The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton

One of the more highly anticipated October releases for 2018!

Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE CRAFTSMAN – Sharon Bolton (out now!)

I had heard nothing but amazing things going into this one and it did not disappoint! I know this is the number one read for 2018 for a lot of other readers.

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

Just in time for Halloween, we get a story of witchcraft, serial murder that involved burring children alive, and now a copycat killer. Last year I read DEAD WOMAN WALKING and loved it, so I was anxious to see what Bolton had in store for us this time. Holy crap, this one was incredible! The perfect amount of eerie, creepy, and completely engrossing. Despite this being a larger book for the thriller genre, I flew through this in two sittings.

The book begins with a funeral. Convicted serial killer Larry Glassbrook, who spent 30 years in prison for his crimes, is being laid to rest. To say the community hasn’t forgotten the horrors he committed would be an understatement. Florence Lovelady, who was responsible for convicting and locking up Glassbrook, returns to the small town. History soon begins to repeat itself when children go missing. Is this simply the work of a copycat killer? Or did Lovelady lock up the wrong man 30 years ago?

This went back and forth between 1999 and 1969. I love this approach to these types of thrillers. We get gaps filled in as we go and Bolton does a fantastic job showing us the parallels between the investigations. There is no doubt that Bolton knows how to weave an intricate, yet easy to follow, thriller. The characters were well-developed and she set the scene perfectly without rushing it or drawing it out. The pacing is fast and consistent throughout the book and I enjoyed the witchcraft element. It wasn’t overwhelming and it wasn’t overdone, just enough to add to the atmosphere of the story.

Overall, I would have to agree with many other readers out there, this is one of my top reads for the year so far! If you’re a fan of Bolton already, then what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for the perfect fall thriller, then this should be at the top of your TBR.

 

What have you read by Sharon Bolton?

–Jess

 

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