When a Cambridge student dramatically attempts to take her own life, DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways. Against huge personal misgivings, Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge, with a brief to work undercover, posing as a depression-prone, vulnerable student. Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is - or so they both hope.
But as the two women dig deeper into the darker side of university life, they discover a terrifying trend.... And when Lacey starts experiencing the same disturbing nightmares reported by the dead girls, she knows that she is next.
I really liked this one! Scary, interesting and very good. I want more!!! And the performance is excellent!
Dead Scared is the second of the Lacey Flint novels. Lacey Flint, a London detective, is seconded to an undercover assignment as a university student at Cambridge. The book continues to explore the difficult relationship between Lacey and DI Joesbury, her superior.
The book also introduces other characters (Dr. Evie Oliver and Harry the vicar) who are more front and centre in Awakening, an unrelated novel.
The plot twists and turns and is full of surprises, red herrings, and potential suspects. Vulnerable university students are somehow undergoing psychotic episodes and attempting to commit suicides.
The identity of the bad guys in this book is even harder to figure out and more surprising than in Now You See Me. S.J. Bolton is very good at surprising the reader without being unbelievable.
Some of the chase scenes are hair-raising, and I was on the edge of my seat more than once. For a lot of the book, DI Joesbury's involvement is somewhat unsatisfying, because there is no explanation of why he's hanging around and why he's interested in the case. But all loose threads are woven in at the end.
As with the previous book, Lisa Coleman's narration is excellent. Her performance is fabulous, and she's a master at vocal intonation and accents.
As a second book, this one is every bit as good as the first, and is well-deserving of a credit.
What made the experience of listening to Dead Scared the most enjoyable?
The sense of evil and the building of tension.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Scared?
The moments where something is coming in the dark and Lacey is alone - particularly running in a dark forest.
Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?
I felt the narrator did a great job. Lacey is an excellent protagonist as she is so flawed and makes mistakes.
I also liked the linking in of characters from the first book - following their story along was interesting.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didnt laugh or cry but I certainly had an increased heart rate!!!!
No one does the 'wake up in the night to a noise' type drama better.
Any additional comments?
Bolton is writing gripping, satisfying and substantial British crime and is a pleasure to 'read'. I find aspects of her writing fulfilling in that they have quite a literary sense to them rather than the short, choppy writing of some crime authors. She is good at vulnerability without being soppy - we dont get overdone with romance although there are hints. Her female characters are particularly clear and unsentimental.
I look forward to more!
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Dead Seared - another great book
I bought this book & listened to it straight after book 1 in t he series of
Lacey Flint, could wait to see what happened to Lacey & Mark Joesbury.
I rated the first book 4 stars for story, but only gave this one 3 stars, I would have rated it 3 &1/2 stars but was unable to.
Lisa Coleman great narrator
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S J Bolton has written five novels, with some recurring characters. I had previously read Now You See Me, which involved Lacey Flint and Mark Josebury, and whilst it’s possible to read Dead Scared on it’s won, I would recommend reading Now You See Me first.
I wasn’t quite as keen on Now You See Me, but it does tell you a lot more about Lacey’s character, and her relationship with Joesbury. Lacey is a complex character, with a colourful, traumatic background – she’s hard to completely like, but is certainly interesting.
In Dead Scared, there are concerns over strange suicides at the Cambridge University, concerns mainly raised by Evi Oliver, the university psychiatrist. Evi is also in one of the earlier books.. her past does seem important, but I’m not sure how much is explained in the earlier book.
Lacey is sent undercover to the university, simply to observe – but she soon gets pulled into the case. Being a detective, she’s unable to sit back and not investigate, and with her background, she soon becomes involved herself.
The suicides are in deed strange – the victims seem to experience strange dreams and hallucinations, although it’s unclear how or why these are happening. Once Evi and Lacey start experiencing the same thing, you pulled into the experience, trying to work out exactly is going on.
I enjoyed this book because it offered more than a basic crime story – it’s tenseful, and the strange circumstances surrounding the suicides offer an added layer to the suspense.
Recommended for those looking for something a little different – I hope we get to find out more about Lacey and Mark’s future.
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I was glued to this story and didn't want it to end. Amazing and breath holding to the end.
I love the two main characters in this story. This book had a great story and was full of suspense, 2nd in Lacey Flint series and I am looking forward to the next one.
One of the best Audio books I've ever listened to. Tough in places due to the storyline but kept me up later than I planned many nights.
I enjoyed this book although it did confuse me again in parts. I expect it's my 80 year old brain. Looking forward to the next book.
Although I enjoyed book one of this series I didn’t enjoy this one at all. Good story telling if it’s your particular liking but I found the bullying etc a little “ too much” for my taste and the characters “ sick”, however this is just my opinion.
I read the first book, Now You See Me, back in the summer and debated for a while whether or not to read the next one as it couldn't possibly be any better than the first. It was, however, just as thrilling and just as gripping so I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The only things that I was a bit disappointed about (this is just me of course) is the fact that we did not get any more explanation into Lacey's past or what happened between the end of the last book and the beginning of this one. Also, I would have liked to see more aftermath from the events at the end of the book. Of course, that may all happen in the next book which I have already bought and downloaded.
All in all, a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend this series. Lisa Coleman was once again a brilliant narrator!
Very much looking forward to getting stuck into the next book!
Brilliant narration, will be on the look out for more books read Lisa Coleman, great story love this series got through this in a day 10/10 😊x
omg just wow wow wow i loved this book more then the first one!! all i wanted to do is finish it so fast!! but not enough time in the day!!
If you love Law and Order UK or Silent Witness, these books are for you! I can see this as a brilliant BBC TV production in the future.
i am enjoying Lisa Coleman's voicing of this series and really liked the setting in Cambridge. A little far fetched in plot and the lengths that are taken but nonetheless it kept me listening and wondering how the bits would come together. Looking forward to book 3