Book Review: Dead Woman Walking

Author: Sharon Bolton
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

From Minotaur Books: 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…

My Review: I won DEAD WOMAN WALKING from a giveaway hosted by Jessica over at and Minotaur Books – thank you both! This review is entirely my own.

DEAD WOMAN WALKING is described as an achingly gripping read. It’s a story about a hot air balloon ride gone dangerously wrong when the passengers witness a cold blooded murder in the act on the ground below them. This sets into motion a chain of events that leaves Jessica Lane hunted and running for her life from Patrick Faa. In a span of three days she must get to the bottom of an organ trafficking case she is closing in on while evading Patrick. There are quite a few plot twists and I want to keep my review spoiler free so there’s not much more I can write. 

This is my first Sharon Bolton novel. I thought it was good but not great. I really wanted to love DEAD WOMAN WALKING but overall it fell flat for me. The book is 362 pages and divided into three parts. Unfortunately the story remained fairly uneventful until Part 3 and by then it was too late for me to get invested. The character’s were thinly developed and I never felt a connection to any of them. I need some type of connection whether it be on an emotional level or a relatable event to suck me in. On the other hand, the plot was unique and full of twists – right up to the end – I just wish it had more of that suspense / thriller grip factor. All in, I think it was an entertaining read and definitely worth checking out from the library. 


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