A Cold Dark PlaceToni Anderson

A Cold Dark Place

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A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson Book Summary

Read this award-winning novel from a New York Times bestselling author with over four thousand 5-star reviews on Goodreads!

FBI agent Mallory Rooney spent the last eighteen years searching for her identical twin sister’s abductor. With a serial killer carving her sister’s initials into the bodies of his victims, Mallory thinks she may finally have found him.
Former soldier Alex Parker is a highly decorated but damaged war hero with a secret—he’s a covert government assassin who hunts predators. Now he’s looking into the murders too.

When danger starts to circle Mallory, Alex is forced out of the shadows to protect her and they must race against the clock to find the killer. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago, makes Mallory his next target.

All books can be read as standalone stories. 
Start reading this award-winning Romantic Suspense series with "A Cold Dark Place" by Toni Anderson. Winner of the New England Readers' Choice Award and the Aspen Gold. Available in digital, print, and audiobook format.

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"Spine-tingling suspense and dangerously seductive romance!!" --Ripe For Reader.
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"I couldn't find a good stopping point so I gave up trying to sleep and got up in the middle of the night and finished the book." --The Book Nympho.
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A Cold Dark Place (Toni Anderson) Book Reviews

Great storylineGreat read! Suspenseful with romance.Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceAn interesting, suspenseful read. The overabundance of sex was truly unnecessary, though, and made the book less enjoyable..Score: 3/5

IntenseFantastic book! Couldn’t put it down. Fast paced enough to keep you interested and great character development..Score: 5/5

Awesome readThis is my first read by this author, I have to say “awesome”. This book kept me involved and wondering what would happen next. It is hard to define the line between bad and really evil. In this book the line blurred in many places but all worked out in the end. Really good story and I will definitely go back for another in this series..Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceThe thriller aspect of this book delivered, doling out clues about the abductor while introducing Mallory Rooney’s worst memory. As Alex Parker finds himself drawn into her life, he discovers someone is following her. Unfortunately, the romance aspect distracted from the story. If I hadn’t skip the gratuitous sex scenes, I might have figured out some of the nuances of the case earlier..Score: 3/5

A Cold Dark PlaceI swear I didn’t want to stop reading this book for anything. I really didn’t, except for things necessary in daily life. Lol. It was a great read...so much so that, by the time I was halfway through, I bought more of this series! Great read, very well written. Can’t wait to start the next book!.Score: 5/5

ExhilaratingWas very hard to put down. It kept me on my toes. Very interesting and worth every page turn..Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceWhile searching for serial killers and her missing twin, FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney meets Alex Parker. Mallory finds a pattern linking the deaths of suspected pedophiles, receives a promotion she hasn’t applied for in the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) and starts on a journey filled with suspense and danger. The characters are skillfully developed presented with all of their pain and flaws. Digging for the truth exposes the web of secrets that will eventually bind them together. A Cold Dark Place is the first book of a well written series. This is a fast paced, action packed love story..Score: 5/5

Great book from a great authorI am a big fan of really well written romantic suspense and Toni Anderson is one of the best authors writing today in this genre. Her books always include intricately created suspense, strong women and heroes with well rounded characters accompanying their muscles. There is just the right amount of jeopardy, sizzle and humour and every aspect is meticulously researched. I can’t recommend Toni Anderson’s books highly enough if you enjoy romantic suspense and we beautiful written yarn..Score: 5/5

A cold dark placeLove the romance and suspense! couldn't put the book down. i love how it kept me guessing who the killer was. love love love!.Score: 3/5

