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The Craftsman

by Sharon Bolton

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LoveReading View on The Craftsman

May 2018 Book of the Month

Deliciously and thrillingly creepy, The Craftsman is an intensely gripping, superb read. Thirty years ago Larry Glassbrook confessed and was imprisoned for a series of child murders. Florence Lovelady was at the beginning of her career when she was involved in the case, now Larry is dead, however hauntingly similar events start to surface. The first chapter has huge impact, a mystifying and unexpected blast hit me full on, and then gently faded into the background. Set in two time frames, with thirty years between them, the story is brisk, and I loved the fact that you are expected to keep up. Sharon Bolton balances the knife edge between reality and extraordinary with a beautiful subtlety. This is just so, so readable, once in, I didn’t want to stop, and found myself reading into the small hours, be warned though, reading at night doubles the chill factor. As I raced through the final few chapters, I almost didn’t want the journey to end, yet the last few words sent the most delightful icy goosebumps snaking down my arms. I highly recommend stepping inside the pages, just give yourself up to the glory of the The Craftsman... this I have no doubt, will be one of my favourite reads of the year.

Liz Robinson

The Craftsman Synopsis

Devoted father or merciless killer? His secrets are buried with him. Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...ALIVE. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?


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The Craftsman Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Creepy, dark and completely addictive – You won’t want to put it down! Full review

Alexandra Harper-Williams

This has got to be the book that I have most enjoyed this year so far – it was so gripping that I read it in a very short time as I could not put it down until the conclusion. Full review

Nikki McMath

A bone chilling, eerie crime thriller with a dark thread running through it. Set in a town with a history of witchcraft, three missing teenagers are found buried alive. Full review

Adrienne Kinsella

An excellent book by Sharon Bolton with a plot woven between past and present and an unexpected and very creepy ending. You must read this book. Full review

Susan Wallace

Such an eerie book. Sublime in its telling, it keeps you gripped from the get go. Many lines will keep haunting me for a long time to come. Full review

Kate Thacker

This is Sharon Bolton at her best with storyline that feels as though you are on an out of control train and just can't get off. Full review

Carol Peace

Set in the 60s and 90s, the story follows Florence, a policewoman in a northern town where children are disappearing. A tense, atmospheric tale around the characters and their location. Full review

Paul Garland

As always with Ms Bolton's excellently crafted plots, I thought I had worked it out and guessed the killer - I was wrong every time! Full review

Jennifer Stoddart

A fantastic fusion of a novel - part murder-mystery, part supernatural thriller with an intelligent and tenacious heroine. Full review

Nicola Kingswell

The Craftsman is a gripping, thrilling, intense and utterly engrossing read which hooked me from page one and didn't let me go until the very end. Full review

Nicola Smith

Superb, captivating, full of twists and turns, red herrings, but, who is the killer? Full review

Alison Bisping

When the past you thought you'd buried comes back to haunt you... Full review

Nikki Whitmore

In her latest novel, Sharon Bolton mixes dark magic, witchcraft, missing children and serial killers across two timelines. Skilfully weaving past and present this is a story that lingers. Full review


Sharon Bolton goes from strength to strength. Full review

Sheila Dale

Unputdownable frighteningly unputdownable. Full review

Gill Williams

This is a murder/mystery full of twists and turns and surprises, and quite gripping. Full review

Doreen McKeown

The Craftsman Press Reviews

'Filled with intrigue and suspense. The Craftsman is spellbinding.'  Clare Mackintosh

'Sharon Bolton's army of fans will be storming bookshops for this one.' Belinda Bauer 

'Sharon Bolton is an absolute master and I've read, and loved, her other books, but this is a whole new level. This is the work of a writer at the absolute top of her game. The Craftsman is an original, dark, and twisted tale and the words just sparkle on the page.' Niki Mackay 

'A masterclass in the craft of writing. Fabulous, utterly unique storyline, that will effortlessly stand out in the crowd of thrillers. Also, it'll give you the creeps, and I don't say that lightly.' Helen Fields

'Utterly terrifying and gripping.' Sabine Durrant, author of TAKE ME IN 

'I dare you to read it after dark. The Craftsman is a blood-chilling thriller that will cast a spell on you.' Mark Edwards, No.1 Kindle bestseller

'Grisly and compelling. I was so pleased to hear it's the start of a new series as it's top notch.' Sarah Hilary 

'Sharon is a master of her craft. The Craftsman is an absolutely terrific crime novel that takes your darkest fear and makes it reality.'  Elly Griffiths 

'The Craftsman is a brilliant blend of rich crime thriller with a hint of the gothic. Dark, disturbing and with women who totally rock, with the Craftsman Sharon Bolton has proven herself to be a master Craftsman herself. Buy it. Read it. Tell your friends. Then sleep with the light on.' Sarah Pinborough

'Darkly gothic and brilliantly original, THE CRAFTSMAN will have you spellbound.'  JP Delaney 

'I was obsessed with The Craftsman, reading it every snatched moment I could. Pitch perfect creepiness, air punching female empowerment and sinister mysteries kept me hooked to the very last page.' Holly Seddon 

'Sharon Bolton raises the bar with each new book. The Craftsman goes to some very dark places, and will have readers looking nervously over their shoulders with every page they turn.'  Mick Herron 

'Just finished The Craftsman and it is Sharon Bolton at her absolute finest. Beautifully dark and disturbing, I won't sleep well tonight.'  Jenny Blackhurst 

'The Craftsman is one of those rare books that hooked me on page one, and didn't let go until the final sentence. Engaging, compulsive reading. Sharon Bolton at her best.'  Rachel Abbott 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781409174110
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Trapeze an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409174110
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Sharon Bolton
Publisher: Trapeze an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Spine-Chilling Fiction, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: Spine-Chilling Fiction,

About Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the author of six critically acclaimed novels: this is her seventh novel and features the popular DC Lacey Flint and DI Mark Joesbury. 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. Click here to read our Q&A with Sharon Bolton about her book, The Craftsman.

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