Cold Pursuit is the second book in Toni Anderson's Cold Justice series but this can absolutely be read as a stand alone. In this book, Vivi is a single mother to a special needs child. While at the mall, she finds herself in the middle of a terrorist attack and encounters Jed, an off duty FBI agent. The situation goes from bad to worse when the attackers learn that her son may have heard or seen something that he shouldn't and they set out to eliminate the problem.
This is a highly suspenseful political thriller with strong characters and an in-the-now plotline. The tension, as Vivi fights to protect her child against unknown deadly forces, is thick and taut. The story is engrossing and thrilling with real life or death situations that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ms. Anderson's characters are well developed and relatable. Vivi is both strong and vulnerable as the stress of the events she experiences brings her to realize that she wants more. More life, more love, more everything. Jed is the stalwart jaded hero who finds that doing what he should and doing what is right aren't necessarily the same things. Jed is the quintessential good guy in a white hat. Ms. Anderson, also, managed to make the bad guys sympathetic yet still deserving of their fate.
This is a sophisticated thriller that will keep you reading long past bedtime. Whether or not the thriller genre is your go-to, this should be added to your TBR list.