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Super Excited to be kicking of this blog tour, for this AMAZING novel!
A Patient Fury by Sarah ward
When Detective Constable Connie Childs is dragged from her bed to the fire-wrecked property on Cross Farm Lane she knows as she steps from the car that this house contains death.
Three bodies discovered – a family obliterated – their deaths all seem to point to one conclusion: One mother, one murderer.
But D.C. Childs, determined as ever to discover the truth behind the tragedy, realises it is the fourth body – the one they cannot find – that holds the key to the mystery at Cross Farm Lane.
What Connie Childs fails to spot is that her determination to unmask the real murderer might cost her more than her health – this time she could lose the thing she cares about most: her career.
Wow, wow, wow, if books could kill, this would be a contender. It’s almost as if Sarah Ward will rip your heart out and then politely ask to put it back in! I am absolutely blown away by this novel. Truly astounded!
The novel opens in the Derbyshire peaks, DC Connie Childs #3. Summoned to an arson, with little more information to go on, the police team are not happy. When they reach the crime scene and find a dead male, a dead child and a hanging woman.
The case takes a very gruesome turn, is this a murder/suicide?
If so who was the murderer?
DI Francis Sadler and Connie, must uncover the facts that surround the suspicious deaths. Something that may prove very difficult. They begin with a background of the family living at 42 Whitegates, Cross Farm Lane. Fire investigator Nigel Rooth assists with the forensics of the fire itself. But every single lead in the case, creates a further twist. The family consists of bad-tempered and general cantankerous old man Peter Winson. His much younger Italian wife Francesca and young son Charlie. Emerging from Peter’s past are his now adult children Julia and George, from his previous marriage. When evidence and investigation shows that not only Peter’s wife 10 weeks pregnant but that Peter’s first wife went missing in suspicious circumstances in the 1980’s.
The case becomes so much more multifaceted.
I really felt as though the complexity with this case was so extremely well written, that I can quote from my notes “Page 137 – I don’t trust anybody in this novel”. The past and the present begin to merge together whilst also creating further questions. One thing is for sure, it is completely unpredictable.
No one is whom they seem!
Sadler is convinced finding the truth remains in the present case. Whilst Connie believes secrets lurk in the families past. Whilst Sadler’s personal life begins to distract him from the case. Julia has a prowler in the midst. George becomes more and more like his father, in his responses to the police. Connie however, won’t let it go and at great risk to herself, pursues the past of the family. Is Connie right, in risking her career? Either way Connie contacts DI David Stanhope from the Lincolnshire police and begins to investigate.
Pulled up by her superior, she threatens to resign, so steadfast in her beliefs.
Any way you look at it, this is Connie’s feistiest side yet. Driven, strong, determined and likeable, everything that makes the perfect female lead. As I read on, I felt as though within an old Colombo movie. All the facts are staring me in the face, I just can’t connect the dots. I am desperately trying to figure it out, before the last few pages. But Sarah ward has other ideas and it builds to a phenomenal ending. That is not only my favourite ending of this year so far.
But possibly my favourite ending of all time!
Read this thinking it is a rural Derbyshire mystery, I dare you!
5* Genius, from me!
A Patient Fury is out on the 7th September! 🙂