I have read Now You See Me (NYSM) an embarrassing number of times. The superb plotting, fascinating characters and spooky settings keep drawing me back in. Of course the problem with re-reading this book is that I never have the shivery thrill of the first time. I don't care. It's still worth it.
With my first reading, Bolton kept me guessing throughout the book until I figured something out and then realized, no, I had not. On subsequent readings I read for the pure pleasure of language, plotting and characterization. NYSM preceded all of those Gone Girl Bad on a Train With a Terrible Marriage books (apologies to someone) outshining all of those supposed twisty turny books. Ms Bolton is the James Bond of twisty writers. "Nobody does it better."
DC Lacey Flint is the only witness to the death of a woman who dies in her arms. She is re- assigned to the Lewisham nick so she can continue doing her own non -related investigations into the under-reported sexual assaults of adolescent and teenage immigrant women. This keeps DC Flint easily available to the Major Incident Team for questioning. The MIT is headed by DI Dana Tulloch in a welcome return from Sacrifice. As a witness Flint is not supposed to be involved with the investigation but her expertise on Jack the Ripper comes in handy when a copycat calls her out. DC Flint then goes from ripperologist to ripper bait as it becomes apparent this really is all about her.
No one knows why, but when DC Flint figures it out, she's not about to tell anyone. She is just going to end the murder spree. This is not foolishly going into the scary basement territory- although she does- this is to save the life she has made for herself.
Lacey is a mess, but a mess readers grow to care about. Her secrets have secrets. A beautiful woman, Lacey tries to hide her looks and to stay as much in the background as possible. She keeps a boxing heavy bag dressed as man in her garden shed. Her apartment is a white box with no sign of her personality. Lacey seeks anonymous sex because she thinks she will always be unable to have a real relationship. This is put to the test when she meets DI Mark Joesbury, a close friend of DI Tulloch.
Ultimately, lack of trust between Lacey and her co-workers end with Lacey having to making excruciating choices to save loved ones.
There is not a wasted word, an overdone scene or an off note in this book. As an added bonus I also come away from most of Ms Bolton's books more informed on a social issue than when I started the book.
Good exciting writer, but the plot went off the deep end about halfway through.
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down. S.J. Bolton is one of my favorite new authors. A plot that never stops moving and characters that are very believable. The plot and the Jack the Ripper murders run parallel with the police trying to determine who will be murdered next. A little gory but it's keeping in line with the story.
FIRST BOOK IN LACEY FLINT SERIES. SET IN ENGLAND
Is someone imitating Jack the Ripper in modern London? Whoever it is seems to have a link to Lacey Flint, a young constable. Indeed, the first victim dies in her arms. Soon she is caught up in the investigation where her knowledge of the Ripper crimes proves invaluable. But suspicions arise. Does she know too much? Why does the killer seem fixated on her and what ties all the murders together. The truth is that Lacey has a secret that answers some of those questions. Should she run, or prevent the next murder? This is the first Lacey Flint novel and it is a compelling read. However, it is not for the faint of heart. The murder descriptions are very graphic, and the language is far from pure. The book is hard to put down, but definitely aimed at adults.
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This book was kind of on my radar for a while but I had not gotten to it for some reason. Then I read a couple of the author's newer books and was hooked. Finally got back to this book and was not disappointed. So far I have not hit a clunker by Bolton. DS Lacey Flint seems like a straight-forward copper but as the book goes on, there are more doubts about her past. Who is she really, and why does the killer seemed focused on her? Is the killer really a Jack the Ripper copycat or something else? Descriptions of the murders are not for the faint-hearted but I love how Bolton's mysteries aren't that easy to figure out. You're kept guessing or at least unsure until the very end.
This was a fast paced thriller set in London. A young detective constable, Lacey Flint, seems to be the focus of a nasty murderer who attacks middle-aged woman. There are a lot of similarities to the 1800 'Jack the Ripper' murders (of which Lacey is strangely knowledgeable about).
The book was a bit too gory for my liking. I also had a good idea of the ending before I was half-way through the book. No real surprises but the book is well written and a good vacation read.
I might just have a new favorite murder mystery author. Now You See Me was a quick, satisfying read with well-developed characters and several surprises along the way - not the least of which was the one at the end. I'm headed quickly to the next book in the series.
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