- Dead Scared: Lacey Flint Series, Book 2 by Sharon Bolton (Paperback, 2013)
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The author attempts to use this one plot device to sustain suspense through the entire story. Unfortunately, this one point is distracting and give the story of a level of unbelievability. Use that String to Suspend your Belief The premises was somewhat unbelievable. The idea that Lacey was put into a situation without any information whatsoever was hard enough to buy. It was far more difficult to accept that she was not informed when the situation really started to get out of hand.
My difficulty with this is that it did not seem to fit within the world that had been created. She was brought into the investigation by a man that is clearly in love with her and a police force that apparently had respect for her. I was a big fan of The Likeness and that plot was far more absurd than this one.
Final Thoughts While I continue to take issue with the authors storytelling and some of the plot devices she uses, I cannot help but be entertained by the book. The story is taunt and dark and Lacey is an interesting and strong female lead.
Dead Scared: Lacey Flint Series, Book 2 by Sharon Bolton (Paperback, 2013)
Being the father of two girls, I am always looking for and happy to find books that have a strong female protagonist. My issues are largely outweighed by the author superb writing and attributable to my personal preferences. I highly recommend this series. Very well done and pleasant for the ears. I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading. I am simply giving approximations. Scale 1 - Lowest 5 - Highest Sex - 3 There is significant discussion of rape. There are multiple characters who believe they have subjected to rape while they were sleeping.
While there are no graphic descriptions some readers will not appreciate this content as it is disturbing. There a minor amount of other non-graphic discussion of sex. There is less adult language than in the first installment. There are multiple instances of suicide, some of which are graphic. There is internal discussion of self harming which will be disturbing for some readers. There is also discussion of sexual violence. While the descriptions are not graphic, the context of the violence is disturbing.
The final chapters have some particularly graphic images in which a character is faced with some situations of terror. There is some gore involved. Overall, the violence is not pervasive as in the first installment and less disturbing. Oct 23, Dennis rated it liked it Shelves: This review will be short and sweet—it wasn't my favorite Sharon Bolton novel and it definitely turned me off from continuing with the Lacey Flint series, sadly.
I was obsessed with how it's predecessor, Now You See Me ran it's course, so I knew I needed to give this series a try. The slow building suspense that I've grown accu This review will be short and sweet—it wasn't my favorite Sharon Bolton novel and it definitely turned me off from continuing with the Lacey Flint series, sadly.
The slow building suspense that I've grown accustomed to by Sharon Bolton fell flat for me in this story. For about pages, we just kept getting dialogue that didn't elevate or move the story along. While I was surprised at the outcome, I was angered by the cliffhanger that this book ends on.
I know I'll be in the minority with this review, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. The writing is still strong, the book still has some good scares, and the characters are still as amazing as they were in the first installment. Apr 14, Janet rated it really liked it. This was probably closer to a 3. It continues on from book 1 where some time has elapsed and Lacey is sent to Cambridge by her boss Mark Joesbury to investigate a spate of apparent suicides.
Posing as a student she is sent to quietly submerge herself into student life and see what pointers she can pick out, of course this being Lacey, she doesn't stop there and throws herself he This was probably closer to a 3. Posing as a student she is sent to quietly submerge herself into student life and see what pointers she can pick out, of course this being Lacey, she doesn't stop there and throws herself head first into a full on investigation.
What follows is a pacy, thrilling, sometimes outlandish tale that, if you're prepared to suspend your beliefs in the air at times, works very well. There are some questionable decisions and areas where I thought hhhmmmm but like I said, if you leave that behind, it's an enjoyable read. I can't really say that I like Lacey, on the other hand, I don't dislike her either. She makes some questionable decisions and her snappy, irritation annoys me at times, but hey maybe that's just me. I hope the relationship between Lacey and Mark doesn't turn into a constant 'will they, won't they?
All in all a really enjoyable read that I read in one sitting and am looking forward to the next instalment. View all 10 comments. Jun 12, Rebecca Martin rated it liked it Shelves: I just can't get into this series. The writing and characterizations have not improved or deepened from the first book in the series. I have several beefs with this book beyond that. The plot is absurd. If a writer is going to give us a book with a plot this outlandish, it must have a strong foundation in terms of motivation and explanations for how things have happened.
Readers are left basically clueless about why these evil people are being so evil and how they Well Readers are left basically clueless about why these evil people are being so evil and how they were able to cover it up not to mention finance it for such a long time. DC Lacey Flint certainly doesn't give us those insights.
