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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (10 Aug. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552172634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552172639
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"Bolton never lets the tension drop. Indeed it is her ability to convey creeping dread that marks out her exceptional talent as a story-teller... For once, the description 'impossible to put down' is fully merited, for this is an absolute page-turner." (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)

"Bolton establishes a forbidding atmosphere . . . A slippery, devious narrative in which things are not always what they seem." (Crime Scene)

"Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters" (Peter James)

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Dead Woman Walking is the latest gripping standalone thriller from Sharon Bolton, the bestselling author of Daisy in Chains, Little Black Lies and the Lacey Flint series.

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This book is fabulous - suffice to say it's unlikely I'll be taking a hot air balloon ride any time soon!

Jessica Lane has taken her sister, Isobel, for a hot air balloon ride to celebrate her 40th birthday however it ends in disaster when firstly the passengers witness the murder of a young woman and then it crashes killing all those on board - Jessica is the only survivor who has also seen the killers face (ekkk!!). But rather than seeking out help, she instead disappears, staying under the radar and away from emergency services who are there to help - who is she running from and why.....?

The book starts as it means to go on - there's not really a gentle introduction, we are straight in with the murder of the young woman and the passengers of the balloon trying desperately to prevent it from crashing. This is terrifying and makes the reader feel like they are there, scarily is how it could happen in real life!

I won't share anymore of the plot as it needs to be allowed to unravel without me providing any potential spoilers. The premise itself is very unique (hot air balloon crash turning into crime thriller?!) and instantly generates intrigue and many questions! The book interchanges between narratives in the present day and from the past (which itself is working up to the present day). I enjoyed this way of unravelling the plot as it gave snippets into the past of both Jessica and Isobel, as well as Patrick, the antagonist and his family. This was an interesting way of devising the novel as it gave the narrative lots of layers that are peeled away to reveal truths and secrets. The pace is quite relentless with relatively short chapters (which I love from my thrillers!), as each layer is revealed the tension is built up even more.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I had to try quite a bit for this book to reach my hands, once I got it, I simply savoured reading every page of it. Like many S.J. Bolton’s creations, this book is astonishing, amazingly twisty and has a fantastic plot. It is not very easy to write a review of this book. Have you seen the description? It is quite short, isn’t it? Well, there is a reason why. One wrong sentence, and it will be a “spoiler alert”. That’s right; the book starts with an air balloon trip. And then, the first murder of the book happens. All people on the balloon saw it happen, then, the air balloon goes down, and only one person survives. And she runs, runs for her life.

The main characters of the book were sisters – Jessica and Isabel. Straight from the beginning it was clear, that Isabel, was a nun. Both of these characters are very interesting and strong women. They have some issues from the past to deal with. I loved that author allowed the readers to see every aspect of the book from different angles. It was not a story told by one character; all main characters had their voice, and were able to tell the story from their perspectives. That made the book way more intriguing, and more pleasant to read. It also helped to understand the characters way better.

The plot of this book is very well thought through. The story time travels between past and presence, bringing twist after twist into the story. When you think you get used to the course of action, the author creatively brings another turn into the plot. And it does not stop till the last sentence of the book. The author unfolds the characters throughout the book very nicely, where everything falls into their places eventually.
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This is my first book by this author and I have to say it has satisfied my current want of good psychological thriller books. The plots are both creative and interesting from the start which held my attention throughout.

The story begins with a balloon ride over the Northumberland National Park with twelve passengers and one pilot aboard. But what should be a tranquil leisure trip turns into carnage as they witness a man murder a young woman on the ground. When the balloon crashes with only one survivor she is forced to run as she has looked the murderer in the eye and knows that her life is in grave danger. The hunt is on…

This chilling tale has a mixture of characters including a traveller family, nuns and bent police and with short chapters, that I really like, brings the whole book together. Of course there are some interesting twists that I did not see coming.
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I must admit when I picked up Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton I wasn’t sure it was going to be a book I enjoyed, if I’m honest I found the book description immediately made me think “how the hell can a hot-air balloon disaster be turned into a gripping crime thriller?” But oh my goodness I couldn’t have been more wrong this is now firmly one of my favourite books by this author, it’s gripping, fast paced and taut with suspense. As you will gather from the book description this book is based around a hot-balloon disaster, and my god those first couple of chapters my heart was in my mouth as Sharon Bolton describes the terrifying events surrounding the disaster.

This is going to be a vague review as it’s really one of those books the less you know the more you will enjoy this thrilling ride. Dead Woman Walking is a stand-alone Crime thriller and one not to be missed. The novel is told through multi narratives and past and present which create a sense of constant unease. It’s certainly a compelling story with multiple threads and I hold my hands up and admit I couldn’t see where the plot was heading as the author deceives the reader at every possible turn.

Sharon Bolton has created an array of characters who all find their way into this complex tale, I just loved the nuns they added a very original slant to the book, to see why you really need to read the book, as explaining my reasons I would be forced to giveaway major spoilers, but they are a hoot and add a touch of humour to what could have been a very dark read. I take my hat off to the author she has created a dark and complex plot with twist and turns galore, if you are looking for a crime thriller that has an unique premise then look no further.
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