Dead Woman Walking Mass Market Paperback – 24 August 2017
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- Publisher : Transworld Publishers Ltd (24 August 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0552174416
- ISBN-13 : 978-0552174411
- Dimensions : 11.18 x 3.05 x 17.78 cm
- Customer Reviews:
Bolton establishes a forbidding atmosphere . . . A slippery, devious narrative in which things are not always what they seem. ― Crime Scene
Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters -- Peter James
With Dead Woman Walking Sharon Bolton exceeds her own high standards of excellence. It grips from the start... The plots merge skilfully, with many splendid twists along the way. -- Marcel Berlins ― The Times
Dead Woman Walking once again signals what has made the novels of Sharon Bolton so successful: her clever amalgamation of two genres - the crepuscular, uncanny mystery . . . and the more traditional crime/thriller narrative. ― Barry Forshaw, Guardian
About the Author
Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.
Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.
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You will need to read it to find out! This is one mystery you should delve into blindly. I repeat - to make the most out of Bolton’s brilliant storytelling, DO NOT read any reviews until you have finished the book. You can thank me later!
I was almost hesitant to pick up Dead Woman Walking, seeing how absolutely GREAT all books by this author have been so far, and I was worried that she could not possibly surpass my previous favourites. But I should have known better – Sharon Bolton is an author on top of her game, and her latest book is no exception. Whilst I will not say any more about the story, for fear of giving away any spoilers, I can safely state that it contains one of the best and most nail-biting cat-and-mouse games I have read in a long, long time. I was actually holding my breath for so long that I felt slightly light-headed with anxiety-induced hypoxia, and that’s not a good thing when you are listening to the audiobook on your daily drive to work!
Apart from characters who are enigmatic, interesting and well-rounded (except the “baddies”, who are suitably terrifying), Bolton delivers her usual hallmark of atmospheric tension, suspense and twists aplenty. This is an author who knows how to mount the tension to near unbearable levels, like nails noisily scraping across a blackboard, before revealing another morsel of information that may help to unravel the Celtic knot that forms this multi-layered plot. With a theme that is contemporary and well-researched, it had me spellbound, asking myself: could this really be happening right under our noses? And although there were times when I thought I had to suspend disbelief a tiny bit to go along with it, Bolton always offered a very plausible explanation for everything that happened (which, for an old cynic like me, is a necessary part of reading pleasure). Bolton also knows how to lay a few bear traps for the unsuspecting reader, and I promptly fell into all of them, every time I thought I was on the right track in working it all out. I am duly humbled ....
All in all, Dead Woman Walking is the kind of intelligent, multi-layered mystery the author seems to deliver so effortlessly, time and time again. It once again proved why Bolton is very firmly embedded on top of my favourite authors list, and will not be easily toppled. If you want to read one spellbinding mystery this year, make sure to pick up Dead Woman Walking – it will not disappoint!
Top reviews from other countries
Early one morning in the Scottish Borders twelve people with a pilot go on a balloon trip. Among them Jessica and her sister Bella. Bella is a practising nun in a fairly closed order. This trip was a for her fortieth birthday. Thirteen was an unlucky number, as whilst drifting over the countryside they saw a crime being committed. The perpetrator then shot at the balloon, killing the pilot. This results in a catastrophic crash. There is only one survivor. Fearing for her life she goes on the run.
This was a great story. The reader is led down different pathways to unexpected places. Sharon Bolton keeps up the suspense and, as always really makes you care about her characters. Told through flashbacks to previous events and the present she weaves a rich and rewarding tale. I couldn't put it down!
Dead Woman Walking is another incredible, complex and multi-layered story – THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON! It is really difficult, in fact, to say much about the plot at all, as to give away almost anything more than the blurb has, would be to miss out on peeling back the carefully constructed and detailed layers in the way they were intended.
Sharon is able to draw vivid pictures with just a few well-chosen words and the first few chapters particularly – those covering the balloon ride – are as clear as a movie playing in front of you; the remainder of the book is just as eloquently described. She is also a genius at misdirection, red herrings and shocking twists throughout, so be prepared to gasp out loud and go back to look for any missed clues at least five times!
There are a few light-hearted moments which are good for balancing out the increasingly dark plot and I really enjoyed a lot of the scenes set at the Priory.
The revelations keep coming, right up to the end and I will be thinking about this book for some time to come. Dead Woman Walking is not only a great thriller but also a fascinating look at the extreme lengths people will go to in desperation, whatever their situation.