Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cold-hearted killer on the loose! Cold Heart by Chandler McGrew #amreading #bookreview


I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

What intrigued me about Cold Heart? When I was asked to read it the first thing I did was check out the sample on Amazon because I wasn't sure if this was something I was really interested in, but the sample really made me want to keep reading, so I said yes.

It is set primarily in a tiny, remote village in Alaska which is pretty isolated from the outside world. The only way in is via the weekly supply plane. This village is so small that transportation is by foot; only the store owner uses anything else and that is merely a quad bike. There are no phones, except for a public one at the tiny store. This is the perfect isolated setting for a madman's killing spree.


Micky Ascherfeld has endured a lot in her life to date. Her parents were murdered by a madman. She survived only by hiding. Now a police officer, her partner and lover, is also murdered by madmen and she barely survives this too. Broken and needing to find a way to go on, she visits her friend Damon when he invites her to the paradise he's found in Cold Heart, Alaska.

Turning her hobby of making stained glass art into a living, Micky stays and finds the healing she needs amongst new friends in this tiny village. Until the day one of her neighbors decides to go on a killing spree. Can she survive a murderous onslaught for the third time?

This book is a solid thriller. Sometimes when reading a suspenseful novel when the tension builds I actually have to set the book down for a few minutes before I can pick it back up and continue, and with this book that happened to me several times. McGrew excels at building this tension. 

One tiny thing that I didn't like (there's always something, right?) is that as the characters are running around the village on the fateful afternoon, they keep running through the freezing river/creek, yet there is never any mention of their freezing feet/legs after they leave the river or the possibilities or symptoms of hypothermia from wearing wet clothes in the cold and their failure to find anything dry to change into. Seemed a bit extraordinary to me.

Ignoring that though, this book probably won't knock your socks off or make it to your top ten best books of the year, but if you like thrillers I think you will really like Cold Heart.

If you'd like to check it out for yourself, you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

What is your favorite book genre? What type of books do you go back to over and over again? Please tell me in the comments.


Book Blurb:
The shooting has started. For the next four hours a killer will stalk the inhabitants of a remote Alaskan village hidden in a wilderness of awesome beauty. And Micky Ascherfeld, a burned-out ex-cop, is the only person who can stop him. Without a gun, cut off from the outside world, Micky plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a man on a killing rampage.

Moving from cabin to cabin, she finds her once-familiar world turned into a landscape of sheer horror. To survive, she must confront the demons in her own past even as she becomes the focus of a madman's sick obsession and a terrified girl's only hope. With another life to save besides her own, Micky has found a new reason to endure...if only she can.


About the author:
Chandler McGrew, who began writing after he had turned forty, lives in quiet seclusion in the mountains of Maine. He writes ten to twelve hours a day.

Born in Texas he lived for almost a decade in Alaska where his first novel, Cold Heart, is set. He followed with Night Terror and then The Darkening and In Shadows. 

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