Her Frozen Cry
reviewed by Pam Guynn
Carolyn Arnold brings suspense and intense moments to Her Frozen Cry, a gripping crime thriller and police procedural that is the fifth book in a series. The setting largely takes place in Prince William County in northern Virginia and features Detective Amanda Steele.
Amanda, a seasoned detective, is partnered with Detective Trent Stenson. They catch a case at a remote cabin. Alicia Gordon, beautiful and wealthy wife, mother, and the owner of New Belle cosmetics, is dead. Was it suicide, murder, or a health problem? When Amanda learns that Alicia’s husband of six months is an old friend she hasn’t seen in six or seven years, she’s shocked, but certain that she can separate the old friendship from her job and be impartial.
Amanda has to balance work and family. She recently adopted a young girl from a previous case, Zoe Parker. Lining up babysitters for her work schedule can be challenging. Additionally, she needs to be there for Zoe, who is still seeing a therapist following the death of both of her parents. Amanda’s flaws and struggles made her seem realistic. Amanda shows growth and depth as the story progresses, and readers finally get more insight into Trent in this story. He’s loyal, funny, and always has Amanda’s back, but his temper can come alive in defense of an underdog. Despite only being partners for a few months, their dynamics enhanced the story line. Will there be a romance?
The novel builds suspense in a way that pulls readers into the lives of the characters. The descriptive writing style draws one in and keeps you turning the pages. The plot is suspenseful, full of chasing down leads and interviewing suspects and witnesses in anticipation of identifying and stopping the killer. There are plenty of red herrings.
I enjoyed how the author twisted the plot points and provided unpredictable moments in the story. These twists and surprises keep readers on their toes. I found myself wondering which truths and lies would be uncovered next. Will you see that ending coming? Themes include murder, relationships, families, secrets, jealousy, grief, loneliness, and more.
Overall, this novel was engaging and atmospheric. It’s thought-provoking and engrossing. This is the fifth book that I have read by this author, but the second I’ve read in this series. There are threads that could be plot points in future books. I can’t wait to find out what is next for Amanda and Trent. I recommend this to those that like police procedurals with relatable and likeable main characters.
Bookouture and Carolyn Arnold provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently expected to be June 9, 2022.