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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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The Sculptress Reviews

  • Mark
    2019-03-05 07:51

    A chilling story from a master of the crime/suspense genre. A monstrously obese woman is in prison having confessed and pled guilty to the murder and brutal dismembering of her mother and younger sister some years previously. A writer, who is dealing with emotional damages of her own, is assigned by her publisher to write a book about the affair. She uncovers several discrepancies between the confession and the facts in the case which lead her to dig ever deeper until she finally reveals the truth and sets a great miscarriage of justice right. Or, is that what happens? With Ms. Walters we are never sure. This is the fourth story of hers I have recently read and I can now say she is incredibly gifted at doling out the relevant information in such a way that one is always caught by surprise by the ending. Maybe not in total, but the fine details are kept close to the vest right up until the last paragraph. In this particular case, we are left with the uneasy feeling that maybe the truth is still hidden, or has been twisted to suit. We are not sure whether another travesty has not been set in motion. Ms Walters' sleuths are rarely the professionals that populate other crime novels. There are usually policemen involved, but not as the prime movers. She always seems to use a regular Joe or Jane with multiple layers of damage and mistrust, and rampant insecurities to ferret out the truth. This tale is no different. Part of the joy of reading Ms Walters is becoming acquainted with her protagonist. They are always presented with their warts and blemishes in full view and we are all the more ready to accept them as fellow seekers of truth because they are so 3-dimensional. I have a couple more of her books on my shelf. I shall soon have to begin looking for more! Long may she write!

  • Jane
    2019-03-13 07:37

    Crackling-good mystery, one of the best I've ever read! In early 1990's England author Roz Leigh investigates the gruesome murders of a mother and daughter six years before. All the journalists' "W's" have been answered except WHY the murders were committed. So at the behest of her boss, Roz sets out to find motivation. She plans to write a book on this case. Why did the murderess, Olive Martin, confess so quickly? Roz finds inconsistencies and niggling questions. She sets out to prove the girl's innocence and that Olive has been wrongly imprisoned, with the aid of a retired policeman turned restauranteur. I liked the psychological aspect, revealed gradually through Roz's interviews for her book. "The Sculptress" is a nickname for Olive in prison because of Olive's habit of molding clay figures--possibly for voodoo?Highly recommended.

  • juan carlos
    2019-03-07 08:47

    Se va este libro para mi top 10 de este año 2016.La verdad se encuentra en un radio muy limitado, pero los errores son inmensos.¿Para qué leer la escultora?1. La manera en que es narrada la historia es diferente y muy cruda, a través de confesiones y entrevistas, la historias se vuelve escalofriante y dura.2. Las personajes protagónicas, tienen una personalidad firme y eso hacen que tengan carácter. 3. La crítica que hace a las apariencias en la sociedad y a las minorías es muy bien sustentado.4. Los elementos detectivescos y de novela negra al principio te pueden desconcertar, pero son importantes para esos giros de tramas que te dejaran helado.5. Las escenas de asesinato son frías y monstruosas.6. Tiene un final estupendo.

  • Frances
    2019-03-06 10:57

    I don't care what anyone thinks, I LOVE this author's work! Disturbing, yup. Gory, yup. Dark, dark, dark! Does this mean I'm mentally sick, probably, but I don't mind because this woman knows her ____! Could not put this book down! Thought about it for days afterwards! That my friend are the signs of a great book.

  • leslye
    2019-02-22 06:47

    This is an okay book if you can ignore it's occasional far-fetchedness! Convoluted, improbable plot. Unlikely characters doing unlikely things in unlikely circumstances. Rosalind Leigh is commissioned to write a book about Olive Martin, an obese woman known as The Sculptress, after hacking up her mother and sister with an ax and rearranging the pieces. Now she carves little wax figurines in her prison cell, including one of Rosalind after their first interview. Olive convinces Rosalind that she did not commit the crime, in spite of her own confession and a mountain of evidence. Initially, I was quite interested in Olive and her mindset, the reasons as to why she may or may not have committed the atrocity, and the influences on her. However, beyond that, the heroine (Rosalind) was an embarrassment and her love interest was simply ridiculous. Too many conveniences thinly disguised as apparent twists and turns. Towards the end, when the tension should be building, it becomes confusing and the story oddly boring. I didn't find the ending as dissatisfying as others did. It's a pretty clear whodunit...the question is whether they'll get away with it. I realize this book won the Edgar Award, but if it's the best Minette Walters has to offer, then I think I'll pass on the rest.

