Rating: 4 1/2 HEARTS
Hunting For A Killer...Who Doesn't Play By The Rules.
Detective Erin Donovan expects life to quiet down after the arrest and conviction of a serial rapist who terrified her university town last summer. Then two young women are brutally slain and the murders bear all the hallmarks of the campus rapist. Did Erin arrest an innocent man? Now her job is at stake and tensions are high and just when it looks like things can't get worse, her department gets the help it needs to solve the double homicide--in the form of a man Erin has never been able to forget.
FBI Agent Darsh Singh has no interest in reliving the past. Three years ago, his feelings for Erin Donovan had him breaking all his rules about getting involved. Now his only interest in the former NYPD detective is figuring out if she screwed up a rape investigation and helped send an innocent man to prison. But being forced to work together rekindles their old attraction, and as Darsh and Erin fall for each other, the campus predator fixates on Erin. The race is on to identify the ruthless killer before he makes Erin his final victim.
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When I read the synopsis I really felt that it would be another romantic novel featuring a crime but I never prepare myself for the ride this book gave me and the amazing crime fiction that developed here. I’m fan of the mystery and not very much of the crime itself, I really loathe all those stuff about death, murder and blood, but after read this book, I’m so compelling to try more this genre.
So, Cold Hearted tells the story of detective Erin Donovan and FBI agent Darsh Singh as they pair together to find a new killer in a small town in North New York, but the thing is that those murders may be connected to a former “killer” whom was convicted the year before. Since the method seems to be the same, Erin find herself with the problem of had imprisoned a innocent man and the possibility to lost her job, which is why Darsh is send to find out if it’s a copycat, a way to prove the innocent of the former star quarterback, a accomplice who missed justice or something completely different. Everything got complicate when Erin and Darsh see each other as they have a passionate past and unresolved feelings.
What I like the most about this book is the fact that the romance itself, even when it kind of important for the interaction of the two characters, doesn’t take protagonist to the crime plot, It’s amazing how all the puzzle fit together to create something you’ll never expect. I felt myself dying to know how everything will resolve and turning the page like a hunger dog, I haven’t feeling like that in a long time and I love it. Also, it wasn’t that obvious, for example I felt that certain person was mysteriously present through all the story to make you wonder if it could be really the killer, and when I find it suspicious, I say myself that if that person was the killer I wouldn’t like the book at all, because I felt that it was there for the beginning and I wouldn’t like that, but after the last twist in the end, it really change my perception of the whole book.
I can prize enough this author for gives me this wonderful journey to a small town and its tragedy. It was all very well presented and full of twist, clues and mystery. Everyone was a suspect, so I was suspicious of everyone, even the actual killer when we met him at first, but I didn’t know for certain about his culpability until the last couple of chapters. Other important thing about this book is how the rape was presented, I know that for plenty of people feel this a sensitive subject, but I’m glad how the author was very responsible about it and give it the meaning that it deserves.
We see how one of the victims interact with others after the tragic she passed through, but also how she fight against all the horrible things people throw at her. When someone say that he or she was raped, I believe we have to help them, because I just can imagine how horrible that could be and NOBODY deserve such thing. But sadly, not everyone report it, because also they felt that it was their fault, which is NOT true; the people who do that are crazy, and it doesn’t matter if women or men (men also suffered for this) dress, walk or do something as some way to “taunt them”, that doesn’t give them the right to degrade the body of someone, that’s wrong, and that horrible people are the responsible for the own acts, and can’t attribute the fault on anyone but themselves.
I hate when people defense such hideous persons, that’s not right at all, it make me sick and so angry. But I would stop here because I will get so angry that the rest of the review will be about how shameful rappers are. What I’m keep saying is that this book really takes a good approach to the matter and make us think about it, even giving us stats and a strong inside to a victim. But also this is a book of redemption to any victim of such thing, because we can see how Rachel never stops fighting to get the life she deserve and even help others who experienced what she had to lived.
However, there are two things I really don’t like about this book. One, it’s the fact that Erin has to experience two deadly experiences to release she wants to be with Darsh. I mean, I thought that after the first one, when she said she would give them an opportunity, she would stick to that, but no. I don’t know but that didn’t make me feel good at all, and after that I didn’t like her that much. Second, the instat love; well, I know that they met before but it wasn’t that significant and they just spend like a week together and then, they use the L word. I mean, she could give them a try but that doesn’t mean that is love, it’s just the starting of a relationship. It would have been perfect leave it in that, that they just meet and are going to start a relationship, that would even makes me forget about the indecision of Erin, but it isn’t the case.
Overall, I felt really good about this book in the crime department, I think that really surprise my expectations of it. It presents a perfect setting with lot of twist and a great mystery to be solved. But sadly, the romantic department wasn’t that great and it actually underrate the wonderful plot. Sometimes, authors want to give a happy ending but just develop too much and that can ruin a perfect book (I don’t know why they haven’t learned it already when reviewers say it all the time: No instalove, please!), keep it real is more important and I’m sure readers would appreciate. The characters are still going to get their happy ending.
About The Author
New York Times and USA Today international bestselling author, Toni Anderson, writes dark, gritty Romantic Suspense novels that have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble's Nook store, the Top 10 in Amazon and Kobo stores, and the Top 50 in iBooks. Her novels have won many awards. A former Marine Biologist from Britain, she inexplicably ended up in the geographical center of North America, about as far from the ocean as it is possible to get. She now lives in the Canadian prairies with her Irish husband and two children and spends most of her time complaining about the weather.
Toni has no explanation for her oft-times dark imagination, and only hopes the romance makes up for it. She's addicted to reading, dogs, tea, and chocolate.
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