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Of all the S.J. Bolton books I've read/listened to, this is by far my favourite. It's a departure from her earlier novels, set in rural parts of the UK. This one is set in gritty London and the main character is commensurately gritty herself.
The pacing is almost perfect. Like all of Bolton's other novels, the construction of the central mystery is masterful. It sucks you in and keeps you on your toes all the way through. It has a magnificent twist in the tale that will leave you reeling, and absolutely satisfied.
Detective Constable Lacey Flint is one of those rare characters you can really get your teeth into. She's flawed as hell and that only makes her more appealing to the reader. The supporting characters are also equally complex and compelling.
My one warning in this book is that it is by no means a cosy murder mystery. Some of the violence is very graphic, and certain readers might find this disturbing. That being said, I didn't find the violence to be gratuitous at all. In fact, it faithfully serves the plot.
The narration is perfect - just perfect for this story.
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Lacey Flint is a young detective constable in London with a secret past. When she finds a woman stabbed right by her car everything changes for her. The killer has a special interest in Lacey and with her special knowledge on serial killers she finds herself a part of the terrifying murder hunt to catch this copy cat killer. Is this killer’s interest in Lacey personal or professional? Can Lacey continue to keep her past hidden when she is pushed further and further into the spot light? Read Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton to find out.
I found it interesting that the struggles of Lacey Flint seemed to be the main focus of this novel while the Jack the Ripper copy cat killer serves as a way to build the characters. It is a fine balance to get right but I tend to feel like Bolton didn’t focus on catching the killer as I would like. I love the idea of a Ripper copy cat and the killer known as Joesbury went to great lengths to attack Lacey, but in the end I never really felt like it was a balanced novel. Lacey is a great character and everything felt like an attack on her,; both from the killer and the other detectives, which in the end helped give us a better perspective of this character. However the hunt and the killer side of this book just become formulaic back story. I just think it never really seemed to come together in the end; sure there is closure in the book but it felt a little messy.
One of my major problems with Crime novels like this is the fact that everything all feels predictable and everyone writing bestseller novels are following the same outline and formula. I would have loved something a bit more dark and gritty. There were some good elements in this novel but as I said before the balance wasn’t there. I think Bolton really let the reader down in that aspect; especially in the end of the book where it all felt rushed and never ended neatly. I know it was an attempt to setup the second book in the series but it never really worked.
As I have visual problems I download LOTS of audiobooks. This is definitely my best listen of the year so far. I was completely gripped by the twists and turns of the plot and thought the reader was excellent! Highly recommended.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
The perfect audiobook - gripping story, well characterised and a satisfying, unexpected ending. If you like your crime grissly and/or have an interest in Jack the Ripper, this is worth 11 hours of your time. Bolton writes like she knows what her readers will expect and is always one step ahead. You'll think you it have it figured out but she's just thrown you off track - her craftmanship and plot organisation is second to none. Have just downloaded the rest of the Lacey Flint series - high praise indeed.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
i was looking for a new series and was pleased to find these books. Good pace and story although somewhat predictable - cop with difficult past, past comes back for her to resolve, some love interest brewing etc but hey Thats what I wanted - tried and true formula, good setting and layered plot
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Terrific for lovers of Tami Hoag and Lisa Scottoline. Grittier and more detailed than those though in true British crime fashion.
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