Kensington, Jul 2001, 6.99, 480 pp.
The Baker family are San Francisco residents who go camping in an isolated part of Montana's Glacier National Park. However, Emily and Doug have a fight so she walks away to calm down. When their ten-year old daughter Paige tries to talk to her father while he is cutting wood, he hurts his hand because of the distraction. He yells at Paige to go to her mother. A frightened Paige leaves accompanied by her dog Kobee, but never finds her mom.
Several hours pass before Emily and Doug realize that Paige is lost. A search proves futile and the next morning he races for help. The National parks Service, the FBI, and surprisingly the San Francisco police join forces. The latter is invited because the national law enforcement officials think foul play is involved with the missing girl. As the window of safety ticks a way, a “monster” from Emily's past when she grew up near here is also hunting Paige.
COLD FEAR is a frightening tale that will chill the audience as the clock to save Paige's life seems much faster than normal to her parents and to the reader. The prime story line is superb though the addition of Emily's “monster” and a domestic incident back home detracts from a powerful gut wrenching thriller that seems very real because the key players feel genuine. The audience will care what happens to Paige because Rick Mofina makes her feel like everyone's precious child. This is a strong story that hooks the reader from the start.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner