Cold Dark Places

Cold Dark Places

by Kylie Brant


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From the bestselling author of Pretty Girls Dancing comes a shattering serial-killer thriller about revenge, deliverance, and survival.

Cady Maddix survived a brutal upbringing—emotionally scarred but hardened—with a will for self-preservation. Hunting fugitives has given her life purpose and control. But when the Deputy US Marshal returns home to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, a new case stirs old memories.

Child killer Samuel Aldeen has broken out of a nearby facility for the criminally insane, and the authorities believe he was aided by accomplices, both inside and out. Enlisted to track him down, Cady follows an unexpected lead. Her name is Eryn Pullman, a young woman recently released from a neighboring psychiatric facility, a mentally fragile survivor of childhood abuse, and Aldeen’s next designated victim.

To save Eryn’s life, Cady must work fast to uncover the unimaginable link between predator and prey—even as it pulls her into the cold dark places of her own past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503951761
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: A Cady Maddix Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kylie Brant is the author of forty novels and is a three-time RITA Award nominee, a four-time RT Award finalist, and a two-time Daphne du Maurier Award winner. Her books have been published in twenty-nine countries and have been translated into eighteen languages. Brant is a member of Romance Writers of America, including its Kiss of Death mystery and suspense chapter; Novelists, Inc.; and International Thriller Writers. Visit her online at

