Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers and Trapeze Books for including me on the Blog Tour for THE CRAFTSMAN by Sharon Bolton to celebrate the Paperback publication.
Catching him will make her career – and change her forever.
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?
The Craftsman: The most chilling book you’ll read this year
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The first chapter rendered me speechless and the last made me want to shout about this book from the roof tops. It took the fear of God out of me and replaced it with something of pure evil!
The story is set in two-time zones, the first and last parts of the book in 1999 and the largest section 30 years before in 1969, a time when young teenagers were disappearing in a small Lancashire town. The primarily male police force had just one token WPC, Florence Lovelady, not a place for a young woman, where she had little respect from her fellow officers through all the ranks and where they weren’t afraid to tell her so. Equal opportunities was still out of reach in so many respects.
Florence was an intelligent, feisty young woman determined to earn her place amongst her colleagues taking on any role that she was given. After a reconstruction of the third teenager going missing, aired on TV, she was given the most unlikely lead to follow. Where many would have dismissed these unlikely witnesses she simply couldn’t. What she did sent every goosebump to attention on my body. What she found was a nightmare. This is truly heart breaking, haunting descriptions of pure terror to fight and grasp to life. What was found after turned by blood to ice with petrified thoughts. What the hell was happening? Why would someone do this? And what did it all mean?
Florence is the main character in the story and she fills every page with intrigue, courage and sheer terror. One of the forerunners for the women to follow in that role and what made her into the woman she became years later. Although set in different times she was still very recognisable as the same woman, although in a much respected position. One that had returned with a suspicion and unease that wouldn’t go away. The story takes on a much darker side and totally sucked the air out of my lungs. Things were going to get real personal and very deadly.
An absolutely stunning story that will haunt me for a very long time. Awesome!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.
Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and son.