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Cold Truth (Ellie Kline Cold Case Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In a dark basement, a cold-blooded killer pits friend against friend, torturing one until the other says the horrible words that will end their friend’s suffering. He’s gotten away with murder for years. Until now...Ellie Kline can’t remember most of her kidnapping when she was fifteen, but that night has shaped her life. Instead of cowering, that horrible night made her strong. Determined to prove herself as a cop despite being heir to the Kline fortune, she never backs down, and she never takes no for an answer. When the daring takedown of a suspect catapults her into the spotlight, it earns her a promotion...and the admiration of a killer.
Now a detective assigned to the Cold Case Unit, Ellie is drawn into the mysterious murder of a young, unidentified college-age woman with no missing persons’ report, no leads, and no evidence. Even more shocking is that, while she was tortured extensively, her death was quick. But as Ellie delves deeper, she discovers a startling connection between the woman found dismembered in a park and another Jane Doe case. Is there more?
As hazy memories of her own past begin to surface, it’s not only her family and the brass at Charleston PD who are watching her every move. Someone lurks in the shadows, ready to kill if Ellie’s journey into history gets too close to the cold truth.
A riveting roller coaster ride of a psychological thriller, Cold Truth is the first book of the Ellie Kline Series that will make you consider adding a second lock to your door.
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"This is a great book. Couldn't read fast enough. Read in two days, lost sleep but was worth it. A great storyline and ongoing characters. A great thriller read. Loved the characters." - Amazon Reviewer
"Stone and Barrel have created a psychological thriller which captivated thus reader from page one."- Amazon Reviewer
"Mary Stone has a way that just grabs you from the beginning and does not let you go. The way the story is written, you feel everything Ellie feels. Anything Mary Stone writes is an A+ in my book and a definite read." - Amazon Reviewer
"I really liked the plot and the characters. It was well written and a real page-turner all the way to the end." - Amazon Reviewer
"Wonderful read from start to finish. Keeps locked into each page. Love the strength of the lead and her supportive family, friends, and coworkers." - Amazon Reviewer
"Wow, just like Winter Storm, another brave woman who takes on the world as it calls her. I loved this new character and will be reading more of Ellie Kline. Thank you Mary Stone." - Amazon Reviewer
- ASIN : B083XN7C21
- Publication date : January 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2762 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,289 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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New author for me and this was a well written book. Ellie Kline is a likable character and does well here as a newly promoted detective investigating cold cases. Her first one ends up being connected with a traumatic experience in her past and things build nicely from there. There's a few rough scenes with the killer and his victims, but surprisingly there's no profanity at all which I can appreciate.
A solid book except for the ridiculous cliffhanger ending which meant I came away disappointed. If an author wants to make a character the base of a series then more power to them, but I should be able to read the first book and come away with some satisfaction, not be forced to buy the second one to find out what happened!
EDIT - 07/24/2020. So having now also read the second book in this series, I can tell you that also ends in a cliffhanger. I'm done with this series. Who knows when the actual story will be revealed but coming away without an ending two consecutive times leaves a bitter taste. Know what you're getting into here - a good story, but lots of disappointment. Not worth it
The characters are not well developed needs a real revision. Elle is the main but it shows that more than one author write the story. A spirited character that doesn't had an appealing side. An in & out of minor characters and not one is attention grabber.
The story start with a light bang, goes down, a little action and bum, to a finish it doesn't even end, you need to buy another book, really...not interested...
Ellie Kline is also a cop. She never backs down. Haunted by cloudy memories of her own kidnapping and escape, Ellie is driven. When her cavalier approach takes down a criminal, Ellie earns the attention of the Charleston PD, and a promotion to detective. Assigned to the Cold Case locker, Ellie latches unto a horrific double murder. Her tenacity soon draws the interest of the killer.
Using her desire for closure, her newfound partner, and her abilities as a loose cannon and a maverick, Ellie sets off to solve her first cold case even if it means alienating her entire department.
Stone and Barrel have created a psychological thriller which captivated thus reader from page 1. Not only will I be downloading Book 2, but I will be seeking Stone's trademark .05 prequel
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