DI Sally Parker has been handed a ten-year-old cold case. However, the victim, Aisha Thomas, isn't just a member of the public--she's a serving police officer's wife.
During the original investigation, the suspects disappeared before they could be questioned. Now fresh evidence has been uncovered, proving the two suspects to be innocent. Sally has to start over at the beginning. She uncovers a few surprises that were either overlooked. . . or purposefully ignored by the original investigator.
When the case threatens Sally's fledgling romantic relationship with pathologist Simon Bracknall, she begins to suspect someone is determined to hinder her chance at happiness--as well as solving Aisha's murder.
Is Sally getting close to revealing the killer or has she stumbled across something even more sinister?
Having read and enjoyed practically all the brilliant thrillers written by Mel Comley over the years, I can safely say that 'Cold Case' is undoubtedly the author's best book ever!
The book starts with a scene set ten years previously. Aisha Thomas, wife of a police constable, is attacked and murdered in her own bedroom. Two men who were burgling the neighbourhood at the time were blamed for the attack but these disappeared from the face of the earth and were never caught and tried for the murder. The case was eventually shelved by the police as 'unsolved'.
It's the present day, and new evidence connected to Aisha's case comes to light. The bodies of the two suspects are found buried in a shallow grave. What's strange is that they seem to have been killed around the same time of Aisha's murder. Who murdered them? Was it someone intent on shutting them up for some reason? Were they really Aisha's murderers? Or is her murderer still running free?
DI Sally Parker and her team are given the task of reopening and reinvestigating this cold case from scratch. It's evident that the original investigators did not do a proper job, as Sally and her team immediately start to find holes in their investigation. This is the first time that Sally's team is investigating a cold case and with no fresh evidence and leads they find themselves out of their depth, but Sally's skill and determination drives them on. Will they finally solve this decade-old murder case? Oh, they are given just a month to do so!
Apart from this, Sally realises that she's been targeted by someone intent on making her life miserable. Who is this person? Why are they doing this to her?
Okay, I have to confess that I'm a right sucker for cold cases. I love watching real-life programmes on cold cases being reinvestigated and solved after many years. So I was overjoyed when I read this book's title and blurb as I immediately knew that I would love it.
Though third in a series, this book can very well be read as a standalone, as the author puts in enough info for us to understand who's who. With a sprinkle of romance thrown in the mix, Cold Case is a fantastic, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of interesting characters, twists, turns, dead ends and ongoing tension. Like Sally, I wanted to find out who had killed Aisha. I had many suspects in mind but still I was utterly shocked and surprised by the finale. It's so sudden and realistically written that I found myself recoiling in horror. I was certainly not expecting THAT to happen!
Needless to say, I highly recommend this book and I really wish the author writes more brilliant books involving cold cases. Well done!
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, iBooks top 5 bestselling and #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over one million copies sold world wide. I am a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that's when I turned my hobby into a career. When I'm not writing crime novels I'm either reading them or going on long walks with my rescue Labrador, Dex. With over 50 novels, novellas and short stories written in the past eight years, I always have a work in progress on the go.