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Sharon Bolton
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31 Jan 2013 Lacey Flint (Book 2)

'Bolton is hot property in crime fiction right now' Stylist Magazine

'Mesmerising' The Times

A series of suicides. Each one a female university student. Each one more horrifying than the last.

The police know it cannot be coincidence. But they can't prove it.

They need someone to go undercover. A young policewoman, as vulnerable as the others. As unprepared for the nightmare that will greet her.

Watch your back, Lacey Flint . . .

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (31 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552159832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552159838
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA Dagger in the Library.

Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.

For more information about the author and her books, or to check out her addictive blog, visit You can also join her on at

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"Mesmerising" (The Times)

"Treading a fine line between horror and thriller ... seriously rich yet relentlessly disturbing" (Daily Mirror)

"S J Bolton is hot property in crime fiction right now." (Stylist Magazine)

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A pulse-pounding, spine-tingling thriller perfect for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Mo Hayder

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and intelligent thriller 23 Jan 2012
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I'll admit I was a bit concerned when SJ Bolton seemed to be turning to more straightforward detective fiction with her last book Now You See Me, as I'd enjoyed her previous horror/psychological thrillers so much. I had a similar doubts when Kate Atkinson introduced her Jackson Brodie character, but now I absolutely love him and I'm starting to feel the same way about Bolton's enigmatic creation, DC Lacey Flint.

This is the second outing for Flint and her boss/love interest, DI Mark Joesbury. In Now You See Me, Lacey was portrayed as a sociopathic loner and it was only at the very end of the book that we got any insight into who she really was and why she lived her life in such a reckless and dangerous way. In Dead Scared (possibly because of what she went through last time round?) she's a much more open, accessible character and the Unresolved Sexual Tension between her and Joesbury is ratcheted up several notches as they investigate a spate of suicides amongst the bright young things in a Cambridge college.

The deaths don't fit any recognised pattern; the students are female and are killing themselves in increasingly violent and and creative ways, including self-immolation and decapitation. Lacey goes undercover to inveigle her way into college life and gain the trust of those who knew the victims, her only confidant being college psychiatrist, Evi Oliver who was close to several of the women on a professional basis and is just as keen to find out why they're ending their seemingly fulfilling and promising lives.

SJB fans might recognise Evi Oliver as the psychiatrist who wandered into a web of dark and cultish goings-on in a remote Lancashire village in Bolton's third novel, Blood Harvest, and a couple more characters from that book also put in brief appearances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lacey. 7 July 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
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So, we come to the second book to feature Lacey Flint and as I adored her in the first novel (Now you See Me) I was really looking forward to this one. As expected, it was terrific.

In this outing we find Lacey heading undercover in Cambridge where a spate of suicides has rocked the College. Posing as a student, her brief is to appear fragile and wait to see what happens. With each suicide becoming more violent and creative, Lacey is determined to discover what is going on...despite being told she is not there to investigate, investigate she does. Of course.

What I love about S J Bolton is the way she slowly but surely builds the tension over the course of her books until you can barely breathe - towards the end of this book I was completely lost in the tale, frantically turning pages to get to the end before my heart gave out. I found the ongoing tension between Lacey and Joesbury well written - although just a small note - I hope Ms Bolton doesnt keep the "will they won't they" theme between these characters ongoing for TOO long over the course of the Flint novels because, much as in television shows where they do the same, eventually it can get dull and the reader loses interest. That is for the future - for now, their relationship is still intriguing and because of their separate personalities it makes for a good "sub" plot. I was also extremely pleased to see Evie again (Blood Harvest) and the introduction of a new character, a possible love interest for Lacey made me look forward to finding out what happens next in her life. The resolution was clever if abrupt and very satisfying.

Ms Boltons plotting is superb - some of the best I've found in crime novels. I know some readers were worried about her move into more straightforward crime fiction but I, for one, think that STILL her books are atmospheric and haunting - this one in particular was both of those things and so crime fiction or not, the ambience is the same. Brilliant. More please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from S.J. Bolton 22 Mar 2013
This book has it all - Cambridge (always a great setting for a story, so much history), Lacey Flint, Mark Joesbury (great to see their 'relationship' developing), PLUS Evi Oliver (who was last seen in Blood Harvest) who I absolutely love... not to mention a weird series of potential suicides that look like anything but... Setting yourself on fire, being one of the most extreme examples. Lacey manages to pull off her undercover role of student well, and I could relate to the strangeness of her situation - the details of life in a Cambridge college being particularly well described. Lots of tension, loads of suspects and a killer ending. Can't wait for the next one.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingling... 22 Jan 2012
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With this second instalment of her Lacey Flint series, SJ Bolton has set herself a new standard - one that ensures her place amongst the very best of contemporary crime writers.

Although I enjoyed the first in the series, Now You See Me, I had some reservations around both style and characterisation. But not with this one. Scary enough to be truly spine-tingling, well-plotted enough to keep the suspense going throughout and with some really funny moments to lighten the tone, Bolton has given us a real treat of a novel. I felt the lead character, detective Lacey Flint, has been changed quite a bit since her last outing and for the better. She has become a more open, much more likeable character, less of a loner and now with a sense of humour and considerably less angst - all to the good. Her interaction with Evi Oliver, student counsellor, is very convincing as is her relationship, both personal and professional, with DI Mark Joesbury.

The plot about a spate of students committing suicide couldn't be much darker, and there are bits that are very unsettling and downright creepy. Bolton handles the tension masterfully right up to the end and certainly left this reader hoping that the series will continue for some time to come. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant concept
Very well written book. Life in Cambridge will never be the same. Horror at the university, couldn't put it down.
Published 2 days ago by einstein
5.0 out of 5 stars ...
Sharon Bolton only just released the 4th book in this series so luckily I am not that far behind. Having read the first in the series last month I was raring to go with book 2, and... Read more
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Published 11 days ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping until the end
I literally held my breath the whole of the last chapter, awesome gripping read, I've already bought the next book. incredible.
Published 26 days ago by Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead scared...well quite scared!
Good pace, an intriguing plot that keeps a steady pace and a credible exciting denouement. Hard to put down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris W
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Fast moving, with lots of twists and turns. A very enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological crime thriller
intricate, exciting and intriguing
Published 1 month ago by christinekightly
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Scared
I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the first book in this series. Absolutely gripping and I have ordered the third in the series! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Lizziee
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
I loved the characters and the suspense. The twists are good and although you can see who the "baddies" are going top be I didn't expect the motive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jaywilk
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