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Cold Dark Places

A Cady Maddix Mystery, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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From the bestselling author of Pretty Girls Dancing comes a shattering serial-killer thriller about revenge, deliverance, and survival.

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.

©2018 Kim Bahnsen (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Well Done!!!!

I found this book very absorbing. This is a story of two very dysfunctional families and the secrets they have kept.
The publisher's summary is more than adequate and gives enough information. There are so many likable characters in this story and the few not very likable are enough to make this very taught and suspenseful. The main antagonist really has his head screwed on backwards. This is told from multiple points of view and then and now time frames. The progression in character development is great. The ending is a real treat and totally unexpected.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.
The narration by Christina Traister and Andrew Eiden is excellent. They worked really well together.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Joanne
  • San Tan Valley AZ, United States
  • 02-18-19

Just okay. Annoying female narrator

The story was okay. It may be that the female narrator was very annoying and hard to get past. She's over dramatic, over emphasizes and pronounces words while adding no excitement to the story. The male narrator was good so it's too bad the review reflects on him too.

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A great start

Using 2 narrators is always better when they work together rather than by character chapter, but it was not as disruptive here as in some other titles.
The story was great BUT I keep waiting for more! Almost as though it was unfinished, or had loose ends which it really did not have,

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Author has potential

The book is well written but I felt the author tried to hard to be surprising making the book confusing but would definitely consider reading another book by this author as many parts were intriguing

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These books are able to surprise me!

I struggled at the very beginning of this book, but I am so glad that I continued. This book had intrigue and surprise. I was actually not able to guess the ending, though I was close..... I don't want to give any spoilers. Well worth your time, and I am anxiously awaiting the second book in the series.

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one person commented on the female readers voice. I had no issue and actually found her range fantastic and added something to the many female characters. great story and presentation will look for another book from author.

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Nice read

The story was catchy and kept my attention all the way through. Nice twist at the end.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 06-02-19

Great book and awesome narration..




Let me tell you what I loved about this book. I loved that the chapters went from Cady the United States Marshall and her partner Miguel, to Ryder, the cop, to Eryn, the 21 year old girl that was just released from a mental institution a few weeks ago, for killing her mother when she was nine, and to Samuel Aldeen, the escaped killer. All these people’s thought and feelings and what they were talking about and looking into you got to read about. THAT’S what’s soooo good about 3rd person writing. I've also read 3 or 4 more of Kylie Brant's books and they've all been 5 star reads.

Plus, it was a very good murder mystery, a couple of murders by Aldeen and his partner David Sutton and the cops, USMS, DEA, and FBI hot on their trail. And it was a great ending, with everything tied up nicely.

There was no romance and the F-bomb was used 22 times.

As to the narration: Simply awesome! Christina Traister and Andrew Eiden both took turns and when it was time for a man or woman to speak they both sounded like they should. I’m always so pleased when I can listen to a book and the female narrator can do a man’s voice and the male can sound like a woman. So, YAY!

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  • Wbane
  • RICHMOND, IN, United States
  • 06-01-19

Excellent!

this book was worth all 5 stars. looking forward to the next book but even if this were all there is it would be enough. no cliffhangers, a full story with great characters.

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A little complex but very enjoyable

The major character in the plot development was a little more fleshed out than Cady. I didn't feel that I got to know Cady well enough to understand her intimacy issues so her character seemed pretty shallow for most of the book. I liked the plot and narrators enough to try another Cady book.