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Born in Lancashire, Sharon Bolton trained as an actress and a dancer, has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has a degree in drama and an MBA. She pursued a successful career in PR and marketing, but her career break to start a family enabled her to write her first novel, Sacrifice, which has been inspired by her fascination with British traditional folklore. In 2011 S. J. Bolton was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work.
CWA Gold Dagger Finalist 2010. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Set in an isolated and isolating community, this is a children-in-peril narrative with a powerful twist.'
Winner of the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award 2010 English rural gothic at its best, creepy, truly frightening and definitely not for those with an aversion to snakes. At the centre is a reclusive vet, an intriguing new heroine in her second mystery. The climax is hair-raising, best not read late at night. A totally gripping tale, as is her first, Sacrifice. Comparison: Mo Hayder, Tess Gerritsen, Alex Kava.
This is an incredible first novel, one of the best I’ve read in this area for a long time. With shades of Wicker Man, it tells of an isolated community in the Shetland Islands, of eerie legends, murders, illegal money-making and strange beliefs. Gripping and disturbing, I do urge you to read it. Comparison: Mo Hayder, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter.
A chilling and atmospheric debut. In this story myths and legends mix with the facts of forensics. Tora Hamilton is a surgeon, recently moved to remote Shetland and on discovering a murdered woman she is determined to find out the link between this gruesome death and the folklore surrounding the area but it soon becomes evident a lot of people donâ€™t want her digging around. A great first novel, S J Bolton is definitely a new talent to watch.