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A Faint Cold Fear

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Amazing Read!

This was the first book I read of Karin Slaughter's and I have to say that I fell completely and totally in love with it. The plot catches you from the beginning and doesn't leave you hanging at the end. The characters are so complex that you just want to believe that...
This was the first book I read of Karin Slaughter's and I have to say that I fell completely and totally in love with it. The plot catches you from the beginning and doesn't leave you hanging at the end. The characters are so complex that you just want to believe that they are real because they seem that way in the book. If you are looking for a good read, pick thins book up and don't stop reading until you are finished!

posted by Karin_Fan on October 26, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Nothing rang true

Pages and pages of mind-numbing dialogue between truly unlikeable characters interspersed with laughably improbable gore. At the appearance of murder #x (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here for those who feel they MUST read this really bad book), I actually nearly laughe...
Pages and pages of mind-numbing dialogue between truly unlikeable characters interspersed with laughably improbable gore. At the appearance of murder #x (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here for those who feel they MUST read this really bad book), I actually nearly laughed -- I figured one more and the author would have written the perfect satire of the genre. Nothing rang true in this book. The bad guy became patently clear by the evil glint in his eye, even though it was very difficult to believe in his sudden and nonsensical transformation. The murders were meant to 'shock and awe' with their brutal details; the sex scenes were absurd, the dialogue, as I've said, went on and on without a reason, and the resolution was cheap and unsatisfying. Also, finally, there's a bit of small-mindedness to the book. Almost all of the bad things happen to or because of someone of mixed race, gay men, a skinhead, Jews.... As one pal pointed out, the one gay woman who had a heart of gold was incredibly ugly, as the author made sure to point out repeatedly.

posted by Anonymous on July 22, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Lots of bad words

    This story is great but i wish it had less bad words in it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    It's called RESEARCH, DO IT

    I am usually kind to authors and enjoy reading just about anything. This book helped me draw the line. While the plot had some interesting kinks, every thing else about the book was lacking. The characters were uniformly disagreeable, the author had clearly done little research (shotgun vs rifle for one example) and many of the plot "kinks" had insufficient foundation. I understand completely that a "mass market" book is unlikely to be the Great American Novel, but come on!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Just ok

    This book was ok, but not sure I'll read more by this author. It was so far fetched that I actually found my self saying "Oh, come on!", while I was reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    A must read!

    Karin Slaughter is a very talented writer. Her book A Faint Cold Fear was a real page turner. She draws you into the story in the first chapter and doesn't let you go! This book was an exciting thriller with many twists and turns. An enjoyable and suspenseful read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    not her best

    i have enjoyed ms. slaughters books on the whole. this one had a good plot, and was well written except for the repeated insistence on calling a shot gun a "rifle" i understand occasional errors sneak by the editing process but this book called a shot gun a rifle for page after page. every time it happened it knocked me out of the flow of the story. quite distracting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Birdstar to all

    I'm sorry, but I must quit rp. I want to stay, but I can't. Thrushstar will be leader. Goodbye, Iceclan. I hope you thrive.
    ~With a heavy heart,~
    ~•*Birdstar*•~

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Not for the well read...

    A Faint Cold Fear was the first book I read by this author. I am incredulous that so many reviewers have praised this work of fiction. Although Ms. Slaughter has created a very good ¿story idea¿; her ability to translate that idea to the page is weak. This is not a book that pulls a reader into a ¿visible¿ world. Ms. Slaughter ¿tells¿ all of the story elements with such gross verbosity that the reader is left empty handed. Her powerful lack of ability to ¿show¿ the reader the story ruins the reading experience. Ms. Slaughter¿s lack of understanding of both the English language and grammar is also apparent and distracting (e.g. ¿the window whose...¿ a window is a ¿what¿ not a ¿who¿ - this kind of grammatical offense runs rampant throughout the novel). Where was the editor? This book is disappointing in many ways. The possibility for a great story is introduced; the author¿s inability to write the story well is regretful. If you are searching for a good ¿suspense story¿ that is spoon-fed to the reader, A Faint Cold Fear is the book for you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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