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Cold Cold Heart [Kindle Edition]

Tami Hoag
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Book Description

Surviving the nightmare is only the beginning...

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she survived the ordeal, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred, racked with bouts of post-traumatic stress disorder and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects: she struggles to recognise family and childhood friends and begins experiencing dark flashbacks. But she's not sure if they're truly memories or side effects of her brain injury.

Dana decides to use her investigative skills to piece together her past and learns of the event that made her become a reporter in the first place: the disappearance of her best friend, Casey Grant, the summer after high school graduation. Looking at her past and the unsolved mystery through the dark filter of her shattered psyche, old friends seem to be suspects, authority figures part of a cover-up. Dana begins to question everything she knows. What is real? What is imagined? Are we defined by what happens to us? And is the truth really something too terrible to be believed?

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Deceptively simple, this exploration of memory combined with a clever whodunit makes for an extremely slick thriller (SUNDAY MIRROR)

Tami Hoag is a master of the suspense writing craft (SUSPENSE MAGAZINE)

A top-notch psychological thriller (KIRKUS)

Chilling and satisfying (PEOPLE (US))

Thrilling right from the start! As usual, Tami Hoag writes a great story and you will not be disappointed. (GREATBOOKESCAPES.COM)

A great tale of suspense and danger Cold Cold Heart delivers the goods...this book elevates her to a new level (HUFFINGTON POST (US))

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Surviving the nightmare is only the beginning...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1537 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (15 Jan. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KM19WFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tami Hoag's novels have appeared on international bestseller lists regularly since the publication of her first book in 1988. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages worldwide and over twenty-million copies of her books are in print. Tami is a dedicated equestrian in the discipline of dressage and shares her home with two English cocker spaniels. She lives in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Author photo (c) Jan Cobb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Cold Heart 15 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Dana Nolan has everything going for her – she is young, attractive, intelligent and has recently started a job as a newscaster – when she is abducted by a serial killer. The man, nicknamed Doc Holiday, plans to make her his ninth victim, but Dana manages to escape. However, survival is not that easy; Dana has suffered severe brain injuries, she has scars – both visible and unseen – and the killer has marked her forever. Now, she has to adjust to being a new Dana and to cope with her memory loss, panic attacks and a life which has been changed forever. She returns to her family home, in the small town of Shelby Mills, with her over protective mother, Lynda, and step father, aspiring politician Roger. Also back in Shelby Mills are two men that Dana used to know well – her first boyfriend, Tim Carver, now a deputy in Liddell County , and John Villante, ex-military, who also suffered a brain injury while in the army and who now has a dead end job and a bed, of sorts, in the house of his begrudging, abusive father. Villante was the boyfriend of Dana’s best childhood friend, Casey Grant, who went missing seven years ago. Dana’s experiences brings back the memories of Casey and, gradually, she begins to investigate what happened all those years ago.

The author manages to create a really exciting thriller in the pages of this book, with a fast moving plot and some great characters. Dana is forced to confront not only what happened, but her young self and the way the press – the profession she had aspired to work for – treat her now she is a victim. Along with retired detective, Dan Hardy, who has never forgotten Casey Grant, Dana has to consider what really happened on that day so long ago. Did she argue with her best friend? Did she lie and who can she really trust?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Recommended 16 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Dana Nolan is the girl who has it all. Beautiful and intelligent, she has her first big job in front of the camera working as a newscaster for a small, independent Minneapolis station.

And then she is abducted by a serial killer known as Doc Holiday. Not only is she sexually and psychologically tortured, but the killer has disfigured her face and carved the figure nine into her chest, indicating that she is his ninth (known) victim. However, Dana is a very strong-minded character and, despite her horrific injuries, manages to kill her assailant. She consequently becomes the focus of attention for the media. Indeed, she is now the person she would have been chasing for an interview!

Dana suffers severe brain injuries due to the emotional and physical mauling inflicted by Doc Holiday, and spends many months in rehabilitation. However, when she gets back to her home town her problems really start.

Seven years previously, her best school friend, Casey Grant, disappeared, never to be seen again, but because of Dana’s head injuries she has no knowledge of what happened. Slowly, she is determined to piece the jigsaw together, and wonders if the same Doc Holiday could have taken Casey in the same way he took her. Painstakingly reliving the past slowly brings back the painful memories of that fateful summer when she and Casey were the pride of the school and had the world at their fingertips.

All through this book I marvelled at how Tami Hoag brilliantly managed to describe the emotions of someone with brain trauma. Her attention to detail and descriptions of Dana’s subsequent psychological traumas are breathtaking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different take on a crime thriller 6 Feb. 2015
By CathyR
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

Dana Nolan had beauty, brains and her dream job as a news anchor. Until the day her life changed forever. She was abducted by a serial killer, who abused and tortured her physically and mentally, and mutilated her face and body. Dana had an incredibly strong desire to live which is amazing given the circumstances and now, at home with her mother and stepfather after nearly a year of rehabilitation and recovery, has no memory of her abduction or how she acquired her terrible injuries. She is still suffering from the effects of a severe brain injury resulting in, among other things, an inability to retain information or remember events from her past.

John Villante has also returned home to Shelby Mills after suffering brain trauma, resulting in post traumatic stress disorder, during active service in the military. John has no loving family to care for him, just a drunk and abusive father who John avoids as much as possible. Seeing John and her ex boyfriend, Tim Carver, who is now the county deputy, jolts Dana’s memory of her best high school friend, Casey, who went missing seven years previously.

Determined to piece together her memories in the hope of finding out what happened to Casey, Dana begins to experience disturbing memories from the time immediately prior to Casey’s disappearance. With help from Dan Hardy, the retired detective who was in charge of Casey’s case, Dana begins to piece together her memories. There are multiple suspects and someone doesn’t want the cold case solved and as the layers are peeled away, once again Dana faces a life or death situation.
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