Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312600518, 432pp.
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
The Fletchers' beautiful new house is everything they dreamed it would be. Built between two churches in Heptonclough, a small village on the moors that time forgot, it ought to be paradise for this young family of five, but they barely have a chance to settle in before they find that they’re anything but welcome. Someone seems to be trying to drive them away--at first with silly pranks but then with threats that become increasingly dangerous, especially to the oldest child, ten-year-old Tom Fletcher, who begins to believe that someone is always watching him.
The adults in Tom’s life are trying to help, including his parents; the vicar next door, younger and more dashing than you’d expect a vicar to be; and a therapist, Evi Oliver, who believes him more than she wants to. But there are other clues that something isn’t quite right in Heptonclough, including the mysterious accidental deaths of three toddlers over the last ten years. It is not until Tom’s siblings, two-year-old Milly and five-year-old Joe Fletcher, go missing in turn that the little village’s evil secret turns the Fletchers’ dreams into a nightmare.
With Sacrifice, Awakening, and now Blood Harvest, S. J. Bolton displays time and time again her remarkable talent as a beguiling storyteller, a master of thrills, and the mistress of her own brand of modern Gothic tale.
SHARON BOLTON grew up in Lancashire, England, and now lives near Oxford with her family. An ITW and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, her fascination with British folklore, especially the dark and haunting side of those legends, fuels her writing. This is her third novel. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.
Praise for Awakening
“Awakening is a delicious Gothic thriller.”
--Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio
“I was totally riveted by S. J. Bolton’s second thriller, Awakening… Perfect reading for a long plane trip.”
“Evil is slithering through Dorset, and plucky Clara won’t rest until she scotches it… Bolton’s heroine, so troubled and so valiant, is irresistible.”
Praise for Sacrifice
“This riveting debut novel… just might be the page-turner of the summer… It's been a long time since we've devoured a book this length at one sitting… We were just grateful to find ourselves in the hands of as extraordinary a storyteller as S. J. Bolton.”
--The Denver Post
“Val McDermid meets Patricia Cornwell on the North Sea.”
--St. Petersburg Times
“Bolton combines rich history, precise forensic detail, and breathtaking use of landscape in what is a stunning blend of medical thriller and creepy gothic suspense tale.”
--Booklist (starred review, Top Ten Crime Novel Debut)
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