The national bestselling author of On the Edge delivers the chilling story of a woman who survives a kidnapping...an an ex-cop who helps her when the nightmare returns.
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- Berkley Sensation
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- 4.32(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.82(d)
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Lynn Erickson has opened up the bag of tricks yet again, and has given us a delightful love story and very suspenseful mystery. In the Cold chronicles the desperation that draws two people together, and follows them through the trials and tribulations in tracking down the very twisted and vengeful mind that has devised this plan of terror...In the Cold is a romance with enough suspense to keep even the most avid of mystery buffs happy, and enough romance to keep the rest satisfied as well. This June Release for the new Berkley Sensations line is one heck of a slam-dunk start! In the Cold is one book you definitely won't want to miss. Lynn has done it again with the 'ripped from the headlines' story and the hero and heroine to match. The story is poignant, rich, and terrifyingly real as you are drawn into the twisted and evil mind and the trap that he has laid for his victim. Revenge is never pretty, but In the Cold is beautifully and dramatically written and the insight is bold and realistic. A real keeper, Don't Miss it!
'IN THE COLD is a fascinating, intriguing suspense that will leave you breathless...Ms. Erickson crafts a tale of deceit, and danger with IN THE COLD. Her in-depth characterizations, the intricately woven storyline that ties together nicely, and the developing romance between Chris and Ashley is superbly done. Once I opened IN THE COLD and began reading it, I simply couldn't put it down. And I was shocked when I found out who was the mastermind of the whole plan and the reason behind it. This is one not to be missed.' Robin Peek
IN THE COLD is a taut, suspenseful thriller that pulls you in and doesn't let go. The tension builds from the first page and keeps mounting until the end, where a stunning plot twist will leave readers reeling. Well-drawn, complex characters add to the story's intensity. Ashley is a loving single mother who must continually fight the demons of her past. Her neuroses seem very real, an authentic aftershock of the trauma she endured. Chris is a fascinating character, flawed and conflicted, but with a core of goodness and honesty that makes him sympathetic and likable. The book succeeds more as a work of suspense than it does as a romance. Out of necessity, romantic moments between Chris and Ashley are at a minimum. While I wished there could have been a stronger romance thread, its absence makes the book seem more real. What mother whose daughter is in mortal danger is going to take time out to sigh blissfully over the new man in her life? Ashley never does, and each moment that she does allow desire or passion to override her concern for her daughter's welfare is followed by torment and guilt that she would let herself be so distracted from the situation at hand. Chris is more inclined to let his feelings for Ashley show, but believes himself unworthy of her because of his mistake. He doesn't feel he has a right to be with her, especially without knowing if he'll allow himself to forgive and heal enough to even pursue a future for himself. For a taut, edge-of-your-seat thriller, with complex, interesting characters and a dash of romance, IN THE COLD will keep you turning pages long into the night. Joanne Holbrook Romance Reviews Today
Former Newark undercover cop Chris Judge left the force under a cloud as some Mafia money went missing and though not proven Internal Affairs believe he probably took it. Chris stole the cash to help his wheelchair bound best friend. His friends and his ex-wife worry with good cause about his mental health as Chris suffers from severe depression over the money and his two years underground. Chris is about to prove they are right to worry. He points a loaded gun to his head when he receives a drastic call from Ashley Marin. Twenty years ago, Chris saved a then teen Ashley¿s life from kidnappers Davey Potts and his now deceased father. Apparently, Potts just got released from prison and has abducted Ashley¿s teenage daughter. A frantic Ashley believes only Chris can save her child. Reluctantly, Chris agrees realizing he has a reason to live starting with saving the life of the teen and soon falling in love with the mother who has worshiped him for two decades. Though the reason for the kidnapping is ludicrous, the story line is a taut investigative romantic suspense. Chris is a complex individual suffering from extreme guilt for not just stealing the money, but for turning in people that had become his friends while undercover. Ashley has revered Chris since he saved her life, but knows she also loves her hero. However, it is her anxiety over her daughter that makes the tension so palatable and believable that the audience will feel a bit of a letdown when the real reason for the abduction surfaces. Harriet Klausner