When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there’s not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can’t – or won’t – give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it.
That is until Naomi Lockhart, a young PA, is found dead after a party attended by both Joseph and Rachel, and Joseph is arrested for the murder.
Joseph says his wife is setting him up.
His wife says he didn’t do it.
The trail of evidence leads to even more questions . . .
Adulterer. Murderer. Victim. Who would you believe?
After I read Caz Frear’s “Sweet Little Lies” I immediately wanted more from main protagonist Cat Kinsella so when Stone Cold Heart turned up I pretty much dropped everything and read it. Like the last novel this was so utterly gripping I think the zombie apocalypse could have started and I wouldn’t even notice..
Stone Cold Heart is Stone Cold Brilliant, encompassing not only an intensely intriguing background family drama but also a twisty mystery that has both psychological thriller elements and a strong anchor of police procedural. Mixing all this up into an intelligent plot with unpredictable outcomes makes this a perfect storm of a read, throw in a perfect last line and you have an absolute winner.
Caz Frear is a hugely talented writer and you know that’s still important to note in these days of mixed quality choices in reading- if like me you want depth of perception, words that come together in ways that tip your emotional balance and a damned good story to boot then look no further.
Cat Kinsella is engaging and more importantly realistic, flawed yes but not defined by it, the supporting cast all well drawn and important to the whole. In this particular instalment the mystery element is beautifully done I devoured every word.
If I could have the next one now please…
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