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Cold Fear (Tom Reed and Walt Sydowski #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,233 Ratings  ·  491 Reviews
With his very first novel, If Angels Fall, Rick Mofina announced himself as one of today's most arresting and original new voices. "Cold Fear" more than lives up to the promise. Mofina has crafted a tale of great emotional intensity and breakneck pacing. Complex, atmospheric, irresistibly compelling, "Cold Fear" builds to a level of such exquisite tension that readers will ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Pinnacle
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Kim Erwin
Jan 23, 2014 Kim Erwin rated it it was ok
Just okay--lots of typos and editing mistakes. And too many characters to try to keep track of. Not the best use of my reading time.
Chandra Vice
I actually finished this last night, but if I had written the review then it would've been a lot meaner, so I waited. I'll try to not be too mean, but there was just so much wrong with this book.

Why is everyone so beautiful and perfectly attractive and in such amazing shape? Yeah, that's realistic.

The math! A character has a traumatic event at 15. Then moves away and lives in Kansas for a year. Then bounces around to many different locales for an unspecified amount of time. Then moves to Califor
Apr 16, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I had read When Angels Fall by Rick Mofina & had Cold Fear on my kindle for a year or so i am glad i finally decided to read this edge of your seat thriller.

Paige Baker & her parents Doug & Emily go on a camping trip in the Glacier National park when suddenly Paige disappears looking for her dog kobee she goes further into the woods & gets lost her parents try desperately to find her but to no avail.

Doug & Emily are far from perfect their marriage is on tender hooks as Emily
Sara G
Apr 06, 2016 Sara G rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Aside from the lack of editing, this book was not great. It can basically be summed up as:

Mom: I have a secret but instead of telling you, I'm going to cry.
Dad: I'm so angry at everything, I yell and see red
Daughter: hiding, running through forest with dog
Searchers: gosh we can't find her anywhere
Guy on death row: I'm going to die for something I didn't do
And a bunch of flashbacks.

I didn't care about any of the characters and there was no tension. I only finished it to see what happened to the
Jun 22, 2016 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I don't like series, but this one manages to end up free on my kindle, so why not...first one was decent enough. I suppose this one is decent enough too, but it never rises above that. Mofina seems to be adamant about writing thrillers, not mysteries and to me the best part about reading crime fiction is the not knowing and trying to figure out. In all fairness here, unlike in his first book, the author has actually tried to introduce some mystery aspect, but failed quite thoroughly. No ...more
Patrick Balester
May 12, 2013 Patrick Balester rated it it was amazing
Cold Fear jabs you like a red hot poker!

The very first sentence made me gasp. Then I smiled, because I knew this was going to be a thrilling roller coaster of a ride. I was right. Rick Mofina doesn't disappoint.

A child is lost in Glacier National Park, a remote wilderness area where temperatures plummet to nearly freezing at night, and grizzly bears roam by day. According to the parents, she ran off...or did she? The father, Doug Baker, sporting a cut hand, falls under suspicion. The mother can'
Stephen Clynes
10 year old Paige Baker is on a camping trip with her parents when she goes missing. Will she be found in the remote Glacier National Park? Will a cold fear grip Paige or her parents? How will the multi-agency response handle her disappearance? Will the reader feel a cold fear or is this book like drinking cold tea?

