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A Cold and Lonely Place (Troy Chance #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,153 Ratings  ·  551 Reviews
Troy Chance returns in another riveting novel from the author of the critically acclaimed "Learning to Swim"
Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a body--a man she knows.
One of her roommates falls under suspicion, and the media
Published February 26th 2013 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ernest Bottum Not really, but it does help make her second one more interesting. You will find "Learning to swim" the better of her 2.
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Sara Henry
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it; I'm fond of this book!
Anti-climatic and plodding.
Also, Troy gets hungry a lot and eats PB&J sandwiches.
AND, she returns her phone calls and checks email in a responsible fashion.

Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good; not great. A quick read.

I like Troy, but found myself starting to laugh out loud at the copious descriptions of what she eats. Not a chapter goes by that we don't learn what Troy had for breakfast (eggs and toast with blackberry preserves; oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar; a bowl of crunchy granola), lunch (half a sandwich and cup of soup at Panera; lentil soup with crusty bread; ham and cheese on wheat with a glass of milk; the ubiquitous PB&J), and too many dinners (Wendy's! Mex
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Above all else, Sara Henry's new novel, "A Cold and Lonely Place" (Crown 2013) beats into the reader how frigid and forlorn Saranac Lake, in Upper state New York, is. My fingers tingle, my nose goes numb, and my eyelashes ice over just thinking about it. The glacial setting is so richly constructed, it becomes the antagonist in the story as characters constantly work around it, involve it, and pay attention to it in everything they do.

Not only does chilly isolation define the setting, these trai
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Another winner from Sara Henry. This, her second novel featuring the quirky, independent, and immensely likable Troy Chance, is multi-layered, beautifully written, and almost impossible to put down. 'A Cold and Lonely Place' is not only a satisfying mystery, it also has much to say about the strength and fragility of human relationships. After a local man is found beneath a frozen lake Troy begins the search for his killer with the help of a few old friends, and some new ones as well. As she del ...more
Lisa B.
My Thoughts

I call this a “quiet” book. The story unfolds slowly and the author did a great job of keeping me involved. Along the way, secrets are revealed and mysteries are solved. There were a few surprises, but no major twists or surprise endings. For this book, it all worked.

This is my first book by this author. I did not realize that it was a sequel to Learning to Swim . There were enough references to Troy’s previous experiences that it made me wonder if there had been a first book, but thi
Diane S ☔
This book starts out rather slowly, definitely a character based mystery but I loved the setting of the book. I have never been to Lake Placid but it is a place I hope to get to one day. The story is unpeeled layer by layer, family secrets exposed and people who are not what they seem. Their are no big action scenes, no gory situations just a good solid story, with a likable lead character who works for a newspaper. Read her first book in this series, and look forward to her third. ARC from publ ...more
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Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the story had an interesting scenario and I had thought this would develop into an engaging crime story, but instead it seemed as though it was about proving how smart the journalist was and how dumb the police can be. To me there were too many smart connections and coincidences and I was left with a feeling that it just didn't ring true. Maybe okay for a read on a sun-couch somewhere, but I wasn't on a sun-couch.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Cold And Lonely Place
Sara J. Henry

My " in a nutshell" summary...

A body is found frozen in the ice of a lake. Yikes!

My thoughts after reading this book...

This was a really fascinating mystery. I loved the setting...Lake Placid...and I loved the small town stuck in winter icy cold atmosphere. Troy has a big log house...and is a character from another book written by this author. She is a photographer/ writer...appears to be a bit of a loner...and takes in boarders...usually athletes in trainin
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a quiet and powerful book. More than a mystery, it's a story about secrets and how they affect people. And it's a story about how we all affect each other. It's a "what really happened" and "how did it happen" kind of book instead of a whodunnit. While the focus may be on Tobin and what happened to him out on the ice that night, we are really concerned with the people who have been left behind. Tobin's death brings to light a lot of secrets regarding his family--secrets that his friend Davi ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series featuring Troy Chance, a freelance writer. In cold Saranac Lake, Troy is covering the buildings of the annual ice castle. As a block is carved out of the ice, a body is seen inside and Troy realizes the victim has been dating one of her house mates. The mystery of what he was doing there and what happened to him intrigues her and she begins trying to answer all her questions. She befriends his sister and begins a series of in-depth articles about his life.

I real
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always trying to find a mystery I can enjoy, I brought this one home from the library's display of fiction titles involving winter weather. I looked forward to reading it at night, without it being so suspenseful that I couldn't put it down.

Since the protagonist/detective isn't a cop or a PI, readers are spared all the cliches that often plague mysteries--different agencies squabbling over jurisdiction, bosses vs. rogue cops, and for that alone I'd like to applaud the author. I hate that stuff a
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troy Chance is a highly independent woman. She left her home and family in Tennessee and moved to Oregon to attend college at the age of seventeen. After completing college she eventually relocates to the Adirondack region of upstate New York, the Lake Placid/Saranac area. She worked for a few years as the sports editor for the local paper before becoming a freelance journalist. She's renting a house and sublets several of the bedrooms to various athletes and townsfolk. Her constant companion is ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
My honest review from Firstreads book---

Sanarac Lake in the Adirondacks is a place where snow and ice accommodate many winter sports, and tourists who just want a fun winter retreat. It's a place so cold that cars drive over frozen lakes in the winter, and tears freeze on you face before they can fall off. Troy Chance is a freelance journalist who lives in her home with numerous roommates who do their own thing, and that suits her just fine!

