Thursday, January 26, 2017

In Bitter Chill / Sarah Ward / 314 pages

 In this British police procedural dark secrets have a habit of coming out in the long run. In 1978 two young girls were kidnapped and only one managed to escape. No one was ever arrested and the other girl was never found. Thirty years later, the survivor Rachel has managed to make a life for herself and is trying to live as normally as possible. Unfortunately the past has a way of rearing its ugly head with terrible consequences.
  A first volume in what I hope to be a long series. In the town of Bampton, we have a police force still trying to live down its own past misdeeds. Detective Inspector Francis Sadler has a squad of young officers who are not weighed down by the past. He is asked to look into the recent suicide of a woman who was connected with the kidnapping. Is he going to find anything new to help resolve the long-standing case? In this brilliantly constructed puzzle we follow the police and the suspects through out the investigation, wondering what is a clue, red herring or the true murderer. I loved the twists and turns and the relationships of the characters. It is a fast read with a truly well rewarded and exciting ending. I can't wait to see what else the author Ward has up her sleeve.  

6 Degrees of Reading: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin, Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry, The Ex by Alafair Burke.

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