In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward. Read June 2015.

A dark, atmospheric story that will stay with me a long time.”You can’t bury the truth forever…1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later: Sophie Jenkins’ mother commits suicide…This is a story of family secrets and how often the very darkest secrets are those closest to you.”

There is a large cast of characters in this book which the author skilfully draws, giving even the deceased characters an important role. The central mystery, the kidnapping of Rachel and Sophie, is the starting point for a cleverly plotted puzzle that kept me guessing throughout. 

It is a beautifully written novel that was a pleasure to read despite the sometimes shocking subject matter. The plot twists and red herrings kept me interested and the police characters are believable with enough, but not too much, of the procedural side of their job.

Highly recommended to crime fiction fans who appreciate a well written and thought provoking read.

Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for the advance copy e-book to review.  



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