The Book of Cold Cases

The Book of Cold Cases

Thank you, Berkley Pub, for gifting me a copy of The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James {partner}


“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 twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea 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?”


Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Pub Date: 3.15.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

“It felt good to destroy this place, to rip open its wounds. It felt good to make the dust billow. If I could have drawn a deep breath, I would have screamed into the silence.”

Well… where in the world do I begin with this book?

I started reading it before bed and then promptly realized that I would need to sleep with the light on if I did. I feel like I had goosebumps for the ENTIRE book.

Several mysteries were going on simultaneously, but I never felt overwhelmed or that it was too much. They were all exciting, and I kept thinking that they would connect. It’s what kept me hooked.

Overall, I was, yet again, blown away by Simone St. James and her ability to put together a story that doesn’t make me feel like I got duped in the end. I loved ALL of the characters, including suspected Lady Killer, Beth. I absolutely can’t wait for more of you to read The Book of Cold Cases so that I can discuss the story with someone.

The house is creepy AF. I say that in all seriousness, every time a Shea ventured to the house, I wanted to hide and not read anymore.

🏠 Creepy AF house (no exaggeration)
✌🏼 Dual perspective, dual timeline
👮🏽‍♀️ Good cop, bad cop
🕵🏽‍♀️ Several mysteries to solve
👻 Did I mention the supremely creepy house yet??

I recommend you read The Book of Cold Cases if you enjoyed reading The Sun Down Motel, The Family Upstairs, and The Turn of the Key.

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