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Dead Scared (Lacey Flint #2)

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When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student’s death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks, and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Well, it was bound to happen...a S.J. Bolton book that I wasn't wild about. Obviously, my 3 star rating is still within the Goodreads "Liked It" range, but after voraciously reading every other book she's penned and eagerly awaiting this offering, I was let down in the final analysis.

First to the good:
Bolton is a master of the new gothic novel. This isn't your mother's Mary Stewart. Bolton's heroines have issues . They aren't usually ladies . They struggle with more problems then having to navig...more
Psychological insight can be deadly in the wrong hands

When I read this book was nominated for the 2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award I was intrigued though S.J. Bolton was already someone I’d been meaning to read. What a relief it was to read a mystery that was based in reality rather some bizarre psycho doing improbable things. Bolton’s novel seems, sadly, all too believable. It’s set at England’s prestigious Cambridge University where a young, beautiful police officer is asked to go undercover pret...more
I loved SJ Bolton's first three stand-alone books Sacrifice, Blood Harvest and Awakening, giving them each 4.5 or 5 stars. They were so atmospheric, so unsettling in their chilling yet subtle creepiness. My heart would pound with nerves as I read them, and I'd savour every delicious gothicky word.

Bolton's latest three books are all part of her Lacey Flint series. Her writing style has changed; she now seems to favour a more direct style, and it sadly isn't working for me. The first, Now You See...more
Lacey Flint is back for the second installment of this series!

In DEAD SCARED Lacey Goes undercover at Cambridge university.

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Her mission: The students of Cambridge have been dropping like flies- committing suicide in twisted, creative and suspicious ways. Lacey is asked by DI Mark Joesbury-(introduced in Now You See Me) to pose as a fragile, troubled student -if you read the first book in the series, you will realize, Lacey doesn't have to fake the fragile or troubled part- The only person inside...more
S J Bolton certainly can serve up a page-turning story, I was totally gripped by this fast-paced thriller, with it's twists and turns and very very strange happenings.

Despite not having read the first book in the series about DC Lacey Flint and her boss DI Mark Joesbury, it was not difficult to pick up some of their past history. It was clear from the beginning that they had a somewhat unusual relationship, and their tensions only added to what is at times an incredibly tense story line.

The Camb...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
A Twisted and Thrilling 4 Stars

How would react if you consistently terrorized with your deepest fears and phobias. Would you be able to maintain your sanity if you were subjected to a reign of terror that no one but yourself believed. Dead Scared explores the circumstances that might take a person to the ultimate breaking point.

While I continue to take some issue with the authors storytelling methods, the overall effect is superb and thrilling novel. I can live with a few warts.

Plot summar...more
This psychological thriller was totally riveting, and I found myself unable to put it down, while being horrified at the events that were unfolding!

Detective Constable Lacey Flint and Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury have a history together, so coming together in a new case is unsettling for them both, with the tension obvious from the start. Cambridge University has been experiencing an unusually high number of suicides over the past few years, and there is concern that they are not suicides a...more
Rebecca Martin
Well...this will do it for me. I just can't get into this series. The writing and characterizations have not improved or deepened from the first book in the series. I have several beefs with this book beyond that. The plot is absurd. If a writer is going to give us a book with a plot this outlandish, it must have a strong foundation in terms of motivation and explanations for how things have happened. Readers are left basically clueless about why these evil people are being so evil and how they...more
SJ Bolton has done it again; I’m beginning to wonder if this woman can do no wrong! Dead Scared is the third title I’ve had the pleasure reading – not quite sure if pleasure is an apt description given the subject matter! - and once again she has delivered an assured and gripping title I couldn’t and didn’t want to put down. Read over two days, the majority in one sitting, Dead Scared had me hooked from the very first chapter as I raced through the book eager to find out what happened to the pro...more
"someone is watching you...someone is scaring you..."

British author S. J. Bolton is not afraid to tackle any issue: snake swarms, Jack the Ripper copycats. child abuse. baby trafficking. In addition, Bolton uses "creepy" settings for her novels: remote islands, isolated villages, dark old houses... The setting for DEAD SCARED seems tame and tranquil: The University of Cambridge in the UK kingdom.

