Afraid or not, Detective Bobbie Gentry has a monster to confront. The pain of losing her family and nearly her life to a criminal's vile hunger is still fresh, but now the landscape is different. Now she's not alone. Now she has Nick Shade to trust. Nick treats the terror of his past with vengeance. He's dedicated his life to hunting serial killers, and he'd give up his last breath to save Bobbie. When a string of killings bloodies Savannah's elite society and causes cold cases to resurface, Bobbie is captured in a city more haunted than Nick's inescapable nightmares. And as the murderer strikes close, Nick and Bobbie will need to become even closer if they're going to survive.
What I liked: I started the Shades of Death series just thinking the first book, No Darker Place, sounded interesting but have since become addicted to Ms Webb’s stories and characters. I read The Coldest Fear as fast as possible and then read it again even knowing the ending. I wanted to see if I could find what I missed the first time through or if Ms Webb had really fooled me so completely. She did and I loved it.
The Coldest Fear picks up almost exactly were the second book, A Deeper Grave, ended with a wonderful set up for this book. Detective Bobbie Gentry has had one hellacious year and now that she’s met Nick Shade, she’s almost feeling alive. Nick has left to go hunt down his Dad, the serial killer extraordinaire, but Bobbie is not content to let him go it alone. While her bosses tell her not to go, she takes vacation time and goes to help Nick whether he wants it or not. But Nick and Bobbie are in a long line of people hunting Weller including the FBI who had been using Weller as a consultant. FBI Special Agent Anthony LeDoux, a friend to Bobbie is also on the hunt against his superiors’ orders. He thinks there might be more to Weller’s escape than the FBI wants others to know.
In the course of hunting for Weller, the leading characters discover there is more going on than just a man-hunt. There are secrets covering secrets, murders after gruesome murders and nonstop action. You, as the reader, need to absorb all the information and if you’re like me, determine the good guys from the bad and the motives behind several murders or missing people.
Ms Webb has a way with her descriptions that actually made me feel I was in the scene and feeling all the emotions the characters were. It was hard finding a place to stop so I could decompress from all the action and emotions. I read mostly during the evening and I knew I would never be able to sleep unless I took some time to do something else before trying to sleep.
I love the way Ms Webb takes the care to develop her characters and their connections to each other. While Bobbie and Nick are the main characters, Agent LeDoux has been in all the books and he’s a special friend to Bobbie. His torment from a previous hunt for a serial killer was palpable and I felt for him in his efforts to cope with his feelings. Ms Webb also introduced Lieutenant Troy Durham and he and Bobbie also become friends. For such a damaged person, Bobbie seems to collect friends that only work to make her feel more alive.
What I didn’t like: The Coldest Fear has a definite ending and I’m left wondering, is this the end of this series? I certainly hope not and hope Ms Webb finds another plot to drop these characters into. I guess wanting more and not sure if I’m going to get it, is a don’t like dilemma.
I stalked NetGalley hoping to be able to snag an ARC of The Coldest Fear and it paid off since this review is based on the ARC I was lucky enough to get.
Highly Recommended (you must start at the beginning to enjoy the full effect of this book).