Dead Woman Walking

Dead Woman Walking

Book - 2017
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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...
Publisher: London, England :, Bantam Press,, 2017
Description: 363 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780593076422
Branch Call Number: Bolt


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Sep 14, 2018

Amazing storyline, hard to put down.

Apr 21, 2018

I loved the first 4/5ths of this book. I had read all of Sharon Bolton's Lacey Flint novels and I really liked those, but this book left me shaking my head in disbelief at the far-fetched ending. I did like the urgency of the short chapters and the fast pace, but was ultimately disappointed in this book because of the implausible twists it took in the end. It was all gritty and dark and suspenseful, but then at the end it suddenly turned into a soap opera plot. I'd give the first 4/5ths of the book 5 stars, but the last 5th gets 1 star from me. Overall I gave it 3.5. Some folks obviously like it, but for me it's pretty flawed.

Mar 04, 2018



Even if everyone were who you think they are, the story is captivating, but then...

Started it this morning, could not put it down until done this afternoon...ate lunch with the book in one hand, fork in the other... tasting nothing, and not caring... so afraid the phone would ring, or someone would knock on the door to try to pull me away. I would have ignored them.


Nov 04, 2017

Another standalone by Sharon Bolton that starts off with a bang and then keeps going, this book might be more aptly titled 'dead woman running'
try to avoid reading any spoilers to fully enjoy this story.

Oct 24, 2017

Don't get me wrong, I liked this book and read it in a day but I feel like the author is starting to "give in" to the break-neck pace of a lot of popular fiction these days. There's just too much going on in the plot of this one. Also, a high body count with seemingly little investigation. I did enjoy the locations and checking them out on Google maps while reading.

I found Boulton's earlier novels a little meatier. More time on characters and less running around.

Sep 23, 2017

I recently found Sharon Bolton's books and have loved all of them. This one is so good, filled with suspense, mystery, murder and just about anything else you can think of. Great story that you really just have to keep reading. She always has these twist and turns that are certainly not expected but always put a a WOW into her tales. If you haven't tried her books before when you finish this one you will find yourself searching for the rest she has written.

Loved the ending which I am sure that no one saw coming!!! Just a wonderful story from the first page until the very end.

Jul 27, 2017

Wow! Just Wow!! Can I give this more than five stars?
I thought Ms. Bolton couldn't ever replicate the brilliance of "Little Black Lies"; I was wrong.
The moody setting of Northern England is a perfect backdrop for this tale of excessive love and past mistakes. From the first few sentences, the suspense never lets up, as we shadow a killer following the trail of the lone survivor of a catastrophe.
Sharon Bolton is the Queen of OMG moments: more than once, I think my jaw literally hit the floor! Bravo!
I know I love a book when I read the last page, and want to start all over again.

Jul 14, 2017

I don’t care. A hot air balloon ride is still on my bucket list, although Sharon Bolton did her best to disabuse me of the idea in her thrilling Dead Woman Walking. The title alone tells you the balloon does not stay aloft for long. This doesn’t matter for as is usual with Bolton she sucks you in immediately with her writing, her plotting, her characters, and her settings.
Jessica Lane has decided to treat her sister, Isabel, a nun, to the birthday treat of a hot air balloon ride. The dawn ride above the haunting and desolate landscape of Northumberland near the Scottish border quickly turns to terror and tragedy.
The occupants of the balloon witness a murder below them and the killer, Patrick Faa-his name is reveled early on, this is not a whodunnit but a whydunnit and whoelsedunnit. Faa, member of a large gypsy family, is well aware of being observed. He does his best to make sure no witness to the murder survives the outing. The chapters on the chase of the balloon and the ensuing crash are some of the most harrowing chapters I’ve ever read.
The balloon crash doesn’t kill them all and one of the witnesses goes on the run. The witness has her own agenda refusing to contact the police and trying to make her own way to safety. After playing defense, she decides to go on the offense. There are alternating chapters of past and present, woman being chased and her various chasers.
Bolton explores the themes of obsessive love and the recurring theme in her books of the exploitation of the ‘other’. She also reminds us that although gypsies have been part of Great Britain for centuries they are still considered ‘others’.
Bolton is well known for her twisty turny books. As always there are some surprises, but what is most fascinating is how she pulls them off without a bit of cheating. She is the master of sleight of hand, but only in the service of the story, never for shock value.
Bolton is dark. I found Dead Woman Walking to be her darkest yet. To give balance there is lightness, humor and love provided by a small silent order of Carmelite nuns at St Wynding’s Priory, where the nuns certainly make good use of the short time permitted for talking. One of the nuns, Sister Belinda (really?) announces to the convent, “…it would appear the filth have us surrounded.” This goes on my top ten quotes list.
Bolton doesn’t pull her punches and in the last quarter it is one punch after another. The last chapter was jolting in its emotional intensity of loves found, terrible mistakes rectified, and opportunities forever lost.
Bolton still easily wears the crown of "Queen of Rural Gothic."
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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