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…
You probably know already that I’m a big Sharon Bolton fan. I’m currently in the middle of her Lacey Flint series and I’ve read a couple of her standalone novels as well. Daisy in Chains was one of my favorite books last year and I couldn’t wait to read her latest one: Dead Woman Walking. Well, prepare yourselves, because this is a truly fantastic book!
Of course, I read it all in a sitting. I was hooked from the very first chapter and a hot-air balloon trip had never been so fascinating. Dead Woman Walking was addictive and smart, a real page-turner and an excellent mystery overall. Don’t worry if you don’t understand much at first, it will all be clear after a while… I was definitely confused, but not for much time.
Only after reading the book I understand all the reviews that didn’t talk about the plot at all. It’s just impossible to discuss the events of this novel without spoiling the main idea, and you definitely need to discover everything by yourself. You just need to know that even if it sounds highly unlikely at first, nuns can actually be a great addition to crime novels 😉
If I’m being completely honest, I did guess the main twist and a couple of surprises, but it was one of those cases where I wanted to be right, as I thought that was the perfect move. So I didn’t mind. And no, it isn’t a predictable book at all, it’s just that every now and then I’m lucky enough to get inside the writer’s mind! My only small complaint is that there was a particular storyline that didn’t seem to add much to the main plot once it was revealed. Not that it bothered me much, but I was like: “Ah, ok then”.
If you liked Daisy in Chains or you simply enjoy surprising and unique crime novels that don’t feature the typical key players, this is the perfect book for you. There’s no doubt this will be a big success, and let me tell you: it is completely worth the hype.
ARC, Transworld, 2017