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
Oh my goodness – this was so good. So freaking good!! I was glued to this book right from the get go. The opening few chapters are the most intense and gripping opening chapters I think I’ve ever read. A group of people enjoying a hot air balloon trip then they all witness something they shouldn’t have, and so begins an insane cat and mouse roller coaster ride. After reading those first chapters I have been put off hot air balloons for life!
Jessica is the only survivor and she ends up in a complete and utter nightmare situation. I was pretty much holding my breath the entire way through this book and just willing for Jessica to get to safety. My absolute favourite aspect of this book, which also added a bit of humour to the tale were the nuns and their crime busting theories. This was a great touch and stopped the book being too dark.
This is one of those books that is tricky to review, because you don’t want to reveal anything. There are heaps of twists and turns. There was one twist that I had guessed, but other than that this book was completely unpredictable. Sharon Bolton does a superb job of building the story and weaving everything together. This was one bloody brilliant crime thriller and one I will be recommending.
BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 5/5 STARS
Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. She and her husband Andrew live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.
‘Dead Woman Walking’ is out now in hardback published by Bantam Press. With thanks to Alison Barrow at Transworld Books for my copy.
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