The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Published by Berkley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense
Read in: June 2022
Source: Personal Collection
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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? - via GoodReads
I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James in my Once Upon a Book Club adult box. This is the box that made me dive into the book subscription service with the theme of Unsolved Mysteries. I’ve been meaning to read Simone St. James but hadn’t had a chance to do so yet.
One of the first things that comes to mind as I sit to write this review is that I really enjoyed the way St. James tells a story. Not only were there dual perspectives but there was also dual timelines as well. In this way, the mystery was very slow burn. That might be a weird way to describe a mystery but it holds true.
As far as the mystery is concerned, there were some murders in the 1970s and a true crime blogger takes a risk and asks to interview the infamous acquitted suspect.
I enjoyed Shea and Beth and thought they played well off each other. Shea hasn’t quite recovered from parts of her past just like Beth. There were some interesting parallels between our two main characters.
I try really hard not to give away too many details of a mystery because a well written mystery uses all of the details. I will say that even during a sunny June evening I had no trouble whatsoever imagining myself in dark, gloomy, and rain drenched Claire Lake. I highly recommend The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James.