Cold Snap

Cold Snap

In New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan's latest thriller, Lucy Kincaid's trip home for Christmas takes a deadly turn.The Kincaid family hasn't been together for the holidays in twenty years. Now, after a heart attack puts the family patriarch in the hospital, the seven Kincaid kids and their families are doing everything they can to be home this Christmas. But gettin...

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Title:Cold Snap
Author:Allison Brennan
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Cold Snap Reviews

  • Lise

    As an Allison Brennan fan, all you need to tell me is "it's a Kincaid novel" and I am there. But this novel has some twists and turns that really intrigued me - in fact I can't recall ever reading a novel that had the same structure that Brennan gives us in Cold Snap. Lucy Kincaid's older brother - the one from the coma - Patrick - is trying to head home for Christmas but is sidetracked by a request from his mother. She's worried about her friend's daughter, Elle Santana. Patrick tracks her to h

    As an Allison Brennan fan, all you need to tell me is "it's a Kincaid novel" and I am there. But this novel has some twists and turns that really intrigued me - in fact I can't recall ever reading a novel that had the same structure that Brennan gives us in Cold Snap. Lucy Kincaid's older brother - the one from the coma - Patrick - is trying to head home for Christmas but is sidetracked by a request from his mother. She's worried about her friend's daughter, Elle Santana. Patrick tracks her to her apartment and immediately all hell breaks lose and he's in it for the long haul. Runaways, kids from the street and drugs and prostitution and the sex slave trade are front and center. It's dramatic, high-tension, and fueled with the attraction between the two. Their adventure takes them half-way through the book, during which time Patrick is reaching out to other family members and Seth Rogan, Lucy Kincaid's man-with-a-past lover, needing his computer expertise. Then as soon as this first drama is wrapped up, the book flips back to the day Patrick's story begins and we move to Denver where Lucy, Sean and other family members are trapped in their hotel during a blizzard that prevents them from heading home to San Diego and family. Anyone who knows Brennan knows it won't be long before the body count rises and it does so ingeniously as the trapped FBI agents, forensic psychiatrist and Seth work to solve the "locked door" mystery. Who could be doing the killing? Where are they in the hotel? How many more women will die? And will Lucy and her gang make it out alive? I loved the flipping the story concept, and the second section was as nail-biting and tense as the first. And meanwhile you got two Kincaid thrillers for the price of one! Don't know Allison? Make the acquaintance. Fast. And then introduce yourself to Lucy Kincaid.

  • Diane

    This was a really good book - more in depth meeting of the Kincaids and the Rogans - read so many books over the past week due to "Arthur's Anger".

    If you haven't read this series, please consider doing so.

    Really liking this whole series - thank you Allison Brennan!

  • Elvan

    The best of the series so far. Cold Snap was a pleasure to read. Three mysteries in one novel and every Kincaid and associate that Brennan has mentioned in the series gets not just a cameo appearance but a leading role to showcase their talents.

    A really fun Christmas holiday read. Dead bodies and all.

  • Barbara ★

    This was actually three interconnected stories of the Kincaid family. The first as Patrick Kincaid and Gabrielle "Elle" Santana in San Francisco taking down a drug lord. Unfortunately this one was terrible since Elle was one of those TSTL heroines that totally piss me off.

    The second story was Lucy Kincaid, Sean Rogan, Dillon Kincaid and Kate Donovan stuck in a hotel in Denver due to a nasty blizzard. Unfortunately for them, there was a serial killer locked down in the hotel as well and they spe

    This was actually three interconnected stories of the Kincaid family. The first as Patrick Kincaid and Gabrielle "Elle" Santana in San Francisco taking down a drug lord. Unfortunately this one was terrible since Elle was one of those TSTL heroines that totally piss me off.

    The second story was Lucy Kincaid, Sean Rogan, Dillon Kincaid and Kate Donovan stuck in a hotel in Denver due to a nasty blizzard. Unfortunately for them, there was a serial killer locked down in the hotel as well and they spent two days figuring our who the killer was and taken them down.

