Cold Cold Heart : Kovac and Liska

  • by Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • Series: Kovac and Liska
  • 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers a shocking stand-alone thriller
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects: She struggles to recognize family and childhood friends and begins experiencing dark flashbacks - but she's not sure if they're truly memories or side effects of her brain injury.
Dana decides to use her investigative skills to piece together her past and learns of the event that made her become a reporter in the first place: the disappearance of her best friend Casey Grant, the summer after high school graduation. Looking at her past and the unsolved mystery through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends seem to be suspects, authority figures part of a cover-up. Dana begins to question everything she knows. What is real? What is imagined? Are we defined by what happens to us? And is the truth really something too terrible to be believed?

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Riveting Story Well Narrated

This is a great thriller with a major crime at the beginning of the novel which leads the lead character to revisit a crime in her youth. The first third of the book covers the lead character's recovery from a brutal attack from a serial killer. As a result dana suffers a traumatic brain injury and returns to her home time. As she slowly recovers, more and more of the past is remembered, As a result, she is able to slowly put pieces of the crime together.To describe it anymore it would give the plot away.

The narration is fairly good, withe the narrator struggling a little with the male voices. Never having read any of the author's books this was good enough to put some of her other books on my wish list. It reminded me of two other books I have listened to recently , Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Most of the characters are fairly "normal" except for the criminals in the book so you can identify with them. Set in the rural midwest this is a classic American murder whodunit mystery
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- John S "Avid audible listener for over 10 years."

This Could be Tami Hoag's Best Yet

Against the backdrop of a riveting story, the author takes us inside the troubled mind of a victim of traumatic brain disorder. Her struggle with the everyday aspects of life teaches us much about the struggles of our fellow human beings whose "normal" exteriors mask the devastation of a broken mind. I heartily recommend Cold Cold Heart with the caveat that the female narrator's "man voice" is terrible...in fact it's weird... and all male characters voices are the same. Don't let this get in the way of a great story...
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- Carol Puckett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio