|What do a soil scientist, a website designer and a bicycle mechanic have in common? Not a lot, unless you are Sara J. Henry. Before publishing her first novel, Sara had worked as all three. Her background in journalism and as an editor, do however have something in common with her career as an author. Sara’s debut novel, Learning to Swim, was the 2012 winner of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award for best first novel and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. A Cold and Lonely Place is the sequel to Learning to Swim.
At the start of Henry's haunting follow-up to her Agatha-winning debut, Learning to Swim (2011), reporter Troy Chance stumbles onto what could be the story that changes her career as well as several lives when the ice cutters she's photographing on New York's Saranac Lake for a feature about the Lake Placid area resort's annual Winter Carnival find a man frozen under the surface. Almost as shocking, the victim is someone Troy knows trust fund slacker Tobin Winslow, her roommate Jessamyn's boyfriend. Which makes the waiflike Jessamyn most definitely a person of interest to police. As Troy start digging, unexpectedly joining forces with Win, Tobin's impossible-to-dislike sister, she quickly discovers there are even more questions concerning Tobin's life than his death. Adding considerably to the compulsively readable mystery that unfolds marred only by an anemic romantic subplot carried over from Swim is Henry's bone-deep sense of this terribly beautiful place.
After she witnesses a small boy being thrown into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives into the frigid water. She rescues the frightened boy only to discover that he had been kidnapped, and he is the victim of a bizarre and bloody plot.