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Cold Cold Heart (Short Story) by [Slaughter, Karin]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2450 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5W9PWQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cold, Cold Heart is an old story that came to life anew thanks to the eBook single format. This is the story of Pam, a lonely woman and a teacher, who's heading to California from Georgia, to deliver something. But, if you want to know what, and to whom, you'll have to read the tale.

Pam is one of those unfortunate souls, whose lives look at best cursed. She's never had enough joy, and she's never lived up to her potential, and for that she mostly blames, her ex, and now dead husband, John. The latter had a complete control of her life during their twenty years together. He set the rules, and she followed. He ordered, and she obeyed. She was a good woman, and he was a bad man. And yet, he was the one that was destined to live the big life; a life we learn about through her mental journeys down memory lane.

As one would expect Pam feels wronged, and bitter. Everything could be different, better, if she had the courage to stand up to him, to make him realize that he wasn't the centre of her universe, or of any universe when it came to that. But she didn't, and things just followed a downward spiral for her, an upward for him.

However, right now, and for the first time in ages, she's in full control of her life. She's changed, the smiles have returned, and even though she's over fifty, she feels rejuvenated. What was it that changed everything? A simple act; a spontaneous reaction to some facts which gave her the opportunity to have the last laugh, when it came to her relationship with John.

His cruelty, his superiority, his sarcasm, had followed her for many years, but right now it's payback time, and whether things go right or wrong, nothing can change that; she'll have her revenge.

This reads as a quite plain story at first, but as the narration moves on it becomes more and more interesting, and the final twist wraps everything up in a brilliant way, taking the reader by surprise; just the way it should.
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Pam and her husband split up after their son died. But now he is dying and he requests her presence in his California home, the home bought with the money he made from her misery. He wrote a book and didn't paint Pam in the best light. Yet she still goes to him, she can't wait to see the smirk wiped off his face...

Cold, Cold Heart is a long short story which shows off Karin Slaughter's wicked streak. It's a battle to have the last word and a peek into the mad ideas people get to prolong their life. Whilst it's not necessarily crime, it's twisty and turny in Pam's mind and the perfect reading material for a lunch break. No having to put the story down before it finishes! Karin's shorter works always seem to have fairly unlikable characters but I still find a side to take. I wonder if she does this because she knows we wouldn't stay with them for a whole novel, but a short story is just the right amount of time before you get annoyed with them.

Cold, Cold Heart was originally published in the First Thrills anthology and is published for the first time by itself in digital format. I personally love this idea as I always want to read everything my favourite authors write but don't always want to buy a whole anthology just for one or two stories.

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I found his book was too strange for me and really was a waste of my time. Why I read it to the end I have no idea. Normal think her books are great this this was just too strange for me. Oh well was only cheap so suppose doesn't matter.
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I like Karen Slaughters books this short story was very good and I would read more of her short stories
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Absolutely love Karin Slaughter books, She writes with a passion for all her character that you just cannot help getting wrapped up in. She leaves you wanting more in each chapter you read, crime, passion and family life all rolled into one book. Karin always leaves me waiting very impatiently for the next book to arrive!!
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I am a true fan of Karin Slaughter having read all her novels (more than once) however I was extremely disappointed by this short story. I expected more and finished the story quite annoyed. I'd not recommend this short story.
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I have read all of Karin Slaughter's Grant County series and most of her other books, so I started this short story with eager anticipation. I was sadly disappointed as the story was dark and without a satisfactory ending. I am glad I did not read this before her other excellent books or I would not have bothered and missed out on a normally excellent author.
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I never liked crime novels until my daughter gave me 1 of karins books. Now I can't get enough of them. The Will Trent series is great.
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