The Coldest Fear: A Thriller

The Coldest Fear: A Thriller

by Debra Webb

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Overview

A killer with nothing left to lose…

Afraid or not, Detective Bobbie Gentry has a monster to confront. The pain of losing her family and nearly her life to a criminal’s vile hunger is still fresh, but now the landscape is different. Now she’s not alone. Now she has Nick Shade to trust. Nick treats the terror of his past with vengeance. He’s dedicated his life to hunting serial killers, and he’d give his last breath to save Bobbie. When a string of killings bloodies Savannah’s elite society and causes cold cases to resurface, Bobbie is captured in a city more haunted than Nick’s inescapable nightmares. And as the murderer strikes close, Nick and Bobbie will need to become even closer if they’re going to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460398791
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Shades of Death Series , #4
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 66,693
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra's love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama. Visit Debra at www.DebraWebb.com or write to her at PO Box 176, Madison, AL 35758.

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The Coldest Fear: A Thriller 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
deeanngwilliams More than 1 year ago
The Coldest Fear by Debra Webb was one of the best suspense/murder mysteries I have read in a while. I love how interesting and different the characters are. The main characters Detective Bobbie Gentry and Nick Slade (serial killer hunter) are very complicated people who are drawn to each other and haunted by their pasts. Dr. Randolph Weller is one of the most notorious and gruesome serial killer’s and was put away by his son, Nick Slade. But Weller plans an elaborate escape from an Atlanta prison and no one knows where he is headed. But they know there will be a trail of bodies wherever they find him. Detective Bobbie Gentry is worried about Nick Slade and takes off from Alabama to Georgia to see if she can help him put Weller away again. Weller knows how much Nick cares for Bobbie and wants to make them both suffer. Nick is afraid he’ll inherit that craziness and pushes everyone away. Bobbie refuses to let him especially since he helped her recover from her trauma and catch a psycho killer that had her in his sights. If you haven’t read any of Debra Webb’s books, you are missing out on a very talented author who can write a great story with interesting characters. You become very engrossed in the book and do not want to put it down.
DebMarie More than 1 year ago
I think that this series is Debra Webb's best so far. Bobbie Gentry and Nick Shade are drawn together again while hunting for answers on a long cold case of missing children when remains are found encased in statuary standing guard over a pet cemetery. Bobbie is called in as a consultant because her name and number are in the case file, creating a new mystery of how and why her current contact information is in a file for a case that went cold long before she became a cop. Nick continues to watch over Bobbie while he tries to keep his distance, but outside forces refuse to allow him any peace of mind in that regard. The twists and turns will keep you guessing and the ending will get to you, though not in any way you might expect. The bad news: the book does end; the good news: there is a next book. Debra Webb has again given us an EXCELLENT READ! ☆☆☆☆☆
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Gripping, gritty, and highly suspenseful! The Coldest Fear is a taut, disturbing police procedural that delves into a 32-year-old cold case involving missing children and takes you on a hunt for an escaped, sadistic serial killer. The writing is fluid and intense. The plot is a skillfully crafted mix of twists, turns, murder, retribution, justice, fear, deception, lies, and secrets. And the characterization is remarkably well done with some of the usual gang back including the wounded, determined Bobbie Gentry who finds herself heading to Savannah to help out on the case and the mysterious, troubled Nick Shade who still seems to be hiding in the shadows. The Coldest Fear is truly a macabre thrill ride with great pace, good character development, and an ending that will leave you wanting more. And even though this is the third book in the Shades of Dark series and can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend the first two titles in the series, No Darker Place (Book #1) and A Deeper Grave (Book #2) as well.
BelindaC43 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Debra Webb as I am, than you are really going to love the next installment of the Shades of Death series. I was lucky to win an arc of the book and I am so tickled that I did as I couldn't wait to read this book after the ending of the second in the series...This book is a thrilling roller coaster ride from the first page til the last. It is a very hard book to put down as you want to see what is going to happen next. Bobbie is in Atlanta as well as Nick..She followed him there but he is not answering her texts or calls..he is trying to protect her but Bobbie is a bad a$$ and thinks she can protect herself. Once in Atlanta she is caught up helping with some murders happening there..are they the work of Dr Weller that escaped from the hospital? The have different MO's then the way he kills..but there are bodies piling up all over the place. Plus there are many secrets between the people of the town. Will those secrets come out? Will Weller be caught? What is the FBI doing sticking their nose in and trying to get frame Nick? This is some of the many things you will find out as you read the book..And it is a MUST read!!
