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Frozen Past

(Jaxon Jennings #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,866 ratings  ·  329 reviews
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Frozen Past – A Thriller

Luke is young. Eliana is his whole world and for someone his age, the burden is immense. You see, Eliana is being stalked. Stalked by a madman who wants nothing more than to see her dead.

The madman knows things that no one should know and sees things that no one should see. He tells them if they say a
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Three Thirty A.M. Publishing (first published March 1st 2012)
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Carolyn Arnold
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining all around!

This is the first Richard Hale novel I've read, and I've found a new author. Along with my favorite NY Times Best-Selling authors, I will check out Hale's other novels and look forward to future releases.

Not normally a person drawn to the young adult genre, I wasn't sure what I would think of this book. But don't let the book blurb fool you. This is a thriller, through and through.

The story is told through multiple viewpoints - the teenagers Luke and Ellie, the killer and
Devi Nair
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, buddy-reads

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This has to be one of the best Thriller I have read so far. The pace, the story, the flow is so engrossing and amazing that it is impossible to put the book down before finishing it. The book speaks to you, creates a movie in front of your eyes with every word you read, the movie goes ahead, with every letter, a new picture is created. It is just something else, reading this book.
Eileen Robinson
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Holy shitballs, i can't even put into words !! This book gripped me and shook me to the core right from the start. I didn't know the journey it would take me but wow !! hell of a roller coaster ride !!! Uncomfortable at times, gory, mind boggling, a true thriller !!
This story centers on a group of teenage friends, under threat from a cruel sadistic mystery evil murdered. The twists in the plot will leave you speachless. As the story progresses we get to know the characters and easily attach to t
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
A melding of police procedural and It.

A stalker is after a group of kids, meanwhile, the kids try to stop him, and so does one Jaxon jennings. It reminds me of an 80's slasher movie, in that stuff is happening to the kids, and meanwhile, the police detective is investigating completely removed.

Effectively creepy.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Frozen Past" by Richard C. Hale will surprise you. At first it seemed like the book might turn out to be a suspenseful story targeted at high school kids. The intensity, however, started to shift about 6% of the way into the book. After that, Hale skillfully drew in adult characters whose destinies were aligned with those of the kids and who were just as desperate to end the reign of terror unfolding as they were. The suspense spiraled until I was riveted to the Kindle, anxious to see how it wa ...more
This book is so good. I feel bad for thinking I won’t enjoy it at first. Well, I really should not judge a book by its cover!

It is exhilarating, captivating and definitely made me won’t stop turning the pages! It’s been a long time since I had my hand on a crime book. So it is definitely worth my time to read this. I never read a book by Richard Hale before and I may want to read more from him.

Everything is good in this book. The plot is going at normal pace. Easily to catch up on. There are s
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
July 20, 2016

A review by Anthony T. Riggio of the book Frozen Past (A Jaxon Thriller) by Richard C. Hale

This was an exciting read and a real page turner, though I read it on my Kindle. The author develops a growing picture of a serial killer as seen through the eyes of a couple of ninth graders. It was a story that begged for greater dialog between the kids and the police (Fairfax County Police). Woven into this story is the love relationship between Jaxon Jennings and his ex-wife who is a forme
Mae Clair
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad read, but I had some problems with the way the author relayed information to the reader....having characters react to something horrendous, and then not sharing what that something is until the next scene. That happened a couple of times. Yes, I know it's supposed to make me want to turn pages, but I'd rather be clued in at the moment of discovery along with the characters. A good tale will still make me want to turn pages, regardless.