    The final story was about Christmas with the Kincaids in San Diego except that a hostage situation interrupted that as well. I liked how this one went down and loved that Lucy saved the day with her brilliant deductive reasoning regardless of the flack from the local cops.

  • Terri Wino

    I really enjoyed this entry in the series. It had been a while since I returned to the Lucy Kincaid universe, and I hadn't realized that this book takes place around the Christmas holiday. Bonus for me since I'm about to kick off my holiday season reading to take a break from doom and gloom.

    This book was actually more like three stories that tie together at the end with the Kincaid siblings all trying to make it home for Christmas. I was so glad to see Patrick finally get his own story and that

    I really enjoyed this entry in the series. It had been a while since I returned to the Lucy Kincaid universe, and I hadn't realized that this book takes place around the Christmas holiday. Bonus for me since I'm about to kick off my holiday season reading to take a break from doom and gloom.

    This book was actually more like three stories that tie together at the end with the Kincaid siblings all trying to make it home for Christmas. I was so glad to see Patrick finally get his own story and that we get caught up on what's happening with the rest of Lucy's siblings.

    Allison Brennan prefaced the book with a note that Lucy and Sean would be moving to San Antonio so she wanted to take this opportunity to revisit Lucy's family since there won't be many opportunities to do so going forward. I love that she knows what makes her readers happy. It's great to catch up with past characters, and I'm looking forward to the next chapter of Lucy's story and where it takes her.

  • Lana

    Cold Snap was fun. The first third of the book was about Lucy's brother Patrick, who had been sent to check on a friend of the family. Except for frequent mentions of the Kincaid name, I pretty much forgot I was supposed to be reading a Lucy Kincaid novel. I enjoyed Patrick and Elle's adventures. They're both compelling characters.

    The middle third of the story was set at "home" for the Kincaids, where they'd all been planning to gather for a family Christmas.

    A family emergency pushes the timetab

    Cold Snap was fun. The first third of the book was about Lucy's brother Patrick, who had been sent to check on a friend of the family. Except for frequent mentions of the Kincaid name, I pretty much forgot I was supposed to be reading a Lucy Kincaid novel. I enjoyed Patrick and Elle's adventures. They're both compelling characters.

    The middle third of the story was set at "home" for the Kincaids, where they'd all been planning to gather for a family Christmas.

    A family emergency pushes the timetable forward, and stuff happens, as is wont to do with Lucy around, and almost the entire Kincaid clan is involved in one way or another.

    The remainder of the book is wrapping up loose ends, catching a killer, gathering for Christmas, and a surprise visitor.

    Anyway, unlike the book which "starred" Sean, I didn't feel a sense of missing something because Lucy wasn't front and center.

    Cold Snap was a great addition to the Lucy Kincaid series.

    This was one of my wishlist books, and I found it at the local library.

  • Tal

    This style, with three stories in one, was her best yet. There were not a lot of wasted words or filler. The events and action kept going. I was going to give up on this series until I got through this book today. I hope the rest of the series is a bit more like this one - even if the stories were a bit fantastical!

  • Paraphrodite

    4 stars.

    This one is basically 3 stories in one, with the first story focusing on Patrick, Sean's ex-partner and Lucy's brother. The concurrent second story has Sean, Lucy, Kate and Dillon solving a case whilst stranded in a hotel waiting to get home for Christmas. Then the last story happens after they got home to find themselves involved in a hostage situation.

    We get to see more of the Kincaid family dynamics in this "Christmas" edition, especially between Lucy and her two older sisters. Sean

    4 stars.

    This one is basically 3 stories in one, with the first story focusing on Patrick, Sean's ex-partner and Lucy's brother. The concurrent second story has Sean, Lucy, Kate and Dillon solving a case whilst stranded in a hotel waiting to get home for Christmas. Then the last story happens after they got home to find themselves involved in a hostage situation.

    We get to see more of the Kincaid family dynamics in this "Christmas" edition, especially between Lucy and her two older sisters. Sean is being his usual supportive self and is fast becoming another of my favourite male leads!

