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Daisy in Chains: A Novel Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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“Achingly suspenseful.”―The Washington Post on Little Black Lies
“[Bolton’s] sharpest skills are in play with her suspense novel Little Black Lies…Her crafty plotting produces an intricately detailed mystery…And her deft characterizations respect the psychological complexities of the three islanders who serve as narrators…The tension of their interplay fuels the suspense, but in the end―literally, on the last page―it’s the plot that thrills.”―The New York Times Book Review
“This is [Bolton’s] fourth mystery to feature London policewoman Lacey Flint, and it’s so good I’m getting ready to binge-read the first three…The pleasures of first-rate mystery usually lie in the plot, and Bolton has constructed a solid nail-biter. But it’s the characters that infuse A Dark and Twisted Tide with such heart―not just the gritty, damaged Flint but her friends and colleagues, too.”―Entertainment Weekly
“Realistic fear, heart-stopping suspense, and jolting plot twists keep one almost frantically turning pages as Bolton grabs us from the beginning and leaves us shaken at the end. Highly recommended.”―Library Journal (starred review) on Lost
About the Author
SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger and Barry Award nominee. Her books included the Lacey Flint novels: Now You See Me, Dead Scared, Lost, and A Dark and Twisted Tide. She lives near London, England. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.
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Maggie Rose is an eccentric, compulsive, gaunt yet beautiful woman who shuns the public eye even as she flaunts bright blue hair. Protecting her privacy at all costs, she lives as a recluse, avoiding interviews, and public appearances and only meeting with clients when necessary. Maggie has made a great deal of money by challenging the cases of convicted murderers and then writing books about them. She will only accept a case IF she sees flaws in the chain of evidence. Whether they are guilty or not is truly irrelevant in her eyes. Every client deserves to have every stone turned, every piece of evidence validated, every lead explored, every question answered. Maggie is good at what she does. She has represented seven convicted murderers in the past and gotten five of their convictions overturned. It didn't matter that she didn't believe in their innocence . . . in fact, she's pretty sure some of them were guilty as sin. It's all about winning. Can Wolfe and his followers convince her to take his case? Will Maggie fall under his spell?
Daisy In Chains is a psychological thriller that grabbed me by the throat and held on until the final shocking page. The story is revealed through three main characters in a brilliantly written narrative intermingled with emails, letters, and police and newspaper reports. Complex, multifaceted characters kept me off-balance - leaving me guessing, never quite sure who was telling the truth and who was lying. I quickly found myself lost in a sinister maze of twists and turns, frantically searching for answers as the author manipulated both the characters and me. The ominous atmosphere of the setting took on a life of its own, engulfing me with a edgy, almost spooky feeling of impending doom as I read late into the night. Several social issues involving discrimination of certain classes are interspersed and woven into the plot line, giving voice to the flawed perceptions of people who often judge others by class, body size, or celebrity status.
Like a puzzle with a missing piece, Daisy In Chains perplexed and taunted me as the suspense builds to the shocking, blockbuster ending. While I was able to find and place some pieces of the puzzle, the final piece eluded me until the very end. Brilliantly written, this is a psychological masterpiece! A Page Burning, Keep Me Up All Night Must Read!
This book is an exercise in how-much-can-the-writer-mislead-the reader. Intellectual exercises are all well and good, but a good book needs more than that. In this case, characters that started out being likeable ended up as cardboard cut-outs. I won't even start on the gaping holes in the plot.
I did like the style in which the story was written, however. Hence, the three stars.
Hamish Wolfe is a convicted serial killer who has been given a life sentence in England for the murders of at least three women. He likes his victims to be large women with a lot of meat on their bones. Prior to his conviction he was a well-respected surgeon. Since he's been in jail, a group of people have formed to oppose his conviction, believing that the trial was not conducted adequately and there is a lot of room for appeal. They try to convince Maggie Rose, a reclusive but very effective attorney, to take Hamish's case for appeal. If she accepts a case, the odds are very high that she will win.
Maggie attends one of hamish's 'fan club' meetings and decides that most of the members are a little off what she considers normal. However, she agrees to visit Hamish in jail and finds him charismatic and intelligent. She is slowly being drawn into the case.
Everyone involved has secrets. There is the detective who appears to know more about Hamish than one would expect. Maggie has secrets of her own, perhaps leading to her reclusive lifestyle that keeps her away from others. Hamish's own mother, active in her son's appeal group is hiding quite a few things of her own.
What I liked best about this novel is its page turning quality combined with its great characterization and literary style. I have already ordered some more of Ms. Bolton's books and can't wait to dive into them.
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Sharon Bolton, aka S.J. Bolton, is among my favorite authors. She never ceases to amaze me.Read more