Delighted to be on the blog tour for Sarah Ward’s, ‘The Shrouded Path’. Big thanks to Faber & Faber for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my mini review of the book:
The past won’t stay buried forever.
November, 1957: Six teenage girls walk in the churning Derbyshire mists, the first chills of winter in the air. Their voices carrying across the fields, they follow the old train tracks into the dark tunnel of the Cutting. Only five appear on the other side.
October, 2014: a dying mother, feverishly fixated on a friend from her childhood, makes a plea: ‘Find Valerie.’ Mina’s elderly mother had never discussed her childhood with her daughter before. So who was Valerie? Where does her obsession spring from?
DC Connie Childs, off balance after her last big case, is partnered up with new arrival to Bampton, Peter Dahl. Following up on what seems like a simple natural death, DC Childs’ old instincts kick in, pointing her right back to one cold evening in 1957. As Connie starts to broaden her enquiries, the investigation begins to spiral increasingly close to home.
What does TWG think?
If you fancy on picking up a Sarah Ward novel for the first time, perhaps it might even be this one, please do bear in mind that ‘The Shrouded Path’ is the fourth book in the ‘DC Childs’ series. I have a habit of starting series right in the middle but, seeing as I had hoped that I could read this book and dive straight into it without reading the others, I now wish that I had researched a bit more beforehand and read the previous books first. Why? Because I feel that you would benefit a lot more if you read the books in order. Unfortunately my error meant that I felt as though I was reading a book with several puzzle pieces missing.
However, I must say that I was thoroughly enthralled by Sarah Ward’s writing as each individual word seemed to be the beholder of deep suspense. Okay, the pace was slightly slow to start with but by golly, once I got into the swing of things, I ended up becoming highly invested in Connie Child’s actions, as well as Mina’s life. There is a lot more to ‘The Shrouded Path’ that meets the eye and, whilst I am a bit disappointed that I couldn’t read the book as a plain sailing standalone, I thought that the barrage of questions surrounding the identity of ‘Valerie’ and the natural, unsuspicious deaths, made for excellent reading.
I definitely will be reading more from Sarah Ward as I will certainly be starting with book one in this series! Highly intriguing!