Blood Runs Cold is the fourth thriller from Irish writer, Alex Barclay, and is set on the snowy slopes of Colarado. When an FBI agent is found there murdered by an anonymous skier, a local Sheriff and his deputy are called to the scene. But a sudden avalanche soon means the body is lost hindering the investigation. With their investigation hitting a stumbling block, the FBI send in their own agent to help with the investigation but Ren Bryce is a woman with a very shady past and plenty of baggage. Can she face off against her own personal demons long enough to solve the case? And are things as clear-cut as they first appear?
With the introduction very early on of two wise-cracking characters, I had high hopes for this thriller but unfortunately it fails to deliver on a number of fronts. Likewise the local coroner is also quite a blast with his dry humour but I was left with the feeling that maybe this author just wasn't treating the genre seriously enough at times. Ren Bryce, by contrast, is an extremely hard character to like with all her flaws and I took an instant dis-like to her right from her opening appearance!!
What starts off well, though when I say that ~ the opening chapters do feel a bit messy until we reach the murder scene, rapidly goes downhill. Soon the reader finds him/herself no longer caring who the killer is and what greater conspiracy lies behind her death! And seeing as how that is the main focus of a crime thriller ordinarily, then this is probably not a good thing!
Though it is the first of her novels I have read, Barclay has had rave reviews for her earlier books but frankly, this has kind of put me off. Thankfully, I did not purchase this book ~ rather it was an impulse pick-up from the library when I read the back-cover ~ so I haven't lost out any money only valuable reading time but this is one book I would certainly avoid if you are fans of the genre! There are much better books out there than this which, to me, came over as a rushed mess with little care for the characters and if the author cannot care about them, it begs the question why should the reader?
One to miss....