Two For Joy by Sarah A. Denzil @sarahdenzil

Book Description:

The electrifying sequel to One For Sorrow, by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Silent Child.

Leah Smith has a new name, a new job and a new home. The sleepy seaside town, Clifton-on-Sea, is a refreshing change from the gloomy moors of Yorkshire. She couldn’t be farther away from her serial killer stalker.

Or so she thinks…

A new name isn’t enough to make her forget her past. Leah must come to terms with the events that occurred at Crowmont Hospital, especially when police discover the mutilated body of a young woman. Leah and Tom struggle with the consequences of their actions on the moors, and how they may have led to murder.

While a serial killer is on the loose, Leah throws herself into solving a different puzzle. She meets George, an elderly local man who suffered a heart-breaking childhood. In 1944, when George was just ten years old, his mother perished in a fire at the family home. His sister, Abigail, went missing during the fire, presumed dead. Abigail’s body was never recovered from the ashes. Twenty years later, George received a photograph of a young woman bearing a striking resemblance to his sister Abigail. Perhaps she didn’t die after all.

George is not a well man and time is running out to uncover what happened to little Abigail. Leah is drawn into the mystery, keen for any distraction from her own troubles. With assistance from George’s grandson, Mark, she vows to help. 
But even as she immerses herself in George’s tragic past, she can never escape the one name that haunts her nightmares, Isabel Fielding…

My Thoughts:

Please do not start this book unless you have read One For Sorrow, of which this book follows on from where that leaves off. Whilst you may get the gist of what went on in the first novel, you would definitely enjoy this one more if you know first hand having read it.

There are two threads that run within this story. First of all we have Leah and Tom trying to start over in a new place with new identities. Sadly the past doesn’t seem to want to leave them alone and they both feel under threat. There is also a thread to do with Leah and one of the patients where she finds herself as a receptionist in a care home. I really enjoyed this part of the story as it added a whole mystery and suspense aspect to it.

The tension and suspense mounts through this story as we wait for the climax to come. It’s only a matter of time before things catch up with Leah and Tom and I was expecting fire works of which there were plenty. There are a few unexpected twists also that kept me glued up to the very last page.

Two For Joy was a great follow on from the previous novel. My heart was in my mouth many a time as to whether Leah’s true identity was going to be discovered. Gripping from beginning to end, I read this in two sittings. Can’t recommend this authors books highly enough. If you love psychological thrillers then Sarah A. Denzil is a name you need to be watching out for.

Two For Joy is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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