Sunday, 8 May 2016

Book Review: DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton

Daisy in Chains

Title: Daisy in Chains
Author: Sharon Bolton
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Read: April 2016
Expected publication: 2nd June 2016

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He's handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he's innocent, and that he's the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she's immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .

My thoughts:

Hamish Wolfe – a convicted killer spending time in jail for the brutal murder of 3 young women who all just have one thing in common: being overweight.

Pete Weston – the detective who found the evidence to put Hamish behind bars. But did he catch the right guy?

Maggie Rose – the reclusive and somewhat eccentric young lawyer who has already freed several convicted murderers. Hamish still claims he is innocent – will she take on his case?

And who is the mysterious Daisy?

Playing out as a narrative from the perspectives of the three main characters and a series of letters and case files, Daisy in Chains takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of crime, lies and deception, where no one is to be trusted and dark secrets can raise their ugly heads at any minute.
It is impossible to say any more without giving away a piece of the puzzle, so there is only one thing left to say: this is a must read for all fans of Sharon Bolton and anyone who enjoys a solid, well-written and suspenseful crime novel. Executed with Bolton’s usual flair for words and eye for detail, Daisy in Chains will shock and surprise at every turn of the page, as will the ending. It firmly proves why Bolton is a master of her game and firmly entrenched on top of my favourite authors list. It also shows that she can turn her hand to a slightly different writing style to her previous novels, and excel at it. Gone are the dark gothic undertones which once earned her the name “Queen of Rural Gothic”, but the story’s increasingly dark and sinister undertones are initially hidden in a more formal voice fitting for a crime novel which is partly set in the prison system. It is more towards the end that the setting becomes more creepy and sinister, as only Bolton can conjure up, fitting for the shocking finale. As in previous books, Bolton uses a strong professional female lead to drive the story, but this time with a twist you may see coming as the story progresses, but will never guess the full extent of. As the story gets darker and the reader is constantly forced to question every preconception they may have held, it is impossible to put this book down for even a minute. Best read under the doona with plenty of time to spare.

All I can say is: run to the bookstore and get a copy for yourself, then bolt all the doors, put the phone on silent and enjoy! It is so worth it. Firmly on my favourite list for this year.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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