Rick starts his novel by casting doubts on the parents. He develops a mystery surrounding their back story. He brings in lots of characters who are on the trail of finding Paige. He f
Apr 15, 2015 Kellee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I hate not finishing a book and I often push myself to read a book. Reading should be enjoyable, right? I couldn't make it past 18%. There were at least 20 characters in that 18% and based on other reviews, there were a lot more on the way. I just couldn't continue reading this.
Stacy Wren
Jun 13, 2014 Stacy Wren rated it really liked it
Good, suspenseful book. Several errors and inconsistencies but a good read if you aren't too distracted by the technical.
Nov 22, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An emotionally draining thriller, "Cold Fear", runs the gambit of fear, betrayal, hopelessness, and optimism. Paige Baker just age 10 caught between her parents vocal argument sets off onto a desolate trail with her dog Kobee. The scene is Glacier National Park in Montana. High up in the Rockies were few folks go to hike.Along on this trip with Paige are parents, Doug who is an English teacher, and football coach, and her Mother Emily, a renowned photographer. This family has it's fair share of ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a wild ride
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Overall, this is one of the best books I have ever read. However, either the author did his own proofreading and editing, or he needs to hire a new editor. I began tracking writing errors at chapter forty-three, and I found no fewer than twenty-five. Most of the errors included sentence fragments, repeated words in places they shouldn't have been, and words that had been omitted. Occasionally, the wording of some sentences made them difficult to understand. I found this distracting, as I am some ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Lynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finally started skipping over some of the boring part especially about the newspaper man. He could have left that whole part out and I wouldn't have cared. I actually liked the story line and felt it should have been about the Paige the little girl and what she was thinking and going through. Those parts were few and far between. I realize he had to get the bad guy out of prison to get to the little girl but I didn't like the way he did it. Also I don't know why the San Francisco dick was ther ...more
Dierdra Byrd
Aug 11, 2014 Dierdra Byrd rated it did not like it
Cold Fear had so many great reviews I could not wait to pick it up. The story is about a young girl that gets lost in the mountains and her parents struggle to find her.
I was very disappointed, and struggled to get through the book however. There were a lot of characters in the book that had nothing to do with the story, and seemed to be there just to add more words. I got a little tired of Paige almost getting attacked by bears and getting away suddenly, at least add a new threat in there some
Feb 13, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I wasn't very impressed with Mofina's first Sydowski/Reed book, but his second is much worse. We get a biography on even the most minor characters; this does nothing but add bulk to the story and make you want to skim over half of the book. It has the most ridiculously coincidental plot with the only mystery being how anyone could rate this 4-5 stars. Any seasoned reader will know exactly how this plays out at less than 1/3 of the way in, and by the end will be rolling their eyes. Also, Mofina d ...more
Susan Stillwell
May 26, 2015 Susan Stillwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the edge of your seat

Enjoyed the writers style. Twists and turns kept me turning the pages. Great ending. Anxious to read the next book.
Mar 23, 2015 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly enjoyed this book. After reading some of the other reviews I felt compelled to write my own. Let me start by addressing some of the concerns of other reader.
1. If you are extremely sensitive to editing errors, then I would not recommend this book. Yes there are errors, but if you are like me you notice them and move on. They were not in every paragraph or even on every page.
2. Yes there are a lot of characters in this book and at times it becomes difficult to keep them all straight.
Mar 24, 2015 Ladory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this mystery immensely! I had a very difficult time putting it down to take care of business in my life. I'm somewhat new to mysteries. I'm not the type to try to second guess the outcome. I enjoy the unfolding and surprises along the way in a good book.

Yes, there are a number of typos and bad grammar. This kindle version, anyway, certainly could have used a good proofreader. But there were not so many boo boos that it was distracting. Perhaps I'm less demanding than others.

Yes, there
Apr 03, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ten year old girl gets lost in Glacier Natl. Park. Her parents had been arguing prior to her disappearance. Her father thought she was with her mother and vice versa. The next morning the father hikes out and seeks help. There is an extensive cast of characters in this novel and at times it becomes convoluted because so many people are involved, however the plot never gets lost. There is a man on Montana's death row who was put there by the testimony of the mother twenty some years earlier. Hi ...more
Deepali Joshi
Jun 05, 2016 Deepali Joshi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10 year old Paige Baker goes camping in one of the most difficult trails in Montana with her parents Doug and Emily Baker. And the she goes missing with her dog, Kobee. What follows is an absolutely thrilling chase to find her in a terrain that boasts of deadly bears and grim weathers. The case gains national interest as FBI is also pooled in to find the lost girl.

There are very few books which do justice to their title. Cold Fear is certainly in that list. The story of a 10 year old lost in a g
Arlene Hager
Mar 22, 2015 Arlene Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding Story by Rick Mofina. Number 2 out of 4 in his tales of Tom Reed a reporter, and Walt Sydowki an investigative detective. It grabs you from the start and lures you in, pulls you through the terror of dealing with haunted pasts, troubled difficulties of life, how that all plays out and affects relationships. The horror of losing a child, and the intricacies of how law enforcement agencies and the media must handle these types of tragedies and the people involved. Gripping tale that is ...more
May 23, 2016 Teddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book exceeded my expectations

Doug and Emily Baker and their ten year-old daughter Paige are camping out in a remote area of Glacial National Park in Montana. Paige runs after her dog Kobee when he chases a rabbit and gets lost.

