Seventeen years ago, Elizabeth Marcum was badly wounded when the government raided the compound of her husband and cult leader Mordecai Young. Against all odds, she survived and escaped Young's clutches. Now living in Vermont as Beth Slocum, she's a different woman.

Elizabeth is strong, confident and prepared for when Young finally decides to come after her—which is fortunate, as the agent in charge of the case is using her as bait without her knowledge. He's also sent security specialist Joshua Kendall to protect her. This is the last thing Elizabeth wants, especially when she learns Joshua is the man who fired the bullet that nearly took her life.

Tense and occasionally frightening, Colder Than Ice is a page-turner in the best sense. The villain Mordecai is one of the most chilling ever. (Nov., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer