The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 4

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2018 

My day four #bookvent read was actually one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. I must admit that, as per usual, I hadn’t really paid much attention to the blurb when agreeing to read it for review, but I knew the author and was pretty keen on her writing. The basic premise that I had seen sounded interesting, if a little macabre, and if you know anything about me you will know that is right up my street. I started reading and I was spellbound 😉 and the more I read the more I got drawn into the intricacies and the devilish nature of the plot. Full of gothic surprises, and definitely not what I was expecting, my #bookvent day four choice is …

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The Craftsman

by Sharon Bolton

Devoted father or merciless killer?

His secrets are buried with him.

Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried…ALIVE.

Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves.

Did she get it wrong all those years ago? 
Or is there something much darker at play?

#HeWillComeForYou … Oh I do love me a bewitching story and this is one of the best I have read this year. Although Florence Lovelady returns to her old home to lay her ghosts to rest as it were, she ends up stirring up a hornets nest as the closer she comes to her past, the more it appears she may have gotten everything wrong. Full of a dark and creeping tension, this is a book which had me on edge, made my skin crawl at times and compelled me to read onward, even if it does tap into some of out basest fears. Imagine being the pain of being buried alive, of knowing that there is no way of getting out. Sharon Bolton captured this fear perfectly, giving it real life (and death) whilst building up a story around it in which the villagers were never quite what they seemed, and superstition played a large part in what unfolded. I’ve never quite trusted small rural towns, keep thinking back to the old village pub in An American Werewolf in London. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure Sharon Bolton has done much to endear them to me with this book, although the spook lover in me did find the macabre and gothic elements of the story quite delightful. So glad to hear there is a book two already set for next year. If it’s half as creepy it will still be epic. Loved this.

You can read my review of The Craftsman right here, and it is available to order from the following retailers:

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL

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