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Publisher's Summary

Devoted father or merciless killer?

His secrets are buried with him.

Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...alive.

Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?

©2018 Sharon Bolton (P)2018 Orion

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Dark, gritty, utterly brilliant

I have mentioned before that Sharon Bolton is one of my go-to authors when I need a good read, as her books tick all the boxes for me. I just love her gothic thrillers with their claustrophobic settings and twists galore! To add some extra interest, this latest book is set in the mysterious region of Pendle Hill, Lancashire, the place of the Pendle witch trials in 17th century England. Apparently, the hill continues to be associated with witchcraft, and Bolton has incorporated this element into her story, which added extra mystery and an air of the supernatural to the book.


If you are a fan of dark, gritty and well-constructed mysteries then I suggest you rush out and beg, borrow, buy or steal this one right now, lock yourself away in your bedroom and enjoy a massive read-a-thon (don’t think you will get anything else done until you have finished it!). As I said, Bolton never disappoints, and this one may be one of her best novels yet to date. I am overjoyed that this is apparently the first book in a trilogy – which means that there will be more – woohoo!!!!!!!

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a massive fan

dear sharon,
I loved this book, another favorite of mine. I enjoy and cant wait to read more of these, never a dull moment!! go Flossy!!!

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the craftsman

really enjoyed this book, narrator was great and it kept me wanting to listen to the end. disappointed by the ending, felt it floundered a bit trying to tie up loose ends

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Excellent

I read a lot of books in this genre. This has to be one of the best I’ve read/ listened too!! Great storyline ...not at all predictable. Worth reading.

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Great book

Great story, well read and interesting until the last minute.Some surprises that will keep you listening until the end.

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  • P. Coleman
  • 07-05-2018

Best of the best

I've read all of Sharon Bolton's work and eagerly pre order them. This is the best by far and I hope the 30 year gap in this story will allow her to write some more cases starring WPC Lovelady. Excellent exciting story from start to finish and kept me guessing throughout.

The narration of the main character was oddly stilted like someone reading not acting however in this story it gives the feeling of the policewoman testifying from written notes and is less obvious with the other characters.

Really can't go wrong with this whether you've read any of her previous work or not.

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  • Kazbill
  • 05-10-2018

Have I missed something

Don’t know if I missed anything or fell sleep at some time but I still do not know why they took three children and buried them alive?

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  • Mrs CJ
  • 11-01-2020

What a very clever story

It took me a while to warm to the female lead, but apart from the usual thoughts of “would a trainee pc really do that”, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The narrator’s poshness was irritating to start with, but I guess that’s how the villagers would have felt as well. There’s obviously a serious amount of search gone into this book. Highly recommended.

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  • Jackie Brown
  • 15-01-2019

Love this book

I have lessoned to this book twice now and and still love it.
It’s so good and you can picture the story in your mind ( well I can ) I feel like am watching from a distance what’s going on in the town.
Sharon has a great writing technique that seems too draw you into the book and you feel like your part of it.
I know at the end of the year I will be leasing again to this book.
It’s nice to hear such a strong leading lady.


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  • LisaMc
  • 02-12-2018

Chilling and believable.

Excellent reading of a well written whodunnit. The plot is complex, but not too difficult to follow, with a spooky supernatural twist.

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  • A. McKechnie
  • 10-05-2018

Disappointed - not up to usual standard

I felt the book should have ended a few chapters from the actual end. The story got sillier and sillier with massive plot holes.

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  • Chris Wells
  • 08-03-2022

What A Story!

This book has been on my ‘to-be-read’ list since reading Alive, the short prequel story. I had high hopes for The Craftsman based on how much I’d enjoyed Alive and Sharon Bolton did not disappoint with a story that’s both dark, mysterious and addictive. I would hate to spoil the story for anyone but I’ll go as far as to say the ending was excellent and unexpected. The author builds the tension throughout and brings the setting of late 1960’s Britain to life with great skill. The story switches between 1999 and 1969 and is told from the perspective of a female police officer retelling her story of making her way in a male dominated environment. She battles sexism, misogyny and suspicious locals as she fights to discover who is killing local teenagers.
Nathalie Buscombe is absolutely perfect for the story as she embodies the main character perfectly bringing her to life. She does a great job conveying the tension she experiences as well as adding depth to each of the supporting characters too. An excellent combination of author and narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-01-2022

Great subject matter

Not just a normal detective story. Really enjoyed this book. Really engaged with the main character Flossie. Really enjoyed the perspective of female police officers in the 60's. Would highly recommend.

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  • Christina Austin
  • 21-12-2021

Loved it!

I read this when it first came out. I couldn't put it down and completed it in one day! I saw it on here and thought I would listen to it as an audiobook and I'm so glad I did. I adore Sharon Bolton! her writing style is outstanding
I love all her books! This is one of my favourites ❤

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