SOMDReigel More than 1 year ago
You are immediately pulled into this story, wrapped up in suspense and intrigue. Fast paced with a great flow to the story. Each character is so well developed. Lots of secrets in this one with the main question of “why had Weller brought her here?” to be answered. So many twists and turns that you never see coming. I am so invested in the two main characters, Bobbie and Nick. They both share a driving need for justice. They are two broken people who have found something together. Another awesome suspenseful thriller from Debra Webb. This is a series that should be read in order, starting with the prequel The Blackest Crimson.
gmfuhlman More than 1 year ago
In every book, I feel that I am still unable to really know or even to figure out just who is committing these murderers. We have Detective Bobbie Gentry, who has been dealing with the loss of her family. Having to deal with trying to still do her job, and getting to the killer before there are more murders. Nick Shade, is a very interesting person, that has a past that is very haunting. His father is a series killer, who is in prison servicing time for the many murders that he committed. Because of Nick’s father he has built his life in hunting series killers. But his father has other plans that is so sinister to what he wants for his son. When there is a string of murders, it leads Bobbie and Nick to Savannah. Suddenly, they find themselves involved in past cold cases that have come to light. Let me just say that there is a lot of suspense and mysteries all roll into this story. With that said, I would have to say that the characters in this story will keep you on your toes. This is a book that you will want to read. But you will want to read the very beginning of this series to know who and if there are more than one suspects in this book. Debra Webb, is a writer who wants her reader to enjoy the stories that she is telling us. The coldest Fear, will keep you turning the pages to see just where the story will take you.
teruss More than 1 year ago
As with all Ms. Webb’s stories, this one is masterfully told. With such realistic scenes and true to life characters, this author has the unique ability to pull the reader so deep into the story, that you feel you’re living it and not merely just reading it. If you like a psychological thriller that you’ll have trouble putting down, "THE COLDEST FEAR" is for you. The twists and turns keep you turning the pages and the ending is a shocker you won't see coming. Always, a go-to author for me. Highly recommend!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Thirty-Two years ago, on the same night, 5 young children mysteriously disappeared. They were never seen again. There were no ransom notes, no clues, nothing .... they just disappeared into thin air, leaving 5 families to grieve for the rest of their lives. Today that all changes. The local veterinarian and his wife are found murdered in their home...each of them submerged in hardened cement. The plastic headstones on some of the graves in the pet cemetery have been broken. Inside each one is a pile of very small bones. But there are only 4 of them. Where is child # 5? Detective Bobbie Gentry is summoned to Savannah to help work this very cold case. A serial killer ... Nick Slade's father ... is still on the loose ... still making it a priority to kill Bobbie in order to make his son angry enough to kill. Nick still has nightmares about becoming like his father. Over the next few days, parents of the lost children begin to die .. in a horrible, gruesome manner. And no one is talking .... secrets are buzzing around like flies at a picnic. What happened 32 years ago? Why were these children taken? What connects them to each other? And why is the secret of where they went just now becoming public knowledge? And why is the on-the-run serial killer hanging around now? Bobbie and Nick are going to have to go back to the beginning and start putting all the puzzle pieces together. But their time is running short and the serial killer maybe moving up his timeline. This is the 3rd book in the series ..and it's a doozie. I strongly recommend and suggest you read this series from the very beginning. Bobbie's and Nick's stories start in Book 1 and it's something you don't want to miss. THE COLDEST FEAR does okay as a stand alone. though. I have come to expect so much from Debra Webb's books ... suspense and mystery ... strong characters .... evil killers .... and a little romance here and there. This one does not disappoint. I'm really looking forward to the next one .....THE LONGEST SILENCE. I wish to thank Debra Webb / Harlequin (US & Canada) / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Deliciously scintillating! The bodies are piling up and the mystery surrounding Bobbie and Nick just keeps getting creepier as one person after another is uncovered as having had contact with the serial killer they are hunting, but as the scenes are dissected they realize they aren't all adding up to the same M.O. Is there something else going on here that they aren't privy to? A great continuation of this series ... and a joy to see Bobbie continuing her fight for justice! Bobbie Gentry has fought hard to regain her life after it was derailed with the brutal of her family and her own horrendous abduction at the hands of a serial killer. She was living a very dark life until Nick Shade came into it and helped her to see past the emptiness inside herself. Now she's willing to do anything to help Nick fight his own demons. Nick Shade has been covertly delivering his own version of justice since his life fell apart years ago. Now he's in Savannah as mysteries are unravelling and monsters are emerging. Will Bobbie be able to convince him to let her help get the answers he needs?
