Book Review: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton.

22 Nov
Book Review: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton.

After hearing some great reviews and tweets about this book, I was excited to start this thriller of a book. Daisy in Chains is the first book I have read by Sharon Bolton, but I am quite sure it won’t be the last. I loved it.




Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .



Published June 2nd 2016 by Transworld Digital


My Thoughts:

This book is an intense and very gripping psychological thriller. It is a page turner of a book that made me read later and longer than I should have. 

Usually in my book reviews, I will comment on whether the characters were relate-able or fully developed. Well, in this book there are two main characters, true crime writer and lawyer Maggie Rose.  Also Hamish Wolfe who is in prison for murder. I was curious and suspicious of both characters throughout, as the reader is made to wonder about the relationship between the two.  Rose is asked to look at Wolfe’s case and to try to fight for his innocence, and we are led to wonder who is gaining most from this relationship, and which of them is playing games.

An interesting point of this book is the women who fall in love with prisoners, those who become prison wives. The Author seems to have done her research and comes up with interesting reasons and explanations about what others may find strange and struggle to understand. As we can see from the blurb of the book, “Wolfe has a fan club”! 

Maggie Rose has blue hair, therefore as a lawyer this immediately brings attention to her personality and how she wants to be portrayed by others. I read on the Author’s website that she had this photo up to inspire her about Maggie Rose. Weirdly the Author didn’t notice the daisy brooch until later on. We do not know who this lady is, but I feel grateful that she was an inspiration for Sharon Bolton to write a brilliant character such as Maggie Rose.


The twist at the end of the book is amazing. About two thirds of the way through the book, you are given an idea of where the plot is heading. But the twist is a roller coaster of excitement until the final page whereby I took a gasp and a sigh as everything made sense. This book made me think for days after finishing it. I thought back to all the bits I had read earlier on and each time saying, ah yes! I loved it, and if you like psychological thrillers, I truly recommend Daisy in Chains.






Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Books


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11 responses to “Book Review: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton.

  1. alison brodie

    November 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    This is a fantastic review of Daisy in Chains. I can’t wait to read it. I also love the cover.

    • chocolatepages

      November 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you. After reading the Author’s page and many reviews of this book, I had a feeling it would be pretty great. I hope you love it too.

  2. florence

    November 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Great review, definitely a read for me. I love psychological thrillers – and with a twist at the end – cant wait to read. I haven’t read any books by Sharon Bolton so this is a new one for me.

    • chocolatepages

      November 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      This was the first Sharon Bolton book I have read too, but I will be watching out for more of her books. I think she has a new coming out next year? I’m sure you will enjoy this book, it sounds like just your kind of read.

  3. irena_bookdustmagic

    November 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    It’s so interesting to hear about everything that can inspire an author to write a book.
    And this lady looks somewhat unusual.
    Ohh, I watched the documentary about prisoner’s wifes, who get married while their boyfriends are still in prison.
    Here in Croata you can even call 10 people to celebrate the wedding and drink soda and eat chips. 😀
    I told my boyfriend that if he ever ends up in prison, we’re getting married, because it sounds less stressful.
    Anyway, great review Amanda! I was curious how you’ll like it and I’m glad you did. 🙂

    • chocolatepages

      November 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      I’m not sure how the prison Weddings work here, but I don’t remember hearing anyone say you can have chips and soda and guests! It does sound like a lot less hassle and much cheaper though. I do hope you won’t be a prison wife though! 😉

  4. karen blue

    November 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I love a good thriller. I haven’t heard about this book until your review. It sounds really unique. Great review!

    • chocolatepages

      November 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you. It is a unique book, always the best kind. 🙂

  5. Donna

    November 28, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Fabulous review. I find the idea of women marrying prisoners so difficult to understand that the book makes me curious for the reasons it gives. Also, the characters sound so good it would be a shame not to give it a try.

    • chocolatepages

      November 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you. The plot was brilliant with the twists, but also that strange idea of prison wives too made it all the more intriguing. If you read it, I’m sure you will love it too.


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