A Deadly Thaw, by Sarah Ward

A Deadly Thaw starts with the discovery of a murder victim. Clearly nothing out of the ordinary for a crime story, however DI Sadler recognises the victim as Andrew Fisher, a man who’d been murdered 10 years earlier, so how could his fresh body be there at this new crime scene?

Obvious questions arise. Who was the original victim? How did his real identity remain unknown? And where has the current victim been for the past ten years before being murdered “again”?

Lena Gray, wife of the victim, newly released from a jail term for the first murder is the only one with the answers, and yet, as soon as her “resurrected” husband’s recent murder comes to light, she disappears.

Is she now responsible for killing the man she was thought to have murdered a decade before?

This book follows a similar format to Sarah Ward’s previous book, alternating the police investigation with the story of another character who has family connections to the crime, in this case Lena’s sister Kat. It’s an effective technique that keeps us in mind of the human cost of the situation, so that the book‘s appeal remains much more than an intriguing legal puzzle to be solved.

We also see more of the personal lives of detectives Sadler, Palmer and Childs, how they become affected by a case, and also how their work on a case can be affected by their non-work related interactions.

Another feature the books have in common is the way the past and present both collide. In this book suppressed secrets are drawn out to the cost of victims, perpetrators and investigators alike. As one character says towards the end:

“Mistakes from our past are coming back to haunt us.”

The further I got into the book, the more I loved it. As the various seemingly unrelated strands started to come together, the pace increased incrementally to a satisfyingly unforeseen conclusion.
Along the way the story addresses some very serious issues related to the neglect of responsible authority, as well as the abuse and misuse of power.
These matters have become prominently topical in recent news reports.

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More information on Sarah Ward’s website:

https://crimepieces.com/a-deadly-thaw-praise-and-reviews/

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4 thoughts on “A Deadly Thaw, by Sarah Ward

  1. Along the way the story addresses some very serious issues related to the neglect of responsible authority, as well as the abuse and misuse of power.
    These matters have become prominently topical in recent news reports.

    Did you mean that last sentence to seem like a reference to the real world? (I’ve had a few such conversations lately.)

    1. Yes Marleen.
      Even though the book was written a while ago, it touches on topics that have become very newsworthy in recent months.

      News related to the worlds of entertainment and politics; and how cover-ups to protect guilty individuals, or perhaps a victims fear of consequences, or just laziness and apathy from others who knew, helped to perpetuate criminal acts that may have been widely known, but no one wanted to address.

    2. Only today there’s been a new case brought to attention where a much admired Australian TV celebrity has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct during the 80s and 90s when his TV show was one of the most popular on TV. Complaints about the misconduct went ignored by the TV management because he was popular and brought in lots of $$$.

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