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Weekend Reads: “Cold Dark Places”

Cold Dark Places (Cady Maddix Mystery, #1)Cold Dark Places by Kylie Brant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Both Cady Maddix and Eryn Pullman grew up in abusive households. The difference is that, when we meet the two women, Cady is a US Marshal and Eryn has just been released after spending 17 years in a mental institution for having killed her mother at age 4.

At the same time, a dangerous criminal named Sam Aldeen escapes from prison. Cady is pulled into the case by the local sheriff, Ryder. The two of them start to discover disturbing connections between Aldeen and Eryn.

While positioned as a mystery, I would call this a thriller. We see what the bad guys are up to throughout the entire book, and it’s a question of whether or not Cady and Ryder will be able to stop them in time.

The book deals with issues of child abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual) in the course of an excellent police procedural. It might well be triggering for those who have experienced the types of abuse outlined in the plot, to be honest. So, there’s your caveat.

However, it’s well-researched book on how the US Marshal’s Service tracks fugitives. Quite frankly, I don’t remember reading another book where this was the case. The book was a true page-turner; I stayed up way past my regular bedtime reading each night.

Disclosure: I received this book as part of my “swag bag” during Left Coast Crime 2019.

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