The Cold Way Home

Julia Keller. Minotaur, $27.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-19122-9
Mary Higgins Clark–finalist Keller’s gloomy eighth Bell Elkins novel (after 2018’s Bone on Bone) finds the Acker’s Gap, W.Va., prosecutor turned PI stumbling upon a body stuffed in the ruins of Wellwood, a psychiatric hospital that burned to the ground decades earlier. After learning that the victim, Darla Gilley, died of blunt force trauma to the head, Bell works with her business partners, former sheriff Nick Fogelsong and former deputy Jake Oakes, to unravel the murder. They discover that tragedy has plagued the Gilley family for generations, including the murder of Darla’s grandmother who worked—and died—at Wellwood. Bell speculates that the two murders are somehow connected, and her sleuthing opens her eyes to a very dark history of psychiatric care during the mid-20th century. Unfortunately, unrelated albeit poignant subplots, such as Jake starting a family with his girlfriend, slow the action. Still, this is a strong addition to the series that can easily be read as a standalone. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore & Co. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 06/14/2019
Release date: 08/20/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Library Binding - 557 pages - 978-1-4328-7287-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-7997-4756-7
MP3 CD - 978-1-7997-4757-4
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-1-250-19123-6
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