April 14, 2023

Looking Back - Cold

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

2001 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.
Finished on October 26, 2001
Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

In the frozen reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, fierce winter storms can hit without notice. In the white translucence of one such blizzard, Norman Haas simply walks away from his prison work detail without detection.

After agonizing days of blistering cold, Norman finds himself at the farmhouse of a lonely middle-aged woman who gives him temporary shelter while keeping him at a comfortable distance with her late husband’s shotgun. When she tries to turn him in, he escapes again. Thus begins a riveting story of Norman’s journey back to his past, back to the woman he loved—and still loves—who betrayed him, back to the brother who helped put him away, and back to a dangerous web of family allegiances, deceptions, and intrigue.

On Norman’s trail is Del Maki, the hardworking sheriff of Yellow Dog Township, a fork in the road on the way to Canada. Cold takes us deep into an intricate, fascinating tale, where love, greed, and the promise of a last chance compel six people toward a chilling and inevitable reckoning.

My Original Thoughts (2001):

Captured my interest from the first page. Part mystery/thriller, part contemporary fiction. Reminiscent of House of Sand and Fog (Andre Dubus III). Quick, enjoyable read. 

My Current Thoughts:

I have no memory of this book, and I wonder what prompted me to pick it up. I haven't read anything else by Smolens.


  1. The plot sounds interesting, I may check it out.
    Question about the show Line of Duty - our library has season one (we have one episode left) and no season two!!! They have seasons 3, 4 and 5 thought. I asked them to get the second season but in the meantime, are the seasons self contained? Should we move to season 3 or wait?!!

    1. Tina, I don't know what to tell you. We've only watched the first two seasons of Line of Duty and it's been a while so I don't remember the details. Sorry!

    2. Les, thanks for answering. I asked the library to get me the second season, borrowed or bought, so we will move on to another series for now until I get an answer. I have so many series listed it will take me awhile to run out of options!

  2. I haven't heard of this book or author, but this one sounds pretty good.

    1. Helen, he's written quite a few books, but his name isn't familiar to me at all!

  3. This has happened to me. I have to read my review on my blog or on goodreads to recall a book I read some time ago.


    1. Harvee, I think this happens more and more as we tend to read a lot of books over the course of a year.


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