The Book of Cold Cases (Hardcover)
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A young true-crime blogger still coping with childhood trauma meets the woman at the heart of a 40 year old cold case who is finally ready to tell the truth. The story unfolds briskly, flowing smoothly between decades. Filled with intriguing characters, dysfunctional families, a little social commentary, and ghosts (real or imagined), this book doesn’t disappoint.— Jenness
A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.
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?
--Silvia Moreno-Garcia, New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night
"Simone St. James knows how to haunt you. The Book of Cold Cases is St. James at the top of her game,expertly weaving the past and the present to reveal a chilling tapestry of real world mystery and supernatural suspense that will have you turning pages well past your bedtime and jumping at every little sound."
--Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Drowning Kind
"No one writes a ghost story like Simone St. James, whose uniquely spooky thrillers are as chilling as they are captivating,and The Book of Cold Cases is St. James at her best.Steeped in atmosphere and spine-tingling chills, this gripping mystery will haunt you from the very beginning."
--Laura McHugh, award-winning author of What's Done in Darkness
“This modern Gothic triumph is a cross between your most bingeworthy true crime podcast and The Haunting of Hill House. It’s compulsively readable...but don’t read it at night. The hauntings in this story scared me, and I write this stuff for a living.”
--Wendy Webb, author of The Keepers of Metsan Valo
"Prepare to lose some sleep when you dive into The Book of Cold Cases...[A] creepy thriller."
"You will sink into this novel faster than you would a peat bog."
"[A] chilling paranormal thriller...St. James keeps the suspense high."