Faithless (Grant County #5) – Karin Slaughter

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 483
Release Date: 2005

Haven’t read the previous novels in the series? Check out my reviews of Blindslighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, and Indelible!

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, impeccably dressed young woman. And for Sara and Jeffrey, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of lives into the case.


Lena Adams is one of them. A Grant County detective for years, she has her own reasons for being drawn to this case and a fierce drive to see justice done. For these three people, who have each seen the darkest side of human nature, the body of the murdered girl is but the first in a series of shocking and sordid revelations.


Now, as Jeffrey and Sara narrow the field of suspects, they must confront their own doubts and indiscretions, while Lena Adams sees herself reflected in the frightened eyes of a battered woman who may be the key figure in the case. As Faithless builds to a stunning and unforgettable climax, Karin Slaughter masterfully brings together strands of interlocking lives, family secrets, and hidden passions with one astounding truth: the identity of a killer who is more evil and dangerous than anyone could have guessed.


Faithless is the penultimate novel in the Grant County series which focuses on Sara and Jeffery’s tumultuous relationship as well as Jeffery’s partner Lena. The clear protagonists of this series are Sara and Jeffery as Slaughter spends the majority of her time developing their relationship, however Lena is an incredibly compelling character as readers watch her fall apart from the trauma she’s endured.

Faithless’ central mystery surrounds a young woman found buried alive. Where the other Grant County novels focused heavily on the relationships and person well-being of the main characters, Faithless focuses heavily on the mystery. Faithless is the most mystery central novel of the series so far and Slaughter does not disappoint. The mystery is tightly wound with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. The reveal at the end is not all that surprising, but the context around it makes up for the lack of surprise.

I cannot wait to read Beyond Reach after reading that last page!

Overall, Faithless featured a tightly wound mystery that focused less on the characters as compared to the previous novels. I have an idea of what’s to come in the last novel and I am both excited to finish the series while dreading it at the same time.

Have you read Faithless? What did you think?

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