Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton – 4*s

Daisy in Chains


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 . . .

Would you?

My Review

Daisy in Chains, is a stand alone novel and is not part of the popular Lacey Flint series.

While I enjoy the Lacey Flint series I also enjoyed the last stand alone outing from this author so was keen to read this one. I’m happy to say it did not disappoint and was a compelling read with a surprising twist.

It deals with a topic that I have to admit I always find strange to comprehend, that of women who are obsessed with writing to convicted murderer’s – especially attractive ones (as if unattractive men are clearly always guilty). However Hamish Wolfe, is maintaining his innocence and wants Maggie Rose to prove it. Maggie is a lawyer and best selling author of true crime books based on cases where she has reversed the guilty verdict.

Hamish is certainly charismatic and certainly draws you in, the question is, is he innocent or guilty and will Maggie be drawn in like many others to uphold his cause. His character is excellently drawn and has you alternating between liking him and finding him disturbing. Similarly the character of Maggie is also complex and at times opaque which makes you feel you are watching a game being played out between the two, with no clue as to who is telling the truth or who will win.

Of the other varied characters, who are also a mixed bag leaving you wondering if they are what they seem, DC Pete Weston stands out as a balanced, open and sympathetic character. While he is initially involved as he was the original investigating officer on the case. His continued interest seems to be as much tied up with Maggie as it does to Hamish.

As this book relies heavily on having no clues or hints at spoilers I have no intention of revealing any background plot which might inadvertently give something away. But will say that the plot will have you constantly questioning actions and motives and leave you wondering exactly where the truth lies. This is a great read that I have no problems in recommending.

I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com


  1. Bfff… amazing. I finished it yesterday! One of the secrets was easy to guess (imo, the author wanted you to know) but the ending was :O :O :O

    Great review!


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