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BLOOD HARVEST by S. J. Bolton – Book Review

Blood Harvest (April 2010) is a thriller/mystery novel, also a page-turner compiled by S. J. Bolton.


Author: S. J. Bolton
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Goodreads Rating: 3.98/5


Blood harvest by S. J. Bolton book review

About Blood Harvest by Sharon Bolton:

The book Blood Harvest is the third one by S J Bolton, a thriller/mystery novel that was shortlisted in 2010 for CWA’s Gold Dagger Award. The book was originally published in 1996.


“She’s been watching us for a while now,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s like she is always there…”

Heptonclough is a small village atop the Pennine moors. A dorp filled with weird customs and traditions, including the ‘Blood Harvest’ ritual. It is here that our protagonists, Fletcher family, finds their new home, a house in the middle of a graveyard. Just when you think that’s all creepy it can get, Bolton discloses that Heptonclough isn’t a place safe place for little girls!

Gillian, a distraught mother, still remains positive that her daughter has survived the fire that engulfed their house two years ago. Is it her that Tom, the ten-year-old Fletcher kid, keeps seeing around the churchyard grounds? Was it only Tom who could hear these weird sounds? Is he really turning schizophrenic or are the “eyes staring at him” real? Why does this figure keep calling their younger sister, Millie’s name? Bolton sets the schoolboy superhero, Tom, and his trusty sidekick slash brother, Joe the invincible on the road to a Mysterious thriller case.

Catch Tom, Joe, their trusted friend the Vicar, and the psychiatrist Evi on their quest to unravel the truth. Will they be able to save Millie?

About the Author – S J Bolton:

Sharon Bolton alias S J Bolton, also the recipient of Mary Higgins Clark Award for ‘Awakening’, is an English author from Lancashire.  With a niche carved in crime and mystery genre, her works stand synonymous to ‘eerie’ and ‘unnerving’. Sacrifice, her debut novel was voted the ‘best new read’ among Amazon.uk.


Title: Blood Harvest

Goodreads rating:   3.96/5

My Verdict on the book Blood Harvest:

“Sometimes I wish that she’d just leave me in peace”

Strange voices, mysterious figures popping up in graveyards, and not to mention a possible murderer on the loose. Blood Harvest is my first pick of S J Bolton’s novels and I can say it is not going to be the last. Staged in a small village of Heptonclough, Bolton has managed to successfully convey a strong sense of spooky atmosphere for her readers to delve in. The moors in these rectos have got bizarre things happening in the backdrop, building up her plot, completely wrapped in suspense. Even though I did feel a little drag in the first half, second half paced to cover it up with page-turner plots. I also felt it was one of those keepers that lets your mind run wild, making you skip a beat as you read. For the story-line, well-defined characters, as well as the plot which I miserably failed to decode, I’d give Blood Harvest a 4.8 on 5.

Check out Sharon Bolton for more details on books by the author of the book Blood Harvest.


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