  • Hannah Renowden
    2019-02-20 06:49

    I picked this up having a vague memory of really enjoying the drama that was screened a fair few years ago and wanting to read something a bit dark without scaring the poo out of myself.I started off really enjoying it, it was the right side of acceptable trash and kept my attention ticking along.Then Ros met the policeman and it all got rather annoying rather quickly. Olive, The Sculptress of the title almost vanished from the book as we were dragged along by rather tedius, predictable and utterly unnecessary sub plots.I would have enjoyed the book alot more if it had focussed entirely on The Sculptress and Ros instead of shifting focus to a banal "failing resturant" storyline and an eye rollingly dull love story. Rather than feeling like Ros had been submerged by the mind of a psychopath and was tackling the personal psychological trauma this would inevitably bring, it was more like watching someone skip about on a Famous Five adventure, bungling burglars and all, ending up with the dream man, dream house and dream book deal at the end of it. A good read, but it's just left me wanting to read Silence of The Lambs again.

  • Estcavi
    2019-02-21 12:52

    Una novela en la que no todo es lo que parece o sí?Olive ha confesado un crimen horrible: ha matado a su madre y a su hermana. una familia modélica, una hermana hermosa y caritativa, ella mentirosa y horrible.Y entra en escena Roz: con una vida personal turbulenta y en la que para seguir trabajando se le exige escribir un libro sobre la matanza cometida por Olive.Un misterio que se adentra en la psicología tenebrosa de Olive y que las apariencias son solo apariencias.trepidante, un libro de 4,5 estrellas.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-02-28 06:04

    Minette Walters' second novel. This author is a natural storyteller and hardly puts a single foot wrong in her complex, psychological plotting. Her characterisation has tightened up considerably with this second book. A riveting read; I romped through it in an afternoon, unfortunately. Yet another case of wishing I could learn, somehow, how to read more slowly.

  • Asghar Abbas
    2019-03-13 05:40

    Chilling. If this book doesn't frighten you, then you don't know that many monsters who just happens to be humans.

  • JoAnne Pulcino
    2019-02-27 07:55

    GOLDEN OLDIE THE SCULPTRESSMinette WaltersA very dear friend wanted to share one of her favorite books with me and I couldn't be more pleased to be sharing it with you! A journalist has been assigned to write a book about the woman named the Sculptress. She was found with her mother and sister dead in her arms and pled guilty to the murders. There's a lot more to the story and I'm sure you will enjoy it.Thank you Alice!! You're the best!!

  • Aniko Carmean
    2019-03-09 07:01

    Five psychiatrists have pronounced Olive Martin in full possession of her sanity. She is not a psychopath, despite dismembering her mother and sister like parting a chicken for Sunday dinner. Although the police ensured Olive's solicitor was present when she gave her confession, both society and justice were quick to accept Olive's guilty plea. It turns out that no one looks too closely or thinks to hard about a morbidly obese, hideously ugly woman who has professed her own guilt - not even when there are inconsistencies between the confession and the forensics of the scene that should have raised a reasonable doubt.That's where the novel's protagonist, Rosalind Leigh, comes into the story. Roz has suffered the loss of her daughter, the disintegration of her marriage, and is about to lose her contract as an author if she doesn't write a book about Olive Martin. The Sculptress, by Minette Walters, follows Roz's investigation, a bit of amateur detecting that leaves many a closet bereft of its skeletons. There are enough surprising twists and lurid details to keep the plot engaging. The truth remains veiled, even after the end of the novel, but that is not a flaw so much as a bold statement about the nature of reality as it is experienced by the Walters's characters. Violence, betrayal, death, and greed pull the strings of reality, and often the characters trying to do what is right end up just as twisted up in the tangled webs as those who intentionally did wrong. The Sculptress is a detective story, but the heart of the book is romance. Not beautiful boy meets beautiful girl romance, but the more realistic heart-breaking, face-bruising, life-ending romances entered into by damaged characters. Walters gives Roz and her new beau a break in the end, letting them have a view of the ocean as they make love, but given the darkness pervading all relationships in the novel, it is questionable that this love, like the others, is any more lasting or less corrosive than the salty spray coming in off of the ocean. The Sculptress is the first novel I've read by Minette Walters, and I will be reading more. My only regret is that she didn't amplify the hints of supernatural voodoo being played at by Olive. Or maybe not; now that I think about it, the creepy wax dolls stuck with their pins, and Olive's "look of gloating triumph" does more to unsettle me than any more straightforward explanation could have done.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-03-12 12:45

