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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2001
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June 1978, thirteen-year-old Harlow Anastasia Grail and her six-year-old friend are kidnapped and held for ransom. Harlow manages to escape but not before the kidnapper cuts off her right pinkie in retaliation for her parents calling in the FBI. Fast forward to January 2001, Harlow has assumed a new identity and career as Anna North, a suspense writer. Anna is a reserved person who stills suffers nightmares. She doesn't trust or make friends easily, but she is content with her new life. Content that is until the letters begin. Someone, who knows Anna well, has sent messages to all her friends revealing her true identity. Anna begins to fear for her safety and that of her "little sister", a troubled teenager that Anna sponsors. Not knowing whom to trust, Anna turns to two men. Dr. Benjamin Walker, a psychologist who specializes in the effect of childhood trauma on adult personality and behavior wants to use Anna and her past for a book he is working on. Quentin Malone, a detective who works homicide, who doesn't seem to believe Anna is in any serious trouble. Anna finds herself attracted to both men, yet unable to trust either.
What a book! Erica Spindler has woven a fascinating story with so many twists and turns in the plot; I can't even begin to review all of them without giving away vital information that would spoil the book for you. Ms. Spindler has outdone herself this time. If I had any complaints, I felt like the heroine was a little wimpy at times. But, I was so engrossed in the story, it was just a minor annoyance. If you like romantic suspense, this book is for you!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2001
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Not the horror book it was purported to be, but solid nonetheless. It was an engrossing read, told in the present, about a young woman writer living in New Orleans who has changed her name and is hiding from a man who kidnapped and cut off her finger 23 years ago. She escaped and now lives in fear of this man, assuming a somewhat normal existence(under the circumstances) until her past comes back to "finish the job". I found the story to be very professionally written. Although I completely agree with the other reviewers on the ad nauseum usage of phrases "tipping her chin" and "muttering an oath", I think most of the blame here needs to be put upon the editor. I definitely would not classify this book as horror, as the cover might lead one to believe; it is more like a light thriller couched in a love story. Erica Spindler is very adept. She obviously can write an attention-keeping book. I'd love to see true horror from her, but this coming from a romance background, this was an excellent step in that direction.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2001
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I've been a fan of ms Spindler since she came out with Red, shocking Pink and Forbidden Fruit. Her last efforts Cause of Alarm and this one Bone Cold did not live up to my expectations. This is a story of Anna. anna was kidnapped 23 years ago and the man that kidnapped her cut off her pinkie finger. She got away but has lived in fear since. Now 23 years later someone is out to get her. She believes it is the madman that had her so long ago. This story just does not make sense. You kind of figure out who the bad guy is but the writer is trying so hard to keep you guessing with too far out ideas. The positive the book is entertaining if you don't tear it apart like I just did. If you haven't read any Spindler books. I highly recommend Red and Shocking pink before you read this one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
#1 HALL OF FAMEon February 15, 2001
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In 1978 Southern California, with the help of a nurse, Kurt kidnaps thirteen-year-old Harlow Grail, daughter of a renowned actress and a popular plastic surgeon. Also abducted is the six-year-old son of the Grail family housekeeper Timmy, who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Kurt learns that the Grails talked to the police and the media, he suffocates Timmy and slices off Harlow's pinkie. Knowing Kurt will kill her once he collects his ransom, Harlow escapes.

In 2001 New Orleans, author Anna North still suffers from nightmares from when Kurt kidnapped her twenty-three years ago when she was Harlow. However, hell has just begun as Anna's mother inadvertently reveals that Harlow is a best selling author of mysteries living in New Orleans. Murders are beginning to hit the city turning the Big Easy into the Big Scary. With a pinkie sliced off one of the victims, Anna thinks Kurt is back to finish his job and only homicide detective Quentin Malone stands in his way.

BONE COLD is an exciting romantic-psychological police procedural that will entertain fans from both genres. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists, keeping the reader on edge while wondering what will happen next. Though the twists require some acceptance, the audience will find it worth the leap as the suspense keeps growing until the reader finishes best selling author Erica Spindler's latest thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2001
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As a child, writer Anna North was the victim of a terrible crime. She has changed her name and moved to New Orleans to put the past behind her but, 23 years later, the nightmare begins again. Someone has not only discovered her real identity, but is sending chilling threats to her and her friends. When red-haired women bearing a striking resemblance to Anna start getting killed on the streets of her French Quarter neighborhood, she has little doubt that she could be next. As the campaign of harassment against her heats up, it becomes increasingly hard for her to know whom to trust. Quentin Malone is a homicide detective who doesn't quite seem to buy her story at first. His partner has been exhibiting some bizarre behavior and argued with the the first redheaded victim the night she was killed. Then there is Dr. Ben Walker, who not only wants to counsel Anna on a professional level but wants a more personal relationship with her. Even Anna's sweet and gentle neighbors whom she has known for years come under suspicion. I would have read this through to the end just for the richly wrought images of French Quarter New Orleans, but the story is clever and compelling and worth sitting up late to finish.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2001
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I have been a fan of Erica Spindler's since her first mainstream book, RED, which I loved. Each book has gotten better and better, and BONE COLD was my reward for hanging in there with this awesome author. In this story Spindler tells of Anna North, who now lives in New Orleans after a horrific ordeal in her childhood. She thought she'd left all that behind...until a chain of grisly murders in the French Quarter--murders that are linked to what happened to Anna so long ago.
I literally could not put this book down until I had finished it. I read it straight through in one sitting, from just after breakfast till after dinner time. If you have never read Erica Spindler, you're in for a real treat. She has an amazing ability to tell a complicated, riveting story and never lets you down. It's no wonder she's a bestselling writer. Thanks, Erica, for hours and hours of wonderful entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2005
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Erica Spindler does one thing extremely well and that's keeping the reader constantly guessing. She winds a fast-paced story through several subplots just to make sure she has captured everyone's attention. I'm sure those not encapsulated don't have a pulse because she's incredible. She writes a tale that keeps you turning pages as fast as you can until the very end only to catch your breath and realize you immediately want another of her books to read.

