behind them, but Sage soon finds it is impossible to do so. Firstly because the same killer seems to be back, kidnap ...more
Sheila Good
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sage Quintano is a crime writer and married to a homicide detective, Niko. Both are bearing the scars of a brutal attack perpetrated on Sage by a serial killer. After moving to a smaller town to start over, they find themselves in the grips of terror once again. The characters are well developed and pull you into their lives from page one.

I found the changing POV from first to third a bit jarring at times, but not enough that it pulled me from the suspense of the story.

If you like crime thrille
Olga Miret
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For police procedural lovers looking for characters they can relate to. And some great secondary players. I’m reviewing this book as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team and was provided with a copy of the book that I freely chose to review.
I read and reviewed Sue Coletta’s Wings of Mayhem, book one in The Mayhem Series (check the review here), and was impressed and intrigued. Now, on the occasion of the launch of the second book in the Grafton County Series, Cleaved (yes, I’m reading and reviewing
C.S. Boyack
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a chilling, thrill a minute, read. Others have addressed the plot and theme, so I'm going to mention some of the background information. The supporting characters are well fleshed out, and I found myself looking forward to one deputy in particular. Coletta's settings are wonderfully described without dedicating a ton of space. This book reads well, and delivers everything it promises and more. I will seek out this author in the future.
Murder in Common
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chosen as one of my recommended summer reads:
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yikes, a creepy/scary page-turner, a bit gruesome.
Paul Anderson
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“If I was gonna kill someone, I’d probably read everything I could find on forensics,” says Ben, Sheriff Niko Quintano’s deputy, and that is so very true, not only about psychopathic serial killers but about crime writers worth their salt.

Crime writers need to read everything they can find about forensics, and it’s evident Sue Coletta has. Marred is the first published novel by Sue Coletta, a writer to watch. Sue Coletta includes lessons in forensics in every novel. She also includes keen insig
Beaux Cooper
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to say this book is nightmare fuel, but this isn't the kind of book you want to read before going to bed. Especially as a woman. Even more so as a single woman living alone in a dark apartment with no one to hear you scream.


Excuse me.

It's the kind of book you read with all the lights on and the doors locked. It's the kind of book you have a light hearted chaser for; like watching a Disney movie after watching Friday the 13th. And why, after storming through the first third o
Mae Clair
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“I received an ARC of this book in an exchange for an honest review.”

MARRED is a wonderful dark, disturbing ride from beginning to end. Sage Quintano is still emotionally shattered from a brutal assault that occurred three years earlier. Now, having relocated to rural New Hampshire with her husband, Niko, she’s hoping to put the past behind her. But as the wife of the local sheriff, that’s not easy to do. Especially when her twin sister vanishes and a string of grisly crimes resurrects more than
Shelley Wilson
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sage and Niko Quintano move from Boston to a small town in New Hampshire in an attempt to start over following a brutal attack on Sage three years ago. The attack resulted in a miscarriage for Sage, physical scars, and a ton of emotional damage. Her husband, Niko, who is the sheriff, sustained a bullet to the shoulder but is also suffering from the emotional after-effects of that night.
Unfortunately, trouble follows them to New Hampshire, and it is Niko’s job to keep Sage, and the town, safe fr
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks again, Goodreads, for the opportunity to win this book. I love, love, love, murder mysteries and serial killers and dark, dark thrillers like Marred. Sue Coletta has done a great job with Marred. It is very well-written and was very hard to put down. It kept me guessing until the very end, which is very unusual for me, as I usually know what will happen.

Sometimes you just can't outrun your past. Sue Coletta leaves this great thriller open to a sequel. Anxiously awaiting that sequel!
John Maberry
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked it but I discovered some personal idiosyncrasies that made for a bumpy read: I found it jarring, switching from first person point of view to third person (protagonist being the former and everyone else the latter). I'm comfortable with switching POVs from one character to another in third person but not between first and third, evidently. There were some other issues as well, not worth mentioning. But if you like the Criminal Minds TV show and some horror/suspense stories, you will prob ...more
Ellie Gray
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Marred. Sue Coletta has created characters you can identify with and who you really want to root for. The attention to detail in terms of the police procedures and forensics meant that you felt a part of the investigation rather than an observer and the twists and turns kept the pages turning. All in all an excellent, if chilling, read. I can't wait to read Sue's next novel.
Peter Hogenkamp
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Any fan of crime fiction is going to love this debut from Sue Coletta, especially if you like them dark and twisted. It reminded me of Silence of the Lambs in a pastoral setting. Read it!
Kurt Springs
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.


