Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Sculptress by Minette Walters

Series: Sculptress (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (October 15, 1994)

Well, I'll admit that the summary and the French title (as I've read this book in French which title is roughly translated : Bloody Kitchen) were so catchy that I wanted to read this book.

Who has never judged a person by one body? And when you have a not so pretty figure, like Olive, it's not easy to attract sympathy. And Olive, although she is scary, she is fine enough to know that she doesn't leave a good impression! 

Is that why she pleaded guilty? Knowing people already judged her. Is that why she doesn't speak? Knowing that this is useless?

In any case, she agrees to speak to Rosalind Leigh who initially is not wanting at all to write about her. But Rosalind, despite her first unfavorable impression, soon began to have doubts about Olive's guilt and decided to conduct her investigation. 

And we discover, in the course of Olive's confidences, a family history of the most nauseous, buried secrets, dirty trick among friends. Olive's life is not all rainbows!

What's the story?

In prison, they call her the Sculptress for the strange figurines she carves-- symbols of the day she hacked her mother and sister to pieces and reassembled them in a blood-drenched jigsaw. Sullen, menacing, grotesquely fat, Olive Martin is burned-out journalist Rosalind Leigh's only hope of getting a new book published.

But as she interviews Olive in her cell, Roz finds flaws in the Sculptress's confession. Is she really guilty as she insists? Drawn into Olive's world of obsessive lies and love, nothing can stop Roz's pursuit of the chilling, convoluted truth. Not the tidy suburbanites who would rather forget the murders, not an attack on her life-- not even the thought of what might happen if the Sculptress went free...

In a nutshell

A novel that reads quickly, a guilty too monstrously ideal, a twisted family history, a real pleasure! It's a 4/5 for me.

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