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
ISBN9781250300034
Author
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Horror, Suspense
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Reviews The Craftsman

  • Meredith
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    "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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Lucy Langford
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Luffy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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!...
  • Dennis
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sandy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Maureen Carden
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mandy White
    1970-01-01
    WOW...Sharon Bolton that was one amazing book!! I just loved this dark and creepy book so much that I did not want it to end.I have been a fan of Sharon Bolton's for a while now - I big fan of the Lacey Flint series. I read the short story "Alive" which definitely got me excited for this book - and it did not disappoint. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book from TBC on Facebook and the publisher and I was so excited to read ...
  • Rachel Hall
    1970-01-01
    The Craftsman marks the first in a trilogy that acclaimed author Sharon Bolton readily concedes that she has always wanted to write and pays testament to her Lancastrian heritage and a north of England tainted by a legacy of savagery that witnessed the Pendle Witch Trials, the Moors Murders and the reign of the Yorkshire Ripper. Quite simply, The Craftsman, is superb storytelling; engaging, absorbing and hugely entertaining throughout and is yet ...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Stars. THE CRAFTSMAN is a story about women and witches, coffins and caskets and a few very unlucky living who are taken during the dark phase of the moon. WPC Florence Lovelady is young, but educated, a hard worker and clever....and the only woman on the force in 1969. She works in a world where men rule and find her a threat to their ego, but she battles her way along hoping to be liked and accepted as an equal....to prove herself. As Flore...
  • Malia
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsI am stuck between 3 and 4 stars for this one. The first two-thirds were really good and gripping, but then towards the end, it lost me a little, I have to say. The story was compelling, the characters well developed and the writing engaging, but there were certain aspects toward the end, when the story started to take place more in 1999 (as opposed to the part told in 1969 when Florence was a young WPC) that felt a bit too contrived, if...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    It is August, 1999, and Florence Lovelady has returned to Pendle Witch Country, to attend the funeral of convicted killer Larry Glassbrook. Now an Assistant Commissioner, Florence (nicknamed by her colleagues as Flossie) was a young woman, just beginning her career, in 1969, when a series of missing teenagers led to the case which made her name, but almost ended her life. When there are a series of missing teenagers, Florence is keen to be involv...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    Oh heck.... this is as creepy as anything. Yep, it really is. Why? Because this is Ms Bolton at her most horrifying, spine tingling best. I've just had a spell of reading some of Ms Bolton's back catalogue and The Craftsman is up there as one to be beaten.It starts off as set out in the blurb with Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attending the funeral of convicted murderer Larry Glassbrook. A craftsman of caskets who buried his victims al...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Oh my word! I have read a few books by this author now and have enjoyed them all. This one though, I absolutely loved!Florence Lovelady has to be just one of the best protagonists I have met in a while. What a brilliant character! Even though the book starts and ends in present day, the majority of the story is set in the 1960’s. There weren’t many women police officers around in those days. Especially in the place where Florence finds hersel...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsSharon Bolton remains one of my favourite authors - she is one that as soon as I see a new book come out I'm ordering it (as I've read all her books now).I just loved this book.Not only is the actual hardcover so beautiful but the story is absorbing and exciting.It is a police procedural with a touch of the supernatural.Set predominantly in 1969 but also 1999 it captures both time periods so well.I requested this book from my boyfriend a...
  • Shannon
    1970-01-01
    #partner THANK YOU Minotaur Books for gifting me a copy of The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. OMG GUYS! This book will be the PERFECT read in October! Spooky, witchy, and absolutely chilling! My advice: Preorder this NOW! TELL IT TO THE BEES!I never read out of my normal genres which are mystery & thriller. Sometimes I can get into romance if it’s really good. So, I’ve never read a book that involved witches before but holy shizzz this was good....
  • Sheila
    1970-01-01
    4 stars--I really liked it. One of my favorite Sharon Bolton novels.This book combines a supernatural plot with a police procedural, and is great at both. Florence starts as a female cop in the 60s, and gets thrust in the middle of a huge case involving missing and murdered children. This book examines the case and politics around it--and also the town's secret and historical witchcraft, which Florence becomes enmeshed in. The book spooked me a c...
  • Janel
    1970-01-01
    I loved everything about this book! Let’s start at the beginning. I read an ARC copy of this novel, there was no title, it just began “Dear Reader” – I was gripped immediately, thinking it was Florence Lovelady addressing the reader, it was only when I got to the end, and saw Bolton’s name, I realised it was the author addressing the reader. I had, in fact, just read the Foreword, in which Bolton explained why she wrote this book. So, i...