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Blood Harvest Paperback – May 10, 2011
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While the boys' freedom is spoiled by their fear and an increasing awareness of a girl who hides in the shadows, whether well-meaning or malevolent, there are an assortment of other characters to flesh out this moody thriller: the handsome new minister, Harry Laycock; Gillian, a tormented mother who wanders the moors in search of her young daughter lost in a fire; a disabled psychiatrist attempting to bring closure to the challenging Gillian; and the wealthy family that virtually owns Heptonclough, their sense of entitlement inviolable. Most terrifying of all: this place is not safe for little girls, as evidenced by the tiny skeletons unearthed when a cemetery wall collapses. The happy shouts of children and harried parents are stilled by the horror of the disappearance of five-year-old Joe Fletcher and his baby sister, Millie.Read more ›
The only drawback for me in reading this book was that I read a library copy, instead of getting it on my Kindle. It's set in England, and I would've liked to have been able to use the built-in dictionary and Wikipedia to look up slang terms, get more info about the setting. (I don't know all the parts of a church--what's a nave, what's the chancel? I don't know brambles from nettles. I wanted to see a picture of the moors--are they like our prairies?) None of this got in the way of reading the book--I just would've liked to have that extra layer of understanding.
Highly recommend this book--I'll be looking for S.J. Bolton's other books, that's for sure!
The key characters in the story are the Fletcher family (dad Gareth, mom Alice, and children Tom, Joe, and Millie), psychiatrist Evi, vicar Harry, a troubled young woman named Gillian, and a powerful local family (the Renshaws). Something or someone is stalking the little girls of this sleepy English village, but instead of resorting to sensationalistic writing full of gore and sordid details, the author credibly evokes an atmosphere full of menace and hidden secrets to tell her story. The suspense is palpable, and though I pride myself on being able to figure out who (or what) is behind a crime, I confess I was stumped here. There are many possible suspects but it is to the author's credit that the suspense and mystery is maintained almost towards the end.
To me, a good suspense novel has a high element of atmosphere, and this story is brimming with it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked most of the character and found the novel engrossing until the last quarter of the book. At that point, the story seemed to fall apart.Published 2 months ago by Jo Ann
This gothic thriller takes place in a quaint English village where a new family has built a house next to a cemetery, and creepy village secrets start to emerge. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diane Scott Lewis
I have now read all of Sharon Bolton’s books except for her first two. Although I am not an avid fan of mysteries I do enjoy her books as
The stories premise is rather... Read more
Loved the Gothic atmosphere of this one. Hot young vicar fakes on old Gothic church with young family living next door and soon strange things begin to happen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Songbird
Pretty strange. Great beginning and middle, however not the best ending. Still a good book. Sharon Bolton is always worth the read!Published 11 months ago by Courtney
Bolton is as good as Rendell, James, Robinson, et all. A wonderfully engaging writer who spins utterly compelling stories--I recommend all her work.Published 12 months ago by Professor L.
This book kept me intrigued. I never figured it out until the last few pages. Loved the ending that didn't really end. (No spoiler here). Read morePublished 12 months ago by jlreader
it is depressing and scary. Not my kind of book. I couldn't finish it.Published 13 months ago by Mary Ellen Camden