A Deadly Thaw – Praise and Reviews

UK Reviews

‘A narrative that is relentless in its grip’ Barry Forshaw, The Financial Times

‘An authentic and elegantly plotted thriller’ Sunday Mirror

‘A captivating thriller with impeccable writing.’ The Sun  

‘Ward, a perceptive and observant writer, moves up a gear in A Deadly Thaw.’ Lancashire Evening Post

‘An engaging trio of cops in the fictional Derbyshire town of Bampton grapple with the knotty mystery that echoes Sophie Hannah.’ The Times Crime Club Magazine

‘This assured follow-up shows that Sarah Ward’s acclaimed debut, In Bitter Chill, was no one-off.’ Crime Scene Magazine.

A Deadly Thaw is a brilliant second novel from a writer who continues to prove herself as one to be watched.’ Dead Good Books

‘Brilliant! Great writing, excellent characters, what a plot!’ Marian Keyes

‘A Deadly Thaw is deliciously twisty, full of intrigue and with some bravura plotting and Kat and Connie are two female characters you can really get behind.’ Melanie McGrath

‘Gripping, atmospheric, dark and relentless . . . with a great protagonist.’ Stav Sherez

‘You can’t help but race through A DEADLY THAW to get to the bottom of all the mysteries’.  Eurocrime

‘A truly beguiling narrative.’ Mrs Peabody Investigates

‘A fascinating and entertaining read from an author who must have a bright future ahead.’ Crime Fiction Lover

‘Expertly plotted, from the intriguing opening, all the way through to the end.’ Barbara Copperthwaite

‘It shows Ward’s growing confidence and maturity as a writer. On the strength of her first two novels, I can easily see her developing into one of the big names in crime fiction.’  Crime Worm

‘Ward blends traditional British mystery writing with Nordic sensibilities, creating something that feels both fresh and timeless.’ Crime Watch

‘If you like your crime both real and entertaining then this is one for you.’ Liz Loves Books

US Reviews

‘Gripping’ Publishers Weekly

‘An excellent police procedural that shows how psychological damage from the past casts shadows over the present’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Ward has a winning series going’ Booklist


‘With A Deadly Thaw, Sarah Ward has stepped forward as a writer of commanding gifts, and poised to mark her name on the genre.’ Written by Sime  (Australia)