Book Review: A Faint Cold Fear (Karin Slaughter)

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Sara Linton 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 for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don’t add up.

Two more suspicious suicides follow, and a young woman is brutally attacked. For Sara, the violence strikes far too close to home. And as Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective Lena Adams, now a security guard on campus, may be in possession of crucial information. But, bruised and angered by her expulsion from the force, Lena seems to be barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next victim. (via Karin Slaugter)

Rating: 7/10 

Well, 2015 is already a highly successful year for me because I’ve finally managed to finish A Faint Cold Fear. This book has probably sat on my bookshelf for the last year, judging me constantly, but I finally picked it up and finished it like it was nobody’s business.

Okay, no for an actual book review and not a brag about HOW I FINISHED THIS MOFO BOOK:

I enjoyed it. It is well written, something I’ve come to expect and enjoy about Slaughter. I never even considered reading material (hint: her name is SLAUGHTER) but my best friend in the universe kept telling me how amazing this woman is and I knew I had to try. This is the third book in the series and you can read the first two here and here.

Slaughter is always highly imaginative in her ways of killing victims. Her killers are ruthless and very insane. I found what happened to Tess so horrible, and eventually for the most insignificant reason, but other than that I found the murdered way tamer than Kisscut and Blindsighted.

Slaughter writes characters that are realistic, so realistic that you may not always like them. There are times that I just want to shake Sarah and Jeffrey so that they can get over their childish bullshit and focus on each other. Jeffrey is too proud and Sarah too stubborn for anything to really work between them in my opinion. Lena makes me want to cry in frustration. I truly get why she is reacting the way she reacts but it feels like you have a friend that is in a toxic phase and you can’t get her out no matter how hard you try.

I do think that there were questions not completely answered at the last final pages – I mean would Jeffrey realistically believe Lena after all she’s been up to? Ethan White clearly needs some help – maybe that comes at a later stage or he becomes a villain again? Was Richard responsible for all those deaths except the one? I was a bit confused for a few seconds, to be perfectly honest.

Overall, A Faint Cold Fear is a good book, but you do need a strong stomach to deal with what goes down.


Book Review: Blindsighted (Karin Slaughter)


Book: 94/100

Dr. Sara Linton works as both a paediatrician and coroner for Grant County. She is known and respected by all her colleagues, although she hates it when she has to work with her ex-husband, police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. They are forced to work alongside each other again when Sara discovers the brutally murdered Prof. Sibyl Adams, a blind chemist while having lunch with her sister Tessa. She calls Jeffrey after she unsuccessfully tried to save Sibyl, and Jeffrey knows that it will be his job to tell Sibyl’s sister, detective Lena Adams, the news.

Lena takes the news obviously hard and initially blames Sara for her sister’s death. After the first stage of grief passes, she becomes determined to be in on the investigation. Jeffrey has his misgivings, but understands that it is part of Lena’s healing process.

Sara has been tentatively dating Jeb, a chemist in town. He seems genuinely interested but she knows she won’t ever fall as madly in love with him as she once was with Jeffrey. He seems to take her cancelling their dates because of her work really well, but she still doesn’t really connect with him despite his affable charm.

The next missing person is Julia Matthews, a university student who resembles Sibyl. The police arrest her ex-boyfriend Ryan Gordon, but it quickly becomes obvious that although he is a highly unsavoury fellow, he isn’t the serial rapist.

Julia is found naked and dying on Sara’s car and although Sara manages to stabilize her, Julia kills herself in front of Lena, saying that she can’t cope with what she remembers of her ordeal. Sara starts to notice that it seems the victims were specifically placed in places where it was inevitable that she would find the bodies. It forces her to remember her own rape – abut since her rapist sends her a card each year on the “anniversary” of her rape it is highly unlikely unable that she will ever be able to. Tessa warns her that if she doesn’t tell Jeffrey, Tessa will. Sara leaves the trial manuscript of her rapist in Jeffrey’s house and he is so shocked and saddened. She is angered when she doesn’t hear from him, but he is merely stunned speechless and heartbroken and doesn’t want to cause more damage by saying the wrong thing.

Lena is taken captive by the rapist and Sara, Jeffrey and the police force are desperate for more knowledge. Will Lena survive? What will Jeffrey say to Sara and will they ever reconcile? Who is the rapist that is terrorizing Grant County?

Rating: 7.5/10

Zoë has been strongly campaigning for me to read some Slaughter. I put it off for a long time – the woman’s name is SLAUGHTER – but eventually got around to it.

I was really impressed. As a debut novel, Blindsighted was exemplary. My one problem was that I figured out the killer – and it was a rookie mistake in the book that confirmed my suspicions, not some amazing dormant investigative skills.

I really like the writing style of Madam Slaughter. I am always a fan when an author knows how to tell a story without using too many events to make things clear.

The suspense was really well done. It is so obvious that Sara is in great danger that I wanted to scream at the pages for her to run fast and hard. I thought she had amazing survival courage all throughout the book, and was really touched and saddened by how she wouldn’t ever become a victim.

Thoroughly recommended!