Cold Deception by D.B. Tait

Cold Deception by D.B. TaitCold Deception by D.B. Tait
Series: Dark Mountain #1
Published by Momentum (Pan Macmillan) on March 12th 2015
Pages: 382
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Secrets, lies, deception. That's what it takes to stay alive.
At 20, Julia Taylor went to prison for murdering a man who deserved it. Ten years later, she's ready to put the past behind her and get on with her life. But someone won't let her. Someone will do anything to drive Julia away, including murder.
As the body count rises, Julia is forced to accept the help of Dylan Andrews, a cop with dark secrets of his own. Unfortunately help has a cost. Dylan is digging into Julia's past, uncovering secrets she is desperate to keep.
Julia must keep Dylan at a distance, or else risk her own safety, and the safety of everyone she loves ...

She’d served 10 years in prison for a crime that she never committed, believing that her silence would protect her sister from further mental instability. But secrets have a way of surfacing, and it’s much sooner than later that Julia must confess all, endangering all around her and threatening that new, albeit shaky relationship she’d just begun with the local cop.

I definitely appreciated the unusual setting of the Blue mountains and was left breathless by the escalating suspense that was quite deftly woven into this seemingly idyllic place. There was an interesting cast of characters in this small town tale yet no one was entirely free of the pivotal event that took place 10 years ago that implicates Julia and her entire family. Dylan’s and Julia’s burgeoning relationship however, felt more like an abrupt afterthought than a centrally woven theme, so I didn’t feel too convinced by what they had even when I turned the last page.