But DEAD SCARED tells us that in the last five years, twenty-nine Cambridge students, mainly female,...more
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Kathy B.
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 character...more
I have been so lucky with my reading choices this year - it was totally worth spending all my amazon vouchers I got for Christmas on books! Sorry! I know I'm supposed to be doing a review for this one not waffling on about my fab choice of books so far this year heehee...
So, second in the Lacey Flint series and almost as good as the first (not the same twists and turns but you've got to go a long way to beat the first one). An undercover investigation for Lacey at Cambridge university where ther...more
Carol Kerry-green
DC Lacey Flint and DI Mark Joesbury have a history; a history that involves a rather nasty case of Ripper like murders that they'd worked on together, where Joesbury had thought Lacey was the killer...

So, why would he be requesting her help in the Cambridge, where the number of suicides amongst the student population has got Dr Evi Oliver - lead Counseller at the uniersity, worried? Her brief is to attend the university as a vulnerable student Laura Farrow and to help her she is given the same a...more
S.J. Bolton's "Dead Scared" takes place on the campus of England's prestigious Cambridge University. There have been a rash of unusually violent suicides among young women there, so DC Mark Joesbury recruits youthful-looking DC Lacey Flint to go deep undercover to see what she can find out.

Flint works with psychologist Evi Oliver, whose patient list included several of the young women who died.

Soon, though, both Flint and Oliver find themselves having peculiar dreams that feature their own phob...more
Dead Scared

My very brief summary... mysteriously sent to work undercover at Cambridge University...circumstances are odd and secretive.

My thoughts...

Students...over a period of years...are committing suicide in strange and horrific ways. They appear to be drugged, confused, and violated. They disappear for a few days and upon their return...attempt to kill themselves in horrible two ways are the same.
Lacey has one person who knows her identity...Evi......more
Just over a year ago I discovered S J Bolton’s books, starting with Sacrife which I absolutely loved. Since then I have gone on to read three more of her books and this latest book is every bit as good as all the others.

Dead Scared is the second book featuring Detectives Lacey Flint and Mark Joesbury and this time they are in Cambridge investigating an unusually high number of student suicides at the University over the last 5 years. Lacey is sent undercover to live as student Laura Farrow at th...more
I seriously suspect that two different people write under the name of S.J. Bolton. One S.J. Bolton writes very well plotted mysteries with complex characters (Sacrifice, Awakening, Now You See Me). The second S.J. Bolton writes wildly implausible mysteries with ridiculous romance novel overtones (Blood Harvest and Dead Scared). I can’t figure how the two books (Blood Harvest and Dead Scared) can be so different from the other three; the author is either two people writing under one alias or the...more
To be published by Minotaur Books June 5, 2012

My sincere thanks to Alison Fisher, Library Marketing Coordinator, Adult TradeMacmillan for providing the e-galley for my reading pleasure.

Dreams, Darkness, Danger, Death!

If you're prone to nightmares, you might want to skip Dead Scared. If you love psychological manipulation, then this is the right book for you.

Bolton brings back characters DC Lacey Flint and by DI Mark Joesbury introduced in Now You See Me, and the tension between them heats once...more
Annette Gisby
Jan 25, 2012 Annette Gisby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Thriller and whodunnit fans
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A Thriller that Thrills

Cambridge University has been suffering a spate of suicides, more than would be statistcally be expected. Most of the victims have been very attractive young women, again a statistical anomaly. Psychiatrist Dr. Evi Oliver, new head of the student counselling service is worried that something else might be going on. Detective Lacey Flint is sent in deep undercover to post as a depression-prone, potential suicidal student. Dr. Oliver and her boss, Mark Joesbury are the only...more
Mallory Anne-Marie
May 17, 2012 Mallory Anne-Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mallory Anne-Marie by: Great Minds Think Aloud
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Any mystery from S J Bolton will be a gem and a treasure and “Dead Scared” is no exception. Here is the return of Detective Constable Lacey Flint, who first graced us in “Now You See Me.” Lacey (of course not her real name) is recovering from an incident some months ago which nearly took the life of Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury, a man who unwittingly holds her heart, as she holds his. Joesbury recruits Lacey to go undercover at Cambridge University, where the suicide rate in the last few ye...more
Having first appeared in Now You See Me, DC Lacey Flint once again finds herself involved in one of DI Mark Joesbury’s investigations, but she might just find herself in too deep.

