She was the only one to make it out alive.
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she survived the ordeal, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred.
She thought it was over.
In an attempt to put herself back together, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn’t provide the comfort she expects: she struggles to recognize family and childhood friends and begins experiencing dark flashbacks. But she’s not sure if they’re truly memories or side effects of her brain injury.
She was wrong.
Dana decides to use her investigative skills to piece together her past and the event that made her become a reporter in the first place: the disappearance of her best friend, Casey Grant, the summer after high school graduation.
But now, old friends seem to be suspects, authority figures part of a cover-up. Dana begins to question everything she knows. And is the truth really something too terrible to be believed?
What I especially love about a book is an interesting Authors note. It helps the reader see if the story is specific to the author and if it has a bit of real life experience, for me, that is a bonus.
Dana was a newscaster, pretty, blonde and ambitious. She was abducted, beaten, raped and tortured by a serial killer with the name Doc Holiday.
Having managed to get away her life is obviously not what it was and we see her recovery and what the extent of her injuries have changed the way she thinks and feels. She suffers from a brain injury, which is what Tami Hoag has experienced in her own life, and the exploration and detail of Danas tragedy is very engaging.
Cold Cold Heart is traumatic from the start, it is scary and also written with tenderness, Danas mother is a caring delightful character. It is full of suspense and satisfied my need to be shaken.
There is, in my opinion a few loose ends, without giving away spoilers I wanted the dog to be Danas, the therapy session is not as important in the book as it would be in ‘real’ life, and I wanted the mystery of her father cleared up, but this does not distract from this marvelous tale.
This is the first novel I have read by this author and I am interested to read more, this is a novel that made me stay up to finish, and any book that can do that has to be a winner.