    Minette Walters, The Sculptress (St. Martin's, 1993)[originally posted 19Sep2000]Back when I was reading The Breaker, I noticed that a lot of reviews of it compared it quite unfavorably to Walters' other novels. I still consider those reviews somewhat wrongheaded, but now I realize it's not because people didn't realize The Breaker was any good; it's because people were seeing the same kinds of plot devices as Walters has used int he past, but Walters is now getting too subtle for the average mystery reader.The Sculptress relies on exactly the same pacing and plot twists as does The Breaker, but the manipulations are more out in the open. Walters introduces her characters early on, throws in a number of suspects, an irrelevant but intriguing subplot, and a few clues, and then allows the reader to form a conclusion which, while seeming rational (and allowing the reader to think "man, am I smart for figuring this out in the first sixty pages!"), turns out to be utterly absurd, and as the book comes to a close the plot twists come fast and furious. Not that they weren't always there, we were just lulled into a false sense of security.While I consider The Breaker a superior novel, this isn't to say that Walters' more visible manipulations in The Sculptress makes the latter a bad novel. Far from it, in fact. Walters has the blackest of wits, a deft hand with the management of suspects and clues, and the ability to come up with the most devilish alternate (but obvious) explanations for the behavior of her characters. Walters is already considered a national treasure in the British Isles; here's to hoping we Americans catch up soon. *** ½

  • Nikki
    2019-03-10 06:52

    Out of 50+ winners of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, I had only read 13 before beginning my challenge to myself to read all of them. The Sculptress was one of them. I had read the first three or four of Walters' novels, and then stopped keeping up with them for some reason or no reason. I may have to rethink that decision. Walters' books are characterized as psychological thrillers, and they certainly do have many of the traits of that subgenre. Unlike some, though, Walters has said that there is always some love, some redemption in her books, and I think that's why I find them easier to take than some of the other authors who focus on deviance. In The Sculptress a non-fiction writer, still reeling from the death of her young daughter, is being pressed by her agent to get busy and write another book. She decides to interview a woman known as The Sculptress who is in prison for the murder and dismemberment of her mother and sister several years before. As she gets to know the prisoner, she begins to doubt the guilt of the self-confessed murderer. Her investigations lead her down unexpected paths and also introduce her to a former policeman who worked on the case, with romantic consequences.Although I gave this book five stars, I wasn't really completely happy with the ending, specifically the epilogue. Still, the writing, plot, characters and setting were all excellent. Highly recommended for anyone who missed it the first time around.

  • Michael
    2019-02-27 09:46

    When you read a lot of books, it can sometimes be difficult to recall which books you've read and which you haven't. At least that's the case in the time before social networking sites for books. (How did we ever survive?!?)That's what happened with "The Sculptress." I'd thought I'd read it before based on the novel's description and the opening chapters felt vaguely familiar. But for some odd reason I couldn't recall the twists, turns and the solution to the mystery at the center of the book. (This is fairly unusual for a mystery novel and one of the caliber of Minette Walters' works.)Years before, Olive Martin confessed to the horrific crime of killing her mother and sister and then trying to dissect them in time to hide the evidence from her father. She wasn't able to get the job of dissecting them done in time, called the police and confessed to the crime. Martin won't pursue a plea of insanity and now sits in prison. Morbidly obese, Martin has a violent temper and mood swings and has earned the nickname "The Sculptress" for the figurines she carves out of whatever she can find. Enter into the story, Roz Leigh, a former best-selling author in need of a book to keep her publishing career alive. She's assigned the true-crime story of Olive in an attempt to salvage her career and publishing contract. At first, Roz is skeptical she can find a story to tell when it comes to Olive, but upon meeting her and talking to her, Roz begins to think Olive is innocent and may be covering up for someone else. Roz also has some issues of her own--she's suffering from depression. The story delves into both mysteries over the course of the novel. We see some parallels between Olive and Roz--both are fleeing from a past they don't want to accept because of pain associated with it. But neither are really living either, just marking time in the world. Both are in a prison--it's just Olive's that is a physical one.Walters keeps the clues to what's occurred flowing at a good rate. She doesn't give away the entire game in the first few chapters, but she does plant the seeds. Readers will realize there's something more to Roz than within the first few chapters and Walters shows and doesn't tell what's occurred to audience. It makes for a fascinating story and an intriguing mystery.As does what really happened that fateful day in Olive's kitchen. One of the early works by Walters, "The Sculptress" shows the mystery writer on the top of her game. One of her best stories.I'm still not sure why I don't remember reading it the first time...

