I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Cold Heart today, which is the third novel in Stephen Edger’s Detective Kate Matthews series.
It has been a week since anyone last saw fifteen-year-old Daisy, after she left her best friend’s house and started her short walk home. Detective Kate Matthews and her team have been looking for her ever since.
When a tip-off leads Kate to a disused gymnasium at Daisy’s school, she is shocked to find evidence linking to the murder of a different girl.
Working the two cases side by side, Kate’s blood runs cold when a gift-wrapped box containing a human heart is delivered to her at the station. The heart belongs to yet another unknown victim, but the message is clear: there will be more, and Daisy could be one of them.
When activity on Daisy’s Facebook account indicates she is still alive, the race is on for Kate and her team. Will Daisy be the killer’s next victim? Is Kate prepared to risk everything to stop another innocent life from being taken?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.
Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.
Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.
If you’ve read my recent reviews, you’ll know that I’ve become quite a fan of Stephen Edger’s Detective Kate Matthews series. And I really enjoyed his latest offering. Cold Heart is dark, gritty and full of suspense. In my opinion, I think it is the best Kate Matthews book yet.
Daisy Emerson is already missing when the book begins. Kate and her team are halfway through the investigation. The police suspect that Daisy may have run away, but Kate isn’t willing to give up on Daisy just yet. When Kate returns to Daisy’s school to follow up on enquiries, a gruesome discovery is found in a building marked for demolition, which shines a new light on the case. But as the investigation deepens, disturbing new information is uncovered which may finally answer what happened to Daisy, and if she is alive or dead. Could Daisy have uncovered a dark secret?
From the start of this book, I wanted to know what had happened to Daisy. I thought it was an interesting idea for Stephen to start the novel several days into the investigation, as already you can see lines wearing thin among certain people in Kate’s team. As the reader, you really want Kate to fight for Daisy’s corner and get to the truth. Stephen does take a surprising turn in this book, and this turn, is what makes this novel even darker. But I’m not going to say too much here as I don’t want to spoil the story for readers.
As well as being under pressure to crack this case, Kate is also having to deal with a colleague’s personal problem and this is another source of tension in the novel. We aren’t quite sure what is going on in his life, until Stephen reveals the twist, and it was one that I didn’t see coming. In these moments in the book, it really brings out the best in Kate’s character, not only is she a great detective, but she would also be a great friend to have around, especially in a sticky spot.
This is another excellent addition to this series and I’m really excited to read the next book. Thank you to Noelle Holten for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publication date: 12th March 2018
Print length: 364 pages
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