Moving to remote Shetland has been unsettling enough for consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton; even before the gruesome discovery she makes one rain-drenched afternoon . . . Deep in the peat soil of her field she is shocked to find the perfectly preserved body of a young woman, a gaping hole where her heart has been brutally removed and three rune marks etched into her skin.
The marks bear an eerie resemblance to carvings Tora has seen all over the islands, and she quickly uncovers disturbing links to an ancient legend. But as Tora investigates she is warned by the local police, her boss, and even her husband, to leave well alone.
And even though it chills her to the bone to admit it . . . something tells her their concern isn't genuine.
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Sacrifice is one of the best thrillers ever, and made me not notice I was nearly in a plane crash (seriously!). - Sophie Hannah
Splendidly crafted, deeply disturbing first novel...will deservedly be a bestseller - The Times
A really creepy plot based on one of the Shetland Islands’ nastier legends . . . The combination of folklore and forensics works well, and the story grabs from the very beginning and holds on tight - Literary Review
Masterly… gripping - Literary Review
A dazzling debut in thriller-writing: fast paced, gripping and full of atmosphere - Classic FM
This eerie tale had me so hooked I was reading it through the night . . . brilliantly written and carefully crafted - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
CSI-meets-The Wicker Man . . . there is enough forensic pathology, both animal and human, to keep even fans of Patricia Cornwell happy . . . Sharon Bolton grabs the reins and steers it home by cranking up the suspense with a skill that is remarkable for a first novel - Birmingham Post
Sacrifice is a real find. The Shetland setting is beautifully evoked, the complex plot is adroitly handled, and - best of all - S.J. Bolton has created an entirely believable and different heroine. At the heart of the book is Tora Hamilton, a contemporary woman absorbing the pressures of career and relationships, strong-minded - indeed bloody-minded a lot of the time. Her honesty and awareness of her own failings make her a mesmerising character to follow through the dark corridors of the sometimes gruesome story. I very much look forward to S.J. Bolton's next book -
Fairy legends associated with island races are fascinating - and none more so than the Kunal Trows of the Shetlands . . Sharon Bolton has hit the ground running in this debut novel - Nottingham Evening Post
Sacrifice is an intense, fast paced thriller with numerous wonderful twists and turns that confound the reader throughout - Crimesquad.com
Sharon Bolton hits the ground running . . . a CSI-meets-The Wicker Man thriller with an intelligent and feisty heroine . . . I had an idea that S. J. Bolton could plot. And she can, like the best - www.shotsmag.co.uk
...scary late night reading and riveting stuff. The plot twists and turns like a snake trying to wriggle free, only at the very end does the author enlighten us as to the exact details of the gruesome truth . . . This is an unmissable, un-put-downable debut novel from S J Bolton . . . I haven’t seen this level of talent in a new writer for some years – it’s bloody brilliant - The Truth About Books
A chilling, mesmerising debut thriller. S. J. Bolton is one to watch -
Part forensic-thriller, part medical-thriller, Sacrifice combines both elements to great effect in this atmospheric and original debut -
Pulsating story...twists and turns on every page...a thriller not to be read alone! - Lancashire Evening Post
Impressive debut . . Bolton creates an unsettling, claustrophobic atmosphere of brooding menace as the plot unfolds, giving us a mystery thriller that hits all the right buttons - Yorkshire Evening Post
This slick, fast moving thriller has a cracking opening scene and goes on to develop into a gripping story of intrigue and adventure . . . An interesting and skilful debut -
Grabs from the very beginning and holds on tight - Literary Review
Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the author of six critically acclaimed novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA Dagger in the Library.
Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.
For more information about the author and her books, or to check out her addictive blog, visit www.sjbolton.com. You can also join her on at www.facebook.com/SJBoltonCrime.