She doesn't connect what's happening to her to what is going on with, say, Evi. Again, we have a book full of such passive women except for those who are inexplicably evil. Plot points are left dangling in the book the question is asked multiple times, how did Nick Bell get Lacey's top secret cell number? We're not told and the book just suddenly ends.
Somehow a bunch of baddies get from one place to another with Lacey in tow and we have a scene where she is very dramatically threatened I won't say what happens to her and then the book just ends. Supposedly Lacey is very spunky and smart. In this novel she's a little more active than in the first she climbs through a window and she FINALLY puts together some clues and figures out what's been going on, but she is also punch-drunk in love and just seems to be a character who isn't growing.
It's that kind of book. If you like that, then this one's for you. No more for me though. Sorry for being so harsh, but I'm very disappointed. I did like Sniffy, the dog. Jan 27, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: Psychological insight can be deadly in the wrong hands When I read this book was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award I was intrigued though S.
What a relief it was to read a mystery that was based in reality rather some bizarre psycho doing improbable things. Joesbury specifically tells her NOT to try and investigate on her own but curiosity takes over and she delves ever deeper into a baffling mystery. Psychological insight can be deadly in the wrong hands.
This review is based on an e-galley provided by the publishers. Another 5 star Lacey Flint tale. Lacey and Mark work on an undercover gig at Cambridge University where there have been a few too many suicides lately. What she uncovers is quite disturbing. And of course puts her life in jeopardy. Oh I love the Lacey and Mark saga!
Getting so frustrated with them, but not in a bad way. I just love the dark tone of this series. I just get lost in it. Bolton does her research! So impressed with the accurate details. I am a burns nurse, and the way that sh Another 5 star Lacey Flint tale. I am a burns nurse, and the way that she described the burns, the grafting, the surgeries, the smell And she has obviously done her homework with extensive information about different drugs and mental disorders.
One of the very few things I disliked about this book, was that it seemed to jump point of view in each chapter, and then sometimes halfway through a chapter. I found it a bit irritating and often had to double check it was the character I thought it was. But it didn't bother me enough to hinder my five stars!!!
I'm usually pretty good at picking it, and I may have been off my game, but I had NO idea. I also really loved the dramatic ending. Oh and I didn't realise that Evi's tale ties up with another book "Blood Harvest" Apr 14, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: Dreams, Darkness, Danger, Death! If you're prone to nightmares, you might want to skip Dead Scared. If you love psychological manipulation, then this is the right book for you.
Joesbury recruits Flint to play the role of undercover student, Laura Farrow at Cambridge University. Cambridge has experienced a series of student suicides and though statistics would support a handful of students taking their own lives, these have similarities that seem of a suspicious nature.
Flint is not there to investigate, mind you, just to observe but we know Lacey can't resist the challenge of the hunt. Bolton does a great job in depicting her college setting, the natural progression of her returning characters, but where she really shines is in this roller-coaster ride of mental processes, dream state, falconry and phobias. Bolton has produced another winner, one worthy of awards and should please old and new fans alike. View all 5 comments. Jan 21, Anne rated it it was amazing. S J Bolton certainly can serve up a page-turning story, I was totally gripped by this fast-paced thriller, with it's twists and turns and very very strange happenings.
Despite not having read the first book in the series about DC Lacey Flint and her boss DI Mark Joesbury, it was not difficult to pick up some of their past history. It was clear from the beginning that they had a somewhat unusual relationship, and their tensions only added to what is at times an incredibly tense story line. The Camb S J Bolton certainly can serve up a page-turning story, I was totally gripped by this fast-paced thriller, with it's twists and turns and very very strange happenings.
The Cambridge setting is wonderful, the university with it's tradition and almost 'other worldy' life is the perfect place for a police drama. The very short chapters, told alternatively from the perspective of different characters works extremely well, leaving the reader hanging on and wanting to know more, and now! There are some pretty brutal descriptions of the apparant student suicides, but these are not out of place and only add to the drama and the suspense. A very clever plot, that kept me guessing right up until the end.
Jul 09, Sean Peters rated it it was amazing. What a great book!! A British author S. J Bolton, Sharon Bolton. A great find and very pleased this book was given to me, now reading another of her books.
This book has great strong characters, a great story, a gripping plot, strong and tense all the way and building to a great final few chapters. I do highly recommend this book and author. You will be hooked, and you will be guessing all the way! That being said, it is possible to read this book alone as it works fine in that way. However, if you plan to read the Lacey Flint stories which I recommend you do I would suggest reading them in order.
