From the cover: Moving to remote Shetland has been unsettling enough for consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton, even before the gruesome discovery she makes on a rain-drenched afternoon. Deep in the peat soil of her field she uncovers the body of a young woman. The heart has been removed and marks etched into the skin bear an eerie resemblance to carvings Tora has seen in her own cellar. But as Tora begins to ask questions, terrifying threats start rolling in like the cold island mist.
"Sacrifice is a bone-chilling, spell-binding debut" shouted the publicity, and as I love a bone-chilling spell binder with an atmospheric setting and a mystery to solve, this boded well. I had read Bolton's second book, Awakening, quite a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. She has since written many more in this genre, some of them now Award winners around the globe! Check out her other titles here. Early on she wrote as S.J. Bolton but is now Sharon Bolton. But, I digress. Let's go back to the beginning with Sacrifice, and what a very complex story it is!
The plethora of characters and their too many stories, as well as quite a lot of 'facts 'n figures' wallpapering the tale, did nothing to build suspense unfortunately. Those negatives aside, however, I thought it was a good beginning, with a satisfying mix of mystery, history, forensics, and the ancient legends of Scotland’s past making their presence felt. Nice!