Wow, what a book. I have read every single one of the
books in the Shetland
series, but COLD EARTH, book
seven, is my favorite so far. The story is intriguing and
perplexing and I especially enjoyed the interplay between
Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves.
The book starts with Jimmy Perez attending his friend
Magnus Tait's funeral, but a sudden landslide puts an
abrupt end to that. Luckily no one seems to have been
hurt, the croft that was smashed in the landslide should
be empty. However, Jimmy discovers outside the craft the
body of dark-haired women wearing a red silk dress. What
is she doing in a croft that should be empty? Was she
murdered? Jimmy gets obsessed finding out the identity of
the woman and what happened to her. But, how to find out
who she is when no one knew she was in the croft in the
first place, or is really so?
COLD EARTH is a fantastic book. I have been waiting a
long time to read it and it didn't disappoint me a bit,
On the contrary, I found it so good that I even slowed
down my reading pace to really enjoy it, or rather I
tried since it's a page-turner and I kept on wanting to
read just one more chapter. The case is interesting and
it was intriguing to follow the investigations that
Jimmy, Willow, and Sandy conducted. I especially liked
seeing Sandy stepping up and really show that, despite
perhaps not being the brightest cop he really is
tenacious. Then, we have Jimmy and Willow, their
chemistry is off the scale. I really love seeing them
together, slowly gravitating toward each other, not
rushing anything. Which is quite understandable since
Jimmy is still hurting since losing Fran. However, I
really felt in this book that he is starting to move on.
The case is really interesting. I especially liked that
it was not a bit predictable. That I could only guess,
but never really be sure about what was going on. I had
two suspects at the end of the book, and it turned out I
was right that one of them was behind it. The ending was
nerve wreaking as I was worried that something would
happen to one of my favorite characters. How did it end?
Well, I can't reveal a thing, but the ending is really
COLD EARTH is a book that started on a high note and kept
going strong all the way until the end. It's a fabulous
book and I loved reading it. I recommend this book, or
rather the whole series
From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award,
comes Cold Earth.
In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain
triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps
down to the sea.
At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez
watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in
its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in
the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman
wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with
tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she
was and how she died.
Cold Earth is the seventh book in the beloved
Shetland series, which is now a major success for the BBC.