The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love Simone St. James. I’ve read everything she’s written. She is the undisputed QUEEN of ghostly thrillers, my favorite being The Sundown Motel.
This story follows Shea Collins, a true crime blogger obsessed with The Lady Killer case from her small town of Claire Lake, Oregon. Was Beth Greer, who was acquitted of the crimes in the 70s, actually the killer or not?
The story was fun to read, but it wasn’t the paranormal elements, or even the mystery that kept me hooked. It was ice queen Beth Greer and her bizarre relationships with other characters in the novel. She plays a fascinating game of cat and mouse with Beth that keeps you turning the pages. I still don’t quite understand it. Her relationship with Lily also stumped me. Was there ever any love there or not? And what was going on with Detective Blake? I think St. James cleverly leaves that up to our imaginations.
I wasn’t feeling the ghostly atmosphere of the Greer mansion that I was hoping for. I think St. James has done better in her other novels. Also I was hoping that the Girl A story arc would tie in to the main story. A couple other things were not wrapped as well. Regardless, definitely a fun novel!
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.