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The Sculptress [Kindle Edition]

Minette Walters
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330330373
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KLPJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 500 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
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel. 7 Jan. 2013
By Joanne
Format:Kindle Edition
Ludicrous in the extreme. I was quite interested, briefly, in Olive and her mindset and the reasons as to why or why not she might have committed the atrocity and the influences up on her. However beyond that, the "heroine" was an embarrassment and her love interest on/off/on relationship simply ridiculous! Just too many conveniences thinly disguised as apparent twists and turns. The supporting cast were all so caricatured and unbelievable. I only stuck with it because I assumed that some really clever depth to the story and outcome was on its way.

How disappointed I was! Glad I only borrowed from the library and didn't waste money on this one.
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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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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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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 5 days ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT
Published 12 days 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Sandra Fowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant.
Published 3 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 4 months ago by G. L. Mussell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sulptress
I really enjoyed the book. Kept me guessing till almost the end. a very good read. Much better than the T.V. series. I will be definitely be reading more of Minette Walters
Published 5 months ago by judy gledhill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth BartonAncliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars ... sceptical about liking the book but it was really easy to get into...
I have watched the drama series so was abit sceptical about liking the book but it was really easy to get into and follow. Great descriptions and twists...loved it.
Published 8 months ago by Emma-Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best!
Although I love this story, I feel unfulfilled at the end. It still is a fab read and I highly recommend it, but feel a little like I want more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by amandamoo
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