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Cold Remains Paperback – February 1, 2012
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"will keep the reader on edge until the very end" Fran Lewis, New York reviewer, talk show host and interviewer. "Her writing is so distinctly unique it will truly chill you to the bone" Sally Meseg, for Dreamcatcher "Sally Spedding is a font of creepy stories, the kind of tales which wheedle their way back into your mind, hours maybe days and weeks later..." Western Mail "Spedding knows thta before delivering the set-pieces it's essential to carefully build suspense through both unsettling incident and sense of locale - at both, she's unquestoonably got what it takes." Barry Forshaw, Crime Time "Sally Spedding... has been credited with being a latter day Du Maurier..." Crime Squad "Sally Spedding is the mistress of her craft." Welsh Books Council
About the Author
Sally Spedding has won many awards including the H.E. Bates Short Story Prize and the Anne Tibble Award for Poetry. Sally is the author of five highly acclaimed crime mystery novels.
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"Cold Remains" is my introduction to the novels of Sally Spedding, and now I am determined to find and read more. This is a novel that will not surrender its hold on my mind. The storyline is brutal, violent, abusive; yet compelling, riveting, intriguing. I found myself frequently with jaw dropped at the hubris and arrogance and conceit of many of the characters, and simultaneously cheering on "the good guys," Helen and Jason and Bestsan and Gwylim and others. Yes, there are really good guys (and women) on the police departments here also; just as there is real present evil in all walks of life. Like turning over a stone and finding maggot-ridden meat, this novel turns over the facades of upscale life (and those in poverty as well) and uncovers the good and the evil concealed within.
Circling around Heron House in rural Wales, present and past, is a conglomeration of individuals, very few of whom tell the truth, or even are honest about their identities and purposes. Formerly the home of a wealthy judge, Heron House is now "run" by Monty Flynn, supposedly a best-selling writer, and the weirdest pair of servants since-well, at least since Daphne du Maurier's "Mrs. Danvers." Helen, art graduate, is hired to cook, and Jason is the first of several prospective authors-to-be. What they find is the most complex, incredible, yet realistic Gordian knot I've read of in a very long time-if ever.
I received an e-book copy via NetGalley in return for my fair and impartial review.
The main character is somewhat solitary and confined by his own fears. At the same time, he has an adventuresome spirit that leads the way through the complicated plot perfectly. He is the type of flawed character that makes you want to keep turning the pages. I appreciated that the author did not just tell me everything that was happening, but rather through her literary persuasion, allowed me to experience the events of the book with a healthy dose of my own imagination.
If you are looking for a frightening thriller that will keep you awake at night, this is the one to choose. I will look for more books by this author.
I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley
This is a great thriller, blending psychological elements with horror and mystery writing. I found it hard to put the book down even though it was so scary. It's complicated at times but stick with it, the denouement is very worth it. Really enjoyed this.
My opinion: It took me a bit longer to get into this sleeper novel. It was very gothic and "noir-ish" in nature. Once I did, it took off and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery laid out well and I enjoyed the twisted-ness of the characters. One thing I didn't like about this book was that it flipped back and forth in periods of time. However, there was something that was slightly reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House.
Source: Netgalley for Publisher
Would I recommend? : Yes and I already have.
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone
The story was original, kept the reader's interest and the pace was perfect and
the plot line was great. He had it figured out until the twist at the end when
he realized who was really in control. He gives it five stars too. The story
was really great.
Bone chilling, spinetingling and one ghost that will not stop until she is heard and the final words are written. Characters that will send chills down your spine and two characters who will stop at nothing to unearth the diabolical plot that lives inside Heron House. Sally Spedding: First rate