A Cold and Lonely Place By Sara J. Henry

Title: A Cold and Lonely Place

Author: Sara J. Henry

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

UK Publication Date: 5th February 2013


Troy Chance returns in another riveting novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Learning to Swim

   Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a body–a man she knows. One of her roommates falls under suspicion, and the media descends. Troy’s assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who, it turns out, was the privileged son of a wealthy Connecticut family who had been playing at a blue collar life in this Adirondack village. And the deeper Troy digs into his life and mysterious death, the murkier things become. After the victim’s sister comes to town and a string of disturbing incidents unfold, it’s clear someone doesn’t want the investigation to continue. Troy doesn’t know who to trust, and what she ultimately finds out threatens to shatter the serenity of these mountain towns. She must decide which family secrets should be exposed, what truths should remain hidden, and how far her own loyalty can reach.
   A Cold and Lonely Place, the sequel to Learning to Swim, follows Troy on a powerful emotional journey as she discovers the damage left by long-hidden secrets, and catches a glimpse of what might have been. (From Goodreads, 22nd January 2013)


Firstly I will say this is the novel which follows ‘Learning to Swim’. I did not know this and thus have the answers to some of the questions that must come up in ‘Learning to Swim’ so I would advise you read that first. You do not need to read it first to understand ‘A Cold and Lonely Place’ but I think it would add extra understanding to some characters.

I read ‘A Cold and Lonely Place’ just as the weather turned from Autumn to Winter and that added to the atmosphere within the novel. Finding a body frozen in the lake of a small town brings a lot of questions that stir the small town. Troy is a freelance journalist who is caught in the story as her flatmates boyfriend is the body in the ice. She begins to investigate the life of the victim and tells his story through feature articles for the local newspaper. She is not investigating his death, but his life.

An interesting novel that shows the curiosity we have in others and the morals writers must decide to follow or ignore when dealing with others privet lives.

This novel brings a good amount of twists and turns without being too fast moving or too slow. It gripped me and the descriptions of the environment were beautiful. I enjoyed it and enjoyed the fact we were not investigating the murder but in fact the life.

A novel for those who are interested in mystery but want a slightly slower pace compared to many others in the genre.

4.5 out of 5.