|Plot Summary of Cold Target|
Berkley, Jan 2004, 6.99, 432 pp.
After an intruder enters her home, Holly Mathews manages to kill him. However, she realizes the culprit needed help to break in as he disabled the security system by punching in the code and had the front door key. Concluding that her husband Randolph wants her dead, Holly flees her home taking their son Mikey with her. Holly relocates under the guise of a widow with a son Harry (for Potter), calling herself Elizabeth Baker in Brisbee, Arizona.
Her dying mother informs Meredith Rawson that she has a half-sister, who she wants treated right by splitting a trust fund between them. Meredith confronts her father who is in denial. He, in turn, calls someone to warn them what occurred, but is told to fix it or else. Now someone wants Meredith dead with only Detective Gage Gaynor who is attracted to her and is working a cold murder case that ties to her powerful family, keeping her safe.
COLD TARGET is an exhilarating romantic suspense with ever increasing tension as the half-siblings who did not know the other existed are in danger from powerful interests. Though the climax seems shaky, the story line moves at full speed so that the audience has quite a ride while waiting to learn the truth. The romance takes a somewhat back seat, yet is not neglected as readers receive an entertaining action-packed thriller.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Cold Target|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- mostly 3rd
How many deaths?
- 0 (not a murder mystery)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript