When 17-year-old Isabelle Mattias, the privileged daughter of an artist and a dead rock star, disappears from her college in the middle of the night, Chief Superintendent Andrew Fenwick arrives to investigate. As unsettling hints of an abusive past surface, Fenwick grows ever more concerned for Isabelle's safety. Is it too much to hope that the girl is still alive? And meanwhile, Inspector Louise Nightingale is preoccupied with her own investigations into the identity of a serial rapist.
Could their separate inquiries be linked, forcing the pair to work together once again? As the country is gripped by a treacherous and icy winter, Fenwick and Nightingale must use all their skills to reveal the sinister truth ...
Firstly, I should say that I enjoyed this book and recommend it and its predecessors to all aficionados of the cerebral crime novel genre. The story as we have come to expect is very well crafted. The attention to detail and the careful dialogue makes it all the more believable. However, the depth of characterization was not quite on par with some of the earlier books and at times I felt Fenwick should be wearing his underwear on the outside of his trousers as he went above and beyond. The narration similarly disappointed at times with unbelievable attempts at the voices of women and children and too often became flat when I felt it could have helped to build and maintain the suspense and excitement Indeed in the last third of the book I did find myself tempted once or twice to skim over some of the sub story as I felt it was a little pedestrian and too much of the background narrative was holding the back pace. The conclusion was excellent from Isabelle's perspective however not so from Fenwick's. I thought an opportunity was missed to take the Fenwick - Nightingale interplay to a higher level and the feeling sorry for himself thing added nothing but frustration to the end of another good read.
I like the way the author uses a prologue to introduce story characters. The story builds interest with complex interplay of the characters of the series alongside the story characters.
The series characters continue to develop in the background, with links to the other books in the series, (though these are explained so the story stands up on it's own merit) this gives depth to the books.
The story line is interesting and builds suspense to a gripping climax.
Storytelling at it's best and very difficult to put down.
Can't wait for the next one...
Disappointed as I have enjoyed the other books in this series a lot more. The relationship between Fenwick and Nightingale seems to be added on as an afterthought, whereas in the previous books in the series it's been a welcoming distraction from the gory details! And their characters seem to have suffered quite a shift in how they behave and think since the previous book.
Not much characterization of the other characters either, even good old Bob gets dropped from the storyline, and the victims' characters came across as shallow and unformed.
The narrator's portrayal of women's and children's voices verged on the ridiculous, which I hadn't noticed in his narration of other Elizabeth Corley books. I can't believe anyone speaks with such a high pitched voice or / and a posh accent.
As usual I liked the length which gives me better value for money from Audible, but in this instance would have preferred something shorter yet more interesting.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I found the story rather cliched and unbelievable - for example the Superintendent being so intimately involved with an investigation of this sort and the relationship between him, his family and the Detective Inspector incredible
Has Dead of Winter put you off other books in this genre?
No, I enjoy thrillers.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Oliver?
No, I found his delivery rather stilted and old-fashioned
Did Dead of Winter inspire you to do anything?
Not to listen to any other books by this author
Any additional comments?
The story was far too long-winded and the final scenes unbelievable
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