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Dead Scared (Lacey Flint Novels) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by S. J. Bolton

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Title:Dead Scared (Lacey Flint Novels)
Authors:S. J. Bolton
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Editie: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pagina's
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I just finish Dead Scared, reading the last 200 pages in only three hours.

It was creepy. Sharon Bolton is really good at creating tension and a creepy atmosphere. I even asked myself why I was reading this just before going to sleep, but I couldn't stop reading it either. It really is a shame this has been on my TBR for almost a year!

Lacey Flint gets called to Cambridge for an under cover operation, as figures show there is an unusual high suicide rate. Psychiatrist Evi Olliver believes someone might be promoting suicide. The truth is even more macabre.

I particularly liked the first three hundred pages. You know something is going on, but you don't know who does it or how it's done. That's what makes a good detective, for me. I'd figured the story mostly out by then, I thought, and it indeed turned out that I was mostly right. The pace is very fast and it was nice to read. At first I wasn't too sure about Sharon Bolton's decision to start writing a series, but so far I really likes Lacey Flint and this series. I'm already looking forward to reading the third Lacey Flint novel. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Dead Scared is book 2 in the Lacy Flint series.

DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover at the Cambridge University as a student. There have been several suicides, but the London police aren't convinced that the victims acted alone. Could there be someone out there preying on insecure students? And, is Lacey herself being put in danger?

It was quite nice to return to this book series. The first book was good and I was interested in reading and learning more about Lacey, and, of course, Joesbury since they have a very deep connection. And, that connection is clearly still there as Joesbury has to worry throughout the book about Lacey's safety. I just love those two in the first book. Both are very fond of each other, but there are barriers between them.

What I really like with this series is that Lacey is such an interesting character, if you have read the first book will you know what I mean and if you haven't well all I will say is that she has been through a lot in her life. And, her past is perfect for her to play a vulnerable student, but it can also be extremely dangerous for her if the police are right and it's a killer out there trying to get vulnerable students.

The story was good, the case; suicides at a university didn't feel not overused and I especially liked that, despite that I figured things out was I still surprised by the ending when certain things were revealed that I hadn't figured out. The book started with the ending and after that, it was a countdown through the days as the story progressed to the scene in the beginning of the book. I'm not always that fond of that kind storyline when we get a glimpse of what will happen at the ending of the book at the beginning, but in this case, it worked. And, that ending. Loved it. Although I felt that some things were left unresolved, but perhaps next book with deal with that. Still, wow what an ending!

You can probably read this without having read the first book. But to understand Lacey do I think reading the first book would be prudent.

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  MaraBlaise | Feb 9, 2016 |
Dead Scared was the first, but not the last book, I read written by this author. I'll have no idea why I haven't noticed her books before. But as this was an excellent read I will buy and read all of her books. That means the best possible rating, five stars. Sharon Bolton a.k.a. S. J. Bolton is well known, and much liked. Signed, first editions of her first books are already quite expensive. ( )
  Bengan | Apr 1, 2015 |
Lacey is just recovered from the Ripper like murderer and dealing with that and DI Mark Joesbury convinces her to go to college undercover and see what she can find out. Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only one who knows who Lacey really is, and she has her own problems. Problems that could be in her own head, as many people tell her.

It's interesting and had me at the edge of my seat while reading it, as it opened with Lacey about to commit suicide and then went back to how she ends up on this ledge and why, I found it fascinating. Lacey is quite broken by this and I'll be interested to see what happens to her next. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Mar 7, 2015 |
Reading these Det. Lacy Flint novels in order; this one is #2, and has the detective going undercover in Cambridge to discover why there has been a rash of suicides, mostly of female college students. Great storytelling with some thrilling moments, as well as comical ones. Enjoyable read and a page-turner at times for sure. ( )
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Going undercover as a vulnerable college student when a suspicious rash of suicides occurs at Cambridge University, DC Lacey Flint finds her tragic past and insecurities rendering her a more susceptible target than she realized.

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