Library Book Review – The Book Of Cold Cases by Simone St James – #thriller #mystery #popularbook


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?

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.


I had seen this all over Instagram and I was excited when I found out that it was available at the library. There was a bit of a waiting list, but after a month of waiting it finally became available for me to read. I can certainly see why it was so popular.

The writing was gripping from start to finish with an excellent spooky side to it. The suspense and cliffhangers at the end of chapters made me want to keep reading. Even though you knew who the murderer was fairly early on I was still compelled to read the rest of the story. 

The whole story was cleverly built up by the two main characters points of view and going back and forwards in time. The chapters were clearly labelled so you knew who you were reading about and when. 

There was a good mix of narration and conversation, which resulted in a well rounded story. 

The chapters were labelled with the characters name and date. The story was split into two main parts then the rest of the chapters. They were fairly long and sometimes split, but I enjoyed getting good chunks of that character’s point of view and the time period that they were in. 

The characters themselves were excellent. I loved how they were all broken and how they then led their lives. I particularly enjoyed the spooky element which has stayed with me. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the spooky mansion and the surrounding area. It really added depth and darkness to the story. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend reading it. I will definitely look at reading some of her other books! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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