I am so, SO excited to share my review of Stephen Edger’s ‘Cold Heart’, today! Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Squeal! Here is my review:
It has been a week since anyone last saw fifteen-year-old Daisy, after she left her best friend’s house and started her short walk home. Detective Kate Matthews and her team have been looking for her ever since.
When a tip-off leads Kate to a disused gymnasium at Daisy’s school, she is shocked to find evidence linking to the murder of a different girl.
Working the two cases side by side, Kate’s blood runs cold when a gift-wrapped box containing a human heart is delivered to her at the station. The heart belongs to yet another unknown victim, but the message is clear: there will be more, and Daisy could be one of them.
When activity on Daisy’s Facebook account indicates she is still alive, the race is on for Kate and her team.
Will Daisy be the killer’s next victim? Is Kate prepared to risk everything to stop another innocent life from being taken?
What does TWG think?
I’m just going to get straight to the point – THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY FLUFFING BRILLIANT!!!! Omg!
Never in a million years did I think that I would EVER be sitting with a grin on my face after reading a police procedural/thriller type novel. Never. Years ago I thought that it was a little bit strange if people sat with a grin after reading about murders, dismembered body parts, you name it! But now, after doing exactly that, I feel like I’m now a true member of the dark side (and yes, I have cookies).
I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – what an absolute belter of a book. For me, Stephen Edger’s ‘Cold Heart’ ticked every single box, including ticking boxes which I never knew were even on my list. I loved the pace of the storyline and how it fit in with the overall theme and Kate Matthews reactions! I didn’t feel that the pace was slow, nor did I think that it was fact. It was…just right.
I also thought the author was incredibly clever to incorporate multiple red herrings into the storyline, thus making me change my opinion of where the storyline was heading on multiple occasions. Detective Kate Matthews is definitely in her element with this book, and I feel that she has settled into her role in the station a lot better this time round, as opposed to the previous book, ‘Dying Day’.
I thought the relationship between Kate and her colleagues was brilliant written, often making me laugh out loud due to the sarcasm and one liners. Kate certainly knows how to stand her own, that’s for sure!
‘Cold Heart’ is yet another book where all I want to do is shout, ‘OMG DID YOU READ THE BIT WHERE…..’ – I just want to sit and talk about this book until I’m blue in the face. Trust me, you would not regret picking up ‘Cold Heart’ to read. Yeah, it is the third book in the series, but i think that it can be read perfectly fine as a standalone. That said, all the books in the series so far are incredible, so you won’t really be losing anything if you were to read the books in order. No. In fact, you’ll actually be gaining a brand new series to binge read. as well as having to wait impatiently for the next book.
Stephen Edger has outdone himself with ‘Cold Heart’, I really cannot recommend this book enough. From the first page to the last, Edger had my attention, taking me on a rollercoaster ride of surprises, whilst also leaving me wanting more.
A fantastically written, chilling, gripping, and suspenseful read which highlights the authors outstanding story telling, as well as his ability to engage his readers with such complex and addictive characters.
I have to say that, in my opinion, ‘Cold Heart’ is Stephen Edger’s best book yet! It certainly is one of my all-time favourite reads, that’s for sure!
About the author.
Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.
Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.
Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.