Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear

Stone Cold Heart

From the beloved and internationally bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies comes the second novel featuring DC Cat Kinsella—an investigator “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives” (Kirkus Reviews).After a brief stint in the Mayor’s Office, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate...

Details Stone Cold Heart

TitleStone Cold Heart
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
GenreMystery, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Stone Cold Heart

  • Miriam Smith
    A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret that connects them all......Having read and loved Caz Frear's first novel "Sweet Little Lies" I was very much looking forward to meeting DC Cat Kinsella again in "Stone Cold Heart". "When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife Rachel, there's not much she can do. He claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can't - or won't - give Cat details as to why. Dismissi...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of Stone Cold Heart, the second novel to feature DC Cat Kinsella of the Met.When Joseph Madden approaches Cat in his coffee shop she thinks he’s being creepy but it turns out that he wants advice she’s unqualified to give, he thinks his wife Rachel is threatening him. Months later the team are investigating the murder of Naomi Lockhart, a young Australian working in London...
  • Carol
    4.5 -5 stars! Another great read from Frear! Again we are following DC Cat Kinsella as she navigates the murder of a young woman and her own personal drama and family secrets. Although this one could be read without reading Sweet Little Lies (Frear's debut), I highly suggest you start with SLL. You get to know Cat and her questionable family. Cat is a good detective and a strong woman but she must toe the line between how to be a good sister/daug...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Stone Cold Brilliant. Review nearer publication.
  • G.J. Minett
    Caz Frear's debut novel, Sweet Little Lies, was a winner of 'the Richard and Judy Search for a best seller competition' and promptly went on to fulfil that particular prophecy. Given this level of success, it would be easy to imagine that the difficulties traditionally associated with 'second book syndrome' would be a little more acute for her but there are no signs of faltering in Stone Cold Heart. If anything, I preferred this to her impressive...
  • Andy Thorn
    As a huge fan of the first Cat Kinsella novel, I was really looking forward to Stone Cold Heart. I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed. It’s a new case and this time, Cat doesn’t have a connection to family history to worry about not declaring to her colleagues. She does however continue to reflect on her choices in the last novel and themes of family, honour and the things we do for love continue to wind through Stone Cold Heart...
  • Kat
    This is my first book by Caz Frear and I was really impressed by both the writing and the complexity of the storyline which is a murder mystery, police procedural and excellently done. It’s written in the first person (Cat Kinsella) and she is a real character with plenty of flaws and very good sense of humour giving this book a very “real” feel I hadn’t read the first book of this series but this in no way spoiled my enjoyment of this on...
  • Sheri
    Maybe next time around we’ll come back as normal people. Just normal folk with normal problems...Stone Cold Heart is an excellent second novel from Caz Frear, in what may well be my favourite genre - the police procedural. Frear is a new author to me - I haven’t read her first book, Sweet Little Lies, though I probably should have done as I rather suspect Stone Cold Heart of containing significant spoilers for that first outing, courtesy of y...
  • Sarah
    The book starts off with an odd conversation between DC Cat Kinsella and the owner of a bougie coffee shop. It isn't until a few months later and Cat is investigating the murder of a young woman that the significance of the encounter becomes apparent. It's a great investigation to get to the truth about what happened to the murdered Naomi that involves an entire family who have more skeletons than most in their closet. Whilst the case is ongoing ...
  • Allyson Abbott
    A murder mystery that keeps you hooked all the way through the story.DC Cat Kinsella is trying to solve a murder while also trying to keep her boyfriend from finding out about her dysfunctional family. Luckily he sidekick has her back and the ability to keep her clam when needed, although she does have a knack of disobeying rules and going off on her own.It is quite an amusing story, with Kinsella's voice being the main track. she is witty and a ...
  • Suzanne
    DC Cat Kinsella is one of the younger members of the team . She has potential to be a really good officer. However she has some secrets that could jeopardise her job. Her father and "uncle" have a secret connecting them to a serious crime. Cat also has her year-long boyfriend Aiden aka Mr X to everyone at work. Her colleagues suspect he is married, but that's nowhere near reality, and again this could put her much loved job at risk.The story wrap...
