Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career. She gave it up in 2000 to become a mother and a writer. Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work. In 2016, Little Black Lies won the Dead Good award for the best twist. Sacrifice has been made into a Hollywood film starring Radha Mitchell, Rupert Graves and David Robb.
With ten books to her name, Sharon is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has been described by that newspaper as ‘unable to write a sentence not suffused with menace.’ Sharon lives with her family of four, one of whom is a food-stealing, rabbit-chasing lurcher, in the Chiltern Hills, near Oxford. She has a Masters in Business Administration, and has worked in marketing and public relations.