Budapest: 1956. Newlywed Cara Walden’s brother Zoltán has disappeared in the middle of the Hungarian revolution, harboring a deadly wartime secret. Will Cara or the Soviets find him first?

Cutting short her honeymoon in Paris to rescue a sibling she’s never met was not Cara’s idea, but her husband Jakub has a reckless streak, and she is too much in love to question his judgment. Together with her older brother Gray, they venture behind the Iron Curtain, seeking clues to Zoltán’s whereabouts among his circle of fellow dissidents, all victims of the recently overthrown Communist regime. One of them betrayed him, and Cara realizes that the investigation has put every person they’ve met at risk. Inadvertently, they’ve also unmasked a Russian spy, who is now tailing them in the hope that they will lead him to Zoltán.

The noir film of Graham Greene’s The Third Man inspires Lisa Lieberman’s historical thriller. Burning Cold features a compelling female protagonist who comes to know her own strength in the course of her adventures.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Again as I read another of Lisa Lieberman’s books, I was seeing the story unfold in black and white.  When I read All the Wrong Places, the first book in the Cara Walden Mystery series, I was so engrossed in the story that it took me back….and I saw the world in black and white.  And Burning Cold had that same effect on me….again I was engrossed in Cara’s life and the story taking her, her brother Gray, and her new husband, Jakub, to another area surrounded by war, fighting, and secrets.

Burning Cold takes them to Budapest where they hope to find and rescue a brother they have just found out about.  Once in Budapest they also find out that their brother, Zoltan, is married and has a daughter.  Unfortunately it isn’t a happy family reunion when they finally meet up with Zoltan and they struggle to convince him to leave the area and go with them where he and his family will be safe.  Throughout their travels and everything that they are faced with, Cara remains positive and cannot help but daydream about the happily ever after that will occur when they finally do get everyone home.

Lieberman opens the readers eyes to the terror and the turmoil that surrounds Cara and her family …. you see the love Cara and Jakub share as well as the devotion to family as they try to find Zoltan and bring him and his family to safety.  You witness the connection that the brothers, Gray and Zoltan, share even if it is war related.  And as with All the Wrong Places, you are left with a better understanding and appreciation of the world around you.


Review by Missi S.










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