Monday, February 26, 2018

Dead Cold by Jennifer Chase

Dead Cold (An Emily Stone Thriller)Book Description:
Every Emily Stone Thriller is a stand-alone novel. 
From the multi-award winning series: 
What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute. 
On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time. 
Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI. 
Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer. She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them. 
The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold. 

My Thoughts:
I really liked this one.  This is my first Emily Stone book, but it won't be the last.  The fact that it is already in a series didn't affect the reading experience at all.  I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything (I am going to go back and read previous books!).  The author's imagery in the prologue was great and hooked you from the start.  There is action and it is a book you just won't want to put down.
I loved that Emily was a kick butt chick with smarts.  Her team just meshes.  The covert part to me was pretty awesome.  They do all the work and solve crimes, save lives but stay in the background and that is what they want.  The detective, Starr was a smart cookie as well.  I think he was a great add to this book.  I really loved the author's writing style and the different perspectives we get.  That just made the book for me.
It was a 4/5.  I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.