Troy is sent to cover the set up of the Winter Carniva
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this a mystery? Sort of - our heroine, Troy, is a reporter who happens to be there when a body is found frozen in the ice. Her investigation is more about Tobin's life than about his death, with the "whodunnit" part very much in the background (there is a question as to whether anyone dunnit anyway). That's possibly why this is so annoyingly subtitled "a novel", rather than "a mystery" or "an investigation" or something. It is part of a series, however, and the first book is referenced throug ...more
Bruce Most
This is a quiet novel, introspective and full of the slow rhythms of small-town life. It is billed as a mystery novel, a sequel to Sara Henry’s debut Learning to Swim, which snagged some major mystery awards. But I think mystery fans will be disappointed here. The book starts with a bang: a man’s body is found encased in lake ice in a small upstate-New York town not far from Lake Placid. Troy Chance, the freelance writer we met in Learning to Swim, is there when the body is found. She knows the ...more
Elizabeth A
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This is book #2 of a series. I knew that going in, and knew enough about the premise of the prequel to follow along. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I suppose it would be loosely defined as a mystery, though at no time did I feel driven to learn about the events that resulted in a man found dead in the ice. I did however finish it in a couple of days, so there was something that kept me reading. Is it a cozy mystery? Had no idea what that meant so looked it up:

- The crime-solv
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troy Chance is writing a story on the town’s annual Winter Carnival and the ice palace. Every year the ice palace is carved out of ice with a different design. Machines are running and it is noisy until suddenly the machines stop. Frozen beneath the ice is a body. When Troy sees the face she recognizes him as the boyfriend of her roommate’s.

Troy’s roommate becomes a suspect. To help clear her name, Troy does some investigating on her own.

I read Ms. Henry’s first book, Learning to Swim and love
Sharon Mcalister
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the award winning debut novel of Sara J. Henry, "Learning to Swim", I was eagerly anticipating
its sequel, "A Cold and Lonely Place". I was not disappointed. This book continues the story of Troy Chance,
a free-lance writer living in the Lake Placid area. Troy is out on a lake to report on the building of
an ice castle for a winter carnival. Everything stops when a frozen body is discovered in the ice. What's
more, Troy recognizes the body as that of a boyfriend of one of her roommates.
Jo Ann
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After meeeting Sara Henry this past weekend, I realized I'd re-met Troy Chance...and it was an awesome meeting!
While I am truly a Southern girl who prefers her hot n' humid climate to that of Lake Saranac in the Adirondacks where this novel takes place, I certainly learned to appreciate this icy wonderland, thanks to the author's excellent description...the place was definitely one of the book's characters!
I very much look forward to meeting Troy Chance in another novel, and I hope to meet Sara
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-audible
This is an okay, easy to read mystery that I downloaded to my iPhone for the gym and walks with my dog. I enjoyed the book even though I prefer darker, more character driven suspense novels.
Goodreads Description- Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a body--a man she knows. One of her roommates falls under suspicion, and the media descends. Troy's assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who, it turns out, was the privileged son of a wealthy Connecticut family who had been playing at a blue collar life in this Adirondack vil ...more
Brianna | briannas_books
Ok so I’m going to start by saying this ending fell 100% flat for me. It made me so angry. Absolutely infuriating. While everything was wrapped up nicely there was one thing that wasn’t tied up and that was the biggest thing of all. The whole story was fun and suspenseful and kept you wanting more and then bam it’s over without really answering the biggest question of all. This totally would have been a 5 Star read if It had a better ending. Overall I’m really glad I picked this book up and I th ...more
Patricia Williams
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good mystery and an interesting story. It was told in the first person and you could not help but like the person telling her story. I never figured out what really happened until the teller told you at the end of the story. All the main characters were really great and the way the story was wrapped up at the end was excellent. I know this was a second book about the same person but I did not read the first book and really it did not matter. I will want to now read the first bo ...more
The first book in this series was entertaining but pretty average. This book took huge steps forward. It's better written, with a deep and well nuanced plot, centering around the secrets we keep and how profoundly affecting they can be. The characters are better developed--some unlikely characteristics disappeared. And did I mention the plot? I am so impressed by the improvements in this author's writing. Hopefully there is a Vol. 3.
Michelle Loves Books
I liked this book very much. I found it on one of my free and low priced book deals newsletters. I didn't realize it was #2 in a series until there were several references to things in the past that weren't explained. I thought it was interesting how the book unfolded a layer at a time, as Troy investigated each lead in the story. I was surprised at some of the plot twists. I am interested in reading the first book, even though now it will a prequel!
The name caught me when I saw this for review on NetGalley. That and the cover. I'm all for desolate wintry landscapes, and this mystery is set midwinter in the really cold Saranac Lake in Upstate New York. It doesn't disappoint on either the desolation or the cold, it describes both so well that I'm glad I'm sitting in a toasty room under my blanket. And as for the novel, it exceeds my expectations.

Troy Chance is a freelance journalist, based in Saranac Lake. She mostly covers little things her
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I finally managed to finish reading this book. It took me more than a week because I didn't have much time for reading, but I also found A Cold and Lonely Place a bit slow. That doesn't mean I didn't like it, because I really did, but I think the pace could have been more alert.

This is supposed to be a sequel to Learning to Swim, but I think it can be read as a stand-alone, even though some characters from the first book make an appearance or are mentioned in this one.

Troy Chance is a freelancer
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troy Chance, a free-lance reporter, is present for another story when a body is discovered frozen in a pond. It turns out to b that of Tobin Winslow, the boyfriend of one of her roommates. She hadn't particularly liked Tobin but, when she is assigned to write about his life, she is determined to be fair and honest. What she discovers is a lot of family secrets and soon she is wrapped up, not only in the mystery of Tobin's death but another from years before. She also finds her opinions about Tob ...more
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