Review: Faithless by Karin Slaughter

Posted 19 April, 2011 by Amanda / 4 Comments

Faithless by Karin Slaughter (Grant County #5)
Genre: Mystery
Purchased paperback from B&N
Finished reading: 4/18/2011
In six words: Perfect book for a bad day.

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Book order

1) Blindsighted
2) Kisscut
3) A Faint Cold Fear
4) Indelible
5) Faithless
6) Beyond Reach


New York Times bestseller Karin Slaughter brings back her two most fascinating and complex characters–medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver–in a heart-pounding tale of faith, doubt, and murder…

The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods–then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty young woman. For them, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of life into the case.

For as Jeffrey and Sara move further down a trail of shocking surprises and hidden passions, neither is prepared for the most stunning discovery of all: the identity of a killer who is more evil and dangerous than anyone could have guessed.
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

I blame Rachel (And the Plot Thickens) for my addiction to this series.  And considering I just bought four more Karin Slaughter books, you know it’s a serious addiction because I hate buying books.  Monday was one of those days where I just wanted to curl up in my bed and not move/hope to die.  Reading a book was a much needed escape, and Karin Slaughter did not disappoint.

A More In-Depth Look

Despite the fact this book is over 500 pages long, I managed to finish it in a single day.  There is so much depth in this book, not just in the plot, but in the characters’ lives as well.  I like that Karin Slaughter took this beyond the typical “religious cult gone wrong” type of story, which I had been expecting.  Instead, she weaved a story that was both surprising and complex.  This book could have fallen flat, but it did not.  Far from it.

I was glad to see the return of Tessa in this book.  She was barely mentioned in book 4, and after what happened to her in book 3, I was all but dying to know how she was handling everything.  Tessa doesn’t play a very large role in this book, either, but we do get to see that she is beginning to recover.  I still think there is more to hear from her.

Lena was back, making some interesting decisions along the way.  Part of me thinks she is starting down the right path, but then, this is Lena, notorious for making bad decisions even on her better days.  An old flame comes back into the picture, and this seems to make her rethink a lot of her poor decisions thus far.  I’m so very curious about what happens to her in the next book.

Sometimes I wonder if Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship will ever not be tumultuous.  As much as I want them to settle down and get on with it, I appreciate that how very real and fleshed out these two characters are.  They suffer from flaws just like the rest of us, and they bring these flaws with them from book to book.  But they find a way to work in spite of these flaws, and that makes it easier to connect with them.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

Kathy Reichs’ fans will probably enjoy this series.  And, of course, if you’ve read the other books in this series, you have to read this one, too.


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