The Book of Cold Cases By Simone St. James

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Book/Novel Author: Simone St. James

Book/Novel Title: The Book of Cold Cases

 

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A Most Anticipated Novel by PopSugar * Crime Reads * Goodreads *A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel. In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect—a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion. Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases—a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes. They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?
I loved every minute of this. I’m a huge mystery fan but I also would door spooky stories and this was a spooky story. Surprises all around To the extent that I could not put it down. I finished the book in 2 days. St James is amazing.
I truly enjoyed this book. And I couldn’t wait to get back to it when other things kept me away. Try a sample….but I think it’s a keeper
I have the audible version and the narrators are great. More importantly though, the story is well done. I cannot wait to listen or to read more of St. James’ books!
This book was gripping from page 1, the story is great and the description helps with imaging the characters. Overall a great story
⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed THE BROKEN GIRLS and adored THE SUN DOWN MOTEL, this one was just okay. Was it enjoyable? Yes. Will I remember it? Probs not.First of all, the sister. Not telling your own flesh and blood the biggest problem/happiness in your life? What the hell. I just went through a similar situation and it enraged me. I come from a family that shares EVERYTHING, from an engagement to your last bowel movement (I also come from a family of doctors and nurses so nothing disgusts me) so not expressing your feelings to your ONLY SISTER is just WTF.Secondly, I felt like this one wasn’t as creepy as her other books? Suspenseful yes, I do remember avidly turning pages.Third, the romance was unnecessary- cute and obvious, but not needed.Okay now to what I loved, the pacing was great. Dual timelines and/or POVs are super suspenseful to me and when one ends I immediately go WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.Beth is an enigma. Like you think you understand her motivations and what not, but then NOPE. My favorite character was probably Detective Black, although he’s sort of a minor character.So this one is not my favorite from Mrs. St. James, but it was still an enjoyable read! Mash-ups: the PNW, any and all books about true crime podcasts and Neil Diamond.Thank you to @Berkley for my copy!
Shea Collins is a single medical receptionist who still lives quietly with the trauma of surviving a kidnap attempt when she was young when Beth Greer comes in for an appointment. Shea hosts a true crime website in 2017 as a hobby and clearly remembers the case, dubbed the Lady Killer murders from 1977. She requests an interview for her blog and to her amazement, the interview is granted.Beth, wealthy and living alone quite eccentrically, lives in her wealthy family home, both parents gone for years. She was acquitted of the murder of two men.Shea quickly realizes there is something really wrong with the mansion Beth lives in. There are strange manifestations on her visits that unsettle her.The interviews at the mansion oozes atmosphere, described so well you can smell the decay. Shea as a main character is engaging, but not so much as Beth. A cat is introduced by the name of Winston Purrchill and quickly becomes my favorite character.The well-plotted narrative sweeps the reader into a satisfying conclusion, including the little twists and perhaps a surprise you hadn’t expected. Entertaining and gripping, one of those novels hard to put down—but not in the dark..The author knows how to raise the hair on the back of your neck and make sure you’ve locked your doors before reading. This one has my recommendation, especially in audiobook format. 4.5 stars

 

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