The Cold Kiss
All Nate and Sara want is a new life in a new town, away from the crime and poverty of their past. So, after being approached at a roadside diner by a man offering $500 for a ride to Omaha, they wonder if their luck might be changing.
At first it seems like easy money, but within a few hours the man is dead.
Now, forced off the road by a blizzard and trapped in a run-d
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The three drive off into a major winter storm and are forced to seek refuge in a run-down motel out in the middle of nowhere. On getting out of the car, Nate and Sara discover to their hor ...more
Nate and Sara have loaded up their car and are headed to Reno from Minnesota to start a life together. At a diner in rural Nebraska, they meet a man named Syl with a wicked cough who pays them $500 for a ride to Omaha. A severe blizzard forces them to take shelter in a rundown hotel well off the interstate, but as they check in, they discover that Syl is dead of a gunshot wound and had $2 million in a suitcase.
Good girl Sara initially t ...more
This mystery-crime-thriller is one crazy fast-moving noir-ride with a multitude of psycho characters and a befitting ending. Entertaining read!
That said, if you're not fatally distracted by pla ...more
The plot thickens when the couple agrees to take a man, Syl, along for the ride. Syl, a rough man, has an awful cough and after questioning the couple, drifts to sleep. Sara worries ab ...more
The first and only book I ever read by John Rector was The Grove. One of the first books I ever got on my kindle and I really loved it. Not sure why I never picked up more of his books because wow is his work really amazing!
The Cold Kiss was a page turner from the very first page and I have been picking it up every chance I got even if I on ...more
"The Cold Kiss" is one of those very rare finds, a great novel that jumps off the shelf at you when your at the store to buy something else, the kind of novel that "finds" you. For me it's always nice to find out how great a new author is on my own, starting with their debut!
Many reviewers and authors will often say that great characters make or break a novel, bad characters with a strong story usually ends in a mild read, whereas great characters can often keep ...more
Nate and Sara are on their way to Reno, running to Reno actually. They're down on their luck financially but are all about having each other. It all starts in a diner on the road with a guy with a bad cough. Next thing you know, they're giving him a ride and this is the start of a series of ba ...more
I enjoyed the writing style, it was tight and to the point, and the author creates a nice atmosphere of suspense. There are some graphic, gory parts, but not too overdone.
My i ...more
“The Cold Kiss” is the début book from Rector and if there was a better way to introduce oneself to the publishing world I honestly can’t think of one, it had me gripped from the very moment we are introduced to Nate and Sara and the mysterious stranger.
We have a young couple on th ...more
Put simply, this dark tale of escape, fortune (and misfortune), and fate is pure storytelling at its finest. Without reservation, THE COLD KISS i ...more
I loved the creepy setting for the book, a motel which reminded me of the Bates Motel. The author knows how to build suspense and throw plenty of unexpected sur ...more
He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.