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 . . .
As a huge Sharon Bolton fan, suffice to say that Dead Woman Walking was one my most anticipated books of the year. I pre-ordered it ages ago and impatiently counted down the days until publication and the moment the postman would finally bring me my goodies. When the first chapter was shared a few weeks ago via a newsletter, I nearly spontaneously combusted. So, having created my own hype and buzz around this book, would I be left disappointed? Read on to find out.
Imagine a beautiful morning in the English countryside. High up in the sky, people are enjoying a hot-air balloon ride. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well, not to me. If I’d ever had the inkling to go into one of those flimsy baskets, that desire would definitely be gone after reading this but anyway, you get the picture. Down on the ground, someone commits a murder. The hot-air balloon passengers have seen him but the killer has seen them too and he’ll stop at nothing to shut them up.
And this is where I’m shutting up about the plot too. There’s a lot to discover but you really need to do that on your own. Go in blind, I promise you won’t regret it!
This was such a deliciously tense ride and I stayed up way too late so I could finish the book in one sitting. There are quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all. My head was spinning so hard, I got confused at some point. But it all became clear in the end and concluded in a most satisfying way.
There’s just something about this author’s writing that instantly grips me. The suspense is almost palpable and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who tells a story like Sharon Bolton does. Highly engrossing and absorbing, taut with tension, an intricate plot with multiple threads … all of these things make for one fabulous thriller and I quite confidently say this is her best one yet! And there’s your answer to the question at the start : no, I wasn’t disappointed. Not even for one second!
Sharon Bolton remains one of my go-to authors. The one whose books I’ll pre-order the first chance I get, without even reading the description.
Dead Woman Walking was published on April 20th.