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Goodreads Summary: Cold Cold Heart (Audible book)
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. Nearly a year has passed since she survived her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep. Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together. But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.
Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small-town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school. Terrified of truths long buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past. Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies. Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed.…
My Review – 4 Stars
WHOA…from the beginning you are thrown into Dana’s nightmare. Right from the start the horror is there, but you know you’re in for one crazy ride. NOT FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T HANDLE READING ABOUT TORTURE AND PAIN.
I had a feeling of who it was and I was right, but I always go for the last person you would think and I’m almost always right. There’s a twist in there and it’s a good one, but predictable.
This book really helps you get into the mind of a victim and survivor. She perfectly describes Before Dana and After Dana. She survived, but life will never be the same.
I REALLY loved that Tami Hoag made several statements with her book that are sadly true to life. In addition she speaks about TBI Traumatic Brain Injuries and how it has affected her. The statements are listed in the spoilers.
Highlight for spoilers… (((Dana somehow survives and by pure courage survives, but doesn’t remember what the serial killer did to her…but the pain and horror is still there. She now suffers from a TBI and no one really knows how to help her accept the new therapist and retired cop. At first Dan Hardy is made out to be the killer or creepy dude, but he really wants to find Casey’s killer and helps Dana the most.
Tim was Dana’s boyfriend and Casey was dating John. Tim that fucker, is the one who killed Casey (who was a cheater and liar just like him). Tim killed her because she was pregnant and was insisting he was the father. He killed her possibly killed the stripper decades ago and told rumors that it was Dan Hardy. He recently beat and raped a local waitress.
He tried to put the blame on John. The fact that he tried to blame John instead of helping his old friend was the BIG clue to me.
The twist of the skeleton…John’s dad is an abuser and worthless shit. He killed his wife and kept her body in the shed. He made the whole town believe she left her son behind. Imagine no one bothered to check and believed the word of a drunk. Poor John spent his whole life thinking his mother abandoned him and was raised by a drunk…and no one helped him. It was a trick to make the reader think the dad killed Casey, but I knew it was the mom.)))
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Goodreads Summary: Summer Secrets (Book on Audible)
When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.
As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.
Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.
There’s been a lot of buzz all over social media about this book. I love Jane Green and hope this book lives up to the hype.
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