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Dead Scared is the second of the Lacey Flint novels. Lacey Flint, a London detective, is seconded to an undercover assignment as a university student at Cambridge. The book continues to explore the difficult relationship between Lacey and DI Joesbury, her superior.
The book also introduces other characters (Dr. Evie Oliver and Harry the vicar) who are more front and centre in Awakening, an unrelated novel.
The plot twists and turns and is full of surprises, red herrings, and potential suspects. Vulnerable university students are somehow undergoing psychotic episodes and attempting to commit suicides.
The identity of the bad guys in this book is even harder to figure out and more surprising than in Now You See Me. S.J. Bolton is very good at surprising the reader without being unbelievable.
Some of the chase scenes are hair-raising, and I was on the edge of my seat more than once. For a lot of the book, DI Joesbury's involvement is somewhat unsatisfying, because there is no explanation of why he's hanging around and why he's interested in the case. But all loose threads are woven in at the end.
As with the previous book, Lisa Coleman's narration is excellent. Her performance is fabulous, and she's a master at vocal intonation and accents.
As a second book, this one is every bit as good as the first, and is well-deserving of a credit.
What made the experience of listening to Dead Scared the most enjoyable?
The sense of evil and the building of tension.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Scared?
The moments where something is coming in the dark and Lacey is alone - particularly running in a dark forest.
Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?
I felt the narrator did a great job. Lacey is an excellent protagonist as she is so flawed and makes mistakes.
I also liked the linking in of characters from the first book - following their story along was interesting.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didnt laugh or cry but I certainly had an increased heart rate!!!!
No one does the 'wake up in the night to a noise' type drama better.
Any additional comments?
Bolton is writing gripping, satisfying and substantial British crime and is a pleasure to 'read'. I find aspects of her writing fulfilling in that they have quite a literary sense to them rather than the short, choppy writing of some crime authors. She is good at vulnerability without being soppy - we dont get overdone with romance although there are hints. Her female characters are particularly clear and unsentimental.
I look forward to more!
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Dead Seared - another great book
I bought this book & listened to it straight after book 1 in t he series of
Lacey Flint, could wait to see what happened to Lacey & Mark Joesbury.
I rated the first book 4 stars for story, but only gave this one 3 stars, I would have rated it 3 &1/2 stars but was unable to.
Lisa Coleman great narrator
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omg just wow wow wow i loved this book more then the first one!! all i wanted to do is finish it so fast!! but not enough time in the day!!
If you love Law and Order UK or Silent Witness, these books are for you! I can see this as a brilliant BBC TV production in the future.