There were also some repetitious descriptions that
Karen Einsel
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kept me on the edge of my seat! Excellent!
Jim Crocker
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SENSATIONAL! in my view! This Psychological Thriller by Richard C Hale will have you going from the git-go and won’t let up until the thrilling climax. Like this one ain’t over ‘till it’s REALLY over. It’s got probably one of the creepiest and most despicable villains ever written. I mean you’re really gonna HATE this guy before it’s all said and done. And two of the protagonists are a couple of feisty teen sweethearts determined to endure and persevere. Just so you know there is a serious creep ...more
The story starts with a snowball fight that children in the neighborhood are having before dinner. Seems innocent enough right, well think again. Ellie has a dog that goes missing and part of the dog is found during the fight which is the start of the story. This book has it all and and you want to know the who and why this is happening. While I was reading it I personally was thinking about a more innocent time when children went outside to play, walked over a couple of streets to see a friend ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What is love and how can it be so beautiful and yet so ugly at both ends...High school... boy wished I could go back to mine and relive it just like these two they had a love that wasn't going to let anything destroy it...but then things start happening and kids start getting killed and animals start disappearing then here comes the worse feeling ever can love survive outside of this world and how far would you go
Sandy Wolters
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Read! Don't pass this one up!

I purposely waited two days after reading FROZEN PAST by RICHARD C. HALE to write this review. My body felt shell shocked from the thrilling tension the author was able to convey in his highly charged writing. From beginning to end, Mr. Hale was able to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering what the demented, psychopathic serial killer was going to do next. I must say, this killer is one of the creepiest I've read about. I found that while reading about th
It took me awhile to get through this. The story was interesting, but it couldn't hold my attention. There were a lot of details that weren't necessary and, if anything, detracted from the overall appeal of the book. It's definitely not something that you "can't put down" by any stretch of the imagination, although it IS easy to pick up again once you do. You can't really get lost, which is a plus.

One thing that bothered me a bit was that it was really... unrealistic, for lack of a better term.
Nancy Silk
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"An Awesome Thrill Ride Right To The End"

I think I have found another outstanding author who's story held me spellbound. In many ways I thought this might be a good Young Adult fiction story for the lessons to be learned. But I think I'm wrong ... there are parts that may be too difficult for teens to take. In this mind-blowing story, Stewy Littleton, 12 years old, out too late on Halloween night, knows he'll be in trouble with his mom when he gets home...but he doesn't get home. He's grabbed in
Rashmi Kadam
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrills
"What an Amazing Read for 300th novel!! Fabulous!! Simply blew me away!!

Highly impressive writing, fast-paced, romance-laced, suspense loving, thrilling, and highly captivating novel. The characters were also well-defined, realistic, and had connected me well. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end wondering what the creepiest psychopathic serial killer was going to do next. This killer is one of the demented one I have ever read, from killing dogs and cats, even young ki
Karen B.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was both a beautiful and terrifying read for me. The beautiful part was the relationship between teens Ellie and Luke who were best friends now turned romantic couple. Their loyalty and concern for each other and willingness to sacrifice for the other that only comes with with the very young and in love and the elderly very much in love. The terrifying aspect is the man who preys on pets and young children. I really had a hard time with the beginning of the book and the cruelty to the ...more
Betsy Hetzel
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This book may have been written for Young Adults, but it held my adult interest because there are three interesting plots in one:
1. We have the Swimming Pool Killer (the 1st body was discovered in a swimming pool), an absolute monster, who decapitates animals, especially kids' dogs and cuts off the heads of his victims, sometimes freezing them for years What we find out is that he is seeking revenge on Detective Jaxon Jennings who was the one who responded to the domestic violence call by the k
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a mixed bag, with some excellent "thriller" bad-guy elements, a strong opening, and good interactions between the pursuing law enforcement personnel and the serial killer leaving clues and taunts. However, there were too many weaknesses to really elevate the book above "just okay," including improbable behaviors by our teen protagonists as well as the adult cops/FBI agents. Also, the parallel love interests (the two teens experiencing first love and the ex-husband-wife law enforcement t ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, fiction
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was an adolescent novel. It's not. The characters were kids, and the writing was very child-like and stagnant. The main characters are supposed to be Jaxon Jennings, a detective, and his ex-wife, an FBI agent. But the 13-14 year old kids are more prominent in the story, and I really didn't care about them. Much of the story is about their "love story" as if a 14 year old knows what love is.

