Sacrifice

‘Sacrifice’ tells the story of Tora Hamilton, a surgeon, who has recently moved onto Shetland with her husband.  Whilst burying her dead horse, she makes a gruesome discovery – she unearths the corpse of a young woman who’s heart had been cut out and who has rune marks of some kind carved into her skin.  Whilst Tora tries to get to the bottom of why this woman was butchered and tortued so brutally and buried on her land, she faces danger herself of being firstly outcast from the Hospital where she works and then, more disturbingly, narrowly missing death in a sinister ‘accident.’

The suspence built up in this book is fantastic and you go from trusting one character to not trusting or liking him/her in the next instance.  It is very hard to ‘meet’ each character and not know who to trust and who not.  I love it when that happens in a book.  Mind you, isn’t that what should happen in a trully chilling, suspence novel?

‘Sacrifice’ is based on legends from the Norsk invasion of the Shetlands and the stories they brought with them about ‘trolls’ and a superior but chilling race of tall, blond people.  The book is set on the Shetland Isles, and up to reading this book, I hadn’t paid much attention to this remote part of Scotland. I have since Googled more about its’ folklore and seen images of these quaint, pictureque islands. I ‘borrowed’ this photo from a Travel Blog and I love how desolate the area surrounding the house are.  This is the exact image I had in my mind when I was reading the book.  Farm houses scattered in the middle of fields and more fields, which really adds to Tora’s discomfort and sense of being at the mercy of her surroundings.

I picked this book after reading a review on The Book Whisperer’s Blog. I am so glad I did as this book is so gripping. It’s one of those books you carry with you everywhere incase you get the opportunity to read one more page.  Love it!  Have already ordered Sharon Bolton’s next book, ‘Awakening,’ and can’t wait to get stuck into that one.  If it’s half as good as ‘Sacrifice’, it’ll be great!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. The Book Whisperer
    Apr 30, 2011 @ 23:02:34

    Yay!!!!! I’m so glad you loved it! It’s a great book isn’t it? Awakening is great too, but I did prefer Sacrifice (but only just). I have the next two at home now to read too 🙂

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