Intriguing!!!Love it! Will read more from Toni.Score: 5/5

Murder...cold case...FBIAn ex-CIA agent and FBI agent work together to help solve the serial killer cold case from eighteen years ago. Former CIA assassin Alex Parker is taking out serial killers and pedophiles. FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney is a rookie detective tasked with tracing the killer, the anonymous caller, and the hitman. Overall: An abundance of characters to select from as suspects. I like Mallory’s determination and dedication to the task. I enjoyed her character. She was a strong, fierce, and courageous character. I liked the interesting twist of illustrating how the justice system failed many people’s lives, yet these two characters made it their mission to change the way people viewed the justice system. They became who they are because of the wrongdoings of the past and they were here to correct those wrongdoings by bringing hope back. I liked Alex’s character as he struggled with his conscience in determining whether killing was right or wrong. His battle with the moral and ethical code about taking the life of a human being was answered in a convincing manner. When the government gives orders to kill its just cause. When it’s a killer taking matters into their own hands it’s murder. Nothing is black and white when the government is involved with protecting citizens. There was a proper balance of work and play. The mixing business with pleasure was timed perfectly and fit nicely with the story..Score: 4/5

A Cold Dark PlaceLots of twists and turns as Mallory finally discovers the truth about her kidnapped and assumed dead twin sister who had been missing for 25 years. Can Mallory, new FBI agent, find the serial killer who was responsible ? Her career choice was made with this possibility in mind. Mallory’s whole life is devoted to finding her sister and punishing whoever was responsible. No time for dating or letting anyone get close to her. Her focus was always on Payton since she was 5 years old. At least that was true until she met Alex Parker. She fell hard for him as he fell in love with her. He protects her as much as possible knowing his secretive life could send him to prison for life..Score: 5/5

Not the best...This book was poorly written...the plot wasn’t at all good, the main character Mallory barely has a personality besides crying about her dead sister and being hung up over a guy she’s physically attracted to....Score: 1/5

A Cold Dark PlaceNice read !!!!.Score: 4/5

RecommendedWell written..Score: 5/5

Kept me on the edge of my seat!!I enjoyed reading this book so much! For someone who has not picked up a leisurely book in months, I was able to finish this book in less than a week! A testament to how great of a book this was. I loved reading Alex and Mallory’s relationship. It is written tastefully and not like a cringe fairytale. At some points, my heart was racing, because of both the romance and the intense drama. It keeps you questioning the whole way through but leaves no loose ends in the end and is a satisfying read. I wish there were a few more chapters on Alex and Mallory’s life together, but I guess that is left for my imagination to conjure. I’m excited that this book has sparked me to read more books!.Score: 5/5

More than 5 stars!Could not put this book down from the minute I started it!.Score: 5/5

Worth reading, No stringing on to buy another bookI gave this book a five star review because I was very intrigued from start to finish. It’s a very interesting story and I found myself easily identifying with Mallory, the main character. I’ve read other books here from different Authors and found myself sorely disappointed by the way the books would just end, keep you in such suspense that if you wanted to know what happens next, you have to buy the next book. Not this one, I got all the answers and appreciated that very much. That in combination with what a wonderfully written story this is, actually has me preparing to buy the next book. Wonderful job! I’d definitely, highly recommend A Cold Dark Place!.Score: 5/5

Yes. Just yes.Recommend to all..Score: 5/5

Excellent readSmart, sexy, grabs your interest and doesn't let go until the last page!.Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceLoved the book. Romance and murder mystery my kind of book. Didn’t figure out who was doing even though you do throw a lot of clues. Thank!.Score: 5/5

InterestingKept my attention. A good read..Score: 4/5

A Cold Hard PlaceExcellent book with twists and turns to keep you interested,some sex rolled in and a good story plot. I really enjoyed and look forward to reading more of her books. Really enjoyed the ending..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t stopI love reading but I love reading the old fashion way. But this book was different, it kept ,e up at night reading and reading wondering what would happen to Alex and Mallory. This is a wonderful book, well written and a gripping story. It going to be hard to find something else to read after this, nothing can match up to this..Score: 5/5

A spine twinkling murder mysteryThis book has such a great story is is well written. You didn’t know who done it until the last chapter..Score: 5/5

Good readEnjoyed the plot very much but could have done without the graphic sexual parts..Score: 4/5

A cold dark placeThis is one of the best books that I've read in a long time. It has mystery, intrigue, suspense, and subtle romance. Well written!!.Score: 5/5

Great book!It was exciting and full of twists and turns. Very hard to put down and I didn’t want it to end!.Score: 5/5

Decent readHonestly better than I first anticipated. The characters keep it interesting however the end was almost predictable.Score: 3/5