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Cold Dark Places 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
linstrong12 7 months ago
When she was 9 years old, Eryn Pullman stabbed and killed her mother. She is now 21 and although still mentally fragile, Eryn has been released into her uncle's care. Samuel Aldeen has escaped from a facility for the criminally insane. Known as a serial child killer, law enforcement feels that he has help in keeping him hidden. Deputy US Marshall Cady Maddix teams with the local Sheriff, along with the assortment of alphabet soup law enforcement groups in hunting down the serial killer. An unexpected lead gets them to Eryn ... but what is their connection? A look into Eryn's childhood and the events of today are seamlessly woven into a well written crime fiction. There are twists and turns leading to an explosive finale. The characters are finely drawn and I really look forward to the next book in this series. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
cherlym More than 1 year ago
Do you like wild rides? Twists and turns thinking this is it only to be brought back to catch your breath? That was "Cold Dark Places" to me. So though I gave it a 5, to me it was a 4.5 because I was lost in the beginning, the first character you meet is Eryn. Eryn then and Eryn now. It took me a bit to get invested. Once I did, I was in all the way, and Eryn became someone I really want to see more of, little glimpses here and there in future books hopefully. Cady the US Marshall is kick ass with her own vulnerabilities from her youth and as this is book 1 I am soooo looking forward to really getting to know her and watching her grow. This is a thriller, mystery touching on realities of people day to day, dealing with mental health issues, aging parents with issues, our own insecurities and looking for a little love along the way. Peoples lives are interwoven and just when you think you got it (which rarely happens in this book) another thread is pulled. Thank you Thomas Mercer and Net Galley for letting me receive this arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited.
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
Cold Dark Places – Kylie Brant I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review. Little Eryn Pullman was only a child when her uncle found her beside her mother’s dead body, bloody knife at her side. Placed in an intensive inpatient psych hospital, Eryn grew up known as a murderer, but with no memory of the incident. Now, as a young adult, Eryn is being released into her Uncle’s care, no longer considered a danger to others...but people remember… Cady Maddix is a Deputy Federal Marshall, who’s returned home to North Carolina to help care for her ailing mother. She’s fresh off the capture of a wanted felon, when she’s awakened from sleep by a phone call. A child molester and murderer has escaped from a nearby prison, and she’s needed for the assembling task force. Cady has her own childhood demons as well. Ryder Talbot is the County Sheriff for Haywood County, and is also a member of the law enforcement team assembled to track Samuel Aldeen. He and Cady team up as they attempt to catch a killer, who remains in the area, and seems to stay just a step ahead of law enforcement. But what is Aldeen after? And why? A top-notch mystery novel that’s grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go! The characters are intriguing, complex and likeable, and Cady is the perfect rough and tough female cop!! I loved this book, and I Can’t wait for more of Cady and Ryder! Grab this book and settle in for a long read! You won't be disappointed!!
Horsebranchjess More than 1 year ago
I had a bit of a struggle with Cold Dark Places. It started much like taking a semi up a mountain for a really slow climb.. The end plunged full speed ahead like the brakes failed. I enjoyed the characters but thought the story jumped back and forth between them more than necessary. The ending twisted and turned for shock value and made the story for me. Cady and Eryn prove worthy heroines and I wish the story just visited their viewpoints without the extra one tossed in. A surprisingly good story for a book I had to start three times before I finished it, definitely full of thrills and excitement. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
Boohimdanno More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to a new series. The story is captivating even with its flaws. The book switches to different points of view with each characters. Some authors are able write the perfect amount of information and Knowledge and other skip what is needed as they switch to the next characters. Kylie Brant is stuck in the in between some characters have more dept and growth while others are lacking what is needed to readers to connect with the characters. Readers will feel and understand the author pour her heart into the different characters. The story is full of suspense and mystery readers will enjoy. Thank you Netgalley for the advance copy of Kylie Brant Cold Dark places.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Kylie Brant’s latest novel, Cold Dark Places, is a roller-coaster ride that keeps you guessing the entire way. Cady is a strong heroine who is battling demons of her own, even as she tries to fight those around us. Brant’s manner of suspense creeps into your subconscious and won’t let go the minute you start reading. The change in POV provides a well-rounded story, even as it keeps you on your toes. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
AdrianaB More than 1 year ago
Eryn, a young girl, is accused of killing her mother due to a mental disorder. Coming back home after being institutionalized for the killing of her mother, Eryn is not welcomed in the town. At the same time a dangerous murderer, Aldeen, escaped from the mental facility nearby. Is there a link between these two events? Nice thriller, it gripped me from the start. Thank you Netgalley for this copy.
Shea-Elly19 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Thomas and Mercer as well as Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. The idea intrigued me from the start: a story that follows a young girl, Eryn, who was accused and institutionalized for murdering her mother. She is being released 11 years later to try and assimilate back into the world again. She is met by many obstacles and prejudices, as well as her own fears. Then add another set of people to the mix it up even more. Cady, the US Marshall who is so similar to to Eryn in so many ways but she chose law-enforcement, a young Sheriff, trying to fill his father’s large boots in a small town where memories are handed down. Last and by no mans the least Samuel Aldeen, bad guy of note. I loved the structure of this novel each chapter is told from each of the characters perspectives, you go from Eryn in the past to Eryn present day, then you split between Cady, Sheriff Ryder and Aldeen. It is great because it is possible to have things happen simultaneously in everyone’s story and then have a clear crossover through sharing of information, updates and general commentary. The story is well-paced and believable - I never once felt like it was outlandish. Well researched with realistic characters. The story has some great surprises Brant keeps you on your toys with some sub-characters who add lovely and annoying sub-plots and twists and turns. The last few chapters were nail biting and Brant rounds things off nicely. She sets it up for some of the characters to continue their journeys in another installment or two. I think Brant could quite easily create a series with a well-loved character that could quite easily reach the same following as Patricia Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta series. A great read I will look out for another book by this author and most definitely for another installment.
SugarNSpice1 More than 1 year ago
I love when authors give us sick and twisted killers but mixing mental illness with a side of sexual deviancies has to top the list.. Mental illness is shown in all forms throughout this book. From schizophrenia to Alzheimer's. This truly made for some fascinating reading. Cold Dark Places is the first book in a new series featuring US Deputy Marshall Cady Maddix. She didn't have a pleasant childhood which has left emotional scars and the current case she is working on not only has her relating one of the potential victims but its also stirring up unwanted memories. This was an edge of your seat suspense full of twists and turns, many of which you don't see coming.