‘Daisy in Chains’ is a gripping psychological thriller by Sharon Bolton. It is definitely not a novel for the squeamish.
Hamish Wolfe is in prison for the abduction and murder of three young women, killed because they were fat. He is good looking and charismatic and has fallen a long way from the wealthy young doctor that he was. Like many good looking prisoners he has a fan club of women that write to him, some of whom even imagine that they have a relationship with him. Hamish also has a support group, led by his mother, who are sure he is innocent and determined to prove it.
Maggie Rose is a barrister and true crime author. She has managed to have several convicted murderers released from prison and has written about them.
Now Hamish wants Maggie to represent him. But Maggie can afford to be choosy and only takes cases she knows she can win. Initially she is reluctant to take Hamish’s case but gradually she falls under his spell.
Detective Pete Weston made his name on the Hamish Wolfe case. He is interested in Maggie and wants to look after this petite and fragile woman – including keeping her away from Hamish. But at what point does his friendship with Maggie involve a conflict of interest.
The relationships between the various characters develop throughout the novel with a malicious undertone seeping through.
And just when you think you know what is going on, there is another plot twist. The end was a complete surprise!
This novel had me on the edge of my seat.
The story was interspersed with letters and articles. In the early stages of the novel, I found this distracting, but after a while is provided excellent background to the story.
The characters were very realistic and all were flawed in some way. I found myself liking and disliking all of them at different stages and because of this they all came under suspicion.
I have loved all of the Sharon Bolton novels that I’ve read so far and I can’t wait to read more.
Book Published 2016