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Now You See Me (Lacey Flint Novels) Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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Praise for S. J. Bolton
“Before she published Blood Harvest, S. J. Bolton wrote two mysteries. The first (Sacrifice) was terrific; the second (Awakening) was even better; and Blood Harvest is, not to put too fine a word on it, outstanding. . . . All the ingredients for a top-notch psychological mystery by a novelist who adroitly melds the natural and (possibly) supernatural into a spine-tingling gothic thriller. Fans of Barbara Vine, Mary Stewart, Daphne du Maurier, and Dorothy Eden shouldn’t miss this one.”
—Nancy Pearl, NPR’s Morning Edition, on Blood Harvest
“Coronation of the new queen of thrillers: S. J. Bolton . . . Everyone, male or female, will love Bolton. There is nothing not to love. Endowed with the ability to write beautiful prose that packs a punch, Bolton also creates intriguing characters (good and evil), and twists them all together in chilling and clever plots. Her novels are lush with creepy British atmosphere (Bolton draws on her extensive knowledge of British folklore, mythology, and history), heavy with ideas that set the mind humming (fate, destiny, and the roles played by women and men in the unfolding of both), and vibrant with fast-paced action that alternates between subtle and amplified.”
—The Huffington Post on Blood Harvest
“Awakening is a delicious gothic thriller.”
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR, on Awakening
“Val McDermid meets Patricia Cornwell on the North Sea.”
—St. Petersburg Times on Sacrifice
“This riveting debut novel . . . just might be the page-turner of the summer. . . . It’s been a long time since we’ve devoured a book this length at one sitting. . . . We were just grateful to find ourselves in the hands of as extraordinary a storyteller as S. J. Bolton.”
—The Denver Post on Sacrifice
About the Author
SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger, and Barry Award nominee. Her fascination with British folklore, especially the dark and haunting side of those legends, fuels her writing. She grew up in Lancashire, England, and now lives near Oxford with her family. This is her fourth novel. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an interesting one. I did not really like it to start with, and then there was a portion where I thought it was a 5star book before it came back down towards the end- so I end up at 4 stars.
+ Lacey is an interesting character. Obviously she has some demons but even taking these into account, she is not a typical female character. She slides from '100% focused investigator' to 'panicked' fairly regularly.
+ Interesting plot. There are some twists and turns in this one.
+ The plot is directly tied with Lacey's story. Sometimes on these detective series, the protagonist's story progresses very slowly with more emphasis on the individual crime. However, this novel does a good job of juggling both aspects.
- Writing style. The flashbacks, and certain parts of the main story have a weird tone/style. It is hard to explain, but it makes the writing less personal and less relatable.
- The last turn in the plot, who the murderer actually is, was not layed out well imo. Yes, there are some clear signs, but the other possible identities of the killer are played up too much. It feels like the author tried to go for shock value but I was too puzzled to be shocked. (or maybe im just an idiot).
- The whole passive-aggressive love/hate thing that Lacey has going on with the guy is weird and didn't flow well.
Now You See Me will take you on one wild ride. I loved every single minute of this book! I honestly don't know if I've read a better psychological thriller.
The minute you think you have something figured out, the next few pages will prove you know nothing.
I had so many theories throughout this book, I drove myself half mad when they would be disproved, or another clue would be revealed and I'd have to form a new one. Eventually, I was disagreeing with myself over everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING. It was intense.
I absolutely loved the Ripper copycat aspect of the book. If you know me, you know I have a fascination with serial killers. I explained it in my review for 'I Hunt Killers', so I won't go into it again. As morbid and grotesque as it was at times (and it really, really was), it was also riveting. Jack the Ripper is probably the biggest unsolved crime mystery ever, and I absolutely loved Lacey's theory.
Let me be clear... to me, this book was perfection. It was brilliant. Now You See Me was always two steps ahead. If you are looking for a fast paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller, then I most definitely suggest Now You See Me. It will intrigue you. It will grab hold and not let you go. It will keep you guessing to the very last page.
Lacey is a young detective caught up in what appears to be a Jack the Ripper copycat set of murders in London. Her own shady past could be entwined with the case, and she's not who she seems to be, a conundrum noticed by fellow detective Joesbury. He doesn't trust her, yet he's attracted to her.
Lacey's efforts to solve the murders and come to terms with her ugly past drives this story into creepy, thrilling territory. And an underground of London I never knew about. Lacey is full of flaws which makes her human, and a mystery-woman until the shocking ending. I couldn't put it down.
I will be reading the rest of this series.
Everyone has heard the saying that they “just couldn’t put the book down.” Well, this is definitely the case with “Now You See Me.” This thriller employees non-stop action at virtually every corner with the reader left wondering if the case is almost solved or if the authorities are actually far from solving the case. To delve any of the details of plot or character or action of this wonderful book would be a huge injustice to the reader. This is the type of book that the reader needs to be left completely in the dark to fully enjoy the thrilling suspense.
Basically, in this case, the review is being sacrificed for the greater good of the novel and the reader. It’s the type of book that one does not even want to leak the tiniest of details. This is the best book that I have read in a very long time. I will recommend it to all of my friends that read. I cannot wait to read Bolton’s sequels to “Now You See Me.” I feel as though I am taking the easy way out on this review, but for a greater good, in a humble way. Put “Now You See Me” on your TBR list and see for yourselves.