Joesbury sends Lacey to Cambridge to work undercover as a vulnerable student. A student there has attempted to take her own life in a horrifying way and it comes to light that a number of other students have also taken their lives in extraordinary ways. Lacey and Dr Evi Oliver, the only other person in Cambridge who kno...more
Another author that I am going to have to "read everything they write". I didn't think I was going to like this book, namely the page to a chapter start....I find that annoying. But I very much enjoyed the characters and plot and found as the book progressed the chapters got longer. *phew*

DC Lacey is sent undercover to a University where there seems to be a very high incident in suicide. Lots of twists and I really didn't have a clue as to who, what or why until the last few chapters. I am not s...more
Excellent, intelligently written thriller. DI Mark Joesbury requests female detective Lacey Flint to go undercover at Cambridge University, where there have been a recent spate of student suicides. There are more female than male suicides (statistically unlikely) and unusually violent means of taking their lives. Feeling outside her comfort zone, Lacey soon feels that something is not right and that Head of Student Counselling Evi Oliver is correct in her concerns for what is going on. What is m...more
I loved every other S.J. Bolton book, I liked this one too, her second novel featuring Detective Lacey Flint, but for me this novel didn't have the same level of finesse as the others.

The books flicks from different POV and timelines that at times got a bit confusing, just after the middle of the book I was a bit bored wondering when something was going to happen which I'd never experienced reading all her other books.

The book redeemed itself however with a really good dynamic ending, it would h...more
Anna Jesse
Als op de universiteit van Cambridge de zoveelste zelfmoord wordt gepleegd vraagt rechercheur Mark Joesbury aan Lacey Flint of zij hun ogen en oren wil zijn op de universiteit. Lacey stort zich met haar 23 jaar in het studentenleven dat niet zonder gevaar is. Lacey komt terecht onder de hoede van de psychiater Evi Oliver, de enige die weet dat Lacey undercover werkt. Deze psychiater wordt al geruime tijd lastig gevallen en wanneer ook Lacey nachtmerries krijgt zijn beide dames hun leven niet zek...more
Where to start? First off, as I have read most, if not all, of S.J. Bolton's works, this is an author that I watch "grow" with each of her releases. This book flew out of the gate and didn't look back with its' intensity, creepiness, tension of characters and situations and downright twistedness. Very Val McDermid'esque in its' writing style and masterful unleashing of the story line which kept me, as the reader, guessing! This book was a perfect example of why I love and seek out female, Britis...more
The name S.J. Bolton should be synonymous with the word thriller. Talk about keeping you on the edge of your seat and not being able to put a book down. And she brings the vulnerability into a person's sacred space...their home. And into their dreams...

Going back and forth between the various characters keeps you glued to the pages...or to your Kindle! DC Lacey Flint, because of her youthful looks, goes undercover at Cambridge University in the UK to find out what is causing a rash of suicides a...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This latest book from S.J. Bolton, features two characters from a previous book D.C. Lacey Flint and D.I. Joesbury (Now You See Me). She has decided maybe to write a series, as opposed to her previous stand-alone books. Joesbury tells Lacey she has an assignment to go to Cambridge and pose as an undercover student, to look into a higher than usual suicide rate of female students. The methods of suicide are also extremely unusual and particularly brutal. She has only one contact there, Dr. Evi Ol...more

I read "Blood Harvest" by S.J. Bolton and enjoyed it, so figured I've give another of her books a go. A note on chronology: After she wrote the book I read, she wrote another featuring some overlapping characters; and Dead Scared is a sequel to that book. So I missed the one in the middle, which contains some backstory about the characters. Although they alluded to the events of that book, I didn't feel like I had to have read it before reading this one.

Main characters are Mark Joe...more
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Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.

She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick Univers...more
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