Book Review: Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton

Sacrifice by S. J. BoltonLast year, I read Awakening by Bolton, her second book. Sacrifice is her first, and I chose it for the Great Transworld Crime Capers event. Both books are thrillers. Since, I’ve also read Now You See Me and Dead Scared.

Sacrifice: What it is about

Tora Hamilton is a consultant gynaecologist who has recently moved to Shetland with her husband. Shetland is a group of remote islands North of Scotland.

One day she’s digging in the field near her house and finds a body in the peat. Initially assumed to be a centuries-old body, nail polish on the toenails reveal that the woman must be from a more recent time.

Tora informs the police, and as she works at the hospital, is involved in the autopsy of the body. However, both her boss and her husband suggest that she forget what has happened and leave the investigation to the police. She accepts this to start with, but becomes suspicious of their motives later on.

However, the female police officer in charge, Dana, who initially is quite cool towards Tora, does involve her in the case and together they find out more than they could have ever believed.

Sacrifice: What I thought

A good read, a quick read, and a compelling read. Yes, I read this book in two days or so, all 550 pages! I liked Tora, the main character, a lot and found the building up of the working relationship and (later) friendship between Dana, the police offer and Tora believable. I also wanted them to be friends!

The story itself is complex, although it starts off simple enough and new elements are added to the story in a well-paced manner. The end result was a little unlikely, I thought. It was a combination of folklore, greed, and serial killing – a bit much in one story.

Also, the main character, Tora, managed to survive a number of dangerous situations, and not ending up dead after just one of them was miraculous enough.

Still, the story was entertaining and it kept me greedily reading more, so suspend your disbelief somewhat and you’ll have a great thriller!

Rating: 4/5

I got this book: free from Transworld Publishers as part of their Great Transworld Crime Capers

I read this in: English, the original language

Number of pages: 455

First published: 2008

Genre: thriller

Extra: My review of Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

Great Transworld Crime Caper event

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9 Responses to Book Review: Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton

  1. Chinoiseries says:

    You finished 500 pages in just two days? o.O It must be a really gripping read then 🙂 Sounds like a crime novel I’d like a lot.

  2. I must get my list off to transworld books – I haven’t picked mine yet.

    I really like the sound of this one! Thanks for the review.

  3. Alex says:

    I find I get a great kick out of plots where the spouse of the person investigating is a suspect… This might be just me cup of tea!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Alex, yes it becomes very creepy if they can’t trust their own husband or wife. If you can’t even trust them, who is there to turn to? Works very well!

  4. Jenny O. says:

    Sounds interesting, especially the weaving in of folklore.

  5. Nadine Nys says:

    I definitely must read this… My TBR-pile gets bigger and bigger every day

  6. Pingback: Read: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton | Leeswammes' Blog

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