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Publisher's Summary

'Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters.' (Peter James)

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman.

At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There's just one survivor. She's seen the killer's face - but he's also seen hers. And he won't rest until he's eliminated the only witness to his crime. Alone, scared, trusting no one, she's running to where she feels safe - but it could be the most dangerous place of all....

©2017 Sharon Bolton (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Twisty Ride - a Really Good Listen

What did you love best about Dead Woman Walking?

It was very atmospheric. I could really picture the rain on the northern England moors. (And it rained a lot!).

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The story was a little slow to start, but good. By the middle, yes, I couldn't stop listening. I took my dog for extra walks just so I could listen a little more.

Which character – as performed by Julia Barrie – was your favorite?

Of course, the main character and her sister were my favourite. But I loved Mother Hildegarde (the head nun), as well as a couple of the other nuns who provided some gentle humour.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No really extreme reactions. A little sad at parts, mostly excited and holding my breath at other parts.

Any additional comments?

If you like suspenseful, twisty mysteries with an adventurous heroine and some bad guys, but no sex, you will probably like this moody, atmospheric tale.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 05-16-17

Crime thriller with Nuns

I'd never have dreamt of such a combination but that's why I am the reader and not the author. Ms Bolton has whipped up a wonderful combination here, from the balloon ride at the beginning, to the very surprising end.
You may think that you know what is going on, but you'll be wrong, unless you too have an extraordinarily vivid imagination.

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  • Colette
  • 06-06-17

Brilliant

I've been lucky enough to find some really good listens lately and this has to top the lot. Really fast moving action filled plot, interesting characters and great narration. More like this please.

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  • Jo Davis
  • 06-04-17

Gripping

I've read quite a few Sharon Bolton books and enjoyed them all but I think this is her best one yet. Twists and turns, great characterisation. The narrator was brilliant too managing both male and female voices and accents with aplomb.

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  • Gill
  • 06-22-17

Enjoyable listen

With many twists and turns the books keeps you interested until the very end, I would definitely recommend

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  • vanessa gatrill
  • 07-29-17

excellent

well read, clever plot. worth reading good ending satisfying reading.good read anytime keeps you on your toes.

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  • miss
  • 05-28-17

Twists and turns - never thought the gentle nature of a hot air balloon ride could change everything

I love Sharon Bolton's writing - her ability to tackle difficult subject while telling a compelling story fascinates me. This one gripped me from start to finish - usually I listen to audiobooks on my way to work but this one seeped into my weekend and evenings so you know you need to find out more.

Her clues are there but she still surprises you along the way, her planning is meticulous jumping between the present and the past to keep a pace for the reader.

Well worth a listen.

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  • Shelley
  • 05-26-17

Full of surprises as usual!

I had no idea where this story was leading to but it kept me gripped all the way. Dealing with some real but hidden issues as usual and, as usual, a happy ending.

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  • Arabis
  • 07-13-17

couldn't stop listening

loved it , so many different angles in this story and ending was unexpected .

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  • EB
  • 07-09-17

Compelling story with interesting twists

Very unusual story with lots of unexpected plot twists
Particularly liked the locations in Northumberland and york
Well worth a listen

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  • Buysalot
  • 11-07-17

Very Gripping

I don't often write reviews but I felt I had to for this. It's quite remarkably written with brilliant plot twist. Extremely hard to stop listening.
Just one star off for the narrator: excellently done, but to my ear some of the accents were a bit "off". Not enough to put me off though.

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  • Sophie
  • 06-30-17

Brilliant

I don't normally take the time to write about a book I have read or listened to but I felt I had to with this one. It had me gripped from start to finish. It was fabulous!

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  • Heidi
  • 06-13-17

Intelligent, multi-layered mystery

A hot air balloon crashes with 13 people on board. Only eleven bodies are recovered. What happened to the other two? And why would someone walk away from the crash without calling for help?

