Dead Scared

Dead Scared

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student's death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks, and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone. They believe that someone might be preying on lonely and insecure students and either encouraging them to take their own lives or actually luring them to their deaths. As long as Lacey can play the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths, but is it just a role for her? With her fragile past, is she drawing out the killers, or is she herself being drawn into a deadly game where she's a perfect victim?

Dark and compelling, S. J. Bolton's latest thriller--a follow-up to the acclaimed Now You See Me --is another work of brilliant psychological suspense that plumbs the most sinister depths.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780312600532
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BOL
Characteristics: 378 p. : map ; 25 cm.


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Jan 08, 2018

I am pleased to have discovered this author. Every book I have read of hers so far has been a page-turner. I don't spend a lot of time on the plausibility factor, just happy to have a suspenseful book to take me away from some of the day to day. Thumbs' up on this 2nd Lacey Flint novel.

Feb 23, 2017

A continuation of "Now You See Me" about police officer Lacey Flint. Second in the series. Off the deep end again about half way through. Great storyteller, crazy plots! Bolton's novels are hard to put down. But at the end it seems so unlikely. Even silly. This time a Dr. Bell, the local GP, keeps a whole flock of trained peregrine falcons in his garage to feed himself and friends fresh-killed game. Actually, it's a "cast" of falcons. You know: "gaggle" of geese, "murder" of crows, "raft" of loons, .....

Aug 20, 2016


Oct 16, 2015

Another good book in the series. Lacey goes undercover and finds herself a target of a bizarre and intricate plot to cause her to commit suicide. Mark Joesbury is back and Evi Oliver from Blood Harvest is a central character. A real page-turner. Only one thing bothered me. Surely a cop would NEVER be sent undercover, into a dangerous situation, without being fully briefed. A plot device but a head-scratcher.

Aug 09, 2015

Read them out of order, this being the last, and the best of a very fine lot. Already feeling Bolton Withdrawl, and hope SJ will bless us with another very soon.

Dec 08, 2014

It's official: I won't be able to stop until I blow through this whole series. I really like Sharon Bolton's writing, the creativity of her stories and the Lacey Flint and Mark Joesbury characters. On to book #3.

Sep 25, 2014

English novel about a Scotland Yard detective who is sent to investigate a series of an usually high number of bizarre suicides that are occuring in various universities among them is Cambridge University. The plot moves very slowly for me in the novel. The clues as to which methods the killer or killers are using - and some seem somewhat elaborate - for the way the victims are lured to their deaths seem somewhat contrived. Didn't buy the reasons for all of this.

Aug 06, 2012

Read all her books. Liked this one the best so far. Same interestingly flawed heroine as "Now You see Me" - Officer Lacey Flint's mysterious past is still only hinted at, obviously more to come. Plot is a bit over the top but a great read. Her characters leave you wanting to know more. Stellar writing compared to a lot of what's out there in the genre.

Jul 22, 2012

This sequel to Now You See Me is every bit as suspenseful & intricately plotted, just scarier. It really does define psychological thriller. The concept is terrifying & you'll struggle to sort the good guys from the bad. Read them in order to get the most from the second one. I will be waiting for the next.

sjmitra Jul 03, 2012

Implausible, dull, and nothing like Now You See Me or Blood Harvest, in spite of repeated characters. I found myself skimming just to get it over with. Too bad because the writer has it in her to write incredible thrillers. Try Now You See Me, you'll know what I mean.

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