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Now You See Me: Lacey Flint Series, Book 1 Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in Lacey Flint (4 Book Series)
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We first meet Lacey when she returns to her car after interviewing a witness to find a dying woman sprawled across it. She quickly secures herself a place on the team investigating the murder, and pretty soon they realise they've got a sadistic serial killer on their hands who seems to be mimicking the crimes of Jack the Ripper (Lacey's favourite "historical character"). The murders are brutal and Bolton doesn't spare any of the gruesome and chilling details, making for some very uncomfortable reading at times.
Lacey is a complex and enigmatic creation, and her dark side comes to the fore very early on in the book. She tells the story in the first person and, as with all good unreliable narrators, the reader is never sure whose side she's on and what to make of her version of events. There are some very clever twists and turns and a cliffhanger at the end of virtually every chapter, which meant that I just had to turn the page and keep on reading. The denouement is frantic (if a little far-fetched) and it isn't until the last few pages that the 'real' Lacey Flint is finally revealed.
I'm not sure if I'd prefer SJ Bolton to carry on with this sort of crime fiction or return to the more atmospheric/brooding style of her first three books, but I do know that whatever she comes up with I'll be reading it.
The first quarter of the book was a little hard going for me. Certainly not in terms of the writing style, I just wasn’t too sure what to make of Lacey. The additional characters that appear such as Mark Joesbury and Dana Tulloch were absolute peaches and I loved them both from the start. The plot of the book and subsequent murders revolves around some sort of copycat from the Jack the Ripper cases. The book was clearly researched well from this perspective but to be honest the writing style and plot twists were enough to keep me hooked alone. As the book progresses the story gets much more intricate and the layers begin to peel back to show just what Lacey is hiding. As each layer was peeled back I found myself liking her more and more.
In addition to this the crime scenes aren’t short on descriptive gore which make it all the more realistic. The book is packed full of twists and is certainly not short on action. The last half of the book just flew by and just when I thought I had all the answers it turned out I was wrong. The ending gives the reader that real urge to just carry on reading (which I love) and I immediately downloaded book 2. I think this has the potential to turn out to be an extremely engaging and addictive series…I’m looking forward to it.
Well, so much for flap reading! NOW YOU SEE ME is not only a modern Gothic thriller, it's a police procedural.
The narrator of the novel is one D. I. Lacey Flint of the Sapphire unit (crimes against women) of the London Metro Police. She has been on the force for four years. She is a Ripperologist. That's right, an expert in the Jack the Ripper five canonical cases of 1888-89. The five undisputed Ripper Crimes. It seems Lacey, after interviewing a victim of gang rape in a seedy part of London, discovers the first modern-day copycat Ripper victim on August 31 the day Polly Nichols' body was found in Victorian London some eleven decades previously.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Depressing and unlikely story with an irritating 'heroine'.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very readable book with lots of twists and turns. Now ordering a couple more from the series. Would highly recommend.Published 12 days ago by Simply Grey
This is the second book I've read of Sharon Bolton, I started with Daisy in chains.. (A must read)Amazon suggestions brought up Now You See Me and I can honestly say I couldn't put... Read morePublished 12 days ago by suzanne macpherson
Good well written, rushed a bit at the end to get to the climax but liked it enough to write somethingPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Unputdownable. Have read other books in this series and enjoyed all of them.Published 1 month ago by j n colclough
Excellent "Ripper" based story about a series of grisly murders in London. DC Lacey Flint becomes involved in the search for the killer but you get the impression that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David H J Ashdown
Gripping page turner with a twist! Couldn't stop reading it. Also loved reading about Jack the Ripper. A. Must readPublished 1 month ago by C. J. Mccaughey
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