JWReinhold More than 1 year ago
32 years ago five children vanished in one night in Savannah, Georgia. Five family's lives were torn apart and no clues were ever found....Until today. Detective Bobby Gentry is called to Savannah and pulled into this cold case by unknown hands but one thing Bobby is sure of, the person pulling the strings is Randolph Weller. Serial killer Randolph Weller may be on the run, but he is also determined to stage one more deadly game of cat and mouse with Bobby and in doing so, bring his son, Nick Shade, down. Four of the five children's bodies have been discovered, but where is the fifth? As the bodies begin to pile up, Bobby must find out the connection between the notorious serial killer and the disappearance of these children. Once again Debra Webb pulls us into this story and wraps us in a cloak of suspense and intrigue with a fast paced, clock ticking rhythm to her words, as the story flows from one page to the next. Each character is well developed and so very complex, each with their own ghosts haunting them from their past and an inner strength to battle for their future. I suggest that you don't start this on a night that you have to get up the next morning because putting it down once started is a tough job! Although this book does work as a stand alone, I suggest you read the series in order....and really, you will WANT to!
MaureenD525 More than 1 year ago
Where do I start? For me...this author gets better and better with every book. I am blown away that I could love this series more than her Faces of Evil series but hot damn...THIS SERIES is AMAZEBALLS! With every book in the A Shades of Death series you are drawn into the world of Detective Bobbi Gentry's world and what a dark place to be. Bobbi is damaged, some might say beyond repair, so to speak. But her grit, her determination and sheer vision for doing what is needed has me on the edge of my seat for every book. Debra Webb has a way...what a fabulous way of creating characters that you can't turn away from. Whether they are heroes or the most vile killers. You want to see what makes them tick. And you want to see the good guy win. Bobbi is kick ass and when she teams up with the man in the shadows (that's what I call him) they are unbeatable. Even if he is slow to catch on...lol. I love that they are both damaged, fragile in some ways and the strongest in others. The progression of the friendship that develops is tough at times to watch because of both of their pasts. Nick is a true hero, perhaps...a hunter of evil. And because of his past and his family he feels that this is the only way for him to live. He will soon realize that there a things he can't control, including his heart. Also what makes Debra Webb an Epic storyteller is her plots, you never see what's coming. The twists and turns, the subtle undertones. Brilliant. Also her secondary surrounding characters are also key in the process, and when you put it all together. Boooyah! You have a story you can't put down! If you are a fan of murder, mystery, epic plot twists and characters that you will love OR hate long after you close the book. Then YOU MUST read this amazing storyteller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Final book of the series is just as good as the previous 3.Unfortunately I read them in the wrong order.I recommend to read them in order. Unusual solutions to many situations but plausible.You wont be disappointef.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Deliciously scintillating! The bodies are piling up and the mystery surrounding Bobbie and Nick just keeps getting creepier as one person after another is uncovered as having had contact with the serial killer they are hunting, but as the scenes are dissected they realize they aren't all adding up to the same M.O. Is there something else going on here that they aren't privy to? A great continuation of this series ... and a joy to see Bobbie continuing her fight for justice! Bobbie Gentry has fought hard to regain her life after it was derailed with the brutal of her family and her own horrendous abduction at the hands of a serial killer. She was living a very dark life until Nick Shade came into it and helped her to see past the emptiness inside herself. Now she's willing to do anything to help Nick fight his own demons. Nick Shade has been covertly delivering his own version of justice since his life fell apart years ago. Now he's in Savannah as mysteries are unravelling and monsters are emerging. Will Bobbie be able to convince him to let her help get the answers he needs?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gribbing read
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Gripping, gritty, and highly suspenseful! The Coldest Fear is a taut, disturbing police procedural that delves into a 32-year-old cold case involving missing children and takes you on a hunt for an escaped, sadistic serial killer. The writing is fluid and intense. The plot is a skillfully crafted mix of twists, turns, murder, retribution, justice, fear, deception, lies, and secrets. And the characterization is remarkably well done with some of the usual gang back including the wounded, determined Bobbie Gentry who finds herself heading to Savannah to help out on the case and the mysterious, troubled Nick Shade who still seems to be hiding in the shadows. The Coldest Fear is truly a macabre thrill ride with great pace, good character development, and an ending that will leave you wanting more. And even though this is the third book in the Shades of Death series and can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend the first two titles in the series, No Darker Place (Book #1) and A Deeper Grave (Book #2) as well.
Rhondakitty More than 1 year ago
This book in the series is just the best, a must read book that you don't want to put down. From beginning to end, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The main character in the book is such a strong woman for what she has been through but is vulnerable at the same time, afraid to love and to get close to someone. She found someone that is like her and it just adds to the drama if they get together or not. She can handle being vulnerable and tough to get the bad guy at the same time. I highly recommend this book in the series, and can hardly wait to read the next one.
Linda-Hankins More than 1 year ago
Coldest Fear to hottest read. This is the third book in the series (there is also a pre-quell Blackest Crimson) shades of Death. It starts the immediately after book 2 A Deeper Grave with Bobbi Gentry heading to Atlanta to look for an escaped serial killer, who just happens to be Nick Shade's. She unexpectedly gets drawn into a murder/mass killing investigation in Savanah Georgia that happened 32 years ago. How Debra Webb tells the story keeps you turning the page trying to figure out where she is going next. The story helps tie the story line of Bobbi and Nick together and solves the mystery of how she was in the murder book for the mass killing. This book is definitely one I will recommend to friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many charactors
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Debra Webb’s latest Shades of Death novel, The Coldest Fear, picks up right where the previous installment left off. I almost feel sorry for Bobbie and Nick, they keep running from crisis to crisis and never seem to have time to breathe. The latest crisis is in Savannah, Georgia, and as with all previous crises, appears to be courtesy of Raymond Weller. Weller’s end game is to make Nick just like him and he hopes to use Bobbie to do it. As events unfold, it becomes clear that Weller is a looming presence in the background as opposed to the chess master; he is watching things unfold as opposed to orchestrating the ending. Webb masterfully connects two seemingly unrelated crises into an explosive ending. There are significant revelations about Nick in this book that will hopefully help him and Bobbie move forward. I very much like when they are working together as opposed to him trying to protect her by staying away. Webb is a master at dark and creepy and this is no exception. You will want to keep reading long after bedtime, but make sure to leave the lights on. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
The Coldest Fear is the third book in the Shades of Death series. You can read this as a standalone, but I really recommend reading the previous books first. Thirty-two years ago five young children vanished without a trace. Nothing pointed to how or why. A current day murder leads to finding four small sets of bones. But where is the fifth? Will they be able to crack the case? Will they find the killer? Are the two cases related? Read The Coldest Fear to find the answer to these questions and more. This book is full of mystery and suspense. I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it!
Michellel701 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Shades of Death series and they just keep getting better! Bobbie has been drawn to Savannah for a cold case involving 5 missing children. She knows that somehow Randolph Weller is behind it. He is on the run but is determined to manipulate Bobbie and Nick. This story has so many twists and turns and leaves you at the edge of your seat until the end, which has a surprise twist in the end that you don't see coming. Well developed characters that have their own secrets to hide. A very great read!
melodyroseparker More than 1 year ago
I've had the privilege of being a part of Debra Webb's Street Team for awhile now, and Debra is a very generous author and woman. So, it's with a great deal of excitement that I read the ARC for Debra Webb's The Coldest Fear. This is my honest review. What is your worst fear, the one that freezes your heart, causes goose bumps, and threatens your sanity? For most parents, it's the loss of their child. Debra Webb explores this theme in her latest book in the Shades of Death series, The Coldest Fear. When a string of killings bloodies Savannah's elite society and causes cold cases for missing children to resurface, Detective Bobby Gentry and Nick Shade, profiler and hunter of serial killers, are brought together again. Is this accidental or purposeful? If purposeful, is it Randolph Weller, Nick's father and Bobby's tormentor, pulling the strings? Do the murders and cold cases relate to Bobby's and Nick's damaged past? Debra Webb masterfully weaves the plot, and even though I have a great track record of figuring out "who dunnit," I never even anticipated the many twists The Coldest Fear offers. While the plot moves at a fast past, the characters development is thorough. Are we beginning to see real healing for Bobby and Nick? Will they overcome the tragedies of the past? Will Randolph Weller tear them apart? Debra has created characters we really care about, people who have struggles that we want to see them overcome. Every book Debra writes is better than the last. The Coldest Fear is no exception. For suspense, great plot, good character development, and thrills a minute, I highly recommend this read!!! Too, if you haven't read the other books in the Shades of Death series, I consider the series a "must read."