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The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton ★★★★★

Blurb; Catching him will make her career – and change her forever.

August, 1999;
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

June, 1969;
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.

August, 1999;
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

My Review; WOW! What a brilliant thriller. Has to be one of the best thrillers of the year for me so far… Chilling, Creepy, addictive!

You can tell Sharon has done research for this story about the witches, cults, old tales and pendle hill. I had a proud moment when both Burnley and Blackburn were mentioned within this story as they’re both close to home…

Three missing teenagers… What happened to them? Will the truth be set free? Will Florence be able to solve the disappearances? Is this linked to the witches cult, pendle hill and old tales? Is Florence putting herself in danger?

The opening of The Craftsman has the reader intrigued and wanting more, drawing them into the story… A cleverly written story, a real page turner you will find hard to put down and easy to read. This story made my fear of death even worse! Not recommended if you’re claustrophobic. Haha. Very impressed! Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars.

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