After the Category Five hurricane destroyed the Florida Keys, psychic Mira Morales is trying to piece her life together. She has construction teams work on her home and bookstore and is also trying to get over her break-up with Shep who doesn't want to deal with wormholes, trips to the past, visions, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. Mira is taking a walk trying to clear her mind when she sees the ghostly vision of a woman fleeing a house.
When the ghost disappears, she enters the house and finds the dead body of a maid. Paul Nichols, one of the owners of the house thinks, she killed the woman and kidnapped her son Adam but the FBI doesn't consider her a suspect since she has helped them many times solve cases. It is former actor Spenser Fitch who took Adam because he blames Paul, a director and his academy awarding winning wife Suki for his failure to become a well knows actor because they rejected him for the leading role in one of their pictures. Suki hires Mira to find her son and she ends up getting kidnapped and put in the same room as Adam; it will take otherworldly intervention to get them out of there alive.
Shep gets drawn back into Mira's world when they work on the case together and despite his desire to never experience the paranormal again, he acknowledges that he is bound emotionally to Mira. The antagonist has killed before but he acts like a mixed up kid who is still in recovery from the trauma of being raised by a physically abusive father. COLD AS DEATH plunges the reader into an absorbing thriller that takes place on two different levels; the real world and the metaphysical realm. Did I forget to mention the mermaid?