Review: The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

Author: Simone St. James
Publisher: Berkley
Released: March 15, 2022
Received: Own (BOTM)
Warnings: Kidnapping, sexual assault, trauma

Yes! I fell in love with Simone St. James’ writing two years ago when The Sun Down Motel was released, and I have been counting down the days to a new release ever since (yes, I do plan on going through her backlog at some point). The Book of Cold Cases is every bit the novel I’ve been waiting for, as it blends mystery and fantasy into one delightful mix.

Anyone obsessed with unsolved murders and mysteries has heard of the Lady Killer Murders. They plagued Claire Lake, Oregon, during 1977. Two men died, with only one suspect ever rising to the forefront.

Decades later, Shea Collins is once again delving into that mystery. She’s always been into cold cases, quite possibly to cope with her own trauma. And she’s about to do what nobody else ever succeeded in: she will uncover the Lady Killer.

“It made no sense, but guilt doesn’t have to. It simply exists, weighing you down and choking you until you can’t breathe anymore.”

She’s done it again! The Book of Cold Cases is every bit as chilling and enchanting as I had hoped. I sincerely cannot get enough of Simone St. James’ writing – or this combination of genres. More, please!

The Book of Cold Cases is an atmospheric read that cuts to the quick. Shea’s obsession with mysteries and crimes is immediately clear, while the reason behind this obsession takes longer to parse out. This, combined with the mystery of the Lady Killer Murders, is more than enough to suck readers right in.

At least, that’s what happened to me. I love this combination of murder mystery and fantasy elements. There’s something so appropriate about having ghosts interact with the world regarding murder (or several). Don’t you think so?

Let us not forget Beth and her story, which is intrinsically tied up with the Lady Killer Murders. Her coldness and ferocity were a sharp contrast to Shea, which made for an ideal balance. It made me wonder who I would want to see cast to play their characters in a movie…

Long story short – I absolutely loved The Book of Cold Cases and highly recommend that you give it a try. It’s different from everything else I’ve read while still in line with what I would expect from Simone St. James.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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