To celebrate the release of the paperback edition of The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton, I am delighted to be re sharing my review today.
Devoted father or merciless killer?
His secrets are buried with him.
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 worst 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?
Oh my word! I have read a few books by this author now and have enjoyed them all. This one though, I absolutely loved!
Florence Lovelady has to be just one of the best protagonists I have met in a while. What a brilliant character! Even though the book starts and ends in present day, the majority of the story is set in the 1960’s. There weren’t many women police officers around in those days. Especially in the place where Florence finds herself. She is very much the new kid on the block and without trying, seems to rub everyone up the wrong way. Because she is female, the men tend to write off what she says and won’t take her seriously. The fact that she has probably more brain cells than the lot of them put together doesn’t stop them from giving her a hard time. I felt as frustrated as Florence many a time through out but I had to give her credit for her strength and determination.
I loved the whole supernatural sort of feel that the witches aspect brings to the story. It isn’t in your face and makes for some truly believable story telling. It just added that little bit extra to this story increasing the overwhelming darkness that surrounds it.
The Craftsman is a brilliantly dark and compelling story. Drawn in from the very beginning, it did not release me until I had consumed and digested every last word. Without a doubt this is my favourite book by this author and would urge fans of this genre to read it.
My thanks to Trapeze Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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