The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

A Novel

Book - 2013
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For fans of Tana French and The Silent Wife, THE LAST WINTER OF DANI LANCING is a chilling debut thriller hailed by Sophie Hannah as “brilliant” about one murder’s devastating ripple effects.

Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found. Dani’s family never found peace.

Thrust into an intense devastation that nearly destroys their marriage, Patty and Jim Lancing struggle to deal with their harrowing loss. Patty is fanatically obsessed with the cold case; consumed by every possible clue or suspect no matter how far-fetched, she goes to horrifying lengths to help clarify the past. Meanwhile, Jim has become a shell of his former self, broken down and haunted—sometimes literally—by his young daughter’s death. Dani’s childhood sweetheart, Tom, handles his own grief every day on the job—he’s become a detective intent on solving murders of other young women, and hopes to one day close Dani’s case himself.

Then everything changes when Tom finds a promising new lead. As lies and secrets are unearthed, the heartbreaking truth behind Dani’s murder is finally revealed.
THE LAST WINTER OF DANI LANCING is a shockingly disturbing and deeply powerful debut, and P.D. Viner immediately joins the ranks of Tana French, A. S. A. Harrison, and Gillian Flynn.

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Resolving to dedicate his career to solving cold cases like that of his murdered girlfriend, Tom finds an ironclad lead twenty years later and notifies the girl's mother, an ex-journalist who has become so obsessed with solving the case that she has turned violent.

& Taylor

Resolving to dedicate his detective career to solving cold cases like that of his murdered girlfriend, Tom finds an ironclad lead 20 years later and notifies the girl's mother, an ex-journalist who has become so obsessed with solving the case that she has ended her marriage and turned violent. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2013]
Edition: First American Edition
ISBN: 9780804136822
Branch Call Number: FICTION VINER
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 02, 2016

The first book in the Tom Bevan series

Dec 05, 2013

I really don't know how I feel about this. Did I like it? I honestly have no idea. I think a big part of it is that it wasn't what I was expecting. In some ways, that was a really cool thing, and in's just not the sort of book I would have picked up knowing some things about it. So take this review with a grain of salt. Most mystery novels I read or watch on tv focus on the investigators, not on the family itself. This book chose to reverse that situation. It gave a very interesting point of view on the story - especially with the story lines alternating between Dani's father, mother, and her best friend. From the start, I didn't like Pattie very much. She's rather...driven, in an unattractive manner. Tom is somewhat more likeable but the longer I spent with him the more I was equal parts repulsed by him and pitied him. Neither are particularly pleasant emotions. Jim is by far the most enjoyable character. Some people might not like the different timelines being told simultaneously (well in alternating chapters) as well as a focus on different characters in each chapter (not first person, but third person limited), but I thought it was a really effective way of revealing just enough information with just enough bait to keep you going. Others have criticized the book for being too twisty and convenient, but honestly in a mystery novel that doesn't bother me too much. I will say that it's definitely not who/what you are expecting. As soon as you think you me you don't! I think this was an interesting way of writing a mystery novel. I liked that it focused on the family and not the investigators - I thought that was really effective. It may have been more effective had I liked most of the characters. Basically this book wasn't so much for me, but I think there are plenty of people out there who will enjoy this. For the full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

cdsrus Oct 13, 2013

Excellent first time out author. The characters are moving and the plot really holds you. Looking forward to a second book.

Sep 14, 2013

I wouldn't say this is a highly suspenseful thriller but there is some level of suspense from start to finish that makes it a bit of a page turner. If you don't like books that jump around a lot in time, then this book isn't for you. It is very fragmented, but I thought it really worked in this novel.


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