Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: Cold Betrayal (Ali Reynolds #10) by J.A. Jance

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2329 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476745048
  • Publisher: Touchstone (March 10 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

 Revenge isn’t the only dish served cold...

Ali Reynolds’s longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn’t so lucky.

Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they’ve tied the knot are dashed when Ali’s new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl’s grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she’s been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night. But the local police think the elderly woman’s just not as sharp as she used to be.

While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy before it’s too late, Sister Anselm needs her help as well, and the two race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long—before someone comes back to bury them forever.

From the New York Times bestselling author hailed for her “inimitable, take-no-prisoners style” (Kirkus Reviews), Cold Betrayal forces Ali to confront the face of evil, and the women who are being hunted.

About the Author

 Judith Ann Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

My Review

Cold Betrayal is the tenth book in the Ali Reynolds series by author J.A. Jance. I have read every book in the series and have found it to be a great series. Cold Betrayal is a great addition to the series.

Ali Reynolds is involved in two different issues in Cold Betrayal. The issue of elder abuse was tackled in that Ali's daughter-in-law was dealing with her parents financially abusing her grandmother. I found this story to be very interesting. The issue was polygamous sects in Arizona and the abuse of girls and women by the sect. In a story ripped from the headlines, I found this story to be very similar to the Mt. Carmel incident in Texas. Betty Webb has been doing an amazing job writing stories about the polygamous sects in Arizona already.

Cold Betrayal was a very enjoyable read. I always look forward to reading J.A. Jance's books. I continue to be astounded that polygamous sects are even allowed to exist to the US (and in Canada - Bountiful, BC). Cold Betrayal highlights the horrors that can happen to women in a closed society where women are treated as second class citizens.

Always enjoy reading J.A. Jance. The Ali Reynolds series is my favorite of hers. Be sure to give Cold Betrayal a read.

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