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'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 . . .show more

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 124 x 192 x 38mm | 381.02g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552159751
  • 9780552159753
  • 111,972

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"Sacrifice is one of the best thrillers ever, and made me not notice I was nearly in a plane crash (seriously!)." * Sophie Hannah * "A dazzling debut in thriller-writing: fast paced, gripping and full of atmosphere" * Classic FM * "Splendidly crafted, deeply disturbing first novel...will deservedly be a bestseller" * The Times * "Grabs from the very beginning and holds on tight" * Literary Review * "A chilling, mesmerising debut thriller. S. J. Bolton is one to watch" -- TESS GERRITSENshow more

About Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the author of six critically acclaimed novels. 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. For more information about the author and her books, or to check out her addictive blog, visit You can also join her on at more

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

Back cover copy

Moving to remote Shetland has been unsettling enough for consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton, even before the gruesome discovery she makes one rain-drenched afternoon . . . The corpse I could cope with. It was the context that threw me . . . Deep in the peat soil of her field she uncovers the body of a young woman. Her heart has been removed, and the marks etched into the woman's skin bear an eerie resemblance to carvings Tora has seen in her own cellar. And there I'd been, thinking the day couldn't possibly get any worse. But as Tora begins to ask questions, terrifying threats start rolling in like the cold island mists . . .show more

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5,512 ratings
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4 43% (2,365)
3 23% (1,277)
2 5% (290)
1 1% (76)
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