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Cold Truth (Truth #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,060 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Twenty-six years ago, even before a series of brutal murders rocked the idyllic town of Bowers Inlet, Cassie Burke lost her parents, her sister, and nearly her own life to a transient befriended by her father. Back then, Cassie was a scared kid—now she’s a homicide cop. Back then, the suspect was caught and convicted—he died in prison. But now
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Ballantine Books
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Jane Stewart
Feb 12, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Serial killer police procedural. OK, but nothing special or different. One instance of heroine stupidity. No romance.

The author’s bio talks about awards for romantic suspense and contemporary romance. So that’s what I thought I was getting when I bought the book Cold Truth. Unfortunately Cold Truth has NO ROMANCE. Now as I look at the author’s website, I don’t find any clear distinction about which of her books are romances. So I’m frustrated. Anyway I gave 4 stars to her book Me
Jun 15, 2015 Jen rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Got to page 134 and TSTL characters caused rage-quit. If you don't mind stupidity in your female law enforcement characters, you may like this book. I don't enjoy it when 1) law enforcement is showcased as stupid/incompetent, 2) when females are written as dumb, especially when they are supposed to be smart or are in law enforcement and 3) being in the crazy killer's head.

Not my type of book and not reading anymore by this author. I tried two and both irked. Another reviewer said the cop female
May 01, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok
Though I don't have especially bad things to say about this I also don't have especially good things to say about it either. The book was a quick easy read but I wasn't especially drawn in by the plot. We spend probably at least half the book with no suspects/clues/leads, and it feels a little like the police were bungling along hoping they tripped over the killer. Then we get a group that are all potential suspects for no real reason other than some circumstance. But we get literally 0 hints th ...more
Dotti Elrick
Jun 07, 2013 Dotti Elrick rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Cold Truth. It was a quick read and as with the other Mariah Stewart books I've read it was more romance than thriller. But it was a nice story.
Cassandra Burke is a detective in the small Jersey Shore town of Bowers Inlet. One of only two detectives in the small town. When a very prolific serial killer decides to take his show on the road he comes home, home to Bowers Inlet. The small police force is overwhelmed with the string of murdered women that start showing up. It becomes even w
Jay Jessmer
Dec 06, 2014 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing
I have absolutely loved every Mariah Stewart trilogy/series that I have read. I am now getting around to her "Truth" series, and this first installment is setting up another winner. There is something about her writing that is so addictive.
Great story, great characters and a quick moving plot make this a first rate page-turner. We get new additions to her ever expanding cast of characters along with a nice smattering of some old friends, including one of my favorites, Annie McCall. I really li
Kathleen Hagen
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This was a good read. There were minor irritations in that there were slight inconsistencies at times. For example, Cass would get a glass of water, sit at the table, and then be drinking beer. That kind of misstep. But, aside from that, the book moved quickly and kept my interest.

Cass Burkes is a detective in a small town on the New Jersey coast line. She comes from a very tragic background as her whole f
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Anna Fields - Narration 5*s

Reviewed for AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks -

I wanted to listen to this Mariah Stewart book primarily for narrator Anna Fields. I expected to enjoy her narration but I was also hoping there might be a thread of romance in this suspense story. I was right about Anna Fields but I was wrong about a possible romance angle.

Though I see the word thriller associated with Cold Truth, it falls into a slot just above cozy mystery
Aug 31, 2013 Maura rated it liked it
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Nov 03, 2009 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial killer seems to be back after a long absence from a small tourist town. The investigating detective Cassie Burke lost her mother, father, and sister when she was very young to a killer who was caught and who died later in prison. However, some of the current killings are reminiscent of parts of her family’s murder. In the present day, Cassie’s visiting best friend/cousin is attacked by the serial killer, but the killer is interrupted when Cassie comes home early. Cassie is a good police ...more
Nov 06, 2012 Nell rated it really liked it
For me this book started out really slow. I liked how it builds up, but I'm so used to just jumping in that having a book move so slow at the beginning was kind of hard for me; hence, the rating of only 4 stars. Other than that, the book was awesome. I loved everything about it: from the plot and storyline to the characters was great. I like the way she pulled, Regan, the true crimes writer into the storyline and built on her character. It was nice to see her in each part of the book, and have h ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Theresa rated it it was ok
"Sizzling" romance? HA! Not so much. This was pretty decent as a suspense book, but definitely isn't romance. Even as a suspense, it felt like so much happened with the killer so quickly, then all of a sudden nothing happened with the killer and the police team figured everything out almost instantly, which just seemed so unrealistic. Also, there just didn't seem to be any passion or feeling behind anything; I wasn't really drawn in to the story and didn't really feel a connection with the chara ...more
Sep 02, 2015 TJ rated it liked it
Although this was first in the series I actually read Final Truth first and enjoyed it enough to go back and get the other three to read in order. As with Final Truth, I find that the writing here was not great, even almost juvenile at times. The outcomes were fairly predictable and even one conclusion was so painstakingly obvious that it's laughable there was only one character out of several when the detail was revealed that got it and only mentioned it several pages later - I'd bet 99 out of ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another excellent and absorbing novel by Mariah Stewart!!

From back cover:

"Twenty-six years ago, even before a series of brutal murders rocked the idyllic town of Bowers Inlet, Cassie Burke lost her parents, her sister, and nearly her own life to a transient befriended by her father. Back then, Cassie was a scared kid - now she's a homicide cop. Back then, the suspect was caught and convicted - he died in prison. But now the killing has started again. And all signs indicate that the Bayside Stran
Karen Syed
Mar 10, 2008 Karen Syed rated it liked it
Shelves: unabridged-audio
When Bowers Inlet is once again threatened by the Bayside Strangler, Cassie Burke a homicide cop, is faced with questions from her past.

