REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: Cold Shadow
SERIES: Cold Country Book 2
AUTHOR: Mercy Celeste
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 308 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
There’s no such thing as a Happily Ever After.
Special Agent Drew Walker thought he’d never return to Tennessee after that horrific Christmas. Two and a half years later, a serial killer with a strange fascination with mutilation drags him into Nathan Truman’s jurisdiction once again.
For Nathan Truman having the ‘Feeb’ around dredges up a past, he would prefer to forget. For nearly three years, he’s been able to put it all behind him and focus on his career, family, and Quinn.
The past few years have done Quinn Anders a world of good. He’s happy, healthy, sober, and raising his daughter with the love of his life.
As the days pass and tensions flare it becomes obvious that the events of that night, all those years ago, never truly ended for one of them.
The secrets and lies that bind the three may just destroy them all.
It feels like forever since I read In From The Cold the first book in this series. After the first couple of chapters the memories from that first book came back and I was totally immersed in Nathan and Quinn’s lives once again. I don’t remember things being so wrong between Nathan and Quinn in the first book but when dead bodies start turning up and Special Agent Drew Walker returns to town we are taken on a roller coaster of a ride Mercy Celeste style.
Drew really struggles being back in Quinn and Nathan’s life and it’s not long before his return is causing struggles for Quinn and Nathan. I think putting these three men back in the vicinity of each other even after a few years have passed causes all of them to take a long hard look at where they are in their lives. This story is complicated and sometimes messy. You have a couple who thought they were doing ok when really they are just treading water and a third man who is desperate for one or the other or both of them. There are a lot of things that need to be resolved between these three men but none of them know where to start and in true avoidance they end up in bed together.
But first there is a murderer to catch and the clues left point to it having something to do with one of our men. The storyline is tense and it takes all three men working as a team to resolve the case and survive. They are not just surviving the present – the memories from the past are just as dangerous and the more tense things get the more driven they are to be together.
There is no resolution at the end of this book. There is anger, resentment and concern at being left out. This is a very tentative HFN. Quinn and Nathan’s relationship is really put through the wringer and although they are certainly stronger at the end it’s not clear where they go from here and what role, if any, Drew will have. Another Mercy book that was a total hit for me. This series definitely needs to be read in order.