'Bolton's writing is pacy, and features a brilliant twist I wish I'd written' Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I See You (in Shortlist)
She's seen the killer's face. But he's also seen hers . . .
Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, thirteen passengers on a hot-air balloon flight witness a brutal murder. Within the next hour, all but one of them will be dead.
Alone, scared and trusting no-one, she flees for her life, running to the one place she feels safe.
But the killer won't rest until he's eliminated the last witness to his crime . . .
PRAISE FOR DEAD WOMAN WALKING:
'For once, the description "impossible to put down" is full merited, for this is an absolute page-turner' Daily Mail
'With Dead Woman Walking, Sharon Bolton exceeds her own high standards of excellence. It grips from the start . . . The plot merges skilfully, with many splendid twists along the way' The Times
'Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters' Peter James
'Crepuscular, uncanny mystery' Guardian
'Bolton establishes a forbidding atmosphere . . . A slippery, devious narrative in which things are not always what they seem' Crime Scene
Jessica Lane, the heroine of this hit-or-miss thriller from Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Bolton (Daisy in Chains), plans a birthday surprise for her sister, a Carmelite nun a balloon ride over England's Northumberland National Park. But as the balloon floats over a dilapidated farm house, Jessica and the other passengers see a man, later identified as Patrick Faa, beating a woman to death. Faa fires a rifle at the balloon, causing it to crash; Jessica is the only survivor. Bolton shifts sometimes smoothly but too often in the middle of a scene among the police investigation, led by Supt. Ajax Maldonado; Jessica's attempt to evade Faa; the prior, sometimes prickly, relationship between the sisters; and a larger, somewhat more far-fetched story involving human trafficking and a massive cover-up. Maldonado and his team soon discover Jessica is a fellow police officer, but they're stumped as to why she's now on the run, a question the reader shares for too long. Despite some emotional resonance, Bolton's plot is too cluttered for any real impact.)\n