BOOK REVIEW: CHILL FACTOR
The worst storm in North Carolina history had to occur just when the subject was trying to bury his last victim. How strange to be stopped when such important work had to be finished.
Lilly Martin had been married to Sheriff Dutch Burton but she had enough of his drinking and womanizing from when Dutch was a big shot cop in Atlanta. When Dutch got fired from his Atlanta job, he took a job as a small town Chief of Police of Cleary, NC. And Lilly went with him. He and Lilly had a small cabin in the woods outside of Cleary where they stayed some of the time. But the relationship was over and a divorce stopped all thoughts of reconciliation. Or did it?
Ben Tierney was an outdoorsman who loved the mountains. Could Ben have been the one that killed those girls? The hunt for the killer brought the FBI into the area. They and Dutch collided on most every issue. The other residents of Cleary went on with their strange involved lives also wondering if Ben Tierney was the killer they should be afraid of. These town members had such mixed-up lives that they did not trust each other. They had other sexual partners and many knew the town pharmacist would sell them some drugs for various purposes so they had to keep William Ritt as a friend so they could obtain their “fix!”
When the storm hit, Lilly and Ben became stuck in the mountain cabin after Lilly had an auto accident due to the storm and actually hit Ben while he was walking away from his car that was stuck because of a dead battery. The cabin was actually owned by Dutch after the divorce from Lilly. Lilly did not know that Ben was a prime suspect in the murders so she helped him to the cabin, both hurting from the accident and the hit of Lilly’s car into Ben. At first, she welcomed him as help in keeping the cabin warm while trying to heal his wounds. After a while, Lilly started wondering what and who Ben really was!
I have liked most of Sandra Brown’s books but this is the best I have read from her. She has non-stop action, intermixing the characters and makes you think you know who the murderer was but, do not dismay, you will have plenty of surprises ahead as you turn each page not wanting to get to the end. I will tell you no more. I think I have piqued your mind now so do yourself a favor, get the book, and enjoy a great mystery.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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