Book Review of Cold Cold Heart

Cold Cold Heartby Tami Hoag
Published byDutton, Hypermedia LLC on January 13, 2015
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers a shocking new thriller Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. Nearly a year has passed since surviving her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep. Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares as dark as the heart of a killer, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together. But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects. Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school. Terrified of truths long-buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past. Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies. Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past and struggling against excruciating odds, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed…

Cold Cold Heart is a stand-alone suspense/thriller, written by Tami Hoag, told from multiple third-person point-of-views. The main character, Dana, survives torture and rape, kills the serial killer who abducted her, and must try to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally. She becomes fixated on solving the disappearance of her high school friend, which puts her in the path of another killer.

This book will stay in my thoughts for a long time. Tami Hoag did an incredible job of creating a connection between the reader and Dana. It was more than just feeling sorry for her. I could actually feel her frustration and fear. When she was terrified, I never thought she was being over-dramatic or crazy. Yes, the danger was often all in her head, but I could follow her thought process and understand her fear. The other characters were spot-on, too. I was particularly moved by her mother’s devotion and determination.

I’ve heard some people say that they don’t read prologues. Cold Cold Heart has a prologue that shouldn’t be skipped. It is necessary to the rest of the book.

From the very first page to the end of the book, the story moves along at a steady pace. I never felt like it lagged. It was a hard book to put down.

The mystery about Dana’s friend was pretty easy to figure out. However, even though I knew for a long time the perpetrator and the motive, I did doubt myself on numerous occasions. So, I commend the author for being able to make me think I might be wrong about who did it and why. She did a good job of casting suspicion on other characters.

Overall, I thought Cold Cold Heart was an excellent book. I give it 5 stars.

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