Book Review: The Book of Cold Cases

Book Review: The Book of Cold Cases

Thank you to Berkley for having me on the blog tour for The Book of Cold Cases and for providing me a free digital copy of the book! All opinions are my own.


In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect – a rich, eccentric 23-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases – a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

My Review:

The Book of Cold Cases is my favorite by Simone St. James yet! It was spooky, mysterious, inspiring, emotional, and all other manner of good things. It was perfectly balanced and paced and just an all around great book!

This one is a combination of past and present times lines. When books are set up this way, sometimes one timeline stands out over the other. Or, my least favorite, one gets most of the focus. Neither of those scenarios was the case with The Book of Cold Cases. The present timeline gets built up enough in the beginning that when the past timelines begins, you need to know what happened to make sense of the plot in the present and both timelines equally play a part in the story and are well balanced.

I also got a lot of female empowerment from this book, which I really enjoyed and I liked that the main character Shea, while not exactly thriving, wasn’t the typical drunk and unreliable narrator. Beth was equally strong. Unconventional, but strong! I loved them both.

I felt like the plotting in this novel was very well done, and while it felt very readable, by the end I was so impressed with how intricate and detailed it all ended up being. I liked St. James’ first two books, but I loved this one! This is the one that has made me a die-hard fan! Can’t wait for whatever she comes up with next!