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Sharon Bolton

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Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University. During her Loughborough years she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City, including working at The British Insurance and Investment Brokers' Association, The Solicitors Indemnity Fund and (as a temporary contract) National Savings. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family and to write.

She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.

Genres: Mystery
New and upcoming books
November 2024

The Neighbour's Secret
Lacey Flint
   1. Now You See Me (2011)
   1.5. If Snow Hadn't Fallen (2012)
   2. Dead Scared (2012)
   3. Like This, For Ever (2013)

     aka Lost

   4. A Dark and Twisted Tide (2014)
   4.5. Here Be Dragons (2016)
   5. The Dark (2022)
Craftsman Trilogy
   Alive (2018)
   1. The Craftsman (2018)
   2. The Buried (2022)
   Sacrifice (2008)
   Awakening (2009)
   Blood Harvest (2010)
   Little Black Lies (2015)
   Daisy in Chains (2016)
   Dead Woman Walking (2017)
   The Split (2020)
   The Pact (2021)
   The Fake Wife (2023)
   The Neighbour's Secret (2024)
   The Night Train (2021)
Sharon Bolton recommends
Every Move You Make (2024)
C L Taylor
"Grips you from the very first page. A breathless, twisty, spine-chilling thriller."
The Short Straw (2023)
Holly Seddon
"Deliciously creepy, and a fascinating study of the complex, often toxic, relationships within families."
The House Hunt (2023)
C M Ewan
"Nobody does heart-thumping, dry-mouth, claustrophobic thrillers like C M Ewan. The House Hunt is exceptional, with a glorious WTF moment."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Sharon Bolton
Deadlier (2017)
100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women
edited by
Sophie Hannah

Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2010) : Blood Harvest
Macavity Awards Best Book nominee (2016) : Little Black Lies

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