Review: Her Frozen Cry by Carolyn Arnold

When beautiful wife and mother Alicia Gordon is found dead in a remote woodland cabin, Detective Amanda Steele is shocked to discover that she knows the husband. Amanda hasn’t spoken to Tony since she lost the love of her own life seven years ago, and seeing tragedy tearing her old friend’s family apart brings back so many painful memories.

Alicia was alone when she died, but she was so young, and Amanda can’t help feeling suspicious. Then she discovers that Alicia’s sleep medication had been tampered with, slowly poisoning her over several days. Amanda wants to trust that the sorrow on Tony’s face is real, but the more she digs into his marriage, the more it seems that he had opportunity, and motive…

Interviewing one of Alicia’s old colleagues, Amanda is shaken to her core when the woman suddenly collapses in her arms, dying in seconds from a lethal dose of the same poison that killed Alicia. But what could link this woman to Tony?

With her partner blaming Amanda for not arresting Tony immediately, she needs to prove that he isn’t the killer, or accept that the second woman’s death could be on her hands. She’s running out of time and leads when she discovers threatening messages sent to both victims. It’s the final clue to unmasking the most twisted killer Amanda has ever come up against, and to stop them she’ll have to risk everything…


I am finally getting my reading mojo back so I have decided to catch up with my favorite police procedural. Detective Amanda Steel is definitely one of my faves. Amanda and her partner, Trent, are a great team and their cases are always interesting.

Amanda is called to a crime scene in a cabin in the woods. The deceased is found alone and although the crime scene does tell a story, what happened is not immediately clear. What Amanda doesn’t know at the time is that the deceased is a business mogul and she is married to a friend of hers. Needless to say, this complicated the investigation and made it quite personal for Amanda.

Amanda’s character continues to grow on me. Her character is so well developed in both her personal and professional life. I like her working relationship with Trent although I hope it develops into something more as they have such good chemistry. However, I know that might not be ideal for their working relationship. I continue to enjoy Amanda’s life outside work just as much as I love seeing her head the investigations.

This was indeed a complex case. I couldn’t figure out what had happened to the victims until the reveal was made. I enjoyed how twisty the plot was and all the little reveals that built up to the climax. Well-paced, thrilling to the last page and an unsub I couldn’t guess. What a page-tuner!

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