When the parents call 911 in a panic, the authorities put a rescue operation in place to find the little girl. But soon the parents realize that the authorities suspect foul play, and are treating them as suspects. There seem to be a lot of questionable circumstances
Mar 23, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the book had potential as it is a gripping story, but the execution of telling the story was off point - for me. This is the only book I've read by this author so I am not sure if this is his writing style or how he chose to tell 'this' story.

In this book, the author uses every other chapter to introduce every person that performs an action in the story. It is aggravating to be pulled out of a moment of gripping story to be introduced to a helicopter pilot, a reporter, a ranger, along w
Bev Walkling
Imagine you are camping in the woods with your wife and daughter.You and your wife had a bad argument which your daughter overheard. Your wife goes off to cool down. You take your anger out on the wood you are chopping but when your daughter wants to talk to you, you let it boil over onto her and send her off to find her mother. She runs off with her dog and manages to get lost - she has never camped before. Suddenly, you are dealing with your worst nightmare....where is your daughter and is she ...more
Steph Dinning
Took me longer than normal to finish but I just could never get properly into this book,it didn't grip or excite me,not being able to put it down. 10 yr old Paige goes missing in the mountains and her parents Doug and Emily are basically suspects or so think the FBI and then interspersed with this is a convicted child killer on death row who has a history with Emily and the result is a good enough plot spoiled by too many things happening at the one time.
Every chapter started with the introducti
Joan Sherwood
Aug 05, 2014 Joan Sherwood rated it liked it
possible spoiler alert in this review...

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. Mr Mofina seems to be a talented writer and the book held my interest.

Ten year old Paige and her dog get lost in the wilderness while camping with her parents. Somehow, she and her parents were able to smuggle a beagle on the plane and into a national park for the camping trip. Now, the two are alone in grizzly country.

Through a chain of events, the authorities aren't so sure that she's lost. Her father has
Clare dooley
Jul 17, 2014 Clare dooley rated it liked it
Cold fear by Rick Molina was a fun read. It takes you into the wilderness of the mountains in Montana. With multiple points of view you are constantly jumping around the book .
With two similar crimes crashing into each other 22 years later, Doug & Emily Baker are thrust into the middle of politics, pressure, passion, panicking, and more.
Ten year old Paige Baker is a city kid from San Francisco. Her parents have been fighting and to try to help Emily put some of her hidden past to rest she
Nov 22, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwrenching AND heartwarming

From the start you're glued to the pages. A parent's nightmare and law enforcement's dreaded case. . . A missing child. No matter where a child goes missing it terrorizes parents and bystanders watching the search unfold. Mofina touches a nerve in such a deep and resounding manner that you hope for the best and pray that nothing criminal has occurred. If this is Mofina's writing style throughout his writing career I am excited to "get into" more of his novels. This
Jul 22, 2015 Kacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating this book is hard.. at points, I wanted to rate it 2... then at points, I wanted to rate it 4. I'm giving it a 4, because there were plenty of times in the book where my emotions went crazy and I held my breath. If a book can make me want to read and read to finish and hits me in the gut like this did, then it deserves a 4 star.

It was difficult, constantly switching between all the different people and their lives and views on the case. I wanted to just strangle those pages while I pushed
Jill Burkinshaw
Mar 25, 2016 Jill Burkinshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 2 in this Tom and Walt series. Again, another long book at 450 pages.

I love series books and how it usually works is you get book 1 which is generally introducing the characters and can, therefore, be a bit slow going. Then with the future books it is a bit faster paced and more about the story. With book 1 in this series I found that there was a lot of character building so I was hoping for something a bit more fast paced with less character description but this book introduced ano
Mar 25, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rick Mofina is a former journalist and an award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. His reporting has put him face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. He has covered a horrific serial-killing case in California and an armored car-heist in Las Vegas, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD Air Support Division and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police n ...more
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