'It was a slaughterhouse, the most horrific scene I have ever witnessed...Olive Martin is a dangerous woman. I advise you to be extremely wary in your dealings with her.' The facts of the case were simple: Olive Martin had pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering her sister and mother, earning... show more
'It was a slaughterhouse, the most horrific scene I have ever witnessed...Olive Martin is a dangerous woman. I advise you to be extremely wary in your dealings with her.' The facts of the case were simple: Olive Martin had pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering her sister and mother, earning herself the chilling nickname 'The Sculptress'. This much journalist Rosalind Leigh knew before her first meeting with Olive, currently serving a life sentence. How could Roz have foreseen that the encounter was destined to change her life for ever? 'This is one of my books of the year' Sunday Times 'A devastating effective novel' Observer 'Awesomely accomplished ...The plot twists and grips, like an octopus' Daily Telegraph
Publish date: 1995-08-01
Publisher: Pan Books
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
The association between goodness and beauty and between evil and ugliness is discussed and challenged throughout this fascinating who-done-it. Some of the action, clues and conclusions seem to reach a bit too far but it was a fun read and the satisfying end leaves plenty of room for speculation.
I started off really digging the story and mystery but by the time it was over, I didn't much care. I may need to go back and listen to the last chapter and the epilogue again because I feel like I missed something. I'm glad I read it but it's not one that I'd read again.
Ages ago I saw the movie or tv-series based on this book, and I loved it. I still remember parts of it, and even though I don't really read crime books, I decided that I wanted to read this particular one. However, I think reading it in Norwegian was a mistake. The dialogue felt really weird and voi...
Walters is amazing at setting the reader up to think one thing, then switching it all around to show you something else entirely. And from then on, you're pretty much screwed and will never be able to decide what's really gone on. I love that.