The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton

The Craftsman

Sharon Bolton returns with her creepiest standalone yet, following a young cop trying to trace the disappearances of a small town's teenagers.Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before m...

Details The Craftsman

TitleThe Craftsman
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Horror, Suspense

Reviews The Craftsman

  • 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 filled with elements of the supernatural. Witchcraft and gender norms play subtle roles that become more and more pronounced as the book progresses, culminating in a heart-stopping ending! In 1999, Florence Loveday returns to Lancashire to attend the f...
  • 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 history of witches with the Pendle witch trials, folklore, legend, and its fear and macabre treatment of intelligent women who dare to be different. Set in Sabden, a town on the edge of Pendle Hill, Bolton combines these themes to give us an outstanding st...
  • 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 at the end! SHOCKING!The Craftsman is a perfectly crafted tale in which Bolton carefully molds her story of murder, sexism, witches, legend and mystery. In 1999 Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady has returned to Sabden with her fifteen-year-ol...
  • 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 enjoyed from start to finish. I was particularly interested in the open letter at the start to readers by the author. It had me very intrigued as to what the story was going to be about as I have always had an interest in the history of witches and this ...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    FIVE SHINY STARS Deserves a lot more stars!!The book is set right at the year of August 1999 and earlier in June of 1969. The book is set in Northern New England where witchcraft is practiced. In August of the year of 1999, Florence Lovelady goes to the funeral of Larry Glassbrook's. She arrested him thirty years earlier. He was a funeral director and also a master carpenter. He made his own caskets and his victims were buried alive in them.In th...
  • 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 kind of story! I love creepy suspenseful books with supernatural aspects to it and this one definitely satisfied my craving for an excellent spooky, spine-chilling and suspenseful read!THE CRAFTSMAN by SHARON BOLTON is a dark, disturbing, tension-fille...
  • 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 killer she arrested 30 years prior for the murders of three teenagers. These victims were buried alive in coffins... and who has better knowledge of graveyards and caskets than those who work with them!? Larry Glassbrook was the funeral director of ...
  • 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's outdone herself in this one, folks. Welcome to the crackling side of things that go bump in the night.Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady is a bright and shiny twenty-two year old assigned to the police force in Sabden in Lancashire across fro...
  • Liz
    4.5 stars, rounded upBolton gets it all right here. The story, the characters, the atmosphere. The area was known for witch trials in the 17 century and a belief in witches still permeates the current century. In 1969, young teenagers are going missing and are found to have been buried alive. WPC Lovelady is the only policewoman in Lancashire and to say she is not a welcome addition to staff is an understatement. Three teenagers have gone missing...
  • 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 parts of mankind can wield.Florence Lovelady is a very much recognizable character. I welcome that. She is a character that's familiar. Her actions have direct consequences. She sometimes meets opposition in her inquiries, for being a woman I suppose.B...
  • 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. Especially when I heard it involved witchcraft. Not my thing. I found out it IS my thing though when Ms. Bolton writes about it.This one started out slow for me. The year is 1999, and I felt like I was missing a lot of background (which obviously I was) a...
  • 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 Bolton has crafted here with elements of supernatural and witchcraft! I LOVED the aspect of supernatural. I couldn't get enough!! To all my Bolton fans out there... this is one that you DEFINITELY don't want to miss! Talk about supernatural on crack!...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Pendle Hill in Lancashire, the site of witches, and one of the most famous witch trials in 1612. Bolton gives us a creepy read, just in time for Halloween. Witches, ghosties, voices from a grave, and things that go bump in the night. Opens with a personal letter from Bolton, explaining why she wrote this, her connection to Pendle. In the present, it begins with a funeral, and then takes the reader back to the late 1960's, where the lone femal...
  • Susanne Strong
    4.25 Stars* (rounded down)Chilling, Disturbing & Absolutely Unputdownable! A Perfect Atmospheric Read for this Time of Year!In Pendle Hill, Lancashire, children go missing, one by one, never to be seen again - that is, until WPC Lovelady discovers their bodies. This is a town rich with history. A town known for witchcraft & witch trials. A town known for folklore and legends, but not for the truth. 1969: WPC Florence Lovelady is a Police Officer....
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    A new detective and the first female on the force, a town haunted by a merciless killer, children going missing only to be found in the most horrifying manner, and a mysterious darkness around the town that can only be described as not of this world…The Craftsman had me convinced that Sharon Bolton somehow new my most secret fears and brought them into this story. This book is positively chilling and expertly crafted. Written primarily in flash...
  • Dennis
