The Sculptress, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


`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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781447207870

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What a remarkable book. This is a book to read as Halloween approaches.Containing many twists and turns, some very gruesome descriptions and a host of wicked characters, this doesn't disappoint.Horribly obese, Olive sits in jail after she confessed to the killing and dismemberment of her mother and sister. Calmly calling the police, she greeted them at the door in blood stained attire. Police vomited when they witnessed the gruesomeness of the deadly deed.Enter Rox, an author whose publisher will drop her unless she writes a book about Olive. Interviewing the murderess proves to be very confusing. Repulsed by the layers and layers of fat, the dysfunctionality of Olive's lies, and the evil beady eyes, Rox has difficulty listening to the details.Slowly, the Rox believes that while Olive adamantly confesses, there are too many questions left unanswered. The reader travels with Rox down sharp windy paths. The truth is veiled and even at the end the reader is left wondering, pondering.Highly recommended.

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Great crime fiction - I read it (440 pages) in less than a day. Starts with reports of a brutal double murder and a visit to the prison holding the self-confessed convicted killer - an obese and unlovely young woman who, first surprise, is more articulate than expected. The story then follows the process of revisiting the crime and what really happened. The reader senses from early in the story, that the "killer" is not guilty, but the final unmasking of the villain is worthy of Agatha Christie. Read 21 January 2014.

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