In the first book of the Lorraine Page trilogy, we meet Lorraine, whose identity shifts from talented police lieutenant to rock-bottom alcoholic in the early chapters so that she can spend the rest of the book getting back to a sense of normality by (reluctantly) doing what she does best; helping catch a murderer after almost becoming the latest victim. If complex crimes interest you, sex doesn’t put you off, and a realistic story about addiction intrigues you, then this could be the book for you.

If you make it through the rather slow beginning and lengthy ending, it’s a good story that I imagine does justice to the true story it’s based on… though personally I probably won’t be picking up the next two in the series. ♥♥/5 In this post I said:

For a book I only have because it came with my (gifted) kindle, I’m enjoying it, even if it is a little slow. Also has one of my kindle gripes: no back cover.  I had to go and look it up after a couple of days. The story of Lorraine Page, a disgraced police Lieutenant who chose the bottle over the job, now trying to get her life back together after six years in a drunken limbo. What better way to get back into the land of the living – and forget about wanting a drink – than to accidentally get involved in finding a serial killer?

And in this post I said:

It seems to have hit the point where all the people that weren’t being told what was going on are now being told – separately – which is good for helping you keep track of everything, but not particularly for moving things forward.  That said, it’s still good, and I’m only 20% (or however much further it goes from 83%) from seeing how things turn out!

And now I say… It didn’t pick up much after that second post, as everything had been set up and it was really just a case of filling everyone in and bringing down the last piece of the puzzle in the complicated tale of blackmail, murder, cross dressers and alcoholics.

The slow start and the lengthy end aside, it was a good story with a nice ending.  Lorraine’s struggle seemed realistic with her not getting better within the space of a few pages – or at all, entirely – and I do see that all the set up at the start was necessary to see how it all started and to connect with her so that the reader cares about what she’s going through and what she’s lost – her family as well as her promising career – and wants to see what happens to her.

Aside from a main character with a serious problem – forget House with his Vicodin but ability to continue his work, or any other character who drinks or takes drugs but can function – I also found it different by having big characters.  Not big as in colourful, but big as in sagging over chairs and treading heavily.  Like on television, it seems unusual to read about someone who isn’t the usual thin and beautiful, and it was a nice departure.

Based on a true story, Cold Shoulder is the first in a trilogy, followed by Cold Blood and Cold Heart.

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