The Craftsman

The Craftsman

Catching him will make her career - and change her forever.

August, 1999
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

June, 1969
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.

August, 1999
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks' old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy - one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

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About Sharon J. Bolton

Sharon's newest book The Craftsman is now available for pre-order and is out on the 3rd May 2018 in the UK! PLUS Alive, a short story/prequel is available for FREE! (see Sharon's website

    The Craftsman Reviews

  • Meredith

    4.5 stars CHILLING! Superbly crafted psychological thriller about children being buried alive in a small town rumored to have ties to witchcraft. This is an atmospheric, suspenseful, twisty read fil...

  • Paromjit

    Sharon Bolton takes us into her northern home territory, Lancashire, inhospitable, unpredictable, often savage, horrifying, but heartbreakingly and wonderfully beautiful. She draws on the areas histor...

  • Debra

    "The Craftsman is the story of women, and witches. Of the children we love and must protect. And of the men who fear us." -Sharon BoltonHoly Crap! This is the rare book which had my mouth hanging open...

  • Miriam Smith

    Wow! Oh how I enjoyed "The Craftsman" by popular and well respected author Sharon Bolton. Excellently written, well plotted and superbly crafted, this is an 'unputdownable' book that I thoroughly enjo...

  • Lucy Langford

    4.5*****“I wonder what words his headstone might carry: Loving husband, devoted father, merciless killer”It's August 1999 and Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, a convicted...

  • Linda

    Honestly, my own mind scares the crackers out of me sometimes.And the extremely talented Sharon Bolton just handed off her latest offering served with a double heaping scoop of CREEP on steroids. She'...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Whoa! That was one awesome read.....and because I can’t help myself! Holy Shooty Balls that was some book!!Chilling, gripping & unputdownable!I absolutely loved this book and it was definitely my ki...

  • Luffy

    My first piping hot book of Sharon J. Bolton. I was mesmerized by the sophistication of the story and I was galled by the author's will to push the envelope on the ancient horrors that the depraved pa...

  • Christine

    Sharon Bolton has a little gem on her hands with The Craftsman! When I first heard she was switching publishers in order to write a very different book near and dear to her heart, I was worried. Espec...

  • Kendall

    Sharon Bolton has climbed her way up my favorite list of authors! Sharon does it again with this one my friends! What a RIDE!! As always, what a unique and extremely well written web of suspense that ...