Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
To Be Published September 5, 2017 by Minotaur Books
I’ve only read one of Sharon Bolton’s previous books, but I really enjoyed it. I was intrigued by the short blurb for “Dead Woman Walking” and was excited to begin reading.
Sisters, Jessica and Isabel (aka Bella aka Sister Maria Magdalena) are very close, although Jessica wishes she understood her sister better. Whenever Jessica asks her sister about the past or her choice to become a nun, Bella is quick to end the conversation.
“I left that life behind a long time ago, I have a new family now. A family in god”
For Bella’s 40th Birthday, Jessica wants to do something memorable, so she organizes a hot air balloon ride.
But what was supposed to be a one hour balloon ride, a birthday gift from one sister to another, turns into a nightmare….
The passengers are having the time of their lives but then they see something they shouldn’t have, the balloon crashes, leaving only one survivor in a fight for her life.
I found the first part of the book really intense and I was definitely absorbed in the story. But after a while, I found things got a bit confusing. There was a long chase, a lot of police procedural stuff, as well as quite a few characters to keep track of. Switching from past to present was interesting, but the chapter headings: 28 years earlier, 22 years earlier, 2 years 8 months earlier, 3 days earlier etc. weren’t in order (which I realize was on purpose), so I really had to pay close attention.
There was a lot going on in this novel and most of it was really engaging, but for me it was a bit of information overload. But at no point did I consider stopping. I was quite invested in what was happening and although not everything was entirely plausible, it was still entertaining.
There was even a few laugh out loud moments with the sisters AND the Sisters.
“I’m living in a budget sequel to Sister Act”
So while I was confused at times and it seemed like there was almost too much going on, this was definitely a compelling novel with some interesting plot lines that kept me engaged. There were also some really great twists that I did NOT expect and WOW, I did NOT see that ending coming!
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.