Publication Date: 20th April from Transworld.
Source: Review Copy
Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.
She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.
Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all.
Another bang on target crime novel from Sharon Bolton – cleverly twisted plot with some great characters, emotional themes and once more is a genuine page turner. Also Nuns. Loved the Nuns.
This authors plot weaving, game changing, impressively engaging prose is second to none in the crime field really, doesn’t really matter what you expect to get, you’ll end up sent all round the houses and back again. I loved this – clever and totally riveting. Two sisters, a balloon crash, a bad guy and a gun – edge of the seat stuff but still considered, intelligent plotting and multi-layered characters with an atmospheric sense second to none, that is what you will get here.
The sibling relationship, one both divided and yet solidly together, is one of the stand out layers in “Dead Woman Walking” – Ms Bolton really lays on the emotional trauma, building the tension with short snappy chapters and a slowly drawn out history, but one thing I love more than anything is that she doesn’t need plot devices or cliche’s to keep you guessing or keep you engaged – the story just pings along with its own sense of self and you are utterly utterly gripped from first page to last.
I won’t give anything away obviously but Dead Woman Walking is truly brilliant, like a movie in book form, pulling you along with the ebb and flow of it, I have to give a nod also to the scene setting which is truly immersive. Loved it.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I went all capital letters and everything…
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