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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 16, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LV8UL1S
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Cold in July begins a gradual process that resembles a fluid exploration of the reader’s mind. Joe Lansdale is a master of this practice. He flows like water, seeking every entry point, until all aspects of your psyche is filled. Cold in July ebbs and then flows – building suspense – until you are just about ready to explode. He continues this intense escalation of pressure – and it all happens again – until he finally and mercifully – howbeit secretly – opens a slight valve and allows a little of that pressure to be released. As a result you find yourself with tears in your eyes or laughing out loud or thinking that maybe you know just what’s getting ready to happen and then something happens: a treacherous twist and turn in the road and you’ve run off into the canal again and your vehicle is sinking and filling with that cold water. And a window suddenly collapses into the vehicle, the water’s rushing in and it’s up to you to find your way out to the surface. You have to be good at holding your breath. Cold in July is filled with plenty of malevolence more than willing to knock that breath out of you as well as the benevolent spirit of knowing when to let you breathe again.
This book is more than just a story of challenge, fear, awakening, change, scars and healing. It will teach you something about yourself as well as the people around you. Love and forgiveness can run as deep and profound as you’re willing to explore. But things are not always as they appear and your principles and beliefs will be tested. Long before you finish Cold in July, you’ll be looking much deeper, not only at the world around you but at yourself, too. By the time you finish this novel, you will not be the same.
Without spoiling the story, just know there are twists and turns that make ‘Cold in July’ a worthy read.
But, unlike the film version of the book, which is wonderfully gritty and stripped down to the bare essentials of a dark story that just seems to get darker, the book leans towards humorous banter which diffuses the tension between Dane and Russell, who are otherwise excellent natural enemies.
Readers of crime fiction will not be disappointed with Cold in July, though, with its highly original plot. The action scenes are taut, Richard Dane’s guilt is convincing and Russell is a pretty good misunderstood villain.
Cold in July was, by far, one of the best books I have read this year. The unexpected twists and turns were amazing, and the dark suspense that began on page one never let up. It is one of those books that you literally can't put down because you just have to know what is going to unfold next, especially once the reality behind the dead burglar starts to take shape. After that there just is no turning back. One discovery leads to another and before you know it the book is racing toward a final confrontation between all the players. Simply put, this was an amazing read, one which I have to recommend to anyone who enjoys suspenseful tales. Like F. Paul Wilson said in his story introduction to "Slasher" in his collection The Barrens and Others: "If you've never read Cold in July, do so immediately." Seriously, open up another tab on your computer screen, go to the correct page on Amazon, and order a copy. You won't be sorry. Just be ready for your electric bill to be a little higher than normal this time around because you will be reading long into the night. Nothing you can do to change it, but thankfully it most certainly will be money well spent.