A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward
This synopsis is better than one I could write:
Lena Grey is found guilty of murdering her husband, who was found smothered in their bed. She offers no defense, and serves fourteen long years in prison. But within months of her release nearly two decades later, his body is found in a disused morgue, recently killed. Who was the man she killed before, and why did she lie about his identity?
Detective Inspector Francis Sadler and his Derbyshire team try to discover how such a well-orchestrated deception could have occurred. DC Connie Childs is convinced that something greater than marital strife caused the murders, but before Lena can be questioned further, she vanishes. Back in Lena’s childhood home, her sister Kat, a therapist, is shocked by her sister’s duplicity. When she begins to receive mysterious packages from a young man claiming to know her sister’s location, Kat is drawn into her own investigation of her family’s well-hidden secrets. As her inquiries begin to collide with the murder investigation, a link to the sisters’ teenage lives emerges, and the line between victim and perpetrator becomes blurred in this tightly-plotted, compelling novel
It’s always uncomfortable me to write reviews on books that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, but I just really had a hard time enjoying this book. I had heard some of my favorite book bloggers speak very highly of this novel, and the synopsis really captured my attention, but there were some things about it that hindered my enjoyment of the story.
I think that firstly, I have a tendency to enjoy books that are more centered around the antagonist when it comes to crime thrillers, which are usually the kinds that I read. I think that I thought that this book was more going to be centered around Lena and her side of the story, but it was a police procedural , so it may have very well been my misunderstanding of the story that kept me from LOVING the story.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I did not hate this book. There were many things that I really liked about it. I really enjoyed Lena’s sister, Kat, and her profession as a therapist is one that I am very interested in, so I did enjoy this aspect of the story. I felt that the author was educated and wrote the story very well. The dialogue was great, and I felt like she did a wonderful job at really fleshing out her characters, whether I felt connected to them personally or not. There were definitely things that I did not expect to happen throughout the novel, but because I wasn’t fully invested in the characters and the detectives solving the crime, I guess I just didn’t care as much about the little plot twists and turns that happened throughout the story.
I didn’t hate this story, but I didn’t really like it much either. I rated this book a 2.5/5 stars