REVIEW: DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

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From Goodreads

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 . . . 

 

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This review contains NO Spoilers I promise! 

I don’t typically post a review an entire MONTH before U.K. publication day (April 20) and 5 MONTHS before U.S pub day!!  I just couldn’t contain my excitement until mid-April! I have to share with everyone the wonder that is Sharon Bolton’s newest page turner. You just might find yourself itching to hit the pre-order button to get this gem for yourself….especially US readers who may not realize you don’t have to wait until September to buy this one. How fantastic is that?!

So in what’s going to be my most vague review to date , mini or otherwise, let me tell you why I loved this book and think you just might also. If you’ve read any of Sharon’s other books, you know she is a master at pulling you into the fold with truly engaging, multidimensional characters and this story is no different. We meet Jessica and her sister Isabel as they are traveling in a hot air balloon with several others when they witness a murder committed while flying over an isolated house. This is a truly brilliant, creative way of setting up a murder and the balloon ride….chilling, heart-stopping, riveting. The murderer quickly realizes he’s been seen by the people in the balloon and what ensues is a taut, compelling game of cat-and-mouse that will have you GLUED to the pages, staying up late into the night, ignoring friends and family as you just won’t be able to put this one down!

Let me just throw out some other elements that made this such a phenomenal read…nuns…not just any nuns, think CSI Sister Act…peacocks (yes you read that right) …corruption on SO many levels…gypsies… This is just a taste of the unique twists Sharon Bolton has brought to what is one of the BEST mysteries she’s wrote to date in my opinion. Speaking of twists…I’m not really sure how long it took me to pick my jaw up off the counter when all was said and done. I had to sit for a minute in quiet awe because every time I think she can’t really pull off that big of a surprise she manages to knock me off my feet. I was speechless. Just brilliant!

You might be wondering why I haven’t told you anything about the plot? I went into this book completely blind except for the blurb above which is what’s on the actual book cover and I really, really encourage you to do the same. This story is best discovered by diving in with your eyes closed! Believe me, you’ll thank me. And it’s Sharon Bolton…you’re in the capable hands of a writer (one of the best:) who in all seriousness has yet to write even a mediocre book. I’ve read just about ALL her books so I feel qualified to say that:)  I can’t wait to discuss this one with everyone!!

5/5 stars 

Happy reading!

**Many, Many Thanks to Sharon Bolton and Alison Barrow of Transworld Books for my copy, I’m happy to provide an honest review.

If you’re in the US (and other countries as well) and don’t want to wait until Sept publication you can pre-order Dead Woman Walking when it’s released in the UK on April 20th on BookDepository. I’m not in any way affiliated with them, I just recently began ordering from them myself and they offer free worldwide shipping so I thought I’d pass along that link for you

STANDALONE SUNDAY: LITTLE BLACK LIES By Sharon Bolton

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Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick is:

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From Goodreads

Published May, 2015 from Minotaur Books

My Rating: 5 Stars

In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely…

When another child goes missing, and then a third, it’s no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.

And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.

But three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.

If you’ve visited my blog much since I started at the end of Sept., you may have noticed that I love Sharon Bolton‘s books! I’ve reviewed Daisy in Chains and highlighted her Lacey Flint series in one of my tags and here I go again with Little Black Lies🙂 This book has all the makings that I look for in a must-read…intriguing characters with secrets, an atmospheric setting, a mystery that even using my best detective skills I couldn’t figure out, and the topper of all  – a twist that I didn’t see coming from 5 miles away! Seriously, I had to go back a couple pages and keep re-reading the passage because it just blew me away. If you love mysteries filled with suspense and twists, you really need to give this fantastic standalone a try