It is going to be tricky to give a full review of this novel, as I simply just do not want to give anything away. When I was reflecting on my review for this novel, there was one word that I continued to go to and that was “Chilling”. Throughout the book, all I kept thinking was is this crime really over and had Florence really solved it that many years ago.
We follow the story of Florence who is a police officer who in the current day is coming to the end of her career. She seems to have doubts in her mind about this hideous crime that was committed over 30 years ago and she seems to be riddled with doubt as to whether she had really found the truth out. She returns back and that doubt does not subside, in fact it only increases. She is there with her son Ben, who also seems to understand that this crime his mother has not ever really got over and seems to want to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
You are fully emerged into the community as the community was hit hard by such a horrific crime and it would seem that everyone was suspicious of one another and could not fully comprehend what was going on and desperate to protect all children. Even 30 years later, this crime is still talked about and Florence is recognised as a hero.
We follow in Florence’s footsteps where she attempts to re-trace the steps of the young people who died and find out what actually happened. She does not seem to be able to rest easy about the conviction of Larry and wants to ask more and more questions. Is there someone within the community who is hiding a deep dark secret?
This is the first novel I had read by Sharon and I certainly was not disappointed. Throughout the novel, I was attempting to second guess what was going to happen, but I should not have bothered because I did not get it right. It is a mind blowing ending and very unexpected and even now I still think about this book. This is an amazing novel, and one that you should all read. I believe The Craftsman will make an amazing TV series.
I cannot wait to read the next novel written by Sharon.
About the Book
He hid the bodies where nobody could find them. But some secrets aren’t buried deep enough……
Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worse nightmares the victims were buried…..alive.
Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?
About the Author
Sharon Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career in marketing and public relations. She gave it up in 2000 to become a mother and 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 the US. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston’s Prize for Best Thriller, the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award, the Priz Du Polar in France and the Martin Beck award in Sweden.
The Craftsman is published by Trapeze books
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