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Ice trap [sound recording]
Sewell, Kitty.
Adult Fiction SEWELL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At the start of Sewell's intriguing if uneven debut, Dafydd Woodruff, a surgeon in present-day Cardiff, Wales, receives a letter from a 13-year-old girl claiming to be his daughter and to have a twin brother. Flashback 14 years to Moose Creek, a tiny outpost in Canada's Northwest Territories, where Dafydd took a year-long post to clear his conscience after botching the surgery of a young boy in Wales. In that isolated community, Dafydd met Sheila Hailey, an acerbic head nurse, who would later accuse him of fathering her twins. Predictably, Dafydd returns to Moose Creek after learning that the DNA test he demanded proves he's the father of Sheila's children. In his bumbling efforts to unearth the truth about the past, the empathetic Dafydd stumbles on long-buried town secrets. Despite her unusual locale and a strong supporting cast, Sewell is less sure at creating suspense, often stretching out moments of little narrative importance and skimming over others that later prove vital. Still, readers will find this first novel, which was shortlisted for the CWA's New Blood Dagger Award, compulsively readable. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Sewell's first novel is an unusual tale of suspense set in the Canadian subarctic. Early in his career, Dr. Dafydd Woodruff spent a year in the town of Moose Creek working with Sheila Hailey, a nurse who made no secret of her dislike for him. Thirteen years later, as Dafydd and his wife are struggling with infertility, he receives a bombshell of a letter from Sheila's daughter claiming he is her biological father. While Dafydd knows this is impossible, a DNA test seems to prove the matter beyond a doubt. Dafydd's life in Wales begins to collapse, and he returns to Moose Creek to investigate, finding that while some things have changed, others have remained the same, including Sheila's hatred toward him. While the plotline is compelling and readers will want to know how matters is resolved, none of the main characters is very sympathetic, and the ending is predictable. Recommended for public libraries with mystery/fiction collections because of the unusual premise and Sewell's descriptions of the Canadian Arctic. [Published in the United Kingdom in 2005, Ice Trap was short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association's New Blood Award and the Hay Festival Welsh Book of the Year.-Ed.]-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnepeg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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