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  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780552159753
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $19.99


A chilling, haunting, addictive thriller from a writer who loves nothing more than to play with your mind

'One of the best thrillers ever' SOPHIE HANNAH

Consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton has moved to remote Shetland to be with her husband. To have a family. Not for this . . .

In the peat soil near her new home she uncovers a perfectly preserved woman's body. Runic symbols are carved into her skin. Her heart has been cut out.

But as Tora begins to ask questions around the island, she receives her first threat . . .

  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780552159753
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

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.

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Praise for Sacrifice

A dazzling debut in thriller-writing: fast paced, gripping and full of atmosphere


A chilling, mesmerising debut thriller. S. J. Bolton is one to watch.


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


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

Splendidly crafted, deeply disturbing first novel...will deservedly be a bestseller

The Times

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