Published June 2, 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
DAISY IN CHAINS in the first novel by Sharon Bolton that I have read and I am pretty sure that it won’t be the last.
This was an addictive read. Honestly I was only going to read a few pages as I wanted to get another book finished, but once I started I didn’t want to stop.
Maggie Rose is a lawyer and true crime writer. She is very well known for her work having many murderers convictions overturned. Maggie lives a rather reclusive life. She doesn’t appear in court or do interviews. There are no pictures of her online. Usually only meets people she is working with. However…she has bright blue hair. Is having such a noticeable color while appearing to want nothing to do with the public a type of distraction?
Is Maggie Rose hiding something or does she just like having blue hair?
****Possibly some minor spoilers****
Maggie has recently been approached by the mother of a notorious serial killer, Hamish Wolfe.
In 2014 thirty-eight year old Hamish Wolfe was convicted of killing three women and sentenced to life in prison.
The handsome former surgeon claims he’s innocent and he wants Maggie to help him get his conviction overturned as well as write his story.
“I’ve looked into that man’s eyes, and trust me, there isn’t anything human there. Wolfe isn’t a man Miss Rose. He’s a monster”.
Though many share that sentiment there are several others, besides his mother who believe in his innocence. Hamish Wolfe has a devoted group of followers that also believe him and want to see him released from prison. In addition he has a fan club which includes many teenage girls and women who write to him in prison, sending love letters and even explicit photos. Some of them think he’s fragile, broken and believe that they can fix him. Especially one woman, Sirocco Silverwood. Sirocco claims that she is in love with Hamish and he with her. People write her off as a bit of a loony who is imagining this relationship.
The story was told from multiple points of view but I found it easy enough to follow along. Intermixed throughout the story were, newspaper and magazine articles, blog posts, personal letters, court transcripts, police case files, and many other things that added to the story.
We learned a lot of the background of the murdered women and the different ways in which they were lured to their deaths. Plus a lot of information about Hamish’s past as a cocky medical student….
When Maggie agrees to meet with Hamish, he starts to try to convince her of his innocence.
Is Hamish Wolfe innocent of these crimes? Will Maggie believe him? What other secrets will come to light?
Although this was a fiction book, these fan clubs for serial killers and other prisoners do exist. There are plenty of women who write to these violent men behind bars. But why? Do they feel safe in knowing the men can’t get out? Do they think they can change them? There are women that marry these men, men that they can’t even be intimate with.
“Many of these women are addicted to violence. Many prison brides have a history of violent relationships. Becoming involved with a convicted killer allows them to feed this addiction, while remaining relatively safe”.
I watched a TV show a couple of years ago about women who had partners in jail. Some of the women were with the men before they were incarcerated and I believe they did have visits where they could stay together overnight in a trailer to visit. Other ladies started out as pen-pals and ended up marrying these men behind bars. Their lives revolve around prison visits, phone calls, Skyping, etc. There was one woman who’s husband was going to be released because of a mistake during his trial. You could see that she was a bit nervous about how this would work out.
I find it fascinating and really enjoyed how some of these situations were talked about throughout the book.
You can tell that Sharon Bolton really does her research. Of course being a fiction book there will often be times where things seem implausible. However, I didn’t feel that very often with this book. Things felt VERY real at times.
DAISY IN CHAINS is an intense psychological thriller that gripped me from beginning to the very end. Just when I thought I had things figured out, it would take off in another direction. It really was a great read!!!
I look forward to reading much more from Sharon Bolton.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Sharon Bolton for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.