What’s it about?
Famous killers have fan clubs.
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 . . .
Is Hamish Wolfe guilty or not, that’s the million dollar question which kept my eyes glued to the pages. I’m once more amazed how good an author Sharon Bolton really is. She delivers a psychological thriller that grabbed my attention from the very start when not even 20 pages into this novel she managed to surprise me for the first time. I already made up my mind then that this novel was well worth picking up and I was definitely not let down any time after. For some bizarre reason I can’t disclose, something did give me the idea that there might be some animal cruelty in this book but I can assure everyone that there is no such thing – so keep calm and read on – no animals were harmed! No, I found this truly a compelling story and I could hardly believe where this story of Maggie Rose, DC Pete Weston and Hamish Wolfe ultimately lead.
Ms. Bolton gives us some food for thought too as she deftly uses the fact that 4 plus-sized women were targeted in this novel to create some social awareness and draw our attention to the judgment and condemnation beyond all reason that some women are subjected to every day. She uses a social media platform in this novel to spout all the comments and preconceived ideas women who don’t conform to the standardized size have to hear. Kudos for that! Another topic that she delves deeper into is what drives women, even lawyers, to start relationships with inmates.
The thing that I loved most though is how this author raises doubt for so long! The fact is that Mr. Wolfe claims, from the moment of his arrest, that he’s innocent of the murder of 3 women and the disappearance of one. He reaches out to Maggie Rose, defense barrister, true-crime author and a pain in the arse for the police. She’s an extraordinary lady and I’m not only talking about her blue eyes and matching hair. She has amazing deduction skills and has been able to get former convictions overturned when she takes on a case. Wolfe goes to great lengths to get her on his team, but Maggie also gets a visit from DC Pete Weston who doesn’t want her to take on the case and warns her for the dangers of Wolfe’s supporters group. Is Weston scared that she might find something that would ruin his status as a hero for arresting Wolfe, or does he have doubts Wolfe might be innocent? There is however the undoubtedly physical evidence, a technology trail and witness statements.
The story disperses further doubt when Wolfe tries to refute the accusations against him and points to DC Weston as another possible suspect. Or it might be one of his friends from the past who wanted to set him up. There was one testimony on his trial that he was a part of a special club when he was a college student, dealing with unsavory activities. The author deftly weaves these past events into the present story line. Wolfe also instructs Maggie to find the woman he was in love with over 20 years ago and who disappeared when things were coming down for their secret club. Wolfe was a fascinating character. His name was not accidental obviously. He seems calculated and clever and fits the profile to a tee, there is even physical evidence found, and still. There are letters that he writes to some mystery woman and it seems he’s a different man in those letters, affectionate and loving. His actions and appearance seem to contradict with these letters.
The question of guilt or innocence was a little torture and kept me second guessing for a long long time. The only little thing I was maybe an itsy bitsy disappointed about was the fact that there was no retelling of the actual crimes and the ending was coming into view a bit fast all at once when the curtain finally falls.
Daisy in Chains is due for release in June 2016 and is a very recommended read that is certain to keep you under its spell!
* I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and publisher Random House in exchange for my honest opinion*