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    Fabulous!

    Wow! Oh how I enjoyed "The Craftsman" by popular and well respected author Sharon Bolton. Excellently written, well plotted and superbly crafted, this is an 'unputdownable' book that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. I was particularly interested in the open letter at the start to readers by the author. It had me very intrigued as to what the story was going to be about as I have always had an interest in the history of witches and this certainly peaked my curiosity. The story starts by getting right into what happened in 1969 with subject matter I defy anyone to not be their worst nightmare. The depth of harrowing description by the author was truly frightening and I could imagine every horrifying detail and terrifying second of Patsy's ordeal. '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 Florence 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.' Florence (Flossie) suffered permanently from sexual discrimination, harassment and rudeness towards her, even brutality from the public (typical culture of the era set) and I'm not sure I'd have been able to put up with it all myself, considering she was so young too. I admired her for her hard work and determination to continue and her ability to rise above all the sarcasm and put downs. This enabled her to do her job so successfully and her strength of character made for a very enjoyable and inspiring read. The wonderful descriptions of the Lancashire countryside were truly beautiful and set the scene for the novel perfectly. The tension at the end was palpable, there was no way I was going to be able to put the book down until I'd completely finished it and oh my! What a twist to the end. Brilliant! Fantastic storyline too throughout that has obviously had a lot of planning, research and thought go into it. All in all a very, very good read that's utterly spellbinding and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend! My hardback copy had an fabulously designed cover too, it certainly conveys the message of creepiness and fear, exactly what would draw you to a book and it didn't disappoint. I'll remember reading this impressive book for a long time and do hope there's more to come from Flossie in the future. I have read Sharon's books before and have always enjoyed them - with this one definitely being my favourite so far - and will continue to read her stories, each one is so very well written and well worth the time to read! 5 well deserved stars!
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