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#MiniBookReview Alive By Sharon Bolton #ShortStory


Publisher: Trapeze
ISBN13: 9781250318442
Genre: Thriller
Release date: 01 03 2018
Price*: Kindle: Free
Audio Book on Google Books: Free
Pages: ~ 58
My rating: 10/10
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK

Description of the book: A dark moon is rising. A perfect black circle, barely visible in the night sky, the dark moon casts its void over the wind-scorched moor, over the soaring mass of a great limestone hill, and over the town that cowers in its shadow. The dark moon is the absence of moon before the slender silver crescent of the new moon appears again and people can breathe a little easier. The month is March, and the night is clear and cold, black as pitch. The full moon in March is known as the Worm Moon, welcome despite its ominous name, marking as it does the end of winter and the emergence of earthworms from the thawing ground. Dark moons have never been named, although they are sometimes called the dead moons. The dark moons reign overnights when people stoke up their fires, draw their curtains tighter and try to think happy thoughts.

In the town of Sabden at the foot of Pendle Hill in Lancashire, they usually fail. In Sabden’s soot-blackened terraced houses, the sleepers’ dreams darken when the moon leaves the sky. Infants wake up cold, mothers tremble with elusive fears for their children and old folks slip a little closer to death. Only the Craftsman welcomes the dark moon. Alone in the town, he is awake and ready to start work.

Alive is a nail-biting, heart-racing, exhilarating thriller that will have you up all night and includes an extract of Sharon’s upcoming novel The Craftsman. Alive is the perfect appetizer to whet your appetite for Sharon’s crime-fiction listens – a gripping tale that will leave you terrified to turn the lights off!

How this book made me feel: I know that this short story was a teaser for Sharon Bolton’s book “Craftsman” (review here), but I listened to it after I read the book itself, and I actually recommend doing it that way, for me, it gave different perspective towards the characters and quite a bit of confusion, to be honest.

It tells you the stories of three teenagers, Susan, Steve and Patsy, and how they vanished. And I think they were awesome. Their stories are absolutely engrossing, making “Craftsman” even more dark and sinister. I loved the way Sharon Bolton poetically describes the moon, and I loved the way she made those three stories so twisty and intriguing. It is told from multiple perspectives and really opens up these characters to the reader.

So, without spoiling it for you, if you read Craftsman by Sharon Bolton, you have to listen/ read this little story as well. The audio is free on Google Books, and it takes only 45min to finish. Enjoy 🙂

913K8f4WgzL._SY200_.jpgAbout the Author: 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.

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. 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.

Website – / Twitter – @AuthorSJBolton

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