  • Ubik 2.0
    2019-03-09 05:40

    Di libri (e di film) con questa trama ormai abbiamo fatto indigestione! Un (o una) giornalista ( o scrittore o investigatore) nel parlatorio con di fronte una persona (condannato a morte, all’ergastolo o a tot anni) accusata di un delitto efferato: dapprima c’è incomprensione poi si instaura un rapporto umano: il detenuto è molto intelligente (molto umano, molto timido) e il suo interlocutore deve passare fra alti e bassi per comunicare con lui: inevitabilmente c’è un momento in cui il rapporto si lacera per poi ricostruirsi; fra un colloquio e l’altro con i soliti clichet: i secondini, le cose che passano dall’uno all’altro, (sussurrate o trafugate) quello dei due che può uscire dal carcere, in genere il protagonista, interroga tutti i conoscenti del detenuto che hanno a che fare con il delitto: smaschera contraddizioni, scopre cose che gli stupidi poliziotti hanno trascurato, trova inevitabilmente testimoni con una memoria di ferro e un’incredibile inclinazione alla chiacchera. In breve risolve il caso e fa scarcerare il detenuto.Non si possono più scrivere polizieschi su questo logoro canovaccio, oppure se uno proprio vi si cimenta deve avere, non dico due ma almeno una idea originale, anche piccola da inserirvi; invece, al di là delle variabili fra parentesi nella sceneggiatura-base di cui sopra, in La Scultrice (la carcerata Olive si diletta a plasmare figurette ovviamente simboliche…) l’encefalogramma è piatto ed il lettore va avanti per forza d’inerzia con tutta la trama già prevedibile, salvo qualche dettaglio insignificante.Solo un soffio di dubbio (che salva il libro da un meritato rogo) è nascosto nell’ultima pagina allorché il poliziotto in pensione che ha seguito l’indagine mantiene un’ombra di dubbio che Olive possa non essere così innocente come la protagonista la ritiene, dal momento che l’attribuzione dei delitti rimane non confermata dalla confessione della colpevole.Troppo poco comunque ed una settimana di lettura sprecata, tenuto anche conto che, forse per il fastidio che la pletora di luoghi comuni genera nel lettore, si ha anche la sensazione che il racconto sia scritto in modo sciatto e dilettantesco.

  • Jean
    2019-03-10 09:42

    One of the scariest, psychologically speaking, books I've ever read. Yes, as you know, I don't read scary books...well, I don't read "horror". I think this book was probably recommended to me, OR PBS had a mini-series and I heard about it that way. It's been years since I read it but I remember not being able to put it down. I will not, however, watch the movie. WAY too scary. From Google Books: Everyone knows about Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger "the Sculptress" even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of twenty-five years. When journalist Rosalind Leigh accepts a commission to write a book about Olive, she finds herself wondering what lies behind all these facts that everyone knows. When Roz first visits her in prison, she finds that Olive is not quite what she expected. And if - as Roz is repeatedly warned - Olive lies about almost everything, then why did she confess so readily to two hideous murders? Roz may well wonder. The deeper she is drawn into the shadowy, disturbing world of the Sculptress, the more firmly she is convinced that Olive is hiding something - perhaps even her innocence. But whom could Olive be protecting, and why? Desperate to forget the tragedy in her own past, Roz hurls herself into the investigation with a determination bordering on obsession. And when she finds herself attracted to the very policeman who arrested Olive, she begins to wonder if perhaps the case hasn't taken over her life. But nothing can shake Roz from her purpose - not a community that wants Olive locked away and forgotten, not an attack on her own life, and not the thought of what might ultimately happen if she helps to set the Sculptress free...

  • Tita
    2019-03-10 05:55

    Rosalind Leigh é uma jornalista que foi designada a escrever um livro sobre a "Escultora", Olive Martin, uma jovem que se encontra a cumprir pena por ter assassinado de forma cruel, a sua mãe e irmã mais nova. A par da investigação sobre Olive, cedo percebemos que Roz tem um drama pessoal, que não está a conseguir ultrapassar.Confesso que esta premissa que chamou bastante a atenção e logo no início somos confrontados com a crueldade dos crimes, o que deixou logo entusiasmada mas, a verdade é que achei o enredo algo confuso.As partes que me interessaram mais foram mesmo as de Olive, quer com as entrevistas de Roz mas principalmente com as descobertas. Será que Olive é culpada ou inocente? Essa é a questão que ao longo de todo o livro tentamos responder e foi, precisamente, o que me fez ler o livro até ao fim.Tal como referi, achei o enredo confuso. Principalmente com a introdução do ex-sargento Hal Hawksley, com cenas que não me fizeram grande sentido e algo improváveis. Já para não falar na parte do romance. Ridículo e perfeitamente dispensável. Achei também a história pessoal de Roz mal-aproveitada.Um livro com uma história confusa, onde apenas se "salvou" a personalidade e história de Olive.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-07 09:42

