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You're born. You live. They die.

Sacrifice, Sharon Bolton

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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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780552159753
    Published: 01/06/2010
    Imprint: Corgi
    Extent: 576 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781407033532
    Published: 01/06/2010
    Imprint: Transworld Digital
    Extent: 576 pages
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"A dazzling debut in thriller-writing: fast paced, gripping and full of atmosphere" - CLASSIC FM

"A chilling, mesmerising debut thriller. S. J. Bolton is one to watch." - TESS GERRITSEN

"Grabs from the very beginning and holds on tight" - Literary Review

"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

"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" -

"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

"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

"Part forensic-thriller, part medical-thriller, Sacrifice combines both elements to great effect in this atmospheric and original debut" - SIMON BECKETT

"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" - MARGARET YORKE (CWA Diamond Dagger winner)

"Pulsating story...twists and turns on every page...a thriller not to be read alone!" - Lancashire Evening Post

Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.

Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.