I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blood Runs Cold by Dylan Young
Also by this author: The Silent Girls, Before She Falls
Series: Detective Anna Gwynne #2
Also in this series: The Silent Girls, Before She Falls
Published by Bookouture on 16th May 2018
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
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She had stopped crying. There was no window, the walls were smooth and it was quiet. She didn’t want to be alone. But she didn’t want him to come back.
On a bright spring morning, walkers find a tattered plastic bag half-buried in the rolling hills of Somerset. Inside lie a collection of bones; human, but too thin and light to be an adult’s.
The bones belong to Rosie Dawson, a little girl who disappeared ten years ago. Detective Anna Gwynne is back at work after a case that nearly cost her her life. The trail is stone cold, but Anna will stop at nothing to find the killer, and escape thoughts of her own dark past.
Then another little girl is abducted near a river bank on the hottest day of the year, and her sister can’t remember anything about the man who took her. Nobody thinks the cases are connected, but then Anna finds a photo of her that matches an old one of Rosie. In the same dark room. The same concrete walls. The same stony floor.
The killer is bragging.
With just two photos and a witness too young to help, can Anna find the killer in time to save a little girl’s life?
A heart-pounding thriller that will get right under your skin. If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Angela Marsons you’ll love this killer crime thriller.
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me be part of this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I loved the first book in this series and absolutely had to read this one. While there are some parts of the story that link into the first book you could read this as a standalone in my opinion.
Detective Anna Gwynne heads up a team that looks at cold cases. In this installment she is looking at the case of Rosie Dawson. The subject of the crimes in this book is not for the faint hearted and while the details are not explicit the writer alludes to enough for you to know what is implied. The criminal in this book is one of the worst kind. Anna is a character that still intrigues me. The way her mind works and the processes she goes through to get the answer are fascinating. It was nice to see Anna opening up and being a bit more social in this book. Of course this is all in her own way which I highly respect.
I won’t go into the story because I do not want to ruin it for anyone but I will say this book also showed how the press can utterly change someone’s life. While I have seen this before it still scares me. I also could not stand Woakes from the minute we meet him.
I was delighted to see Hector Shaw was back in this book if only for a few chapters. From what I have read about the next book I think he will feature more heavily and I am looking forward to that. He is an interesting guy and there is something about him that is appealing.
Dylan does an excellent job of slowly building the suspense. The book is relatively slow paced until the last third or so. By that point your heart is racing and you don’t know if Anna is going to make it in time.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable crime thriller and I cannot wait to return for the next installment of this series.
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