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


Release date: March 15, 2022

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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 Timesbestselling 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?


Well this author is now 3 for 3 with me and it’s safe to say she’s landed herself a firm spot on my auto read list! This isn’t an easy feat for thriller authors for me as of late, I’ve gotten super picky as of late and my expectations are incredibly high. All of that to say, I count this one as a must read for thriller fans but especially for those of you who like a supernatural aspect as well because she pulls this off so well!

I’m not one to read many supernatural type books no matter the genre but the reason I think I’m always so drawn to this authors books is that the way she infuses the paranormal into her books. What I mean by that is she creates these situations that feel like they actually could happen, there’s a layer of plausibility here that gives me full body goosebumps just thinking about it. So if you’re hesitant about a thriller with that aspect I promise that as chilling as the authors books are they still feel grounded in reality. Once again the author managed to craft a story with alternating timelines, a creepy ass atmosphere and a compelling mystery. I was equally invested in both timelines and totally fascinated by Beth, was she a stone cold killer or is there more to her story? Shea was also interesting as well and the way their stories are weaves together was ultimately satisfying. Highly recommended by me if you like disturbing, creepy and chilling books!

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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