#BookReview: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

About the Book:

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .

Would you?

My Thoughts:

I have to start by saying that I love Sharon Bolton’s novels – the Lacey Flint series is one of my favourites so I was very keen to read another standalone by her.

I loved this novel! Once I started reading I found that I didn’t want to put it down – it’s one of those books where I begrudged real life interfering in my reading time! I found both of the main characters utterly compelling. I wasn’t sure what to make of either of them. I could never decide whether Hamish was a psychopath or if he was an innocent man – the writing is so clever because it really leaves you with an understanding of the conflict people must have in real life cases. I was fascinated by Maggie Rose, the true-crime writer who has cleared other people of heinous crimes whether she believes they are innocent or not. She was a such complex character because she felt like an enigma to me through a lot of the novel while always remaining believable as if she were a real person.

I had no idea where this novel was going to take me and I ended up stunned by the end. It gave me a book hangover for a few days because I couldn’t stop thinking about it, which is always the sign of a great read!

I actually loved this novel so much that I bought a copy for my Mum-in-law who also loves psychological thrillers/crime novels and once she’d read it we had a chat about it and she agreed with me that it was impossible to work out where this was going until it was just about to happen.

I’d recommend this novel to anyone who loves crime thrillers, especially ones set in brilliant locations and that leave you feeling a bit unsettled once you’ve finished reading. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Sharon Bolton!

I received this book from Random House/Transworld via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:


Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.


(Bio taken from the author’s website: www.sharonbolton.com)

27 thoughts on “#BookReview: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

  1. A great review – this one certainly got under your skin, didn’t it? And as you say, it’s the mark of a really good writer when a book leaves you wondering and slightly adrift after having put it down for the last time. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I like Sharon Bolton’s work very much, too, so I’m not surprised you enjoyed this as much as you did. It’s already on my radar: now, I think, it goes on the wish list.

  3. I have just finished this book and it is fantastic. The ending was brilĺiant and it makes you think about it for a while after doesn’t it. This is the first book I have read from this author but I will be looking out for more of her books now.

  4. Great review! Sharon Bolton is my favorite author (followed closely by Dennis Lehane), I loved the Lacey Flint series so much and this is one of my top picks of 2016!! If you haven’t read Little Black Lies it’s also a fantastic standalone

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