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Acclaimed author Sara J. Henry’s second work of suspense, A Cold and Lonely Place

Henry's latest features the same determined heroine from her award-winning first thriller, Learning to Swim

Acclaimed author Sara J. Henry’s second work of suspense, A Cold and Lonely Place

A Cold and Lonely Place: A Novel

Sara J. Henry
  • Imprint: Crown Publishers
  • On sale: February 5, 2013
  • Price: $24.00
  • Pages: 304
  • ISBN: 9780307718419
Contact: Sarah Breivogel

Advance Praise for A COLD AND LONELY PLACE:  

“Featuring a strong cast of female characters and a measured pace, this sophomore novel also perfectly conjures the lure of living in a small and beautiful mountain town during a bitterly cold winter. Featuring an independent and immensely likable lead, riffing on the complicated nature of friendship, and boasting a solidly plotted mystery, this may well appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn.” —Booklist 

“Adding considerably to the compulsively readable mystery that unfolds . . . is Henry’s bone-deep sense of this terribly beautiful place.” —Publishers Weekly


Reminiscent of authors such as Gillian Flynn, Lisa Unger, Kate Atkinson, and Tana French, Sara J. Henry’s haunting debut Learning to Swim, featuring protagonist Troy Chance, grabbed readers’ attention, became a favorite among booksellers, and won the Agatha and Anthony Awards for best first novel as well as the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her powerful and gripping A COLD AND LONELY PLACE (Crown Publishers; February 5, 2013) reminds readers why they fell in love with Troy in the first place.

Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. There, encased in the ice, is the shadowy outline of a body—a man she knows. One of her roommates falls under suspicion, the media descends, and Troy is assigned to write an in-depth feature on Tobin Winslow and his mysterious death.

 Tobin, it turns out, was the privileged son of a wealthy Connecticut family who had been playing at a blue-collar life in this Adirondack village—but no one knows why. The deeper Troy digs into his life and death, the murkier things become. After Tobin’s sister arrives in town and a string of disturbing incidents unfold, it’s clear someone doesn’t want the investigation to continue, andTroydoesn’t know who to trust. What she ultimately turns up threatens to shatter the serenity of these mountain towns, and she must decide which secrets should be exposed, which truths should remain hidden, and how far her own loyalty can reach.

 A COLD AND LONELY PLACE followsTroy on a powerful emotional journey as she discovers the trail left by long-hidden secrets and catches a glimpse of what might have been.

SARA J. HENRY is the author of the award-winning Learning to Swim. She was a newspaper sports editor in the Adirondacks and has been a book and magazine editor, freelance writer, and writing instructor. A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, she has a master’s in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and now calls southern Vermont home.

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