    One of the best mystery novels I've read! If you want a richly complex mystery novel for summer beach reading, I would recommend this book. Minette Walters is a British mystery novelist who has made quite a name for herself. In this novel, Rosalind Lee (Roz) has been advised by her publisher to write a book on a convicted murderer, Olive Martin, or be dropped. Roz has her own tragic past that has kept her from being super productive and decides to give it a go. After her first meeting with Olive, Roz is convinced that something is amiss. The woman she meets in no way fits the image of a woman who would brutally slaughter her own mother and sister. She decides to investigate what really happened to Olive's family and uncovers a much more complex story that what was initially reported. Olive is nicknamed The Sculptress in part for the way in which her mother's and sister's bodies were carved apart and in part for the wax effigies she makes in her prison cell after various individuals in her life.

  • Maria
    2019-03-14 13:05

    This book is a Crime Choice of the Year awardee, and well deserved!It has a very intricate plot but you won't be confused with the story.The character of the sculptress is very real. Sometimes i hate her. But there are times i took pity on her. Her character evolved so beautifully from the first page up to the last one. the author is a superb storyteller. this is the second book i read from her (first one is The Shape of Snakes) and i must say that only in this book did she make a fan out of me.The killer will render you immobile when you found out the truth for the chances of pointing him/her as the culprit is very, very unlikely. but once the story behind the killing is revealed, you'll see the light, that he/she is capable of such a horrific crime.i recommend this book to those who want to be shocked.

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-23 13:00

    I picked up a couple books by this author some time ago, based entirely on her name (my sister-in-law is also named Minette, and she is the only other one I know). I didn't originally expect to become attached to these characters or this book, but I finished reading it at 2 in the morning and realized I had basically not put it down most of the day. The mystery aspect is well done -- did Olive Martin really hack her mother and sister to death? Did she have a lover? Was she framed? Why did she confess if she didn't do it? And what else was she hiding about her life? Plenty of red herrings and confusing psychology in the book, with plenty of clues to follow. The side story with Hal was also interesting, as was the mysterious past that Roz was trying to outrun. I thought it all came together nicely and I developed a real affection for Sister Bridget.

  • Marielle
    2019-02-26 09:40

    I have not read as many Minette Walters novels as I should. I am reminded of this whenever I start one. This novel is surely one of the best of its genre - a fascinating psychological crime thriller. It is very much of its time, the 90s realism of criminal psychology, full-bodied characters, sub-texts and twists. Walters gets the characters so correct, so believable, that one almost wonders if she is not a bit of a close psychopath herself. Her understanding of the human condition, and of the secrets we all keep, is nothing short of amazing. It is a superbly written and thoroughly enjoyable novel.

  • Amanda Patterson
    2019-02-22 12:53

    There are some authors who have embraced their dark sides. In fact they've embraced humanity's shadow, looked it in the eye and dissected it.Olive Martin is a grotesquely obese woman who has been imprisoned for murdering, and dismembering the bodies of, her mother and sister. Rosalind Leigh is a best-selling author who has been asked to write Olive's story. Rosalind is dealing with her own problems, but she realises that there are discrepancies between the facts of the murders and Olive's confession.Minette Walters is a twisted Barbara Vine, and if that doesn't scare you, nothing will.

  • Jane
    2019-03-12 08:56

    This mystery is riveting to the end. I literally could not put it down until I read the last page. Along with the satisfying mystery, the characters' development and the depth of their personalities made this a total winner. This is only my second Minette Walters novel, and I can't wait to read more!

  • AlexMathew
    2019-02-20 05:36

    A great mystery with depth in characterization and with enough twists and turns to keep you on edge of the seat.I loved Walter's writing and loved the ending where enough clues were left out to keep the readers guessing what really happened and the possibility of an alternate ending..

  • Maryll
    2019-03-10 10:51

    Fantastic! I can't wait to check out her other books because this was one of the best mystery/thrillers I've read. Its great strength is its depiction of the psychological ambiguities that reside in all of us.

  • Kaethe
    2019-02-27 11:47

    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.

  • Tegan
    2019-02-28 12:05

    I was requires to read this book in high school for English class. I loved the book and have been reading Minette Walters' books ever since. I consider her to be one of my favourite authors.

  • Alice
    2019-03-18 06:06

    Yay! Just what I was looking for. So dark.

  • jen8998
    2019-02-28 09:41

    Intriguing psychological mystery from beginning to end.

  • Julie
    2019-02-22 05:55

    Complex, psychologically dark, repelling & fascinating!