Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

Tami Hoag, Cold Cold Heart, Book Journey, audio book

Dana Nolan was a strong confident woman who held great promise in her career as a TV Reporter.  That is, until she is attacked and abducted one night by a murderous serial killer that caused her safe world to shatter in a million pieces.

Now, a year later, Dana still struggles with the aftermath of what happened to her.  As the sole survivor of this vicious attacker, Dana knows she should be thankful she did not wind up like his other victims.  Yet Dana is changed having suffered brain damage during her ordeal that has left her with missing pieces of her memory including the disappearance of her best friend which happened many years previously but was never solved.  With renewed interest and a wiped memory, Dana decides to see if she can renew interest in the case to discover what had happened all those years ago…

As Dana begins to look at this old case through fresh perspective and hear about the details of their friendship prior to the disappearance, Dana starts to wonder if she herself was not somehow involved.



I have not read Tami Hoag in years but when I do, I appreciate her strong and interesting full dimensional protagonists and solid story lines.  As an author, she is consistent in the books she produces.

Cold Cold Heart is not one of those over the top crazy mysteries that leave you spinning in circles going “Wow!”  “What?”  “No Way!”   Instead you find a solid story which moves steadily along giving you time to make your own assumptions along the way.  In the end, you are left with a satisfying read and a good understanding of how you got there.

A realistic look at crime, if you like a good old school mystery without all the rabbit trails and open endings of some of today’s style, Hoag is a solid choice.


Julia Whelen narrates this audio and I have enjoyed her in the past (she also narrated Gone Girl, and Delicious).  Honestly, her narration was part of the decision to listen to this one on audio.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 25 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Release Date: January 13, 2015


8 thoughts on “Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

  1. I like Tami Hoag’s books. Looking forward to reading this one. Is it related to any of trilogies or series or is it a standalone? Last year, I listened to her Oak Knoll trilogy that’s set in the 1980’s in California. I really liked it. The first book is DEEPER THAN THE DEAD.

    1. This is a good one. I read more of her years ago before I fell in love with two many authors and find myself spread to thin in my reading diversity to commit to her, but it was a nice book to check in with.

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