Book Review: The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James


In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect—a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases—a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?


This was very much a book of two parts. The first part, I absolutely adored. I listened to The Book of Cold Cases on audio and the narrator totally sucked me in. It was so creepy and unassuming; I really had no idea what was going to happen.

I loved Shea as a character. She was so open and vulnerable, and I think very millennial is guilty of having a true crime obsession. Beth was also a great character. She really had me flip-flopping between hating her and completely rooting for her. Two very different characters coming together to make a great story.

Then I came to part two.

This would have been a four-star read for me if it wasn’t for part two. Part two concluded the story too early, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I think the conclusion was decent but, with two hours of audio left to go, it could have been spread out a bit more. These last two hours were spent in anticipation of another big twist that just didn’t come.

Still interested in reading The Book of Cold Cases? Pick up a copy here.

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