With that out of the way, I absolutely adore this book. Sharon Bolton is without a doubt my favourite crime writer and Dead Scared battles for first place on my list of favourite books. Moreover, the Lacey Flint tales are not only my favourite Bolton work but also my favourite crime series. Sure enough you quickly grow to love the characters involved, your fingers crossed throughout. I love the first person narrative, finding it refreshing within the book.
The story itself is another great tale by Bolton, something that is not at all surprising within her work. The crime aspect is original and refreshing, and the romantic undertone is great for all those who desire such a thing. As for the ending… well, what can I say — I loved it. From the start I was on the edge of my seat doing my usual trick when I adore a book this much by reading the whole thing in one sitting , with my fingers crossed.
Feb 12, Anne Booklady Molinarolo rated it really liked it Shelves: Creepy folks, really creepy. Evi Oliver believes these students are being influenced by online pressure from suicide websites and chat rooms. DI Joesbury and Scotland Yard believe something more nefarious is going on at the colleges.
These people are either being controlled by evil persons 4. These people are either being controlled by evil persons or they are getting help. The suicides are way to elaborate. And there is absolutely no trace evidence. Flint is just supposed to keep her eyes open and not investigate. We are talking about DC Lacey Flint, after all. Of course she investigates. As she gets closer to the truth, she is targeted. They want to kill her, but she, Lacey Flint must do it herself.
They cannot be exposed. Who can she trust? Will she she leave Cambridge alive or in a body bag? Bolton never lets off the gas. Her narrative is moving faster and faster. The reader feels the anxiety that the girls, Lacey, and Dr. Stalkers, surveillance, invasion of privacy all feel to real. I checked my front door several times last night. I felt their fear as they were being "scared to death.
Apr 24, Becky rated it really liked it. This book had me on the edge of my seat and suspecting everyone at one point or another Was very cleverly written I never suspected who was involved - I suspected the innocents more than once Sharon Bolton is very good at throwing in Red Herrings.
This is a British thriller in which many suicides seem to be occurring at Cambridge university - most of the victims are women and appear to be committing suicide in a non-typical fashion The Met police become involved and send in Lacey Flint to try and uncover the truth about what is going on. What was going on was completely messed up!
But still this was a really good and thrilling read Sep 21, Angela DeSilva rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am on to book three! Sep 02, Bill Kupersmith rated it it was amazing. I quite love Sharon Bolton's detective Lacey Flint. If you know Lacey's history, you'll understand why she preferred one night stands to a committed relationship with a man who loves her. They get a little closer here and I gather there a third in the series under way so I'm hoping Lacey will find the love she deserves. Here Lacey goes under cover as an undergraduate at Cambridge.
Of course undercover cop posing as student reminded me of Tana French's The Likeness. I did not find Dead Scared quite as wonderful, but still I enjoyed it immensely. The Cambridge college settings were well done. If night climbing is familiar to you--only vicariously from other mysteries set in Cambridge in my case--you'll know what's in store.
There have been a statistically unlikely number of violent suicides involving women undergraduates, and Lacey's role is not to investigate but to be a target. Of course a kick-arse chick like Lacey is not content to play a passive role, and stirs up the villains and finds herself in perilous straits. This is not a spoiler; it's how the book opens. I blamed myself for not figuring this one out. There are plenty of clues but my imagination must have been under achieving. Jan 14, Kristina rated it did not like it Shelves: I seriously suspect that two different people write under the name of S.
Bolton writes wildly implausible mysteries with ridiculous romance novel overtones Blood Harvest and Dead Scared. This book is just as bad. Ironically, when I saw that the characters from this book were from Now You See Me , I pulled that book from my shelf and re-read a majority of it, thinking sensibly that actions from the earlier book would affect this book.
Wow, was I wrong. Re-reading that book just made me more aware of how horribly bad this one is. Hence, my theory that two different writers are using the S. This time he has requested that she go under cover as a psychology student at Cambridge University. Evi herself is being targeted by odd pranks and thinks she is being watched but has no tangible proof. As all the girls who killed themselves were emotionally vulnerable and had a history of anxiety or depression, Lacey is posing as an emotionally sensitive undergraduate to see if anything criminal is happening on campus.
Of course, something is going on and Lacey finds herself targeted. So, this book is totally stupid. First of all, there are so many of these suicides and they happen in such spectacular fashion one girl sets herself on fire, another yanks her head off through elaborate means, etc. Women most often go for the least painful, least violent way of dying pills or cutting , so these spectacularly arranged suicides would be suspicious right from the beginning.
