Publication Date: Available Now from Faber
Source: Review Copy
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.
A Patient Fury, the third book to feature Connie Childs is, as its predecessors, a right old page turner with an intriguing multi-layered plot, the usual character suspects plus some others and a tense and atmospheric tale of families gone wrong.
What I love about these books is the way Sarah Ward twists her plots and those living out the drama within the pages in subtle and undefined ways so it is not until you are heading towards the end that you finally start to see the truth. Her strength is dysfunctional family units, showing us the underneath of things, those hidden parts of marriage, wider ties and parenthood that can explode in the most violent ways. It is fascinating to “watch” things unfold, see the connections and the hidden meanings, this is character led crime fiction at its finest.
Connie is a very good anchor to all of this – she is determined and not always sensible – I’ll admit as a reader that she often irritates me but in the best reading way. In A Patient Fury she see’s beyond the obvious and takes us, the reader, down a different track – it is clever and unpredictable.
Overall a fine addition to the series. Beautifully readable and one of those books that makes you think back on it later to see the nuances.
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