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One Cold Night

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  889 ratings  ·  87 reviews


New York Police detective Dave Strauss is haunted by the one case he couldn't solve. A schoolgirl vanished off the streets of Brooklyn, with only a trail of blood and a series of untraceable phone calls from "the Groom" hinting at her fate. Now the cold dark night has engulfed another young girl--but this time she is part of Dave's family.
Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Blue Table Books (first published 2006)
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Lisa Bailey is a 14 year old school girl living in New York with her sister Susan and her husband. One cold night after her sister tells her a secret she's not sure she wants to know, she runs out into the night and disappears. Susan's husband David, a detective becomes worried when Lisa's disappearance starts to looks a lot like a case he was working on a year ago, where a young girl disappeared and the abductor never found.

This is the second novel by Katia Lief that I have read and while the s
I found this story very enjoyable. It had everything in it. Mystery, abduction, questions to be answered and also kept you guessing for most of the time. This family seems ordinary enough but there are secrets which have been veiled for many years. The subject matter starts with Lisa a teenager who has an argument with her sister after she reveals she is not her sister but her biological mother. Lisa runs away from the house to try and clear her head but suddenly she hears footsteps behind her. ...more
Deb Kosteniuk
Well, I found another author to love. This is the second book I have read by the author and I am again struck by how well she fleshes out her protagonist - again a woman, flaws and all. I don't know why, but I found the way she rights appeals to me and again this was a book I didn't want to put down...I had a two hour bath reading it!!! I loved discovering that there were, in fact, two men involved in the kidnapping of the teenage girl and how that came about, and how the spouse's previous encou ...more
A really strong 3 stars, like 3.8. I'm actually surprised this hasn't been optioned for a movie as it has great characters, a quick strong plot, and good guys and bad guys. Its the kind of book where you really sort of give it away if you mention anything beyond the editor's synopsis, so I will let it stand as is. If you like thrillers with the cop/detective vs. killers and then go ahead and add this to your shelf. It might be a tad predictable in its formatting, but still highly enjoyable. Extr ...more
Elaine Hill
I enjoyed this book - definitely wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Would read some more from this author

This is another book that I got at the club book exchange. (this was certainly a worth while activity for me !!) A girl is kidnapped and NY detective David Strauss spends a year looking to solve this case.
His wife's niece, Lisa, is living David and his wife. Lisa disappears after a fight with Susan, her aunt. Lisa is very upset after Susan tells Lisa that she is her mother.....not her aunt. Lisa runs out of the house and never comes home. There are clues that she was abducted. It seemed almost t
Wow. This book was awesome. Terrific. When I bought it for $0.99, I was expecting nothing more than amateur writing, a recycled plot, and/or a totally predictable ending. From the beginning through to the end, ONE COLD NIGHT was none of those things.

After reading this book, I have filed Katia Lief in my mind with the likes of Jodi Picoult and Meg Gardiner. She falls about right in between those two.

I couldn't put this thriller down. Without giving too much away, this book played on all of my emo
"Er ist schon einmal entwischt. Jetzt wird er wieder töten.
Nach einem Streit mit ihrer Schwester Susan verschwindet die vierzehnjährige Lisa spurlos. Susan und ihr Mann Dave, ein New Yorker Polizist, suchen vergeblich nach ihr. Als am nächsten Tag ein rätselhafter Brief eintrifft, wird klar: Lisa ist entführt worden. Und der Brief stammt offenbar von demselben Täter, der schon einmal ein Mädchen entführt hat - dem einzigen Mörder, den Dave nie gefasst hat..." (Klapptext)

Mehr als den Klapptext wi
Harmony Kent
I would love to give this five stars, but there are just too many typos. Whoever the proofreader is for this publisher they need further training. Aside from these many errors, this is a fantastic book with spot on editing. I highly recommend this author, and am grateful to my sister for giving me the heads up. I will be purchasing more of Katia Lief's books. As it stands, I award four stars ... I blame the publisher for the sloppiness in this case. If you're partial to a crime thriller then you ...more
Barbara McGrath
One cold night

This is my first time reading any of Katia Lief's novels.
I did so enjoy her writings.
Her characters and plots were strong and well defined.
I am looking forward to reading more of her works.
The ending of this particular story was a complete surprise.
And I like that about a novel.
Good characters and story

a good solid thriller / mystery. interesting characters that are fun to read about. an unexpected twist at the end.
Vanessa Mellor
Amazing story, lots of suspension when ya think you know the twist but then ya wrong, could it be !!! Nope, amazingly written.
Letitia Webb
I didn't like it. The plot was predictable, the characters flimsy, I didn't care what happened to them. It was a long hard slog to even get through this book, I couldn't stay focused on it at all. Avoid this one.
I didn't want to stop reading. Can just see it as CSI : New York.

I like the story unfolding from different viewpoints.
Mariegiggles Durand
It was a great read. It had me on the edge of my seat. I plan on reading it again.
Bea Bertalan
Story 2/5, writing style 2/5. Not bad but far from the best I read in this genre.
this was my 2nd Katia Lief book i read and i must admit she has surpassed my expectations. her books i stumbled uppon on my kobo and bought because they where cheap reads, i was a little relucktent at 1st and doubted how good her books could be but now i am deffenitly a fan. this book was a nice, light easy read which was suspenceful and kept your intrestest and made you want to read more. her characters are very detailed and well described, her plot is good and keeps you intrested and shes just ...more
Good mystery. Girl kidnapped in same manner as girl previous year.
Laura Merchant
First book I read by her and want to read more!
Nicky Mottram
Easy read though a very poor plot
very good read, from the first chapert this book captivated my interest and want to turn the pages , I found the story easy to follow with loads of twist that leaves you wondering what or who is involved , dont want to give to much away but they way the characters are involved in the plot is very well writen and I feel the personalities of each character was carried well throughout the story. over I I enjoyed the book and the crime journey it took me on would definitely recommend this book .
Could not put this down. Sucked me from the start!
really good suspense
Katia Lief's books keep me interested and anxious to see how the books will end. This book starts with a missing a child, and carries the reader through the fear, stress, and agony of waiting to hear if the child is ok. The great thing about this book is there is an underlining story line that adds to the drama between the missing child and other relationships in the book. I hightly recommend this book for those who like mysteries.
Lindsay Allen
Another good page turner from Katia Lief. This one didn't have the catchy chapter endings, like some of her other books, but it was a very quick read none the less.

Sometimes her books have some disturbing details, like for instance, the cause of the smell of rotting flesh... Even a week later that vision is still in my mind and a bit upsetting, as an animal lover.

Overall decent story, but not my favorite of her books.
Julie scott
WOW what a fabulous novel this is the 1st I've read by Katia Lief. This novel kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end all the characters were fabulous. This book made me laugh & cry I absolutely loved the 2 coppers Ramos & Bruno who were great & also cracked me up they were just so funny as well as being top cops. This was full of suspense & fast paced. I look forward to reading more from Katia!!!
Kimberly Kay Mcbride
Snoozie Suzie
Hmmm. This could have been a good mystery, but I found it to be just readable. The characters were ok, the plot ok, the twists ok. But that's it. Just ok. I skimmed some of this and it didn't matter. Didn't find me reading furiously to get to the end to find out the culprit, more thinking I must read some more just so I can finish it and get it out of the way.
This must be one of Lief's earlier works (or at least I hope it is). I enjoy her series which she currently writes, but this one was anything but enjoyable. I found the writing to be really discombobulated and with an extreme flair for the drama, which she normally keeps to a low now and focuses much more on the story itself.
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