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I am thrilled to say that today sees the publication of Sarah Ward's 4th book - it's brilliant.
Published by Faber & Faber, 6 September 2018.
ISBN: 978-0-57133241-0 (HB)
have stated many times that I read crime fiction for the mystery not the crime,
and this the fourth book in this series featuring DC Connie Childs, certainly provides
plenty of tantalising mystery.
The story opens on a dank November day in
rural Derbyshire in 1957, when six teenage girls are walking in the fields
following the old train tracks that pass through a dark tunnel to Cutting Lane.
Unbeknown to them a watcher is aware that only five girls reappear the other
side of the tunnel.
Sixty years on Mina Kemp is called to the
hospital where her mother Hilary has taken a turn for the worst. Feverish and
confused she tells her daughter that she has seen Valerie and that Mina must
finder her and check that she is alright.But Mina has never heard her mother mention a Valerie, in fact her
mother has never discussed or kept up with any of her childhood friends and she
has no idea where to start.
HQ things are for once quiet for which acting DI Matthews is grateful while she
stands in for DI Francis Sadler who has been forced to take outstanding leave
or lose it.Determined to succeed in
this temporary position she is doing everything by the book and in doing so
driving Connie Childs mad.Their latest
case is one of the sudden death of Nell Colley an elderly unmarried lady who
was found by a neighbour sitting on her sofa dead, seems just a simple death. However,
Matthews wants no stone left unturned. So together with the newest addition to the
team Peter Dahl Connie sets out to interview the neighbour and check through
the house.Although, they can not find
anything really amiss, Connie has an uneasy feeling that is reinforced when she
learns that Nell had only recently retired in order to write her memoirs. But
there is nothing in the house that confirms this.Just a newspaper with the death of another
elderly lady circled!
There are both multiple characters and threads
to this intriguing story. Slowly the links are uncovered and yet still the
reader is at a loss as to how they come together and who and where is Valerie?
There are several third person narrators, that
provide background to this fascinating mystery, but still the motive and the
identity remain a mystery.A real page
turner with a startling revelation.If
you love a good mystery this is a must read for you. Most highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
Wardis an online book reviewer whose blog, Crimepieces, reviews the best of
current crime fiction published around the world. She is a judge for the
Petrona Award for translated Scandinavian crime novels. Sarah lives
in rural Derbyshire where her debut novel, In Bitter Chill,
published by Faber and Faber, is set. Sarah has now published
two further books, and her fourth A
Shrouded Path is published September 2018.