Sarah Ward

A Patient Fury

""...a gripping page-turner that will leave you breathless. " "


Three bodies discovered; a family obliterated. The evidence all seems to point to one conclusion; one murderer - one mother.

When Detective Constable Connie Childs is dragged from her bed to the fire-wrecked property on Cross Farm Lane, she knows as she steps from the car that this house contains death. But DC Childs, determined as ever to discover the truth behind the tragedy, realises that a fourth body - one they cannot find - must hold the key to the mystery at Cross Farm Lane.

What Connie fails to spot is that her determination to unmask the real murderer might cost her more than her health - this time she could lose the thing she cares about most: her career.

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'A Patient Fury' is a tense thriller of secrets and lies that run through one family spanning almost forty years. It's a gripping page-turner that will leave you breathless. The opening chapters are pitch dark, exciting, and set the scene for a twisted story that never lets up its exhilarating pace until you've finished the final jaw-dropping page. Ward's novels are rich with place and atmosphere. The beauty of the Derbyshire countryside is off-set against the disturbed and depraved minds of the people who live there. Inside the country cottages and the converted warehouse apartments lie deep characters created by Ward. Trust no-one and take everything they say with a pinch of salt - like the characters in the novels of Agatha Christie - everyone is a suspect. DC Connie Childs is a wonderful creation. She's full of doubt and feels as if she doesn't fit in where she works yet she doesn't let that bother her. She's there to do a job, a job she would risk everything for. I see a long future for Ward and Childs. With books like 'A Patient Fury', British crime fiction is thankfully in very dangerous hands.

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