Book Review: The Sculptress by Minette Walters

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel (1994), Edgar Award for Best Novel (1994)


‘It was a slaughterhouse, the most horrific scene I have ever witnessed…Olive Martin is a dangerous woman.’

Rosalind Leigh has no idea what awaits her inside the prison walls. As a journalist, she knows all about the case, of course. How Olive Martin had been found, five years earlier, cradling the bodies of her dead mother and younger sister; how she had pleaded guilty to both murder charges at the time of the trial; why she had been nicknamed ‘The Sculptress’…

Despite Olive’s protestations of guilt, however, Roz is convinced that she is hiding something – even perhaps her innocence. So who is Olive protecting, and why?

As Roz battles to come to terms with her own private tragedy, her determination to uncover the truth becomes an all-consuming obsession. Then she meets Hal Hawksley – Olive’s arresting officer – and her confusion deepens…

Only one thing is certain. Roz will never forget the day she first met Olive Martin. It is an encounter destined to change her life. For ever.

***** ***** *****

BackTracks is a collection of movie and book reviews previously published from my old multiply site. what you’re about to read is only a short review (since back then i don’t relish detailing my experience on a particular movie or book) but if you want to talk more about it, then shoot me an email!

This book is a Crime Choice of the Year awardee, and well deserved!

It has a very intricate plot but you won’t be confused with the story.

The character of the sculptress is very real. Sometimes i hate her. But there are times i took pity on her. Her character evolved so beautifully from the first page up to the last one.  

the author is a superb storyteller. this is the second book i read from her (first one is The Shape of Snakes) and i must say that only in this book did she make a fan out of me.

The killer will render you immobile when you found out the truth for the chances of pointing him/her as the culprit is very, very unlikely. but once the story behind the killing is revealed, you’ll see the light, that he/she is capable of such a horrific crime.

i recommend this book to those who want to be shocked.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


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