  • Book-Lover Book Blog
    I think I've found another author to add to my top 10 favourite crime/thriller list! This books was addicting, full of suspense and shrouded in mystery. The writing was spot on though I found the main character, Cat Kinsella, was quite depressing lacked a lot of empathy. The story was soooo good! Well portrayed and researched, not rushed in any way (it was extremely well paced) and I felt my brain was scrambling for answers thought it got more an...
  • Silverboggle
    Cat Kinsella is a police detective with a past that threatens both her job and her relationship with Aiden Doyle ( or Mr X as he’s known to her colleagues, as she can’t admit the truth about who she’s with to them). She’s flawed but strong, and makes a very interesting protagonist. Her back story and a threatening familiar from her past weave around the plot of this book- a murder of a young Australian, and an investigation leading to a f...
  • Mary
    A young Australian woman is found murdered in London and DC Cat Kinsella and Sergeant Luigi Parnell are on the case. Evidence points to the dysfunctional Madden family, one of whom, Joseph, is known to Cat; he had approached her a few months earlier, claiming that his wife was threatening him. Cat and Luigi’s investigation triggers blame and counter blame within the Maddens. Is one of them guilty? Are they all guilty? Are they all innocent?The ...
  • Emily
    This book was a real mixed back for me. Having read the first book in the Cat Kinsella series, I knew that I really loved the group of characters and was looking forward to being reacquainted. Cat is someone you really root for and even Parnell and Steele I'm quite fond of. But the story itself simply didn't thrill me. I enjoy a whodunnit but the book felt quite slow and I didn't race to pick it up. Maybe this was simply down to the fact more tim...
  • Rebecca Minnock
    Frear has absolutely knocked it out of the park with Stone Cold Heart, her follow up to Sweet Little Lies - which it would definitely help to have read before this one.Cat Kinsella is back! Her relationship with her Dad weaves through the background of the story as Cat, Parnell, Steele and the rest of the team are investigating the murder of a young Australian girl following a party.Frear writes London perfectly, and her characters feel so real -...
  • Stacey
    I received a free copy of this book from netgalley for an honest review.This book has a good tempo throughout keeping you guessing right until the end. My mind changed several times throughout the book as to who I thought was responsible and it felt like I was on the team with the officers trying to work out what had happened. I haven't read the first book in this series but it didn't hinder the read at all. There seemed to be more than enough in...
  • Louise
    This was definitely a mixed bag for me... I got yo 20% and was ready to give in.Too many mentions of the previous story I hadn't read and family history I didn't know and never fully understood how dodgy they were.Then seeing all the positive reviews,I ploughed ahead.What I got was a decent story with good characters,and although I'd guessed who did it,I didn't work out all the what and why's so I was still guessing parts up to the end.An interes...
  • Vee
    5/5 I read Sweet Little Lies last year and absolutely loved it. The follow-up was no different. I was hooked on all the twists and turns.My favourite part of the book was undoubtedly DC Cat Kinsella - jaded and flawed but so very relatable. My only recommendation to readers would be to read Sweet Little Lies first. Although this book could stand alone I liked that I had a bit more background to the characters and relationships. Plus Sweet Little ...
  • Julie
    Enjoyed the twists and turns around the ‘who dun it’ element of the story and didn’t guess the culprit, which I always like in a crime story. The underlying/parallel personal storyline of the main character and her problematic relationships with family members added depth and I guess provides some potential for future novels in the series.
  • Simon Brindley-Bates
    This is a crime lovers dream! Caz has done it again with Stone Cold Heart. The plot twists and turns make this book a brilliant read! I hadn’t read Caz’s first book but I’m going to now, this was an exciting ARC. Thanks NetGalley for the ARC in return for this honest review.
  • S
    Fantastic read. Caz Frear creates characters like nobody else. I couldn't put this one down! Twisty, twistED, and all too real. This book will stay with me for a while.
  • Ruby Slippers
    Loved the first book in the series and this one is just as good. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next one!
  • Lucy Hay
    A compelling mystery, with a kick-ass protagonist and a fantastic sting in the tale. Looking forward to hearing more from Cat Kinsella, who's fast becoming my fave cop on the block.
  • Mrs Jeanne
    A thoroughly riveting but somewhat confusing story line, one murder, four suspects to begin with, non of whom are the murderer. A surprising and intriguing end to this case and leading to the closure of a cold case murder. Well recommended.