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Review: A DEADLY THAW, Sarah Ward

A Deadly Thaw, by Sarah Ward. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

“Weaves red herrings in with genuine clues so that the reader is constantly left guessing”


2004: In Bampton, Derbyshire, Lena Fisher is arrested for suffocating her husband, Andrew.

Spring 2016: A year after Lena's release from prison, Andrew is found murdered in a disused mortuary.

Who was the man Lena killed twelve years ago and why did she lie about his identity? When Lena disappears, her sister, Kat, follows a trail of clues delivered by a teenage boy.

Sarah Ward's second novel confirms her place as one of the UK's most exciting new crime writers.


This is one jigsaw puzzle where, every time you think the pieces fit, it turns out something is missing. It is expertly plotted, from the intriguing opening, all the way through to the end. It’s an exceptionally complex tale, but is expertly handled by Sarah Ward, who weaves red herrings in with genuine clues so that the reader is constantly left guessing.

What’s more, as suspected, this time I really warmed to the detectives investigating. Each of the three are so different in personality, but work so well together. I’m a particular fan of Connie’s, and she feels more of a driving force than her boss, Inspector Sadler. They all play off one another brilliantly, and I can’t wait to read what the future holds for them.


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