Throwback Thursday: A Faint Cold Fear (Karin Slaughter) #tbt

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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As you may know, I have been making my way (slowly but surely) through the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter.  I finished off 2017 with A Faint Cold Fear, the third novel in the series, bringing me back to Grant County and alongside Sara Linton, Lena Adams and Jeffery Tolliver – my good ol’ Grant County pals.   Although I was excited to return to the familiar landscape, I must admit, this one left me feeling a little bit disappointed.

I have come to know the novels of Karin Slaughter for their non-stop action, gripping plot and vivid imagery; however, in this novel I found these aspects lacking. The plot was very character focused, which I liked, but it was just completely different from what I was expecting.

The general plot focuses with a series of suspicious suicides that are plaguing Grant County and the novel opens with a bang (which I will leave a mystery since it truly is a doozey!) but then I found the novel to be a slow, steady ride from there. There were no real twists or turns, nothing that shocked me or threw me for a tailspin. I understand that this beginning twist had a major effect on the characters but I felt myself feeling it was a little redundant.

I also was shocked to how different I felt about Lena in this novel. The past two novels in the Grant County series (Blindsighted and Kisscut), I actually really liked her and her struggle. However, come this book, I wanted to skip over chapters with her narration (which would have been hard since a majority of the novel is narrated through her perspective). I really struggled to maintain any sympathy for her.

I guess we will see what happens with book four!

Has anyone else read this series?  Did you feel the same about the third instalment?

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Blindsighted (Karin Slaughter)

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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I have been making my way through Karin Slaughter’s Grant County series ever since I read Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter earlier this month.  Needless to say, I have become pretty much Slaughter obsessed.  Chelsea, my good pal over at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me, suggested I go way back and start with the first book in the Grant County series, Blindsighted and, man oh man, am I happy I decided to do that.

The first novel introduces us to the characters in the small Georgia town of Grant County where a professor is found brutally murdered and defiled in a publish washroom. Found by town pediatrician and medical examiner, Sara Linton, upon further investigation into the corpse it is discovered how sick and twisted this case truly is. Sara’s ex-husband, police chief Jeffery Tolliver is leading the case and, when another local woman is found crucified days later, the entire town is on edge.

Slaughter brilliantly is able to weave a tale that is gruesome, macabre and completely entertaining. Once I started reading this book, I found that I could not put it down. I was entranced with her writing and completely caught up with the happenings in Grant County.

I loved the characters in this one; the tangled romantic relationship between Jeffery and Sara added another level of interest to the plot and the added character of Lena, the town’s first female detective and also the first victim’s sister, on her own vigilante mission added yet another layer. Slaughter’s characterization is clearly her strong suit and I cannot wait to see how these characters will develop in the upcoming novels to this series.

I have already picked up the second book in the series, Kisscut, which from my understanding, is even better!

5/5 stars. I absolutely believe any thriller fan would love this book.

Throwback Thursday: Pretty Girls (Karin Slaughter) #tbt @SlaughterKarin

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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This week, I am featuring Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter; this book had been on my “to read” shelf for well over a year and, now that I have read it, I am kicking myself for not reading it (and everything else Slaughter has written) sooner. THIS. BOOK. WAS. AMAZING.  Honestly, I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about the book. I just knew I had seen multiple reviews for it EVERYWHERE when it was released and that people said it was amazing. That was enough for me. Therefore, I am not going to give too much information about the plot and will absolutely leave this review spoiler free.

Slaughter has a distinct ability to completely grip her reader from the first pages; as soon as I read the first chapter, I knew that I was going to be in for a wild ride. Boy, was I right. A fast paced plot, multiple twists and turns and complex characters had me glued to the pages. As I was reading, I felt like I was in a battle. Part of me wanted to read as fast as I could to figure out the conclusion and tie everything together and the other part of me wanted to relish in each moment, reading slowly and enjoy Slaughter’s prose. I can say, without question, that I think Slaughter is one of the most masterful thriller writers and Pretty Girls proves it!  Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Pretty Girls (Karin Slaughter) #tbt @SlaughterKarin”

Book Review: The Good Daughter (Karin Slaughter) @SlaughterKarin @WmMorrowBooks

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Everyone needs to stay calm regarding the piece of information I am about to reveal.

I have never read a Karin Slaughter book before.

I KNOW! I know.

Usually when I reveal such news, the first thing people say to me is “WHAT!!?? Karin Slaughter is EVERYTHING!”

Now that I have read my first Karin Slaughter book, her newest standalone called The Good Daughter, I would say I undeniably agree.

The novel opens with the introduction of two sisters, Charlotte (Charlie) and Samantha (Sam- solid name) whose family is torn apart by a horrific act of violence. One girl was left behind, one girl ran away to safety and nothing was the same. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie is a lawyer and witnesses another act of violence that opens old floodgates and makes her past traumas emerge. Now that she is a witness, she must confront everything she has worked hard to forget and watch as the truth about the crime that changed the course of her family bubbles to the surface.

This will be a completely spoiler free review, which is very hard for me, especially since I want to scream about this one from the rooftops. But, I will keep my scream to a whisper and try my best to remain vague. My apologies in advance if I sound jumbled or unclear, once you have read this on, you will understand!

One of the first things I need to note is the quality of Slaughter’s writing. Her prose is clean and finely detailed. I have never read a work by an author that can be both raw in language and impeccable in execution and both graphically gory and tastefully written. Her characters were multi-layered, diverse, complex and completely realistic. Truly, I have never read a piece of crime fiction that felt so real. Going back and forth through time, the reader watches the story unfold in the present and then gets to piece together the events that transpired twenty-eight years prior.

The pacing of this one was fantastic; after a slew of busy weekends, I sat down to finally give this one my full attention and finished all 500 pages easily within the course of two sittings.   I was completely entertained.

The plot itself felt like it was divided into sections, which I loved. Not only sections within the time periods, but also sections within the character events and, it seemed, specific turning points in character dynamics. As the plot progressed, I felt more and more connected to these characters and as their stories thickened, I felt completely entranced, experiencing the story with them.   Now, for a story to make you feel THAT? That is some seriously amazing writing.

This is absolutely a 5 star read for me and I will be running to pick up Slaughter’s other works. From what I hear, I should be starting with Pretty Girls and then working my way to the Grant County series.

Thanks to the publisher and the author for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

This book was also an August #cjsreads pick, keep reading to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one!

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