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Sharon Bolton, S. J. Bolton


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In this masterful debut that starts off as a mystery and becomes much more, Tora Hamilton is an outsider at her new home on the rocky, wind-swept Shetland Islands, a hundred miles from the northeastern tip of Scotland. Though her husband grew up here, it’s the first time he’s been back in twenty years. Digging in the peat on their new property, Tora unearths a human body, at first glance a centuries-old bog body, interesting but not uncommon. But realizing that the body is in fact much newer, that the woman’s heart has been cut out and that she was killed within a few days of bearing a child, Tora, herself an obstetrician, becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her—even when the police, her colleagues and eventually her husband warn her against getting involved.

Reading town records and researching local lore, Tora discovers a disturbing link to ancient Shetland legend and uncovers a collection of deep, dark secrets---the kind of secrets worth killing for.

Sacrifice is a bone-chilling, spell-binding debut that will grip readers from its beginning to its startling end. 

Praise For Sacrifice

Advance Praise for Sacrifice

“Inspired by an eerie ancient legend, Sacrifice is a chilling, mesmerizing debut thriller. S. J. Bolton is one to watch.”
---Tess Gerritsen, author of The Bone Garden

“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 skillful debut.”
---Margaret Yorke, author of Cause for Concern

“Part forensic thriller, part medical thriller, Sacri?ce combines both elements to great effect in this atmospheric and original debut.”
---Simon Beckett, author of Written in Bone

“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

Minotaur Books, 9780312381134, 384pp.

Publication Date: May 27, 2008

About the Author

SHARON BOLTON grew up in Lancashire, England, and now lives near Oxford with her family. "Sacrifice," her first novel, was inspired by her fascination with British traditional folklore. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.