Harlow Grail is the young teenage daughter of an actress and wealthy plastic surgeon. Her life is privileged and she lacks for nothing. That comfortable life changes to horror when she's kidnapped. Timmy, the son of the Grail housekeeper, is with her and also becomes a victim since he can identify the captors. When Kurt, the kidnapper, discovers that the Grails have contacted the police against his warnings, he suffocates Timmy and cuts off Harlow's pinkie. She miraculously escapes when she realizes he will soon kill her too. Her missing pinkie is a constant reminder throughout her life of this ordeal and the loss of her friend.

Twenty-three years later, Harlow Grail has changed her name to Anna North. She lives a new life in which no one knows her past. New Orleans is the home for this renowned mystery writer and she likes the secluded life she leads. All is well until Anna's mother tells the press that Harlow is alive and well in New Orleans with a new identity. People start putting two and two together and the trail leads to Anna.

Soon after, murders begin to occur. When one victim has her pinkie sliced off, Anna begins to think Kurt has found her and is coming to kill her. Quentin Malone, homicide detective and hunk, is assigned to the case and meets Anna. Romantic sparks soon fly and the reader is tossed from a romance theme to a psychological thriller and back again. Malone and his partner must try to protect Anna and the best way to do so is find the killer before he finds her, if he is Kurt.

Spindler excels at either her research of New Orleans or she has visited/lived there. Her vivid descriptions of various places make the reader want to visit. Even the description of the foods can make your mouth water! I'm not sure if it's research or she shares some of her favorite places with us in this book.

Another thing that makes Spindler outstanding is her fast paced storyline. She develops characters to which the reader can relate. And each of these characters is likeable - I found myself drawn to Anna. I found myself wanting to shake her mother for slipping and telling the world where her daughter is living and all but giving them her new identity. I found myself smiling at Quentin and cheering him on. Yes, they are definitely characters in which the reader can relate! Spindler then lays out a story line that you happily follow along and then WHAM she tosses in a neck wrenching twist. I felt like I had whiplash at times but it was the most enjoyable whiplash I've ever endured.

Bone Cold is definitely a story that will keep you up at night. This needs to be added to your list of Must Read books. It will make you an Erica Spindler fan!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Erica Spindler has written a fast-paced, enjoyable thriller with a several "neat" plot twists!
One of the factors that adds to the charm of the book is the New Orleans setting. The reader is encouraged to take note of what are some of the author's obviously favorite haunts in the city. An added bonus is that it makes me want to go back to the Big Easy and make sure to see the sites as she sees them.
Anna North is an engaging heroine, easy to believe in. It is evident why the cast of supporting players in the novel is attracted to her circle. The events are thrilling, and it is difficult to put the book down once you have gotten past the first few chapters. There is a dual storyline involving Quentin Malone's partner that takes away some enjoyment from the book, but overall, I'm thrilled that I found Erica Spindler, and grateful to Amazon reviewers, who led me to this discovery. I'm looking forward to reading some of her past work, and "Bone Cold" (bad title) will have a permanent place on my paperback book shelf.
Read "Bone Cold" for a fast-paced look into a psychological mystery!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2001
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Erica Spindler has done it this time! Bone Cold was absolutely spellbinding. Not only does this genius keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense, but she knocks you down in the end leaving you stunned. Mrs. Spindler has mastered the art of "Who-Dun-Its", all the while having the reader think they have fiqured the villian out just to be shocked in the end. Bone Cold is a definate must read and read again! Not only will I recommend Bone Cold to everyone I know but I cannot wait for Mrs. Spindler's next masterpiece. 5+ Stars from a Spindler Fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2001
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This book was the first book I read by Erica Spindler. And it did make me read more of her books. I think she is a very good writer. She kept me interested from the the first page
It is about a little girl who is kidnapped and gets away. Now as an adult she writes mysteries in New Orleans under a new name. She is still terrified of her old kidnapper finding her again. Then the murders start. And Anna North finds herself drawn into the investigation because of her ties to the case. Something is very familiar about the victims. There are a few red herrings along the way. But I did manage to figure out who the killer was. Still I did enjoy this book and I would recommend other Erica Spindler books too. Especially SHOCKING PINK.
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