Plus the sheer number of them. The plot is utterly ridiculous. Any reader with half a brain should know that these women were somehow forced or coerced by use of drugs or brainwashing into killing themselves. The plot in this book is just so over the top for me—there is no real mystery to it. It seems like an awfully complicated and risky operation, even if all the people involved were twisted assholes. The plot holes are big enough to drive a Mack truck through and because I think while I read, I kept arguing with the book about its illogic. Technically, the book starts with third person omniscient point of view.
Then switches to Lacy, first person. Then switches to Evi, third person. I understand that being a writer means being creative and being creative means breaking rules. An author picks a specific narrator and style of narration for a reason and flipping a narrator around the way this book does is a definite sign of a bad writer—and a bad editor since the editor allowed it. Did he think she was the murderer? Was he attracted to her? Did he even like her?
It made his character interesting and the relationship between Lacey and Joesbury Mark less defined and disturbing. In this Bolton book, I learn that he looks at her pink lips and comes to the startling realization that her bottom lip is so very, very plump and that he is, indeed, in love with her.
If Bolton writer 2 the bad one wants to write romances, then go write them. I personally have nothing against a decent romance. What I object to is taking complex characters who have histories, who are dark and a bit disturbed, who I enjoyed very much, and sticking them in this overwrought, ludicrously plotted book that is a backdrop for their now way-too-simple romance. NYSM was such a good book! I was looking forward to seeing how or if their relationship would progress and how Lacey who has a disturbing history and a big secret that could bring her life crashing down would handle herself in this book.
Unfortunately, the characters in this book are not in any way related to the characters of the same name in NYSM. She is a sucky writer. Apr 09, Cameron Wiggins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Did I ever read a good novel. One of my good friends and I did a buddy read of S. My friend composed a Google Document and then we would discuss the book after each chapters or every ten or twelve chapters - whatever we decided.
It is a really fun way to read a book together. She is a master. I have been on a roll picking and readi Oh, Boy. I have been on a roll picking and reading some very good books in , but this probably is hands down the best novel that I have read in Dead Scared begins with DI Mark Joesbury meeting with Lacey and requesting her services in the special crimes directorate of the Metropolitan Police that deals with covert operations. There has been a very sharp and sudden spike of girls disappearing and committing suicide at Cambridge.
Lacey, cover name Laura Farrow, is to be recruited as a psychology student working with one of the psychological advisors, Evi Oliver. Lacey is being recruited as bait to draw out the bad guys, but is not told this. Bolton is a champion of direction, as in leading the reader, and blindly so, she also becomes an unheralded champion on misdirection.
Her background research really pays off, as her knowledge and control of her subject matter that she writes is uncanny. I deeply admire strong character development and a very solid plot structure. Again, Bolton is definitely very adept at both. She amazes me, and I do not believe that I am patronizing her at all. Bolton is that good. We just could not put the book down for writing discussion and theory. I did not blame her at all and I am sure it was mutual.
The ending really amped up. Bolton had been pointing you this way and that way and we thought that we had a clue, but this was quickly dismissed. Some reviewers did not like the very end, but we loved it. It did not end like a Murder She Wrote or a soap opera on Friday where everything is explained away and everything is all wrapped up and neatly tucked away as in a lot of books with no loose ends.
Dead Scared ends and the pursuit is still in chase.
Dead Scared: Lacey Flint Series, Book 2 by Sharon Bolton (Paperback, ) | eBay
Fantastic, away from the formula and thinking outside the box. I would have no problem recommending this book to anyone. Dead Scared is a solid 5-star book. Aug 23, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: Since Tana French cannot reasonably be expected to write a terrific book every six months just to keep me entertained, I find that I must expand my police procedural crime fiction horizons. I had high hopes for S. This starts off great, keeps up a sharp pace, and was the reason I was sleepy at work the day after I started it — for the first pages or so, it was really h Since Tana French cannot reasonably be expected to write a terrific book every six months just to keep me entertained, I find that I must expand my police procedural crime fiction horizons.
This starts off great, keeps up a sharp pace, and was the reason I was sleepy at work the day after I started it — for the first pages or so, it was really hard to put down. Yet the closer I got to the end, the more I found myself asking the question you Must Not ask in crime fiction: What is the justification of all this hard work? Why do they care? And what about, you know, catching these criminals?
Cue implication that good-looking detectives are going to live happily ever after, so nothing else is explained. Bolton has not earned a place as my Tana replacement. The lowest-priced, brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag.
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Amazing book couldn't put it down. Skip to main content. Watch your back, Lacey Flint. A series of suicides. Each one a female university student. See details and exclusions. See all 18 brand new listings. Any condition Any condition. Last one Free postage. Trending price New. People who bought this also bought.
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