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Ice Trap
Kitty Sewell
ISBN: 9781870206723 (187020672X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Hydref 2005
Cyhoeddwr: Honno, Aberystwyth
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 186x123 mm, 338 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £6.99   
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Stori gyffrous a gafaelgar a leolir yng Nghaerdydd ac mewn cymuned yng ngogledd Canada. Caiff meddyg Cymreig 46-oed fraw ysgytwol pan dderbynia lythyr oddi wrth efeilliaid sy'n honni eu bod yn blant iddo.

A gripping contemporary mystery set both in Cardiff and Moose Creek, a remote sub-arctic community in northern Canada. A 46-year-old Welsh surgeon's life is turned upside-down when he receives a letter from teenage twins in Canada who claim to be his children.
Dafydd Woodruff, a young doctor, makes a surgical blunder. Though found innocent of any misdemeanour, he takes off to sub-Arctic Canada for a sabbatical, and then returns to his home town of Cardiff. Now, years later, in his mid-forties with a successful career as a surgeon and an elegant and highly successful wife, all should be ideal, but to both their regrets they have been unable to start a family, and their relationship feels the strain. Then out of Dafydd's past comes a revelation that shocks them to the core - and leaves him questioning his own being. He returns to Canada's remote wastelands searching for answers.

Sewell has us biting our nails, literally, at every level, from her expressive narrative, describing this frozen land and its inhabitants, both its indigenous peoples and those itinerants who would not be deemed acceptable elsewhere, to the ever-deepening plot. In this novel Sewell has without doubt proven herself to be a writer of distinction and considerable talent. I really felt, as I turned the last page, that I had been on a journey, that I now knew something of that land and despite its rawness and cruelty, there was a magnetism of which I would appreciate a greater knowledge. In fact I felt quite bereft.

My only criticism, and others may disagree, is that, in describing Dafydd's sexual encounters, Sewell lacks the fluidity and empathy that is to be found in the rest of the novel.

Ice Trap - what a first-rate debut novel!

Norma Penfold

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Ice Trap
After a bungled operation, Cardiff-based surgeon Dafydd Woodruff accepts a locum position in a remote community in northern Canada - to escape, to expiate guilt, to make amends. But it is a community where all have some dark secret to hide. Naively, Dafydd is unaware that he has fallen into a web of intrigue even more threatening than the troubles he so recently left behind. Years later he receives a letter from twins claiming to be his children. His childless marriage under threat from this revelation, he has no choice but to return to Canada and face up to the consequences of an event he cannot even remember. In doing so, he discovers that not even his own past belongs to him. Ice Trap is a gripping mystery story. It is also an acute depiction of a marginal community, living (and dying) by its own rules and drawing its inhabitants, one by one, into their personal 'ice traps'. In this savage landscape, survival is constantly reduced to a struggle between hunter and hunted and in Sheila, the putative mother of Dafydd's children, we have one of the most chilling portrayals of manipulation in recent fiction. Against such odds, love endures a precarious existence and is eked out in small doses. If the novel does ultimately move towards redemption and hope, these are hard-won rewards and achieved only at exceptional cost. Ice Trap was short-listed for the Wales Book of the Year award 2006, and won BBC Radio Cymru's Listeners' Prize. The novel was also short-listed for the Crime Writers Association New Blood Dagger Award (for Best First Crime Novel).
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