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- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (March 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07878KG74
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Mrs. Kilpatrick is head teacher at St. Bartholomew's.
Kate Matthews is a Detective Inspector.
Samir Patel is a Detective Sergeant on Kate's team.
Daisy Emerson is a missing 15 year old.
Ismael Vardan is Daisy's English teacher.
Dr. Ben Temple is a Pathologist.
Laura Trotter, Olly Quinlan, Vicky Rogus are Detective Constables on Kate's team.
Chris Jackson is a copier machine engineer.
Liam Phillips is the Building Inspector.
Neil Watkins is the groundsman.
2. Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The story begins with DI Kate Matthews and DS Samir Patel at St. Bartholomew's school inquiring about Daisy Emerson. She's been missing for 7 days. Kate and Patel are with Mrs. Kilpatrick, the head teacher. She tells Kate and Patel about one of her teachers, Mr. Ismael Vardan. He had some negative questions about his past but Mrs. Kilpatrick says he's a good teacher. Kate continues to ask questions about Vardan. He was accused with inappropriate behavior with a student at another school. Kate wonders if he was the reason why Daisy ran away.
Mr. Linus comes to Kilpatrick's office. He wants her to go with him to the sports hall (gym) because someone is in there. The sports hall is going to be remodeled and no one has been in there for months. Kate, Patel, Kilpatrick and Linus go to the sports hall. Kate and Patel go inside the hall and they find a body under the tarp. Is it Daisy?
Kate and Patel investigate the rest of the hall and she finds dried blood and a clear plastic sheet with blood smears and blood sprayed up the wall. Kate calls in the tech team and Dr. Ben Temple. He finds a severed foot in the hall. Does the foot belong to Daisy? Kate will contact her parents to get a DNA sample.
Kate is back at the station and she gets a message that she's received a package. She goes downstairs. At first, she thinks Ben sent her something but there's a sickly sweet smell coming from the package. She opens the package and she finds - a human heart! With the heart, a note saying "I'm sorry".
Kate finds out with the help of Ben that there used to be a tattoo on the severed foot. She goes to a tattoo parlor and asks if they've removed a tattoo recently. One of the artists tells Kate that a young woman came in to have a tattoo removed; she's in her twenties and possibly a prostitute.
Ben is able to identify who the heart belonged to: Petr Nowaskowski.
The woman with the tattoo is Maria Alexandrou, a prostitute who is missing.
Does the foot belong to Maria? Is there a connection between Maria and Petr? Where is Daisy?
3. Writing Structure ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Once again, Stephen has weaved a tale that is full of suspense and a great "who done it" read! He has done a great job with multiple storylines. The story opens with a missing Daisy Emerson, then it branches off with Petr and Maria. Kate's working three different crimes and she's trying to figure how they all connect. The characters he's developed, especially Kate Matthews, is that of a strong woman. Her sense of justice extends to her team. She is willing to go that extra mile to get to the bottom of the crime. Kate trusts her team members and they trust her with the decisions she makes.
4. Ending ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
OMG! What can I say about the ending? It was a roller coaster of thrills and suspense. I couldn't believe who killed Petr and Maria and who had Daisy! That's all I'm saying...I don't want to ruin it for everyone!!
5. Overall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is Stephen's 3rd book in the DI Kate Matthews Series. As a reader of books 1 and 2, book 3 is absolutely brilliant! I love how he has developed the characters and how Kate is determined to find the truth, no matter where she finds it. Kate is one bad-ass lady! I hope there's a book 4 in the future!!
ABOUT THIS BOOK: It has been a week since anyone last saw fifteen-year-old Daisy, after she left her best friend’s house and started her short walk home. Detective Kate Matthews and her team have been looking for her ever since.
When a tip-off leads Kate to a disused gymnasium at Daisy’s school, she is shocked to find evidence linking to the murder of a different girl.
Working the two cases side by side, Kate’s blood runs cold when a gift-wrapped box containing a human heart is delivered to her at the station. The heart belongs to yet another unknown victim, but the message is clear: there will be more, and Daisy could be one of them.
When activity on Daisy’s Facebook account indicates she is still alive, the race is on for Kate and her team. Will Daisy be the killer’s next victim? Is Kate prepared to risk everything to stop another innocent life from being taken?
MY THOUGHTS: This series, of which Cold Heart is the third book, is developing into a 'must read'. Edger kept me on my toes for the whole read. My brain felt like the pinball in one of those machines, but instead it was bouncing off ideas and possible different outcomes.
Although I guessed who was behind the killings, I sure didn't get the why, or the who was an accessory. Close to the end my jaw was literally hanging open (a great look in a busy cafe at lunch time!), and I am sure I was making 'oh, no!' noises as I read through the final pages.
We actually learn little more about Kate as a person in this book, which is not a criticism, but I would suggest that if this series is to continue, then perhaps we could be privy to a little more of her private life.
Although this is a series, each book that I have read is easily able to be read as a stand-alone. I still haven't read the first in the series, Dead to Me, although it is high on my list of priorities. I hope Stephen Edger is busy writing the next in the series. I will be at the front of the long line of eager fans awaiting its publication.
Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Cold Heart by Stephen Edger for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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