    ALL THE STARS!Sharon Bolton's latest release, The Craftsman is her best yet. I am so ready for you all to get hooked by her newest tale—witchcraft, serial killers, children being buried alive—WHAT?! The story starts off in 1999, where serial killer Larry Glassbrook is being laid to rest. After spending 30 years in prison for the murder of three local teenagers back in 1969, Larry's notoriety has not weathered since his arrest. The small tow...
  • Michelle
    Wow!!! What an absolutely perfect book to read during the Halloween season! The atmosphere and darkness seem to seep out of the pages. I'll be honest and say that it took me a beat before I became completely gripped. I was a bit confused in the beginning but once I got my bearings straight there was no stopping me. Short, tension filled chapters had me flying through this one and the last 50 pages or so my heart was truly racing. A man, Larry Gla...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    4.5*Do you believe in magic? Dark Magic?If you’ve ever had the good fortune to read anything from Sharon Bolton, then you know how innovative her writing can be. How descriptive her prose is. A simple thriller blossoms into a literary gem. This one is among her best!Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady returns to Pendle Hill, Lancashire for the funeral of Larry Glassbrook. In her heart she feels this is the end of a long, dragged-out nightm...
  • Sandy
    4.5 starsWhen I’m asked to recommend great crime/mystery books, this author is always on the list. If she wrote a book on installing linoleum, I’d read it. In this outing she branches off in a new direction, adding magic & supernatural elements to the usual mix of crime, mystery & memorable characters. Florence Lovelady is an Assistant Commisssioner at the Met. Thirty years ago she began as a lowly WPC in Sabden, a northern town in the shadow...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.The ins and outs of coffins and caskets, clay effigies, abandoned bee hives, and the wonder of small things.  Patterns, phases of the moon, and a librarian with big yellow teeth and frightening eyebrows.  Thirty years have passed since a serial killer was put behind bars, and now he is dead.  So why are doubts resurfacing now?  A most satisfying ending, last two lines were pure magic.  T...
  • Pauline
    I wasn't sure about this book when I started reading it because we were told who the murder was from the start. The story started slowly telling the tale from thirty years ago but then things got interesting especially when the story jumped to 1999. I'm glad I didn't give up, it was well worth reading.
  • Maureen Carden
    With The Craftsman I think Sharon Bolton has jumped into Stephen King territory of horror and left him behind. Shocking and heartbreaking, this is a compelling story of a place, a people and a great many tragedies. It is also the story of a love that will last for eternity.The Craftsman is set in Lancashire with the double time-line of 1969 and 1999.Lancashire is an unusual, isolated area of England, visitors are mostly drawn by the harsh beauty ...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    RTC...*Traveling Sisters Read*
  • Liz Barnsley
    This may be the best book Ms Bolton has written to date. It is CERTAINLY the creepiest keep you up all night subtly scary novel I have read in a long time.Set in the 70’s and later on the cusp of the new millennium, the story follows Florence, a policewoman in a small northern town where children are disappearing. Their fate becomes intertwined with her fate and Sharon Bolton weaves a tense and deeply atmospheric tale around her characters and ...
  • Emma
    Beware the witch. In Pendle, myth has it that women are baptised twice: once in the traditional fashion, then again in the local waters of the tarn to a much darker master... but is it witchcraft behind the live burials of three teenagers?This is the question WPC Florence Lovelady is investigating, first in 1969 during their original disappearance and discovery, then again today. Her rather challenging experience as police during that period, in ...
  • Lisa
    If you thought Sharon Bolton was a brilliant author well let me tell you she has out done herself with The Craftsmen firstly let me say the cover when I picked it up was so creepy but beautiful Gold embossed with a coffin in the background doesn't that creep you out? Let me say it was dark but beautifully crafted & atmospheric it gave me chills reading it , the pacing was exceptional & loved the characters especially Florence Lovelady who is stru...
  • Brenda
    Sharon Bolton starts this book with a note to readers explaining the basis for the book. It’s clearly personal for her. The setting is in Lancashire, where Bolton was born and raised with the legend of the Pendle Witch Trials. As I was reading, it became apparent to me that I was going to love this book. I loved the menacing undertones.Florence Lovelady has returned to Sabden for the funeral of a man she sent to prison 30 years ago. She tells h...
  • Carrie
    The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton is a thriller that is told in two different timelines during the book. The story begins in 1999 with the funeral of a once convicted murderer but also flashes back to the past in 1969 when the murders had occurred that Larry Grassbrook had spent the last thirty years in prison for committing.In 1969 Florence Lovelady was barely older than the teenage victims that had been disappearing but she had began to work wi...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
  • Bill Kupersmith
    It is proof of Sharon Bolton’s artistic genius that I can enjoy stories featuring my greatest fears, snakes in Awakening and burial alive here in Bolton’s newest detective novel, The Craftsman. In 1969 Florence Lovelady, a 22 year-old Woman Police Constable (as they were then called), has been assigned to a force in Lancashire in the town of Sabden , near the setting for a notorious witch craze in the early 17th century, the Pendle witch tria...