Friday, 24 May 2013

A Cold and Lonely Place

Finished May 24
A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry

This novel follows the freelance journalist Tory Chance. Tory lives in Lake Placid, renting rooms in a large old house to other young single people. She is covering the annual building of the ice palace on Lake Saranac and is present when the ice harvesting is halted as a body is discovered frozen in the lake. Tory and others there recognize the young man frozen in the ice as Tobin Winslow. Tobin is the boyfriend of one of Tory's roommates, Jessamyn, and she wants to be sure Jessamyn doesn't hear it from idle talk. When a young reporter oversteps his bounds on the story and writes about rumours, he is fired and Tory is asked to assist by writing a series of articles on Tobin. She ends up making new friendships, finding out that she must guard against her own preconceptions about people, and coming into her own as a writer.
I really liked Tory, her independence, her caring about others, and her quickness in understanding situations. This was an interesting mystery, where you learned more and more about the victim and his life as you went along. The other characters like Jessamyn, and Tobin's sister Win, also grow as the story progresses. I'll definitely be recommending this one.

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