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Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Faint Cold Fear - Karin Slaughter




Released June 2011 (Reissue)

Karin Slaughter
HarperCollins

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Medical examiner/pediatrician Sara Linton is in the middle of another horrifying case. A young college student apparently jumped off a local bridge to his death and a suicide note is found at the scene, but something seems out of character for this kid to have really gone through with a suicide. When more suicide cases occur, Sara and her ex-husband chief of police Jeffrey Tolliver suspect the worst.

When Sara's pregnant sister is brutally attacked near one of the crime scenes, Sara's emotional state is pushed to the brink. Jeffrey and Sara must work together as fast as possible to find out who is behind these murders and why.

Karin Slaughter pulls no punches. First, her descriptions of the bodies are quite horrific and gory, but it's that detail that really makes the Sara Linton series stand out. If you have a weak stomach, be warned that the descriptions make it very easy to visualize the things Sara and Jeff encounter. As disgusting as some details were, it adds a strong dose of realism to the pages. Death isn't pretty, I learned that this past September when my aunt died. What Karin Slaughter does is presents the cases in the most realistic light possible. Like it or not, there's no glossing over with these books.

If you're familiar with this series, former detective Lena Adams now works for the college's security team. She does play an integral part in A Faint Cold Fear, but readers will be saddened to see just how out of control she's become.

While I did spend some time crying during portions of A Faint Cold Fear, I do think this is my favorite of the series so far. I'm now incredibly eager to read the next two books in my effort to catch up. If you like Kathy Reich's Temperance Brennan series or love Patricia Cornwell's books, Karin Slaughter is definitely going to rock your world.

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