About the book
Published: 2nd June 2016 (Bantam Press)
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 . . .
A fantastically written thriller that is full of twists and turns which kept me guessing throughout. Bolton’s storytelling is a brilliant combination of newspaper clippings, letters and evidence documents alongside the main narrative which added to the realism and really brought the story to life.
Opening with the rescue of a dog that has literally got himself into deep water leads the reader into a complex story of Hamish Wolfe, a serial killer who continues to protest his innocence. Hamish receives literally hundreds of letters from adoring women despite his incarceration for the abduction and murder of 3 women, however there is just one woman he wants who seemingly is immune to his persuasive, charming ways; lawyer Maggie Rose. Hamish believes that Maggie will be the one to change his fate but first he has to convince her of his innocence despite the seemingly water tight evidence that convicted him.
I don’t want to go into much more detail regarding the plot as I don’t want to inadvertantly spoil it for anyone as it is so brilliantly woven. I really enjoyed Bolton’s writing style, a dark thriller taking us into the world and mind of a convicted serial killer. The letters, articles, police evidence and Maggie’s notes for a book give a creepy edge to the narrative because you almost feel like you are reading something you shouldn’t!
Bolton has created 3 wonderful, likeable main characters – even Hamish himself! Hamish comes alive from the pages as the charming, persuasive, intelligent man that he is pitched to be in the blurb. Maggie is quite the enigma, a social recluse focusing on her true crime writing and dealing with high-profile convictions at appeal stage – she comes across as very blunt and to the point, probably a product of her reclusiveness. Then we have the wonderful, dependable DS Pete Weston who actually put Hamish behind bars, he is confident in his evidence and conviction but is still unnerved about Maggie potentially falling under his spell and pursuing his request for an appeal.
I loved this book and its ability to keep the reader on tenterhooks throughout – highly recommended!
About Sharon Bolton
She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family and to write.
She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.