Book Review: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

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Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

When I first heard the title of this book, I was a little skeptical of how much I would like it.  I immediately pictured a gruesome story that was a little hard to stomach but it was actually the exact opposite.  Rather than being a book that relied mainly on shock factor, this was an addicting read that maintained a high level of suspense all the way through till the end.

Daisy in Chains is about the events that unfold after a famous author and defense attorney, Maggie Rose, is contacted by convicted serial killer, Hamish Wolfe.  Hamish is facing a life sentence for the murder of four women.  Each of the women have the same body type and there has been speculation that Hamish is either attracted to larger women or is trying to send a message that he disapproves of their weight.  Due to her success with other cases, Hamish is convinced Maggie is the right person to help get him released from prison.  Maggie is reluctant to take the case because the evidence is clearly stacked against Hamish.  However, he piques her curiosity and she agrees to meet with him.

Maggie is much different than your typical defense attorney.  She has bright blue hair that attracts attention wherever she goes but a calm and quiet demeanor that seems to suggest the exact opposite.  She lives in a large house and isolates herself from much of the outside world.  It also isn’t clear why she consistently takes on cases of some of the most dangerous convicted felons.  Maggie is an enigma and the author does a great job revealing the many layers of her personality throughout the book.  I also enjoyed the scenes between Maggie and Hamish and watching their relationship unfold.

This is a fast paced story that packs suspense in every chapter.  I couldn’t wait to reach the end so I could figure out exactly what happened to the murdered women and if Hamish is guilty or innocent.  Throughout the entire book, it is unclear whether Hamish can be trusted and if his claims of innocence are true or not.

If you’re looking for a suspenseful thriller that leaves you guessing, this may be the perfect book for you.  This was by far one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and I can’t wait to check out other books by Sharon Bolton.

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