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Moving to remote Shetland has been unsettling enough for consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton; even before the gruesome discovery she makes one rain-drenched afternoon...Deep in the peat soil of her field she is shocked to find the perfectly preserved body of a young woman, a gaping hole where her heart has been brutally removed and three rune marks etched into her skin. The marks bear an eerie resemblance to carvings Tora has seen all over the islands, and she quickly uncovers disturbing links to an ancient legend. But as Tora investigates she is warned by the local police, her boss, and even her husband, to leave well alone.
And even though it chills her to the bone to admit it...something tells her their concern isn't genuine.
©2008 S J Bolton (P)2010 Random House AUDIO GO
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By Madeleine on 05-20-12

Not without flaws, but exciting

I've been on a bit of an SJ Bolton binge.

Like all her other novels, this one is very well plotted. No matter how you feel about her main characters, it's almost impossible to fault Bolton for her mystery construction. This is by far her greatest strength and Sacrifice is no exception.

Bolton is also a creator of very interesting and rather complex heroines. You either love them or hate them, but you can't fault her for making them superficial. To one extent or another, I find they all end up doing some pretty stupid, unaccountable things in service of the plot, which tends to erode the believability of them as characters.

This also happens in Sacrifice to a greater extent than it does in some of her other novels. And if you are one of those people who doesn't like 'horsey' women, then this novel might drive you crazy.

That being said, it was a compelling listen and the central mystery is fresh and very creepy. So, despite a few flaws, it was very satisfying.

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By Kishi on 10-30-12

Oh dear! Disappointing narration....

I've only just downloaded this, a few chapters in but really struggling. The narrator has a good voice BUT not for this book. She sounds like she should be reading Agatha Christie, not a modern crime thriller.



The character is supposed to be 33, the narrator sound 63!! And is also incredibly well spoken which detracts from the believability of the story. What a disappointment :-(



As for the story... I'm not gripped. But then again, I'm struggling to get in to it... I hope it improves...

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By Amelia on 07-20-13

A bit scary Mary I would say

I so so enjoyed this book and found the narrative fine and didnt take from the book. The story is quite far fetched in parts but it is so good I didnt care. There are lots of twists and turns and when you think you have it all worked out it changes direction. I will be looking for more books from this author. Recommended.

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By Anonymous User on 11-07-17

amazing!!

i loved it every chapter was a page turner!!(listening) this is my second book of Sharon Bolton and she is an amazing writer cant wait for my next book of hers!

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By Helen Esdaile on 09-04-17

Great story, not so great narration

This was my first Sharon Bolton and will definitely be reading more.
The only real issue was the narrator. Her voice was too old for the characters and her emphasis made it sound as if the characters were bored.

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