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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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on 25 November 2015
This is an enjoyable book and I feel that the author has a real talent for for story telling, building both momentum and tension, hooking the reader and reeling them in. There are parts of this story that feel far-fetched and stretch credibility a little too far, and things that drift off and don't really get resolved, but in the end the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
Lacey Flint is a detective constable who is persuaded (rather easily) to go undercover as a psychology student in Cambridge, not to investigate a spate of bizarre suicides by vulnerable undergraduates, but to observe in a general way and report anything odd? For me this didn't ring true. I also felt that the cast of characters, and suspects, was too limited. Having said that there is some pretty reasonable characterisation and good tension building. Although there are no wow moments or real surprises, there are some twists and turns and uncertainties which kept me gripped and reading on.
I like that there is a palpable sexual tension between Lacey and Mark and wanted this to develop further, but I also admire her willingness to admit to, and follow up, her attraction to others.
This is the second Lacey Flint book and it isn't as good as the first in my opinion but it isn't at all bad, and it has more than enough appeal to make me want to read the next in the series. I also think this would stand alone if you haven't read the first one but it is always difficult to assess this when you have.
It's really between 7 and 8 out of 10 for me, but I have round up to 4 stars as it is definitely better than a three star book. There is a lot to like about this book and I would recommend it if you like psychological thrillers or police/crime novels.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 August 2014
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 what a ride it turned out to be. Lacey Flint is a somewhat damaged character, but not a weepy pathetic one, nor a demonically strong and independent one either. She is bang in the middle and probably the closest to what reality would be I would imagine. She has strengths and weaknesses but I really like her. She has a little bit of attitude and is bright without being portrayed as Miracle Woman!

In this newest case her senior officer Mark Joesbury calls Lacey in on an undercover job. As a somewhat junior copper (albeit experienced, after book 1!) she is pulled in to the job with the minimum amount of information. All she knows is that she is to pose as University student, due to the sudden high levels of suicides happening in and around the college.

Lacey immerses herself in student life and has to portray herself as vulnerable which it soon appears is not that easy for Lacey. However, from the early stages you get the sense that things aren't `quite right' at the University . There is an undercurrent to the writing which is very dark and gives you that ominous feeling. I also loved the fact that we are seeing the progression of the relationship between Lacey and her senior Joesbury.

At around the halfway mark I realised that never before has a title been so aptly named. I was Dead Scared! Not on the whole gory, violet and descriptive front. The worse kind...you know when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck type of fear. I raced through this and fluctuated between thinking I knew who was to blame and why and how, to knowing absolutely nothing. It was absolutely fantastic rollercoaster of a read that had me scared, thrilled and desperate to read more. I mean what more could a reader want? By the end I was chomping at the bit to get started on book 3, but resisted and am hoping to get to book 3 VERY soon. A great series that I would highly recommend.
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on 9 October 2016
Average. Disappointing characters and predictable relationships. This had so much potential I was surprised half way through the story line went dead for me and I wanted to give up reading the book.
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on 12 July 2017
Well done Sharon Bolton you done it again, got though this book in a day amazing read, thank you for all the hard work you put into writing your books 📚10 /10 this is a must read thanks again Sharon, going to look for more of your books best wishes Jeannette xxx
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on 7 July 2017
Sharon Bolton is an excellent writer. I got the first one I read as a free book I picked up while I was at Northern College in Barnsley I intend to read all of Sharon's books.
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on 2 June 2017
Very good crime story, paced excellently, I couldn't stop reading it!
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on 4 May 2017
Good read kept you guessing right to the end
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on 11 June 2017
Such a great series of books ! I'm hooked
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on 26 May 2017
Gripping stuff, written with panache
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