First Chapter First Paragraph: Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

Every Tuesday First Chapter, First Paragraph/Intros is hosted by Vicky of I’d Rather Be at the Beach sharing the first paragraph or two of a book she’s reading or plans to read soon.

My book this week is one of the books I’ve been thinking about reading soon. It’s Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton.

Dead Woman Walking


‘This woman – Jessica Lane – should have died. Eleven people were killed in that crash. Not only did Lane survive, she walked away. She’s still walking.

‘So, I want to know where she’s going. I want to know why she hasn’t been in touch. Why she isn’t seeking help. Why she’s deliberately avoiding the police.

‘I want to know who she’s running from.

‘Most of all I want her found.’


Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Well, I will – I want to know the answers too. And as I always find that Sharon Bolton is a brilliant storyteller I may just start reading it today.

14 thoughts on “First Chapter First Paragraph: Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

  1. I do like Bolton’s work, Margaret. And she ramps up the suspense nicely here, doesn’t she? I’ll be really interested in what you think of this one once you’ve finished.


  2. The first paragraph, plus the blurb just drew me in. I’m off to see if my library has this one.


  3. I love Sharon Bolton’s books. And, no, I haven’t read this one yet. I’ve got a couple of her latest still on my Kindle to read at some point. I’ll watch for what you think about this one, Margaret.


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