    Now let's see how Lucy is going to wreck havoc in her new job...…

  • Darcy

    What I liked about this book is that it pulled in more of the Kincaid clan, all of whom we have read about in the past. I also really liked how the book was set up, 3 separate story lines, the first 2 running at the same time, while the 3rd taking place after.

    I found the part with Patrick and Elle to be funny. They are so different and Elle just would not believe some of the things Patrick brought up, that annoyed me. I know that Elle had her heart in the right spot, but she went about things in

    What I liked about this book is that it pulled in more of the Kincaid clan, all of whom we have read about in the past. I also really liked how the book was set up, 3 separate story lines, the first 2 running at the same time, while the 3rd taking place after.

    I found the part with Patrick and Elle to be funny. They are so different and Elle just would not believe some of the things Patrick brought up, that annoyed me. I know that Elle had her heart in the right spot, but she went about things in the wrong way. I was glad to see that Patrick was able to help and that the outcome was a good one.

    The second part had me laughing at first, mostly because it seems like Lucy and Sean can't go anyplace without running into dead bodies. I did like how Lucy and Sean, working with Kate and Dillon worked to figure things out. The crime and the reasoning why makes me shake my head, I know people go crazy like this. I did like the tidbit that Lucy learned about Sean and know it won't make any difference in their relationship.

    The last part was great in that more of the Kincaids came into play. I can see why Carina did what she did, why Nick clued Lucy in, and why Lucy made the trade. By the end of the story I felt sorry for Charlie, he and Sarah were the big losers, but at least things stopped with them. I was glad to see Patrick's visitor and think that the mom was right, things would be changed when the trip ended.

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}

    This is well written but it's actually like 4 novellas or short stories instead of one book. 3 of the stories are part of Cold Snap and the 4th is a short story titled Reckless. I enjoyed the stories, felt they were well written and edited and for the most part they were creative and yet...it was like eating a 4 course meal and then still feeling hungry. I think my problem may have been that I was looking for a full length novel like the prior stories I have read of Ms. Brennan's.

    The characters

    This is well written but it's actually like 4 novellas or short stories instead of one book. 3 of the stories are part of Cold Snap and the 4th is a short story titled Reckless. I enjoyed the stories, felt they were well written and edited and for the most part they were creative and yet...it was like eating a 4 course meal and then still feeling hungry. I think my problem may have been that I was looking for a full length novel like the prior stories I have read of Ms. Brennan's.

    The characters that Ms. Brennan has developed are interesting and appealing (for the most part). It's a really good group of characters and I have liked some of the previous novels starring them. I do like finding out how favorite characters are getting along and that is what this is. A massive reunion of Lucy Kindcaid characters where they get into trouble and find murdered victims.

    If it's been awhile since you read the prior novels, then this may feel a little bit like being dropped in the middle of a novel where you kind of know what's going on, but then again, are you remembering the characters correctly.

    In the first short story, you have Patrick and Elle getting mixed up in drugs and human trafficking as Elle tries to save a teenager and convict a bad guy. I liked Patrick, but I had major problems with Elle. I liked that she was spirited and really wanted to help troubled teenagers. What I had a problem with is how she treated Patrick. She's supposed to be attracted to him and he was the major crush of her teenage years and yet she doesn't treat him or his ideas with any level of respect. She's hot headed, careless, stubborn to the point that she starts to fall in the TSTL category. When you add TSTL with treating Patrick like he's incompetent and has stupid ideas and she is not a heroine that I can stand behind. And based on how she treated him, I can't see what he sees in her. The story line was good but was ruined for me by Elle's character.

    The second short story featured Kate/Dillon and Lucy/Sean. It was a fairly good story and I did enjoy it. The third story featured Carina/Nick and Lucy/Sean. It too was fairly good. Reckless, the fourth story featured Lucy/Sean.

    Each of the 4 stories basically takes place in a time frame of 24 to 48 hours and all the plots feel a little rushed. It's amazing how quickly this family can wrap up crime and murder.

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