The Craftsman

The Craftsman

eBook - 2018
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"Sharon Bolton returns with her creepiest standalone yet, following a young cop trying to trace the disappearances of a small town's teenagers. Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered. But now, decades later, he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did she get it wrong all those years ago? When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened... it gets personal. In master of suspense Sharon Bolton's latest thriller, readers will find a page-turner to confirm their deepest fears and the only protagonist who can face them" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250300041 : $60.00
1250300045 : $60.00
Call Number: AXIS360 EBOOK FICTION BOLTON

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sunnyfeline
Apr 01, 2019

It started off a bit slow but then things picked up for the plot about 3 teenager disappearances and their murders. The main character is a young female cop named Florence Lovelady who is trying to fit in during the 60's when the police force was all male cops--lots of sexist things happened just because she was a woman. There were several twists and it kept me guessing until the very ending. However, I was not very impressed with the last 4 chapters or so. It felt like the pages were taken from a completely different book; it was just so random and didn't really mesh together with 90% of the book. I *do* see why the author chose that direction, but I just didn't think it worked very well. And it was very out of character for Florence to do that so that's probably why I was so bugged by the ending.

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midori_hon
Feb 02, 2019

took me a while to read this book because it was as creepy as I expected. not a straightforward mystery, Bolton once again has some disturbing loose ends remaining when you reach the last page and some 'what the...!?' moments.

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pharra19
Nov 18, 2018

I am always amazed that there aren't hundreds of people lined up waiting for the new Sharon Bolton book to arrive. In my opinion, she is the hands down best thriller writer today.
Her books always include flawed but eccentric and interesting characters who you would like to meet in real life. The settings are always moody and provide a perfect backdrop to the story.

I thought "The Craftsman" was reminiscent of the Lacey Flint books, with a strong heroine who has to fight to be accepted amongst her peers. The story was enthralling and there were, as always, enough twists , turns, and surprises to keep me reading until the wee hours.
A five star rating for sure, though I don't agree with the reader who thought this book surpassed "Little Black Lies". That book will remain at the top with my all-time favourites!

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maucarden
Jul 23, 2018

Sharon Bolton just keeps getting better, which is hard to do since she reached close to perfection with " Little Black Lies." I ordered an early copy of The Craftsman from London because of the early buzz. It truly lived up to the reviews. Don't miss this.

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