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I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Sarah Ward’s third DC Connie Childs novel, A Patient Fury.  This is a series that I was late to discover, but when so many friends have raved about it, I simply had to find out if it was as good as they claimed, and as usual they were spot on!

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** My thanks to the folks at Faber & Faber for my copy of this and to Emma at damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Three bodies discovered.

A family obliterated.

All evidence seems to point to one murderer: the mother.

DC Connie Childs, determined to discover the truth about the fire-wrecked property on Cross Farm Lane, realises that a fourth body – one they cannot find – must hold the key to the mystery. But what Connie fails to realise is that her determination to unmask the murderer might cost her more than her health – this time she could lose the thing she cares about most: her career.

My Thoughts & Review:

The DC Connie Childs series is one that I’ve read away from my blog, one that I read purely for enjoyment and have to say that so far it grabbed my attention, there are brilliantly created characters, impressive writing that grabs your attention and utterly beguiling descriptions of settings that give the reader the sense of being in the middle of the scene with the characters.

A Patient Fury begins with an uneasy and chilling opening, it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the novel and leaves the readers a little unsettled and unsure of where the danger lies, who the culprit is and the motive for their actions.
The creeping menace that lurks throughout this makes for an entertaining and gripping read, and the way that Sarah Ward has linked the current case to another timeline makes this an irresistible book for me.

Whilst the case is a tricky one, for me one of the most impressive aspects of this book, and indeed the entire series is characterisation.  Connie Childs is a superb creation and there’s something about her that readers will take to, her tenacity, her work ethic, stubbornness all make her stand out.  She has a tendency to break rules and go off on her own investigations, seeing past the obvious and asking the questions that others haven’t considered.
Connie contrasts well with George, a family member of the deceased.  His obnoxious and rude ways had be wanting to shout at him at times, such was the intensity of the writing.  I do love when an author can evoke strong emotions from readers when they write their characters, the detail that they weave into their work makes the characters come alive and feel multidimensional.

I particularly appreciate the setting of a book when I know where it’s set, and in this case, I really enjoyed the trip to Derbyshire.  I’ve visited Derbyshire many times and felt that Sarah Ward instantly took me back there with her writing, the descriptions of the landscapes were perfect.  I loved the descriptions of the caves that Julia worked in, reminding me of Peak Cavern in Castleton.

Sometimes with thrillers and police procedurals you try to solve the case along with the detectives, or even have a sneaky suspicion about who the killer is or what the motive might be, but with this book it was so difficult to pin it down.  There are enough red herrings to keep you guessing and suitably unsure until Ward decides to reveal all and leave her readers wondering.

A great read and I eagerly await the next book!

 

You can buy a copy of A Patient Fury via:

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

Waterstones

Book Depository

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