Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Cold Pursuit By Nancy Mehl

Cold Pursuit
by Nancy Mehl
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Ryland + St. Claire
ISBN: 9780764240454

I've enjoyed the author's other stories and was looking forward to her new series. She always has some creepy, twisted evil characters who make you want to see them captured! Bethany House sent me the book for review.


Ex-FBI profiler River Ryland still suffers from PTSD after a case went horribly wrong. Needing a fresh start, she moves to St. Louis to be near her ailing mother and opens a private investigation firm with her friend and former FBI partner, Tony St. Clair. They're soon approached by a grieving mother who wants them to find out what happened to her teenaged son, who disappeared four years ago. River knows there's almost no hope the boy is still alive, but his mother needs closure, and River and Tony need a case, no matter how cold it might be.

But as they follow the boy's trail, which gets more complicated at every turn, they find themselves in the path of a murderer determined to punish anyone who gets in his way. As River and Tony race to stop him before he kills again, an even more dangerous threat emerges, stirring up the past that haunts River and plotting an end to her future.

My Review:

This was a good, fast paced story. In true author fashion, the story starts off intense and stays the same throughout!

River is intense. She has been traumatized by a previous incident, and it compels her to set a new direction for her life. Her partner, Tony, does the same thing. River and Tony remind me a lot of Alex and Logan from her other series The Quantico Files. The author does a great job of creating investigators who come against some seriously crazy people.

Tony is loyal and has started a PI business with River. Their first client certainly starts them off on an intense note! Connecting the dots isn't easy, to say the least. While they're searching for one person, another shows up in the story that they know nothing about. Talk about creepy.

The author also deals with Alzheimer's and does a good job with it. It'll be interesting to see how that part of the story unfolds over the next couple of books. I was also fascinated by the condition synesthesia. There's a song called "smell the color nine" and the condition made me think of that song. It was so captivating to read about the mentally ill character in the story who has it. That along with schizophrenia.

There's definitely a thread of faith in the story and it'll be good to watch River grow in her faith throughout the series.

If you liked the other series I mentioned above, then this will feel very much the same. If you enjoyed that series, you'll enjoy this one.

About the Author:

Nancy Mehl (nancymehl.com) is the author of more than fifty books, a Parable bestseller, and the winner of an ACFW Book of the Year Award, a Carol Award, and the Daphne du Maurier Award. She has also been a finalist for two Carol Awards and the Christy Award. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson.


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