Sharon Bolton – The Craftsman

34884810  3 Stars

I have been a big fan of Sharon Bolton for years. I have read all her books. I devoured her last two books „Little Black Lies“ and especially „Daisy in Chains“. Therefore I was so shocked when I read „Dead Woman Walking“ and found myself extremly struggeling with it. That’s why I was really looking forward to her new book.

I’m a little bit torn here. Unfortunately, I found myselfe struggeling again. I did not expect the story to be that long in the past. I did not warm up to Florence, though she reminded me a lot of Lacy Flint. Interesting were the insights with which a female police officer had to fight in rural England in 1969. The actual crime story gets on very slowly. For a long time, it’s about tedious police work. For me there was a lack of tension most of the time. The story of the missing children in 1969 did not really catch me.

I liked the timeline in the present more. The atmosphere in the small English town is indeed a bit somber and scary. Sharon Bolton has added a slightly psychic touch to her plot this time.

Unfortunately, I have to say this time, too, that the story did not go really well for me. I never really got into the story as I did in her books earlier. I also found the characters all a bit shallow and I could not connect with anybody. Florence gets for example no real background. What about her family and why is she in this little English place? I liked the story better than in“ Dead Woman Walking“. The supernatural aspect was at least interesting and fit. Overall, it was a bit too lengthy for me. I must admid that I even was a bit bored in the middle. I don’t know if it’s me or what happend that I am suddenly not very happy with Sharon Bolton’s books anymore. This book sounded exactly like my cup of tea and in a way it was. But it lacked the pace and good characters.

I hate to write a bad review about a book of one of my favorite authors. But I will not pretend I liked it when actually I didn’t. But hopes dies at last so despite of that I am looking forward to her next book.


I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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  1. Interested to read this. I enjoyed this book but I have to admit that I agree with you that I didn’t properly click with the characters either. And the whodunnit didn’t quite work for me. Too many unanswered questions about the detail of the abductions.

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