Cold Cold Heart

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Cold Cold Heart

Tami Hoag delivers another top notch thriller with her usual rock solid, tried and true style.

Dana Nolan, although she may not agree at times, is a miracle. She is the lone survivor of the serial killer dubbed- Doc Holiday. Her mantra of “Where there is life, there is hope” got her through her ordeal. But, the once beautiful woman, an up and coming news anchor people loved, is now disfigured and suffering from a brain trauma that has robbed her of her memories. But, when a reporter jars her memory regarding the disappearance of her best friend in high school, Dana begins to obsess over the case.

But, as her memories slowly resurface the truth becomes murkier and Dana begins to fear the people closest to her. What happened to Casey all those years ago? Is she still alive? Was she a victim of Doc Holiday? Or was it someone right there under her nose the whole time... or did Dana herself have a hand in it?

Tami Hoag is one of those authors I know I can count on for a good dark and twisty mystery thriller.

The only complaint I had was that after all the time spent building the suspense to a fever pitch, the ending was rushed through. The very last chapter, which of course updates us on everything, still ended on an odd note and I felt sort of cheated in some ways by that. I do hope we get some sort of update or epilogue on Dana in the future.

Other than that, this is my kind of thriller. Dana's memory loss had me experiencing all kinds of uneasy feelings and thoughts. Her family dealing with the loss of the vibrant girl they once knew and the new unpredictable Dana was realistic, sad, and frustrating all at once. But, Dana has survived so much and is a fighter. Her determination was admirable and I really felt for her. I think this story may bring much need attention brain injuries and how it effects its victims.

The story is very atmospheric and edgy since we see things through Dana's eyes, and well, it was like Dana was blind. This was a brilliant way of building suspense and it worked perfectly. I was invested in the story from the start and I have to confess that there were some moments where I experienced a real chill and actually jumped once when I heard a noise in the house. There is a real creep factor is this one so I caution you to think twice before reading it alone at night in a quiet house...

Book Blurb for Cold Cold Heart

#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

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2015 4.00