Friday, 31 August 2018

Book Review: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Catching him will make her career - and change her forever. 

August, 1999 
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

June, 1969 
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.
August, 1999 
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks' old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy - one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

Wow. Just wow. I knew from the moment I set eyes on The Craftsman that this was going to be a book I would love. And I wasn't wrong. Sharon Bolton has crafted an amazing crime/thriller novel. I can't recommend this one enough. 
From the horror of being buried alive, to the tenacity shown by Florence in finding out the truth. From deplorable characters to loveable characters. The Craftsman is a fantastic example of a five star crime/thriller novel. 
I can't say that the premise for The Craftsman is a wholly original one, but it's explored in a wholly original way. It's like nothing I've ever read before and, as such, was totally unpredictable. I just could not see that ending coming! 
Totally fantastic, a five star read, and one of my favourites books this year; I can't recommend The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton enough.

Rating: *****
Do you enjoy thrillers? 

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