by Lynn Erickson

June 2003
ISBN: 0-425-19069-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Lynn Erickson’s In the Cold is classified by the publisher as a romantic suspense. In my opinion, however, In the Cold is total suspense. There is chemistry between Ashley Marin and Chris Judge, but their feelings for one another take a back seat to the suspense part of In the Cold.

Ashley and Chris had met twenty years before when Chris, on a hunting trip with his dad happens to stumble across an abandoned mine. The Close Call Mine is now being used by Danny Potts and his father to hold a kidnapped, teenaged Ashley. Chris finds and rescues Ashley. Forming a bond between them that will lay dormant as they each pursue their own lives for the next twenty years.

Fast forward twenty years and Ashley is now a divorced mother of a teenaged daughter, Lauren. Ashley still suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome. All her memories and emotions from that long ago time come crashing down on her when her own daughter is kidnapped. Is she strong enough to set aside her fears and her phobias for her daughter’s sake, and assist in bringing Lauren home safely?

Twenty years ago Chris Judge was her hero. She now calls on him to help her in finding Lauren. Chris is a logical choice as he knows the rugged area and is an ex-cop. He is however now struggling with his own demons and unsure of what his role is not only in Ashley’s life should be, but in the world in general.

In The Cold is a page turning read. It was fast paced and action packed with a smooth flowing plot. If you’re looking for book leaning towards romance then In the Cold is not a good choice. If however you’re looking for a good suspense filled read then In the Cold is the book you want.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Sandi.

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