Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dead ScaredDead Scared by S.J. Bolton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


S.J. Bolton is an author on which I can always count to provide me with one of my favorite reads of the year.  Such consistency is readers' heaven to book addicts such as myself.  In her latest thriller, Bolton returns to the characters of her previous book, Now You See Me--Lacey Flint, the young detective constable with a secret past, and DI Mark Joesbury, the man she can't forget and who can't forget her.  Featuring return characters is something new for Bolton, and as I enjoy these two characters so much, I'm hoping she will make these books the beginning of a series, although I still want more stand-alones, too.  Yes, I ask too much, but S.J. Bolton is fully capable of delivering it.  The common thread in all of Bolton's novels is the psychological suspense which builds throughout a brilliant plot.  In Dead Scared, DI Joesbury enlists the aid of DC Lacey Flint when a rash of suicides at Cambridge University seems to indicate underlying interference.  Lacey is to pose as a student and observe campus life close to the latest victim.  Of course, Lacey Flint never just observes, and she soon finds herself embroiled in a tangled web of dangerous mind games where her troubled past threatens to make her a perfect target.  Mark Joesbury must deal with feelings he would rather not have for Lacey and trying to conduct a complex investigation.  The sinister forces behind the suicides threaten to destroy them all.  I enjoyed every page of this edge-of-your-seat novel and now must deal with my morning after grief of it being over.  Ah, the life of a reader is such an emotional roller coaster.    



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