Cold Dark Places - Kylie Brant

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Official Blurb:

Cady Maddix survived a brutal upbringing—emotionally scarred but hardened—with a will for self-preservation. Hunting fugitives has given her life purpose and control. But when the Deputy US Marshal returns home to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, a new case stirs old memories. Child killer Samuel Aldeen has broken out of a nearby facility for the criminally insane, and the authorities believe he was aided by accomplices, both inside and out. Enlisted to track him down, Cady follows an unexpected lead. Her name is Eryn Pullman, a young woman recently released from a neighboring psychiatric facility, a mentally fragile survivor of childhood abuse, and Aldeen’s next designated victim.
To save Eryn’s life, Cady must work fast to uncover the unimaginable link between predator and prey—even as it pulls her into the cold dark places of her own past.

My Thoughts:

I found this book really hard to get into; it felt like two separate books with two different stories, to begin with. The one where Eryn has been released from a secure facility and the other with Aldeen having escaped. None of it seemed to gel together (until the end). There were the ‘then’ and ‘now’ sections for Eryn, confusing matters even more. The story felt all over the place, and I wasn’t sure which bit to invest in, so I didn’t feel like I invested in any of them.
The pace did pick up a little towards the end as I wanted to know the connection between Eryn and Aldeen. It still wasn’t punchy enough for me and didn’t make much of an impact. I understood Aldeen’s accomplice’s motives, but Aldeen’s didn’t make too much sense.
You also had the vein of a story with Cady Maddix and her background. You only get snippets of her background story, and it felt a little half-hearted and pointless to this particular story. I’m not sure if there is another follow on book with the Marshal. It does say ‘a Cady Maddix mystery’ on the front of the book, implying with the ‘a’ that there are more than one. (I’ve just had a quick look and book two is coming in December 2019).
I’m not sure if there was anything majorly wrong with this book, it just didn’t seem to gel for me. A lot was going on, a lot of characters from different US authorities which were hard to keep track of. I think just the story of Eryn and her past and the ‘voices’ in her head would have been enough of a story without over complicating it.
I’ve only read one other Kylie Brant book ‘Pretty Girls Dancing’, and really enjoyed it. If I’d have read this book first, I’m not sure I would be adding another of hers to my list, which leaves me confused about whether to bother with any of her others.

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Cold Dark Places
by Kylie Brant
Date Started
19th March 2019
Date Finished
21st March 2019
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