Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Sharon Bolton

Minotaur Books



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.

Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee


Praise for Sacrifice

“Outstanding…Bolton never eases up the tension; her tightly coiled plot and heroine on the edge work perfectly in tandem.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review, Pick of the Week) on Dead Scared

“S. J. BOLTON is changing the face of crime fiction--if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this.” —Tess Gerritsen on Now You See Me

“Excellent. . .Now You See Me is a cerebral thriller that avoids clichés. Each twist and turn is unpredictable as are the fully drawn characters' actions.” —Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Now You See Me

“Compelling… A monstrous but brilliant plot with mythic overtones… This promising new talent delivers some profound insights into the eternal nature of evil.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Sacrifice

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