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Dead Scared (Lacey Flint series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Bolton , S. J. Bolton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"S. J. Bolton is changing the face of crime fiction -- if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this."
—Tess Gerritsen
"Spine-tingling suspense!"
—Lisa Gardner


"S. J. Bolton is changing the face of crime fiction -- if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this."
--Tess Gerritsen

"Spine-tingling suspense!"
--Lisa Gardner

Product Details

  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312600534
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZL1JC6
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and exciting! June 3, 2012
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A young police woman, DC Lacey Flint, goes underground as a student in St. John's College, Cambridge, her assignment being to find the reasons and circumstances of higher than normal student suicides, nineteen in all and all girls. The methods of self destruction are bizarre- one girl, sitting in her car, has attached a rope to a tree, the other end around he neck and steps on the accelerator. Another girl sets herself on fire. Lacey has been sent on this assignment by Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury of Scotland Yard. Casey and Mark have had a troubled relationship which complicates the plot.

Author S.J. Bolton's style includes very short chapters of two or three pages each but you will feel yanked from one episode to another rather like a yo-yo. Often the chapter will end with a scary observation, and this writer is expert in keeping you turning the pages. The novel shifts from first person Lacey Flint telling of her adventures as under-cover cop to student counseling head Dr. Evi Oliver, who has serious problems of her own. It also shifts in time to episodes that happened nineteen years ago or five years ago or five minutes ago.

The plot of the novel is extremely complicated and far-fetched. However, you will find it absorbing enough to finish it. The personalities of the main characters, including Lacey, who is a "loose cannon" are well defined, less cardboardy than the characters in many crime novels. One of the nicest "characters" is the dog Sniffy. The descriptions of the haunted girls' terror as they hallucinate as though under the influence of psychedelic drugs are graphic and believable. They are plummeted into a desire to end their lives.

There are many twists and turns in the book as well as red herrings galore.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Mystery Writer June 12, 2012
D.C. Lacey Flint is called into a case involving an odd increase in suicides at Cambridge. She'll be undercover reporting to old flame Mark Joesbury and working with Evi Oliver, a psychiatrist and head of student counseling. Evi is the person who brought the suicides to the attention of the police. Evi thinks that there might be a website encouraging the students to take their own lives.

Lacey soon realizes there is something much worse going on. Her assignment is to fit in and report what she hears. Not to investigate. On her first night there, Lacey is targeted by a gang of bullying male students in masks. That is just the beginning. Soon she realizes someone is trying to break her. Lacey doesn't think that's possible. It's hard for her to understand how anyone could allow their free will to be taken away and be pushed into suicide.

Dead Scared is told by Lacey in first person, but scenes without her are told in third person. The title really describes this mystery/thriller. It is a scary, suspenseful read. S.J. Bolton ranks right up there with today's top mystery writers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Page Turner July 22, 2012
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I have read all of Bolton's books and have loved each one. I couldn't put the first 4 down and "Dead Scared" was no exception. It is full of creepy atmosphere and moves along at a fast pace. Bolton keeps the story going by keeping the chapters short and leaving you with cliff hanger chapter endings. I enjoyed reading about Lacey and Joesbury again. I really loved "Now You See Me" where we meet the two main characters for the first time and learn their back stories. Although you don't have to read "Now You See Me" before reading "Dead Scared" to enjoy this new book, I think that having the back story on Lacey helps you understand her motivations in "Dead Scared." I also enjoyed the reappearance of Evi and Harry from "Blood Harvest" (another book of Bolton's that I loved.) As always, Bolton gives the reader tiny bits of information at a time to piece together and draw conclusions and gives us some twists and turns along the way. I love Bolton's writing style! The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that the plot is a bit implausible and the ending is quite abrupt. The ending needed to wrap things up a little neater for me...what happened to poor Nick...were the criminals apprehended and brought to justice...what was the motivation (besides money) for so many people to get involved in such a sick scheme...and how did they all get involved with the main psychopath to begin with??? The ending seemed rushed and needed more explanation and tying up of loose ends. As others have said, an epilogue would have been nice. But even with those faults this is a great read with lots of thrills and chills that I could not put down! I want to go back and reread "Now You See Me" and refresh Lacey Flint's past in my mind. She is a complex and interesting character.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tensely Enjoyable Read June 13, 2012
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S.J. Bolton's "Dead Scared" is a dead scary book set at Cambridge University. Detective Lacy Flint, at the request of Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury, goes undercover at St. John's College, Cambridge, after an unusual number of student suicides arouses suspicions that something may be encouraging these young people to take their own lives. Dr. Evi Oliver, who appeared in Bolton's "Blood Harvest", is living, teaching, and counseling at Cambridge. Lacy pretends to be Evi's student and part time assistant. Lacy is under strict orders to just play her role and prohibited to investigate. Naturally, she immediately begins looking into why the suicides have occurred.

As evidence mounts that someone or something sinister does play a role in students' taking their own lives, Evi's mental, physical, and emotional condition begins to deteriorate, as does Lacy's. Soon the women don't know whom to trust or where they are safe. Joesbury, frantic to prevent anything from happening to them, especially Lacy, is limited in what he can do by orders from higher ups. Strange incidents pile up, tragedies multiply, and Bolton moves the plot along at a furious pace that leaves the reader gasping.

Well-drawn characters, high suspense, and an intricate (if a bit fantastic) plot, make this a tensely enjoyable read.

(I especially loved having Evi and one of the other characters from "Blood Harvest" back.)

Four stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable thriller
I enjoyed reading this book, but it's not as strong as "Now You See Me," an earlier entry in the series. Lacey's lost a bit of her edge. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Bookbug
3.0 out of 5 stars Now playing "Cambridge Horror Show" starring Lacey Flint
I picked up the second Lacey Flint book because I liked the character and her love interest, Joesbury, from book one. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Linda W.
4.0 out of 5 stars taut, fun, and eminently readable
This is the second book in the Lacey Flint series by Sharon Bolton and, unlike the others, it takes place in Cambridge. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Dazy Daisy (univ professor)
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
I read the first Lacey Flint book and wasn't too thrilled but thought I'd look at book # 2. After reading most of the story I am giving up on this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joann R. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars entrancing
I really enjoyed this and could hardly put it down. I liked the suspense and all the different angles. It keeps you going clear to the end! A really good read!
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Schilperoort
4.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner.
Really enjoyable page turner. looking forward to reading more by the same author.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs G M Tew
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first in the series
Not as good as the first in the series, but I still loved reading it so giving it 5 stars. I was expecting the author to throw in one last twist about Lacey at the end as she did... Read more
Published 2 months ago by CareBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as promised
Published 3 months ago by Mexico Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Bolton's books. This is no different.
Published 4 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
Published 5 months ago by Karen Austin
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