Cold Tears – AR Simmons

Cold Tears CoverFormat: E-Book (Kindle)
Publisher: Acorn Moon Press
Published: 10th September 2013
Pages: 350 Pages
Series: Richard Carter Series

The Blurb
A woman as deep in despair as a person can be. Is it unbearable grief or unbearable guilt?

A child is missing, a baby taken away in the middle of the night. It’s a life-shattering tragedy, but no one seems to care. Is it because the grieving mother is a “lowlife druggie,” as the chief investigator maintains? Or is there another reason the case is given short shrift by the “good people” of James Mill?

Richard Carter, an ex-Marine suffering PTSD who has been spared prosecution for felony homicide only by a governor’s pardon, consents to help the grieving mother, Molly. In doing so, he ignores the pleading of his wife, Jill, who begs him to disengage from the situation which she sees as a threat to his wounded psyche.

Will the truth, if and when he finds it, save or destroy the woman who sees Richard as her “godsend?”

What he is doing may be futile as well as unwise. It may, in fact, plunge him into clinical depression and wreck his marriage. He has given his word to Molly, but Jill is his life.

What will the truth do to them all? And what are “cold tears”?

Rating: 4/5

The Review
Thank you to the author AR Simmons for sending me a copy of ‘Cold Tears’ to read and review.

‘Cold Tears’ is the second in the series and my review of the first book ‘Bonne Femme’ can be seen here. You don’t technically have to read the first, but I think you should because it’s fantastic and it will give you a snippet of the background story.

Richard and Jill are back and they’re trying their best to deal with everything that happened in Michigan – they have moved States in hope that the past will stay where it belongs. They meet a neighbour called Molly who tells Richard that her daughter Mancie has gone missing and believes that the police are doing nothing to help her. Richard eventually takes it upon hisself to find out the truth, but does it take over his life?

All I wanted to do each time I read ‘Cold Tears’ was scream ‘TELL ME WHERE MANCIE IS’ because you get so involved with the investigation. The police don’t seem that keen on helping Molly and they think she murdered her own daughter which makes you question everything. ‘Did she kill her own daughter and if she didn’t, who did?’. It was really nice to read a Mystery that didn’t just tell you straight away who it was but more put the puzzle together slowly so you understood everything. I honestly felt like I was involved in the investigation and Richard was seeking my help and guidance with evidence and questioning.

I felt sorry for Richard’s wife Jill because she seemed to get ignored with Richard’s mind elsewhere. He didn’t really spend anytime with her and occasionally dismissed her opinion when he asked the question in the first place. I would be very annoyed if I knew my husband was spending time with another woman, regardless if it was innocent (which in this case it was).

The only thing that resulted in the 4 out of 5 review was that ‘Cold Tears’ at times became a little lifeless. I know I said it was good that you were involved with everything, but I think some things could have been omitted or not describe as much. However, don’t get me wrong I did like ‘Cold Tears’ and I will definitely continue on with the Richard Carter Series.

You can purchase Cold Tears on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Find out more about AR Simmons at www.bluecreeknovels.com and on Twitter at @arsimmons_rcn.

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