> Skip to content

Dead Woman Walking is the latest gripping standalone thriller from Sharon Bolton, the bestselling author of Daisy in Chains, Little Black Lies and the Lacey Flint series.

'A real race-through read. Bolton's writing is pacy, and features a brilliant twist I wish I'd written' Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I See You (in Shortlist)

'For once, the description "impossible to put down" is full merited, for this is an absolute page-turner' Daily Mail

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, thirteen passengers on a hot-air balloon flight witness a brutal murder. Within the next hour, all but one of them will be dead.

Alone, scared and trusting no-one, she flees for her life, running to the one place she feels safe. But she's seen the killer's face, and he's seen hers - and he won't rest until he's eliminated the last witness to his crime . . .

'With Dead Woman Walking, Sharon Bolton exceeds her own high standards of excellence. It grips from the start . . . The plot merges skilfully, with many splendid twists along the way' The Times

'Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters' Peter James

'Crepuscular, uncanny mystery' Guardian

'Bolton establishes a forbidding atmosphere . . . A slippery, devious narrative in which things are not always what they seem' Crime Scene

Reviews

Bolton never lets the tension drop. Indeed it is her ability to convey creeping dread that marks out her exceptional talent as a story-teller... For once, the description 'impossible to put down' is fully merited, for this is an absolute page-turner.

Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

Bolton establishes a forbidding atmosphere . . . A slippery, devious narrative in which things are not always what they seem.

Crime Scene

Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters

Peter James

With Dead Woman Walking Sharon Bolton exceeds her own high standards of excellence. It grips from the start... The plots merge skilfully, with many splendid twists along the way.

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Dead Woman Walking once again signals what has made the novels of Sharon Bolton so successful: her clever amalgamation of two genres - the crepuscular, uncanny mystery . . . and the more traditional crime/thriller narrative.

Barry Forshaw, Guardian

A real race-through read. Bolton's writing is pacy, and features a brilliant twist I wish I'd written.

Clare Mackintosh (in Shortlist)

It's an absolute barnstormer! A blisteringly brilliant read.

Mick Herron

A take on the chase genre that is decidedly original . . . bursting at the seams with narrative, setting and complexity of character.

Mystery Scene

Takes readers on quite a chase

New York Times

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552172639

    November 27, 2017

    Corgi

    RRP $26.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • Trade Paperback

    9780593076439

    July 3, 2017

    Bantam Press

    368 pages

    RRP $37.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • Hardback

    9780593076422

    May 18, 2017

    Bantam Press

    368 pages

    RRP $40.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

Also by Sharon Bolton

Daisy in Chains
Here Be Dragons
Little Black Lies
A Dark and Twisted Tide
Like This, For Ever
If Snow Hadn't Fallen
Dead Scared
Now You See Me
Blood Harvest
Sacrifice
Awakening

Recommendations

The Thirst
Make Me
Inferno
The Girl on the Train
The Store
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Don't Let Go
The Child
Two Nights
A Stranger in the House
Bonfire
Final Girls
I Am Pilgrim
The Word Is Murder
Earthly Remains
Ready Player One
After the Fire
Minecraft: The Island
Line of Fire
Fifty Fifty