Book Review – Daisy in Chains

by Sharon Bolton (Bantam Press) ISBN: 9780593076323

It had to be done. I had to drop everything and read this book. I couldn’t wait, unless I could read while I waited. In lines, in reception areas, everywhere.

It was gripping, intense.

The hook in this case is the fact that there is a gorgeous serial killer in jail, and, it appears, many women in love with him. But not Maggie Rose, a reclusive author and lawyer. She is impervious to his charms. Or is she? And so the game of cat and mouse begins. Is he innocent, as he protests? Enter Detective Pete Weston, the man responsible for putting Hamish Wolfe behind bars. Is he helping Maggie to uncover the truth, or protecting his own little dirty secrets?

And now you have an inkling of why I had to finish, no stopping. The sinister setting – from prison to meetings of “supporters of Hamish” in strange secretive places; and the lurking strangers in the night; the unexpected twists and turns around every corner and down each dark alley.

Bolton doesn’t shy away from examining how women fall for monsters – guilty or innocent. She does not spare readers from the violence and pain experienced by prisoners, or the unforgivable “fun” that boys have with overweight girls. It’s an unforgettable book, and well worth your time.

Bev Bouwer

Posted on: 5th June 2016