The number of victims is far higher than the number of suspects and still growing and circumstances lead Cassie into the investigation haunted by the demons from a childhood trauma. Enter, FBI agent Rick Cisco. With a new partner, Cassie rushes against the clock to stop the killer before it costs her everything.

This is my first Mariah Stewart book and I liked it
May 16, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
This is the first of the series and I plan on reading more (next one being Hard Truth).

The writing style is easy to read. There are a few mistakes that I found humorous (e.g., He started the car, but did not put it in gear as they talked. He started the car and backed out . . .) and sometimes there were jumps that you filled in the obvious (e.g., person one: I have a photo of the bad guy. person two: I have a name. Let's go get him--shouldn't they make sure the two IDs match?). But that's all tr
Not sure how I felt about this book. It was certainly predictable, easy to tell who would become victims, how the end would play out, even which couple would end up together at the end of the book. Fortunately, one prediction I had - that there would be how to do it sex scenes before the book played out - never materialized, which means that the book get an extra star. Even though the story line was so predictable, the author did manage to keep me interested, so she got 2 stars.

The narrator was
Dev Singer
Dec 08, 2013 Dev Singer rated it liked it
This was a freebie that sounded like a police procedural when I read the summary. And actually, despite being called "romantic suspense," it really was a police procedural and I actually really enjoyed it except for a few moments where it was easy to tell that the dialogue was only there to fill the reader in. (So unrealistic!) I'm going to assume it was less romantic than the author's other books, because that's the only explanation I could see. I'll be listening to the rest of the series, at t ...more
I do really like this author and this series I just need to start reading them in order!! She tends to set up the mystery too much for me so that I have it figured out before the characters do and then of course I am yelling at the characters in my car telling them what to do!!(Yes, I listened to it on CD) Maybe I am just getting too good at these mystery books! The bonus in this book is we get to meet Regan Landry and Mitch Peyton and see how that all began!!
From the start I thought I knew where things were going to go with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the twist that happened with the crimes in the past and the present. I worried for Cassie, worried that things would hit too close to home and she would break. But she didn't and those around her did what they could to protect her, yet allowed her to help find the truth. The end was great, a way for Cassie to move past the past and embrace her future.
Jul 29, 2009 Shiela rated it it was ok
Meh... the mystery aspect wasn't too bad but I found the characters were either largely undeveloped or I just didn't care about them enough to get really involved with the story. The overall plot was tedious and brought nothing new or exciting to the genre. You've got your typical FBI agent, the same profiler that says that spits out the same profile as every other serial killer out there, the same local cop with a haunted past blah, blah, blah...Like I said Meh...
Jan 28, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it
New author I found on Amazon. This is the story of a female cop who’s family was murdered when she was six. At the same time, the “Bayside Strangler” started a serial rampage in her town. It’s kind of unbelievable that the two weren’t put together but this book was an easy read. There’s a big dose of romance in the book too – sort of the romance for mystery readers. I’ll read the next in the series… it’s a trilogy.

Jun 21, 2016 Eve added it
I have not read anything by Mariah Stewart before, so I decided to give it a try.
Sadly I could not get myself interested in the storyline at all. All those switching POVs, mystery/suspense was weak and romance didn't have tension to hold interest (I'd rather read something strong on one or the other than weak at both).
I got so bored by this story, so I stopped reading at page 88.
Feb 25, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed all 4 of the books in this series and am working my way through all of the Mariah Stewart FBI books. Great characters and story lines and I like how she revisits some of the characters in other series'... definitely worth the read if you enjoy suspense with a dash of romance! (Heavy on the suspense and crime solving, light on the romance. :) )
Jessica Lane
Aug 20, 2009 Jessica Lane rated it it was ok
The mystery itself was intriguing. I found the characters disappointing, though. Stilted language created wooden conversations that did nothing to make the characters more meaningful. It was good as a quick mystery to help me procrastinate from more important things I need to be doing, but I'll be tossing it into my pile instead of keeping it to read again.
Tim Gillen
Apr 15, 2014 Tim Gillen rated it liked it
I thought the plot was decent enough and well written. The writing was a little weak st the beginning, and finally deepened as the story progressed.

I listened to the audiobook version read by Anna Fields. The reading was all right but not particularly engaging, especially for the male characters.
Mar 30, 2009 Colleen rated it really liked it
Another great suspense novel by Mariah Stewart. I enjoyed it very much and it kept me guessing until the killer was finally revealed. My only complaint is that a little romance would go along way. I don't understand how this can be classified as a romantic suspense - there really isn't any.
May 16, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok
The streak of 'thrillers with happy endings' continues. I've been on a light fiction kick lately. I find them difficult to review. I liked the idea of the strong female characters in this book, but in actuality everyone seemed a bit one dimensional.
Aug 06, 2008 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: mariah-stewart
This was my first Mariah Stewart book. It started out really slow for me. I put it down and did not pick it up for several months. Once I picked it back up I could not put it down. I really liked it.
Joyce McKune
Cassie's family was murdered when she was 6 and she grew up to be a police detective in her home town on the Jersey shore. She is called to a murder that was very similar to a streak of unsolved murders from 26 years ago, the summer her family was killed.
Jul 13, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
The end was good, but kind of predictable. I like that Cass was so tough though right until the end. I will be starting the third book soon. I know this Eddie Kroll character is going to be important but it won't probably be until the end.
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more
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