Sage Quintano is a bestselling mystery author. Three years ago, a serial killer broke into Sage’s home, and she barely escaped with her life. She survived with grave physical injuries, severe emotional scars, and devastating secrets she swore to take to her grave. Her husband, Detective Niko Quintano, accepts a position as Sheriff in Grafton County in New Hampshire. He hopes that the quiet life in Rural New Hampshire will help them heal
Steven Ramirez
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an author of horror thrillers, I'm no stranger to scenes of violence and mayhem. But-and I'm being honest here-the thought of writing a novel about a serial killer leaves me a little squeamish. I would imagine you would have to approach the subject with the same cold-bloodedness as your killer, unblinkingly laying out the carnage that both repulses and fascinates the reader. That kind of writing calls for a stiff drink, in my view.

But this is precisely what Sue Coletta has given us in Sage, a
Emily Dickson
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book which dragged out emotions and had me feeling for the characters. Sage is such a well developed characters who pulled at my emotions throughout the entire book. Secondary characters were as well developed and were likeable and added to the entire flow of the story. Nico and Sage's relationship was a wonderful background for this story with its ups and downs. Definitely a creep factor if your reading it at night, full of surprises and twist that kept me turning pages unt ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sage and Niko moved to rural New Hampshire after she was nearly killed by a serial killer. Been 3 years, and now seems like the killer has tracked them down and thinks her life in danger. Starts this time with telephone calls.

He leaves the bodies in very bad shape (cuts off parts of the bodies, hangs them, etc and the author is very graffic. Can't say I enjoyed the book. Started reading, and put down after a very few pages. Just knew would have to get better somewhere, so tried again.

I did finis
Roo MacLeod

She's married to cop and the man who attacked her is back in her life and she can't tell her cop husband because her twin sister will die. It doesn't play true. I don't believe the premise. They talk cases, but this case, the most important she can't share
Denise H
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling thriller that will leave you chilled to the bone. You definitely want to read this book with the lights on. The author weaves a spectacular web of murder and mayhem that holds you captive. It took a moment for me to adjust to the different POV styles but once I did, I found I really enjoyed the story being told this way. The author writes in first person for Sage’s POV and then alternates with her husband, Niko, and his partner, Frankie, in third person. The third person POV ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book introduces you to best-selling author Sage Quintano and her husband Niko, Grafton County Sheriff.

With Marred, Sue Coletta has created an extraordinary and fast-paced thriller about a woman who barely survived an encounter with a serial killer in her own home. Three years later, she is still suffering and - the phone calls begin. The story comprises a variety of interesting characters with sufficient depth and cleverly elaborated and fast-paced interactions. Be prepared to accompany Nik
R. Michael Phillips
Marred, by Sue Coletta, is an exceptional debut novel. Sage Quintano and her disturbing past draw you right into the story from the beginning, keeping your heart racing from page to page. The main characters, Sage and her sheriff husband Niko, are very well fleshed out, as are the secondary characters—Frankie Capanelli’s attitude adds a real spark of freshness to the dialog.

Jumping from first to third person POV took a little getting use to, but it works. If you like edge-of-the-seat thrillers
Julie Holmes
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marred is a great suspense/thriller mystery, from the first page through the end. Sue keeps the tension high through this story about a best-selling author who survived an attack by a serial killer, only to have the terror resurface years later. The main characters, Sage and Niko, feel real, and even Frankie, the main supporting character, is fleshed-out and believable.

There were a few things the characters did that didn't feel quite right to me (my opinion, but I don't want to give spoilers),
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Sue Coletta is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Kill Zone, an award-winning writing blog where she posts every other Monday. Sue's a bestselling, award-winning, multi-published crime writer in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. She's also the communications manager for the Serial ...more
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