Blood Harvest [NOOK Book]

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The Fletchers' beautiful new house is everything they dreamed it would be. Built between two churches in Heptonclough, a small village on the moors that time forgot, it ought to be paradise for this young family of five, but they barely have a chance to settle in before they find that they're anything but welcome. Someone seems to be trying to drive them away--at first with silly pranks but then with threats that become increasingly dangerous, especially to the oldest child, ten-year-old Tom Fletcher, who begins ...

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Blood Harvest

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Overview

The Fletchers' beautiful new house is everything they dreamed it would be. Built between two churches in Heptonclough, a small village on the moors that time forgot, it ought to be paradise for this young family of five, but they barely have a chance to settle in before they find that they're anything but welcome. Someone seems to be trying to drive them away--at first with silly pranks but then with threats that become increasingly dangerous, especially to the oldest child, ten-year-old Tom Fletcher, who begins to believe that someone is always watching him.



The adults in Tom's life are trying to help, including his parents; the vicar next door, younger and more dashing than you'd expect a vicar to be; and a therapist, Evi Oliver, who believes him more than she wants to. But there are other clues that something isn't quite right in Heptonclough, including the mysterious accidental deaths of three toddlers over the last ten years. It is not until Tom's siblings, two-year-old Milly and five-year-old Joe Fletcher, go missing in turn that the little village's evil secret turns the Fletchers' dreams into a nightmare.



With Sacrifice, Awakening, and now Blood Harvest, S. J. Bolton displays time and time again her remarkable talent as a beguiling storyteller, a master of thrills, and the mistress of her own brand of modern Gothic tale.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429928366
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 127,385
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

SHARON BOLTON grew up in Lancashire, England, and now lives near Oxford with her family. An ITW and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, her fascination with British folklore, especially the dark and haunting side of those legends, fuels her writing. This is her third novel. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.



SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger and Barry Award nominee. Her books included the Lacey Flint novels: Now You See Me, Dead Scared, Lost, and A Dark and Twisted Tide. She lives near London, England.
S. J. BOLTON, a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW and Barry Award nominee, has also been shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger Award. She grew up in Lancashire, England, and now lives near Oxford with her family.
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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Exceptional

    After reading a highly recommended current release in a similar genre and being utterly disappointed, Bolton's novel was a welcome relief. The book is deeply rich in its environment and character development. I rarely read novels that keep me enthralled so continuously. So often an author will supply hints as to an unfolding mystery that are blatant and uncomfortable, making the reader feel used as a pawn in some transparent game. 'Blood Harvest' never cheapened itself and I felt unsettled and amiss to the very end. I definitely recommend. It may be of interest to note that, while reading, one might view the town and churches upon which the story is based in Google Maps.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Not What I Expected

    I had originally read about this book online and was excited at the prospect of getting lost in a modern-day, supernatural British mystery. The preview presented on the website seemed to present all the hallmarks of a revamped gothic "horrid novel." While helicopters did scour the moors and creepy old townspeople did, indeed, carry cell phones, I feel as if I was lured into the book under false pretenses.

    In the end, Bolton's work is a forgettable (albeit, gross and deranged) murder mystery with its clues vaguely disguised as supernatural elements. I found myself slightly disinterested with the characters (particularly the "snooty" psychiatrist) about halfway through. Had I known what I was in for, I probably never would have purchased the book.

    If you're interested in giving it a try, I would suggest making a trip to the local library instead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    A Page-Turner!

    This thriller will have you on edge from the first sentence to the very last. Set in a small English village, Blood Harvest is filled with a cast of characters you won't soon forget. A new family has come to town and built a home beside an old abandoned church. Soon afterward, a new vicar is appointed to re-open that church, which had been closed years before for reasons that remained shrouded in mystery.

    These two events are at the forefront of a relentless plot that should keep any reader turning pages. The plot is fast-paced and full of surprises, all leading to a jaw-dropping conclusion.

    ** I received this book as an Advance Readers' Edition for review. **

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    Readers will appreciate this scary psychological supernatural saga

    The Blood Harvest
    S. J. Bolton
    Minotaur, Jun 8 2010, $25.99
    ISBN: 9780312600518

    Alice and Gareth Fletcher and their three young children (ten years old Tom, six years old Joe, and two years old Millie) move to remote Heptonclough, England. Soon after their arrival, Tom and Joe dodge a gang of nasty boys at a graveyard and church. Later Tom informs his parents that a girl in the shadows seems to be spying on him. Alice and Gareth assume their oldest is letting his imagination play with his mind. However, when Millie is almost killed in what looked like a deliberate action to her older brothers, Tom and Joe vow to watch her.

    New vicar Reverend Harry Laycock also senses something is not right. Psychiatrist Dr. Evi Oliver introduces the Reverend to her patient Gillian Royle, who has never recovered from the death of her toddler Hayley in a fire three years ago. Harry finds out about two other similar deaths of young girls (Lucy and Megan) and begins to fear for Millie, but it is Joe who goes missing.

    Readers will appreciate this scary psychological supernatural saga as the locale seems serene yet bizarre deadly events occur in which mostly the newcomers as strangers in a strange setting are the only ones truly seeing the horror. Fast-paced, the audience needs to set aside time because S.J. Bolton's thriller is extremely difficult to put down as fans will want to know what the Blood Harvest of little children (three dead in one coffin, for instance) is.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Wild creepy read

    Enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    I love her books

    This was a good book and hard to put down like all her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Good

    Excellent, except for the very end, which was just silly. Gillian is just not that important.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Engaging Characters, interesting story line

    I enjoyed the character development and the unusual twists in this novel by S.J.Bolton (an author previously unknown to me). This is one of those books that you don't want to read at night because you won't want to put it down, it kept me up reading long after I should have been to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    Okay--but not great

    I enjoyed this novel in the beginning as there were several interesting characters and what appeared might be a fantastic ghost story. The author also did a pretty good job of building suspense. However, the ending disappointed me as instead of anyone really solving the mystery, the culprit just comes onto the scene and confesses everything. It reminded me a bit of the old Perry Mason series where the bad guy just spills the beans completely at the end.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

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    Mystery, suspense, supernatural and thriller

    This book had all of the above rolled together to make a great read! It is a kind of book that you can't put down-what a page turner!

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Compelling Novel

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was just what I was looking for -- something suspenseful and eerie, with a hint of the supernatural. I would definitely recommend it!

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

    Great thriller!

    I loved this book! It was a great thriller to read! Keeps you guessing!

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