Someone is watching Luke and Eliana. It appears he is
Barbara Phinney
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recently finished this book and I must say it was very suspenseful from the start. Almost downright scary in spots. This is not a book for teens, regardless of the protagonists being teens. But I had a couple of issues with the book. First, in my opinion, a bit stronger editing was needed, mostly in the use of the incorrect term, "alright". It's used all too often. Also, the teens do not tell their parents anything at all. Now, we all know teens are very secretive, but this extends to the poin ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I speed-read (skip read) after about the 30% mark and eventually just deleted the novel and moved on to something else. I wanted to figure out the mystery but the frequent anachronisms and contradictions of the book were distracting. The young teenagers were playing kick the can and having snowball fights part of the the time and totally involved in deep love relationships the next. The main teen character was variously described as 14 years old and, I believe, 16 at another time. The body in th ...more
Ellie's dog goes missing and is later discovered by a friend, only not in the shape it was in previously.

A part pretty early on in the story gave me the willies. After Ellie partially falls through the ice trying to walk across the local swimming pool, she and her friends want to know how long it would take someone to discover a body if one happened to fall in. They dress a stuffed dummy named George in clothing and put it through a hole in the ice. Apparently it didn't take all that long and i
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Frozen Past (Richard C. Hale)

Luke and Ellie were 14 years old and had been friends for as long as they can remember. Along with pals Jimmy and Johnny bored one day they decided to try an experiment. They built a straw boy, chipped a hole in the ice in the pool and put the "fake boy in there". Then they made bets with each other on how soon the "boy" would be discovered. What happened next was unbelievable.

Turns out the very next day the police find a real dead boy in that same p
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mystery/suspense
Recommended to Rhonda by: Dannye
This book was a page turner, filled with suspense. I'm kind of torn about the kid characters though. I liked them and was on the edge of my seat worrying about their safety. On the other hand, I didn't think they spoke the way teenagers speak. Sometimes it was too mature and a lot of the time it seemed really too young. Most of all it was just too polite all the time. However, they all had great heart and even the secondary characters were well developed. There were a couple of places where deat ...more
Ted Tayler
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

This tense suspenseful thriller delivers a powerful message. What starts out like a dark Nancy Drew mystery burrows deeper and darker than any book a child should ever have to read. The gratuitous violence against family pets, children and adults is sickening. The police bumble along, carrying their all too familiar baggage, and the murderer is always one step ahead.
Why have I said I liked it? Why might I have been persuaded to give it 5* on another day?
Because we should let our children
Kari Beasley
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed the book. It did move a bit slow from time to time, but for the most part it was a "page turner" as I read it on my tablet. I have some unanswered questions as to why some things happened, almost as if information was left out that was needed so the book wouldn't be too long; as the few details given were not really enough. There is history between some of the characters, which is the basis for the murderers choice in victims. I find I wanted more information around this ...more
Black Butterfly
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Zach Fortier
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
DAMN was this book good!. Seriously had me right away.I picked up this book on whim. Wow was I surprised. It is really good. While I was reading it I was thinking "when was the last time that I read a book that was this good?" IT has been a while! Hale had me wondering if the killer in the book was some kind of evil spirit or just really that evil. You will have to judge for yourself. I highly recommend it! Pick it up and you will not be disappointed.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

One of the best books I have ever read, which is why I rated it the way I did. I read a lot of books and this one I couldn't put down. I read it in one sitting. Each character played a significant and suspenseful role throughout the book. If you like suspense and mystery, this is the book for you!
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Richard C Hale has worn many hats in his lifetime including Greens Keeper, Bartender, Musician, Respiratory Therapist, and Veteran Air Traffic Controller. You can usually find him controlling Air Traffic over the skies of the Southeastern U.S. where he lives with his wife and children.

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