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With this second instalment of her Lacey Flint series, SJ Bolton has set herself a new standard – one that ensures her place amongst the very best of contemporary crime writers.
Although I enjoyed the first in the series, Now You See Me, I had some reservations around both style and characterisation. But not with this one. Scary enough to be truly spine-tingling, well-plotted enough to keep the suspense going throughout and with some really funny moments to lighten the tone, Bolton has given us a real treat of a novel. I felt the lead character, detective Lacey Flint, has been changed quite a bit since her last outing and for the better.
She has become a more open, much more likeable character, less of a loner and now with a sense of humour and considerably less angst – all to the good. Her interaction with Evi Oliver, student counsellor, is very convincing as is her relationship, both personal and professional, with DI Mark Joesbury.
The plot about a spate of students committing suicide couldn’t be much darker, and there are bits that are very unsettling and downright creepy. Bolton handles the tension masterfully right up to the end and certainly left this reader hoping that the series will continue for some time to come. Highly recommended.
NB This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine UK.