AwesomeA Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice Book 1) by Toni Anderson 5 +++ Stars Brand new author for me, and has already been added to the OMG must read everything available. I can't even put into words how much I loved this book. The character building, the flow, the storyline, the twists, the danger, the sitting on the edge of my seat moments...Everything was spot on for me. Every emotion...i felt every one and the ending *sigh*, I could just ramble on for days and I already loved this genre but now because of this author I believe it is probably my chosen genre...Don't get me wrong I love all the others too but I am a suspense fanatic and I love being a back seat crime solver. I will have everything this author writes on my kindle before it's over..I don't know how I've gone so long without reading her work but here I am and I can not wait!! Thank you Miss Anderson for an amazingly awesome story!! Loved It!!.Score: 5/5

Great story!Loved this book from beginning to end. It has everything I love in a good suspense romance story. I fell in love with Mallory and Alex from the start. I love how the story moved. The pace was perfect and the tension was just right. Always wondering who was on what side from beginning to end. The title is a perfect fit for the overall story. The romance between Alex and Mallory is hot, passionate and shows a deep bond between them beyond the physical. If you enjoy JD Robb or Sue Grafton then Toni Anderson is the perfect author for you!.Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceI don't like pregnancy, especially unexpected, used in a plot. It gives some women a romantically unrealistic expectation and never works out like it does in romance novels. Cut it out. It isn't needed for a good novel..Score: 4/5

A must read !Wow, just wow. I’m more into the hard romance kind of books and I wasn’t too sure about this book I randomly came across. Let me assure you this book is impossible to put down. The author really knows how to describe the scene, and it makes you feel like you’re right there in the book with the characters. Awesome thriller mystery with some nice romance peppered here and there. Would definitely recommend. I already downloaded the second book!.Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceThis is a very good book if you like crime, suspense, and a little bit of romance. I’m not much of a reader these days but I was hooked and finished this book in less than a week. Definitely worth the read! I’m interested to continue the series!.Score: 5/5

A page-turnerI downloaded this book on a whim because it was free, had good reviews, and I needed something to keep me entertained during quarantine. This book completely surprised me by how captivating it was! I wanted to read every second I could until I finished the book, and when I was done I felt sad that it was over. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series..Score: 5/5

Great bookLoved the book and characters. Thanks for writing a book with a good story that doesn't have a predictable ending..Score: 5/5

My new favorite book.Absolutely in love with this book. The connection between Mallory and Alex is completely unmatched by any other fictional couple. The different twists and turns left me turning page after page. Despite wishing this book never ended, it left no loose ends (hah), and left you feeling good about where each character stood. Can’t wait to read more of Toni Anderson’s..Score: 5/5

A cold dark placeI loved this story. Need to read more ..Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceExcellent !.Score: 5/5

Great bookI didn’t want this book to end. It was very captivating. Loved the whole thing!.Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark Place“A Cold Dark Place” is vivid story that comes alive. The story is a example of great both good bad characters, mystery and manipulation, intrigue, and excellent story development. Readers come to embrace key characters and support characters. Anderson leaves nothing to chance as she takes her readers by their hands walks up to Agent Mallory Roony. Through Roony’s eyes she shows readers the horrors of a se+rial killer. Anderson’s plot delivers romance, thrills and suspense in her creative style. She gives her readers unexpected surprises until there are no more pages to read. “A Cold Dark Place,” is written as an experience of life. She develops her characters and as her story progresses. In the story’s sub plot Anderson develops a complex relationship between FBI Agent Mallory Roony, a member FBI’s BAU team investigating the case of the missing women and Alex Parker the assassin for Gateway. The Gateway group take the law into their hands delivering a vigilante justice. Roony uncovers existence of the group and Gateway know Roony is investigating. These twists and turns to the story add an interesting dimension to the connection between Mallory Roony and Alex Parker. Agent Mallory Roony and Alex Parker are on a collusion course towards each other. The well-developed support characters enter the story line as Anderson needs them. Readers feel Anderson is taking them on an uphill path adding twists or turns the “A Cold Dark Place” storyline. Anderson keeps the story moving giving characters the ability to involve readers, keeping them moving through the story all the way to the end. When they turn the last page, she releases her hold on them. In “A Cold Hard Place” Toni Anderson sets the stage to deliver a story about people who want to do good things and are willing to sacrifice to get the job done. It is a heart stopper full of suspense and gives readers who are romantics at heart a spine-tingling ending. This is a great story as Anderson’s first book in her Cold Justice series. I recommend and give a 5 star ranking..Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark Place...The pace was super slow. Even the bedroom scene between Mal and Alex couldn't convince me to keep reading. Unless you've got aaall week to read, you need to find something else..Score: 1/5

