I am delighted to be today's stop on the BLOG TOUR for Sarah Ward's In Bitter Chill, which was published in paperback on 5 November 2015 by Faber & Faber.
In Bitter Chill
By Sarah Ward
Published by Faber & Faber (5 November 2015)
Bampton, Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later: Sophie Jenkins's mother commits suicide.
Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her and move on with her life. But news of the suicide re-opens old wounds and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.
This is a story about loss and family secrets, and how often the very darkest secrets are those that are closest to you.
In Bitter Chill is certainly the right title for this book, as it is really is a chilling, haunting read.
Two girls go missing in 1978, but only one of them (Rachel) returns, seemingly unharmed. The other girl, Sophie, is never found. Thirty years on, and Rachel still can't remember what happened on that fateful day. She has tried to move on with her life, but continues to live locally as a genealogist, helping other people research their family history, when she knows little about her own. When Sophie's mother commits suicide, Rachel is prompted to explore her past in more detail and tries to remember more about her abduction as a young girl. But what will she find?
In Bitter Chill is a story of secrets and deception, alongside an intriguing look into family history. It's a combination of psychological thriller and police procedural, with well-developed believable characters that jump out of the pages. I wanted to know what had happened to Rachel all those years ago and willed her to find the strength to move on. I found that the well-written plot flowed with ease and the book was a pleasure to read, with intrigue and suspense right until the end.
This is great debut and I hope Sarah Ward has another book on the way.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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