Wednesday, 11 July 2018

#BlogTour A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour for A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward. It's a compelling police procedural which highlights the fact that we never really know a person completely or what they may be thinking at any given moment in time.

About Sarah Ward
Sarah Ward is the author of three DC Childs novels, In Bitter Chill, A Deadly Thaw and A Patient Fury set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. The fourth in the series, The Shrouded Path, is out in September. On her website,, she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels. Sarah was a 2015 Amazon Rising Star and A Patient Fury was The Observer's Thriller of the Month in 2017.

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About the book
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.

The most interesting about this story is the conflict between Sadler and Connie, as it pertains to the police investigation and the way it is carried out or which direction it goes in because of it. Sadler believes Connie is letting herself be distracted by the thought the two investigations are connected, whereas she believes the team is wrong not to consider evidence outside of the original investigation.

DC Childs also strongly believes the annihilation of an entire family is not down to the actions of the one person, who is supposed to protect her child and family. It isn't common for women to become killers who wipe out entire families.This creates a chasm between the team and Connie, which leads to her investigating the person she feels is the more likely suspect.

The author presents an interesting dilemma, wherein neither person is completely wrong or right. Their refusal to accept the views and opinions outside of their own remit puts people in danger and draws out the investigation.

Ward presents a compelling duo, who disagree like an old married couple, and yet instinctively comfort each other when they need the presence of another person. The crimes they are involved in are solved despite the obvious fracture in the team, but in a roundabout tentacle-reaching kind of way, and this is what makes it a really good read.

The author keeps the reader guessing until the end. Everyone is a possible suspect, and some of the tentacles bring in more motives than the police expect. It is an invigorating read embedded with some harsh realities. Crime done really well.

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Published in paperback by Faber Books on 5th July 2018.  Also available in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

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