Amazing!Great book! I couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

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Tense drama with soulThis book is a worthwhile read. A heart rendering subject. You may want to volunteer for the Gateway Project. You may think that justice, though flawed, is paramount to our society. It makes you look at the people who work the system, the people with power. What did I take away..your never so lost that you can't find your way to happiness. It just might not be what you thought it would be..Score: 4/5

Great!10/10 book!.Score: 5/5

Awesome!Great story that captured me from page 1!.Score: 5/5

A cold dark placeExcellent! Couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

A cold dark placeLum is my nickname.this is Shirley BUrke Go to Halifax public library.Score: 5/5

A great readAbsolutely riveting. Didn't want to put this book down! Read it every spare moment I had!.Score: 5/5

Cold Dark PlaceLoved it!.Score: 4/5

Great read!Fantastic book! Can't wait to start the next one in the series.Score: 5/5

Perfect balance of a murder mystery and a love story. This one pulls you in instantly.For anyone who likes murder mystery’s, FBI cases and a good love story all intertwined... This is the one for you, Excited to read the rest of the series..Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceInteresting story and characters. Throughly enjoyable..Score: 5/5

Leo ChanceSick an amazing book, I had to force myself to go to sleep!.Score: 5/5

Cold JusticeReally enjoyed this book looking forward to the next one. Thank you.Score: 5/5

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Mallory and AlexThis book kept getting better. There is suspense, romance, plot twists, and great characters even if they are a little damaged. Mallory just wants to find out what happened to her twin sister, who was taken when she was nine. Alex is just trying to fulfil his commitment he made to get out of a foreign prison. Neither of these characters is looking for love but they can't resist the chemistry between them..Score: 4/5

RivetingThis book keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Really hard to put down..Score: 5/5

Great ReadCould not stop reading. This book had me guessing all the way through. Great story, going to read all books in series..Score: 5/5

BrilliantLoved it, loved it, loved it! It was hard to put down, just had to see what was coming next. One of the best suspense stories with a bit of romance thrown in..Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it downSeriously loved this book, well written and the characters were intriguing..Score: 5/5

Amazing brilliant page turnerSuch a good book, I couldnt put it down, it was so thrilling!! I was reading it late into the night when I had work in a few hours! Great characters, great dialogue, it was so good and keeps readers guessing. Highly recommend and thank you to the author. Excited to read more of Toni’s books.Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark PlaceEnjoyable.Score: 4/5

So good!!A great read!!! High recommended.Score: 5/5

Excellent thriller, four and a half starsGreat characters, well thought out plot with twists and turns, pathos, drama and touch of romance. I look forward to purchasing the next book in the series..Score: 4/5

Great read!This was a really really good book. So glad to have found another terrific author. Highly recommend getting this one..Score: 5/5

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Great bookReally enjoyed reading the book which is fast paced and a has a well defined story line. The writer certainly raises certain points to ponder over - vigilante vs law enforcement! The characters are structured well and you get involved in their emotions . Definitely a sign of a good writer !.Score: 5/5

A Cold Dark Place.It's a very good read,good story and characters,bit slow in the middle with the I love you,you love me bit..Score: 2/5

Amazing!Seriously the best book I’ve read! Every part of this story pulls you into having to read more, I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Gripping readWasn't expecting much for a free book and I was really impressed. Excellent read, great plot, likeable characters and suspense through most chapters. Recommend to fans of criminal minds..Score: 5/5

5-star ratingExcellent non stop drama.Score: 5/5

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