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The Sculptress [Kindle Edition]

Minette Walters
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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‘It was a slaughterhouse, the most horrific scene I have ever witnessed... Olive Martin is a dangerous woman. I advise you to be extremely wary in your dealings with her.’

The facts of the case were simple: Olive Martin had pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering her sister and mother, earning herself the chilling nickname ‘The Sculptress’.

This much journalist Rosalind Leigh knew before her first meeting with Olive, currently serving a life sentence. How could Roz have foreseen that the encounter was destined to change her life – for ever?

‘This is one of my books of the year’ Sunday Times

‘A devastating effective novel’ Observer

‘Awesomely accomplished . . . The plot twists and grips, like an octopus' Daily Telegraph


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    "A dark, superbly plotted tale guaranteed to keep readers up most of the night."--"The Denver Post" "Creepy but compulsive . . . hard to put down."--"The New York Times Book Review""" "Riveting."--"The Kansas City Star" "A shocker of a second novel."--"Detroit Free Press" "Intricate, intriguing, and tantalizingly ambiguous . . . Ratifies [Minette Walters's emergence into the front ranks of today's mystery writers."--"The San Diego Union-Tribune"

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    "A dark, superbly plotted tale guaranteed to keep readers up most of the night."--"The Denver Post"
     
    "Creepy but compulsive . . . hard to put down."--"The New York Times Book Review""" "Riveting."--"The Kansas City Star" "A shocker of a second novel."--"Detroit Free Press" "Intricate, intriguing, and tantalizingly ambiguous . . . Ratifies [Minette Walters's emergence into the front ranks of today's mystery writers."--"The San Diego Union-Tribune"

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read 8 Jan. 2007
    By J.E.T
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    To me this book was a liitle slow-starting as it took a few chapters to really get me hooked. Once the scene was set, however, I found myself enthralled by the many twists and turns. It stands apart from many of this genre by the way the culprit was not directly obvious- in fact, it kept me guessing until the final few pages which was a rather refreshing feature.

    This was the first novel I read of Walters and I liked it so much I have already bought my second. I found it easy to dip in and out of with a simple enough plot that you don't have to keep turning back constantly to check who the charcters are. Altogether, a very good first-read.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Prologue? 25 May 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    If you are reading this book in Kindle, you may miss the all-important Prologue and Epilogue - they are not listed in the contents - and they are both hidden away right at the back, behind other stuff, like a plan of the house and biog of the author. It was only when I had a chance to look at a paperback version that I realised what I had missed!
    I have notified the publisher - so they might make the necessary corrections.
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    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    This is an intriguing, well written mystery which garnered the 1994 Edgar Award for best novel of the year for British writer, Minette Walters, who has written quite a number of excellent books. She is a writer in the tradition of that other great British novelist, Ruth Rendell, known also as Barbara Vine. The comparison by those who are familiar with the works of both Ms. Walters and Ms. Rendell is inescapable.
    This book revolves around two main stories that become by necessity intertwined. One is that of a morbidly obese, young woman, Olive Martin, who is imprisoned for the brutal and grisly murders of her mother, Gwen, and beautiful, younger sister, Amber, whose butchered bodies shocked even the most jaded of folks. On the eve of trial, Olive made a full confession to the crime and received a prison sentence of not less than twenty-five years for her butchery. Known in prison as "The Sculptress", she passes the time making miniature, carved, wax images, a delicate and sensitive pastime for one with a reputation for such primal savagery.
    Enter Rosalind "Roz" Leigh, a thirties something author suffering from writer's block, who accepts a commission to write about the Olive Martin case. After meeting Olive, she becomes intrigued by her, finding her to be other than what she had expected, and a symbiotic relationship develops between the two. As she delves into the facts of the murder case, and as her interviews with Olive reveal, all is not quite what it seems. The more that Roz sorts through the facts and the more people that she interviews who were in some way associated with the Martin family, the more she becomes convinced that a miscarriage of justice has occurred and that the wrong person is paying a horrific price for the grisly murders of Gwen and Amber.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars innocent or guilty, that is the question. 31 May 2007
    By RD VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    Olive has been in jail for a few years after confessing to killing and chopping up her mother and sister after a trivial arguement. Roz is an author suffering from depression who has been pushed into writing a book about Olive due to her lack of new material.

    Soon Roz is asking tough questions about how accurate Olives confession was and the reason behind the descrepancies. Soon she uncovers more than she bargained for and gets caught up in a plot B story involving an attractive ex-copper too (need I say more?). That was essentially the only annoying thing about the story.

    I did enjoy this book non the less as the question of Olives innocence or guilt keeps swinging from one side to the other. It actually managed to keep me hooked as the writing built up the suspence very well.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A master storyteller 3 Feb. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I only recently discovered Minette Walters and have been picking off her novels one by one. The author is a master story-teller, revealing the background and "clues" gradually, as would occur in a developing criminal investigation. What I find interesting about this particular story is that the main character, Olive, is not an "attractive" person, in either appearance or nature, and it seems that this encourages others to easily believe that she is capable of evil things. Would a slim, good-looking, pleasant person be judged in the same way? Do we find it easier to believe "ugly" people capable of ugly acts? I find that this is more interesting that the actual "did she or didn't she" that she story reveals.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a great book that gripped me from the start, to be fair I have always been fascinated by criminal psychology and this story does touch on that, however I did find some of it a little far fetched and some of the interactions between the characters was a bit bizarre but if you just go with it it's a great read.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A book to keep you hooked 2 Feb. 2002
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    This book is fantastic. I was interested to see if I'd like it as I don't usually read this type of book but as soon as I started reading I was hooked. The ending also leaves a linguering doubt in you head which is impossible to get rid of!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - but don't miss the epilogue! 27 Aug. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I couldn't put this book down from the first page.

    The only problem with the kindle edition is that the sections are in the wrong order. There is a Prologue which appears after the actual book so you're never going to read it until you finish. It's not too important, it's just the newspaper report of the sentencing of Olive Martin but shouldn't be stuck at the end. More importantly The Epilogue appeared (certainly in my edition) after everything else, including for example the "also by this author" page, the "praise for minetter Walters" page and the back cover and publishing information. If I hadn't been told there was an epilogue I'd never have noticed it so don't miss it!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant plot and excellent writing
    Very disturbing, brilliant plot and excellent writing.
    Published 15 days ago by Linda Peace
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... out some of the plot for this one but loved it nevertheless
    I had worked out some of the plot for this one but loved it nevertheless. MW has a good eye for people's behaviour under pressure and seems to be able to step into the mind of... Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Bob Chamberlain
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    enjoyable very good reader
    Published 2 months ago by beryl mccormack
    4.0 out of 5 stars I have always enjoyed Minette Walters and this was no exception
    I have always enjoyed Minette Walters and this was no exception. The reader is left in doubt all along. Maybe not her best but a very good read.
    Published 2 months ago by MR PETER NUTTING
    5.0 out of 5 stars Intriging
    Just love the way Minette Walters draws you in and keeps you gripped from the first to the last page. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Wendy
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    Published 3 months ago by Joan Henn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the sequel?
    Really enjoyed this. The character of Olive is a fascinating one and I am surprised there does not appear to be a sequal. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by RoverP
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
    Anyone who enjoys reading crime mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this book. It keeps you wanting to read more all through the book.
    Published 5 months ago by Sandra Fowell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Brilliant.
    Published 6 months ago by daff
    5.0 out of 5 stars The sculptress
    Good gripping quick read. With a twist and turn all the way through. Will be reading Minette Walters other books. Better than the series on tv.
    Published 8 months ago by G. L. Mussell
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