- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Crown (February 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307718417
- ISBN-13: 978-0307718419
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Henry follows up her award-winning debut novel, Learning to Swim (2011), with a strong second effort also featuring freelance reporter Troy Chance. Out on Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks, reporting on the Winter Carnival, Troy witnesses a group of ice cutters as they discover the body of a dead man beneath the frozen lake. It turns out that Troy is acquainted with the dead man, a wealthy, ne’er-do-well Princeton dropout and local playboy who was dating her roommate. But Troy also learns just how wrong she was in her assumptions about the drowning victim when the local newspaper editor assigns her to do an in-depth profile of the man and the investigation into his death. Featuring a strong cast of female characters and a measured pace, this sophomore novel also perfectly conjures the lure of living in a small and beautiful mountain town during a bitterly cold winter. Featuring an independent and immensely likable lead, riffing on the complicated nature of friendship, and boasting a solidly plotted mystery, this may well appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn. --Joanne Wilkinson
“Featuring an independent and immensely likable lead, riffing on the complicated nature of friendship, and boasting a solidly plotted mystery, this may well appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn.” —Booklist
“Sara J. Henry's stellar debut, Learning to Swim, collared multiple major mystery awards. Now A Cold and Lonely Place showcases Henry's powerful new voice. Set in the Adirondack winter, it is both a deeply atmospheric, seductive read and a captivating literary mystery. Put this one on your must-read list!” —Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of Through the Evil Days
“There is a mystery at the cold and lonely heart of this book, but first and foremost, it’s a poignant and haunting story about Troy’s search for the truth behind a young man’s life… This is a powerful, emotional journey for Troy, but ultimately a hopeful one, as she uncovers the stories behind one young man’s traumatic childhood, stories that will finally redeem him.” —BookPage
“[The] sense of severing all previous ties and never truly getting close to people permeates Sara J. Henry's insightful second novel.... Henry explores the complicated nature of relationships while delivering a suspenseful novel full of unpredictable twists.” —South Florida Sun Sentinel
“A chilling mystery about families and friendships.” —Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"[A] haunting follow-up to her Agatha-winning debut, Learning to Swim ... Adding considerably to the compulsively readable mystery that unfolds … is Henry's bone-deep sense of this terribly beautiful place." —Publishers Weekly
"Henry brilliantly draws us into a terrifying but ultimately affirmative novel in which, once again, love, friendship, and the shining truth about who we really are redeems an otherwise hopeless universe." —Howard Frank Mosher, author of The Great Northern Express
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I have read thousands of thrillers and having run out of books by top-line authors am now relying on recommendations. If Jodi Picoult wrote thrillers, then she would be Sara Henry. I noticed that several readers had highlighted profound passages in this book that I actually re-read to absorb properly. This book has an original and unusual plot, she develops the characters very well, sprinkles enough suspects so that the ending isn't obvious and then doesn't take the easy way out by ending the book ever so tidily. Life is messy and sometimes you will never know all the answers.
The only thing I found disappointing is that the author only wrote 2 books so far, but I shall be buying her first novel right now.
I expected the same from A Cold and Lonely Place. However, the story developed very slowly, and the conclusion was rather anticlimactic. I still enjoyed it. Anticlimactic does not mean bad. Just not the thrilling, surprisingly satisfying ending you expect. I didn't love it like I did the first novel, but it was nice to continue reading about Troy.
What I enjoyed about this book was being a part of Troy's life once again. In the first book, her life changed dramatically by what she saw happening to a young boy. Her life changed because of the new people in her life. In this second book, it seems as though she matured and entered into a new chapter of her life, professionally speaking.
I'm hoping this was intentional, setting us up for a third novel in which Troy is a successful writer/detective and we will have a chance to embark on an exciting mystery and new relationships with her.
One of the things I liked best about the book was that it was very realistic and genuine--I can't say any more about that without giving away major plot points, but I didn't feel like anything was contrived or over the top. It all felt quite real to me--the mystery, the bleakness, the atmosphere, and not being able to readily tell whether certain characters were complicit in Tobin's death or not. I loved the twists and turns in this book, and I thought the ending was absolutely perfect. This is a story that'll stick with me for a long time, and I hope to read more from Ms. Henry in the future.
Driven to solve the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a popular young man whose life and body are found frozen in ice and time, she struggles to find her balance while walking a tightrope. Will the truths of the matter harm some of the people who were close to him, while setting others free?
Finding the keys to the young man’s deathly prison require Troy to allow him to speak through her writing, to bring him back to life in a way, through the people who knew him, but one thing becomes clear…there are some in the community who don’t want anyone else to hear what the victim has to say.
As with Sara J. Henry’s first novel, “LEARNING TO SWIM”, featuring the same main character, this is a well-plotted and intricately character-driven story, which unfolds, seemingly in ‘real time’ rich with powerful imagery. If you haven’t read the first novel, be sure to invest the time. You will gain further insight into how Troy’s mind works, into why she does the things she does, and one thing is for sure, you will want Troy Chance to be on your side.
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Meandering plot and although this book starts out strong, it quickly becomes bogged down and boring.Read more