Daisy in Chains Daisy in Chainsby Sharon Bolton

Hardcover, 343 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Minotaur Books
4.5 Stars

Synopsis: Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams. Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.
Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .  Would you?

My Review: Once again, Sharon Bolton has written a thriller that has so many twists, I had no idea who was the guilty party, lots of guesses, but the ending was still a surprise. This book is a stand alone so you do not have to have read any of her other books to thoroughly enjoy this one.

Maggie Rose, is a lawyer and author of true crime. She takes on clients that have been convicted and launches an appeal getting them off. She then writes a book about the case. The beginning of the book opens with her walking along the beach when she hears a woman screaming for help. Daisy is trapped in a culvert and the water is rising. Maggie immediately jumps in to save her, risking her own life, only to find out that Daisy not a child, but a dog. Daisy belongs to Hamish Wolfe who is in prison for the abduction and murder of three women. They all have one thing in common, they are a larger dress size. Hamish and his mother do their best to convince Maggie to take his case. The other main character in the book is Pete Weston, the detective who investigated the case originally. Surprisingly, Pete and Maggie begin to work together to further investigate. Maggie to prove that he was wrongly convicted (not innocent) and Pete to find irrefutable proof.

I found the first one third of the book a bit slow, which was why it took me longer to finish, but part way through, it gripped me and I raced to the end. The author has created some interesting characters. I did not really like either of them, but they certainly drove the story. I was not sure who was lying in this book, they did a wonderful job of it. The quirky and eccentric characters in the Wolfe Pack added some other interest to the story. I was sure one of them was the guilty party. The story is gripping with a twists and a major turn. There’s plenty going on, with a couple of side trips along the way. The story is narrated by Maggie and Hamish with letters and emails included. This was a great story and I would have given it five stars if the build up had not been quite so slow. What I am saying is, don’t give up on this story if you find it slow at the beginning, it gets so much better. A great story for any thriller and suspense lover.