You will need to read it to find out! This is one mystery you should delve into blindly. I repeat - to make the most out of Bolton’s brilliant storytelling, DO NOT read any reviews until you have finished the book. You can thank me later!

I was almost hesitant to pick up Dead Woman Walking, seeing how absolutely GREAT all books by this author have been so far, and I was worried that she could not possibly surpass my previous favourites. But I should have known better – Sharon Bolton is an author on top of her game, and her latest book is no exception. Whilst I will not say any more about the story, for fear of giving away any spoilers, I can safely state that it contains one of the best and most nail-biting cat-and-mouse games I have read in a long, long time. I was actually holding my breath for so long that I felt slightly light-headed with anxiety-induced hypoxia, and that’s not a good thing when you are listening to the audiobook on your daily drive to work!

Apart from characters who are enigmatic, interesting and well-rounded (except the “baddies”, who are suitably terrifying), Bolton delivers her usual hallmark of atmospheric tension, suspense and twists aplenty. This is an author who knows how to mount the tension to near unbearable levels, like nails noisily scraping across a blackboard, before revealing another morsel of information that may help to unravel the Celtic knot that forms this multi-layered plot. With a theme that is contemporary and well-researched, it had me spellbound, asking myself: could this really be happening right under our noses? And although there were times when I thought I had to suspend disbelief a tiny bit to go along with it, Bolton always offered a very plausible explanation for everything that happened (which, for an old cynic like me, is a necessary part of reading pleasure). Bolton also knows how to lay a few bear traps for the unsuspecting reader, and I promptly fell into all of them, every time I thought I was on the right track in working it all out. I am duly humbled ....

A big credit also goes to Julia Barrie, who brought the book to life with her wonderful narration. I loved her ability to adopt different voices and dialects so effortlessly, which created vivid images of all individual characters in my mind.


All in all, Dead Woman Walking is the kind of intelligent, multi-layered mystery the author seems to deliver so effortlessly, time and time again. It once again proved why Bolton is very firmly embedded on top of my favourite authors list, and will not be easily toppled. If you want to read one spellbinding mystery this year, make sure to pick up Dead Woman Walking – it will not disappoint!


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  • nathan
  • 05-01-18

Suprising

So many twists, it all came togrther in the last 10 chapters or so. Excellent writer and narrator.

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  • Christine M Walker
  • 04-16-18

Couldn’t stop listening

Great book, keep me on edge the whole time. Really good crime story , didn’t want it to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-18

Great story and well narrated.

loved it kept me enthralled and guessing throughout the story . The narrator did a great job with all the characters involved.

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  • Maree Smith
  • 03-16-18

Gripping <br />

From the first chapter to the last I was unable to stop listening, truely sensational

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  • Jane Ferrier
  • 11-27-17

A Journey Well Worth Taking

This latest offering from Sharon Bolton clearly shows that she is a forerunner in her field. It is one of the most intelligent mysteries I have ever read. The core characters are both well developed and amorphous - slotting into a crafted novel that exceeds expectation at every turn. The novel has so many turns one almost needs a map - and that is not a bad thing at all, it creates a sense of journey with an unknown destination. This is a road well worth travelling on. It will be a hard novel to top in Sharon's next literary endeavour - the complexity is reminiscent of Reginald Hill at his finest.

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  • Jolene
  • 11-07-17

Loved the narrator

I had read good reviews but I felt this book was only ok, not as good at I expected. There were some good parts and a bit of suspense but it didn't grab me like some others do. I couldn't really get into it but I loved the narrator using different voices.

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  • Robert Buttery
  • 06-14-17

Very very good

I enjoyed this book very much - good to listen to and can recommend it highly

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  • Julie V. Purdey
  • 09-09-18

Engrossing thriller

Thoroughly enjoyable read with satisfying plot twists to keep you engrossed throughout. The narrator is to be congratulated for adding to the tension of the story. Highly recommend.