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A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward

A Deadly Thaw (Inspector Francis Sadler #2)A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel is as good as the description makes you hope it is.

This is the second is a series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone (though you will probably find its so good you’ll get sucked into the series).

The novel centers around the mystery of Lena Gray, who recently got out of prison after serving more than 10 years for the murder of her husband, Andrew. Lena had calmly confessed after he was found suffocated in her bed one morning. But then Andrew’s body is found, newly murdered, in an old morgue. Soon, Lena disappears, leaving it up to the police and her sister, Kat to figure out what happened all those years ago.

The theme of the novel is past actions and mistakes catching up with you in the present. I know this is a common theme is today’s mystery/thrillers, but this novel truly tackles it in a way that doesn’t feel repetitive at all. There are so many layers to the story – from the police investigation, to the multiple present-day deaths, to Kat’s search for answers about her sister – that you don’t get bored or feel like you’ve read anything like this before.

The conclusion, like the story, is extremely multi-layered and I did not figure it out. I guessed wrong several times, however.

Also, I am looking forward to the next in the series to see how some of the main characters’ storylines work out in future stories. I can see this becoming a Grey’s Anatomy-type drama that keeps you coming back for more.

It’s top-notch, for sure.

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