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A Faint Cold Fear

(Grant County #3)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2003)
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Melissa
“It might do you some good to remember that at the end of the day, no matter how smart that brain of yours is up there, it’s your heart that needs looking after.”


Subjectivity and personal preference aside, readers share a common goal, finding those rare books that manage to leave their mark. Or, as in this case, an entire series so monumental, the inspired feelings linger long after. The emotionality, dark themes, and vulnerability put on full display in Grant County have made it a place I d
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Matthew
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like their mysteries gruesome
3.5 to 4 stars

Slaughter continues to be brutal with the third installment of the Grant County series. Every character has skeletons in their closet. Every relationship is troubled. Nothing is as it seems to be.

I am not going higher with my rating on this because I still feel like this book, like the previous installments, is leaning heavily on shock factor over story to draw in the reader. Not that shock factor is a bad thing, but when every scene is gory of violently sexual, it does get to be a
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Beverly
The third in the Grant County series is a fine addition. It continues the story of Sara (pediatrician and coroner) and Jeffrey (chief of police) and their volatile relationship and I sped through it quickly. The murderer was a surprise. I didn't see that coming , but all in all it was not as shocking as her first 2 books in the series. It was all wrapped up rather neatly, but it did seem as our murderer had been very busy (when does he have time for his day job?) until the final 3 paragraphs and ...more
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
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Mo
Sep 09, 2015 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 gener
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Jennifer
Karin Slaughter can use this series to teach a class on character development. With every book in this series, these characters grow increasingly complex. With every punch, their resilience builds but not without considerable scarring which makes them oh so human. Slaughter's characters suffer so much. I can't even fathom it. But her lead characters are women and you all know we can overcome a lot. Well-done, Ms. Slaughter on another 5-star crime thriller. Grant County is a dark and graphic seri ...more
Susanne  Strong
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
4 Stars

Wowza! Talk about Heart-stopping and Gut-wrenching!

When Sara Linton is called to a crime scene on a College campus, it appears to be an apparent death by suicide. Then another crime happens, right under her nose. This time it’s personal and it’s bad. Really bad and Sara can’t help but blame herself.

Lena Adams is now working at the University as Campus Security. Gone are the days of her being a Police Officer. After what happened to her a year ago, she just couldn’t hack it. Now, however,
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Jonetta
Originally posted on The Book Nympho

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
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Vivisection
I think I'm going to have to give back my English Lit degree. I don't know how I got to book three in this series without realizing that half the characters are named after characters in Wuthering Heights. Really? Hareton Earnshaw? Cathy and "Eddie" Linton?

It's useless to argue that I'm just reading this series out of boredom because I am clearly working my way through the Grant county series. With this novel, however, I am losing some of my like and respect for the characters. I like Jeffrey a
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Debra
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sara and Jeffrey I love how you solve crimes together. Their character development continues to progress nicely. I love learning more about each as a person and as a couple.

An Apparent Suicide at a local college campus brings Sara to the scene but she is not alone, she has her pregnant sister in tow. What happens next is tragic. While Sara is examining the body, her sister wanders off to pee and is brutally attacked.

Lena continues to be a train wreck. She is working for the Campus and is conduct
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Patricia Williams
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading Karin Slaughter. I read one of her newer books and then decided to read an older one. I do think she gets better with each book but completely enjoyed reading this book #3 in the series and enjoyed reconnecting with the characters. Did not figure it out until the end of the book which is something I always enjoy.
✨Susan✨
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
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Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
This particular installment of the Grant County series felt different than the other's I've read (including Slaughter's books that aren't part of this series). It was definitely more focused on the characters than it was on the murder, which I had mixed feelings about. On one hand, if we are going to be following these characters through a series, I want to know about them, but on the other hand I felt like after the opening of the book (which started off with a bang!) I was missing some of the ...more
DeAnn
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 college murder stars

I am slowly making my way through the Grant County series (this is #3 of #6) featuring pediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton. Although I found this one to have quite a bit with Lena – what a flawed and complicated character!

The book starts out, as many Karin Slaughter books do, with a crime scene. In this case, an apparent suicide near the local college. Sara is called in as well as her ex-husband Jeffery Tolliver, the chief of police. Tragically, Sara’s sister is a
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Stephanie Nicholas
Another slam dunk for Karin Slaughter! Sorry I have been off the grid, not feeling so well. Still reading, and will post reviews when I'm feeling better! Thanks all!
Kelly
I really struggled to finish this book for a number of reasons. Firstly there is practically no character development. In the last book, Lena was 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 ge ...more
♥Sharon♥
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit!

What the hell Lena! Can’t figure her out.

Jeffrey & Sara? Can’t figure them out either.

On to book #4.

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Shannon
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking a break from this series for a romance buddy read but will be back. I love these characters! Sarah + Jeffery. Even Lena 🥴
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
4.5! These just keep getting better & better! ...more
Kirsten
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Karin Slaughter. Sara and Jeffrey are back and this time the local college seems to be a tad bloody. (More than a tad really.)

The story was really good and Lena didn't annoy me nearly as much as she has previously. (I'm not sure it that's a good or bad sign.)

Looking forward to book #4
Els
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this serie very much. I hope the following book are also this good.
Karina
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Domestic violence, suicides, drug use and abuse (prescription and OTC), racist slurs, gruesome killing scenes.

Loved this! Karin Slaughter always has me biting my fingernails. I have not read #1 or #2 in the series but the author does a good job of catching me up without overwhelming me about the past.

This book starts with a suicide and a stabbing right after. Lena is now off the force and working at the college as a security guard. Jeffrey and Sara are divorced but still trying to work
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Becca
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: karin-slaughter
This is the third book in the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter. We catch up with Sara, Jeffrey and Lena and of course there’s a death in town.

I’ve read this book before and loved it back then, as much as now. It’s not the best in the series, but that in no way detracts from the awesomeness of Sara and Jeffrey’s case solving skills. Karin writes this like the rest of her books, with suspense, gore and mystery. It isn’t for the faint hearted – like nearly all her books – they are graphic an
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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.
Brenda
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
3.75 stars
Hollis
My least favourite so far.

What started with a great opening chapter (poor Tessa!!) devolved into revisiting everything we'd already experienced in the interplay of the character dynamics but instead of moving forward, as this took place seven months after the previous book and a whole year since the first, we were literally right where we were from the series opener. But worse because of the emotional trauma and baggage from those first installments. There seems to be some hope for book four co
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Brenda H
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this 3rd book of the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, the story opens with a call to the police for an apparent suicide. A college student has jumped from a bridge at the edge of the college grounds into the dry riverbed below. Jeffrey Tolliver, Chief of Police, has called the ME, Sara Linton (his ex-wife and current lover) to the site to confirm the death.

Sara had been out running errands with her sister when she gets the call. Tessa insists on accompanying her and Sara agrees. While
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Wendy
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed re-reading this 3rd novel in her Grant County series.
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