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Dead Scared (Lacey Flint #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,050 Ratings  ·  723 Reviews
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 2012)
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Jun 18, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Buddy read with Cam
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Gosh, I can’t believe it took me this long to get back to Sharon Bolton’s brilliant Lacey Flint series. In 2014 the first book in the series, Now You See Me, was my top read of the year (and I read a lot of books). Not only that, but it introduced me to the amazing world of British thrillers, which have become my absolute favorite subgenre.

This book is a fabulously intricate piece of work. At this point, after reading 4 books by the outstanding Ms. Bolton, I actually expect nothing less. There i
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 26, 2015 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing
Holy cliff hanger Batman!

Another fantastic Lacey Flint novel. This story focuses around a series of suicides that are suspected to be something far more sinister. Once again, many twists and turns. These novels are dark and graphic but somehow the British quips and humor keep it feeling a little lighter than others such as Karin Slaughter's novels. I'm ready to race off and get book #3!
Dead Scared is book 2 in the Lacy Flint series.

DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover at the Cambridge University as a student. There have been several suicides, but the London police aren't convinced that the victims acted alone. Could there be someone out there preying on insecure students? And, is Lacey herself being put in danger?

It was quite nice to return to this book series. The first book was good and I was interested in reading and learning more about Lacey, and, of
Aug 06, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2012-reads
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 nav
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
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 a superb and thrilling novel. I can live with a few warts.

Plot summ
Mary Beth
Jan 01, 2016 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Wow! I just love Lacey Flint! I love Mark Joesbury also! The author sure did a great job in developing her characters! It kept me guessing that is for sure. There were a lot of suicides and they both were trying to find out why the students of Cambridge were killing themselves. I did love the first one better! This one is a great book also. The suspense takes off from the beginning. I definitely can't wait to read the next one! I love when I read a book and fall over heels for the characters. Th ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 11, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

Dead Scared really shook me up. Creepy folks, really creepy. DI Mark Joesbury has DC Lacey Flint go undercover at Cambridge University. Too many students have been committing suicide, with as many failing at his/her attempts. Dr. Evi Oliver believes these students are being influenced by online pressure from suicide websites and chat rooms. DI Joesbury and Scotland Yard believe something more nefarious is going on at the colleges. These people are either being controlled by evil persons
Cameron Wiggins
Jun 07, 2016 Cameron Wiggins rated it it was amazing
Oh, Boy. Did I ever read a good novel. One of my good friends and I did a buddy read of S. J. Bolton’s Dead Scared, the second in the Lacey Flint series. My friend composed a Google Document and then we would discuss the book after each chapters or every ten or twelve chapters - whatever we decided. It is a really fun way to read a book together. Bolton has delivered another outstanding Lacey Flint police procedural/psychological thriller. She is a master. I have been on a roll picking and readi ...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
May 27, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
This was probably closer to a 3.5 stars for as I feel it wasn't as good as the first Lacey Flint novel, but still a hugely enjoyable novel nonetheless. It continues on from book 1 where some time has elapsed and Lacey is sent to Cambridge by her boss Mark Joesbury to investigate a spate of apparent suicides. Posing as a student she is sent to quietly submerge herself into student life and see what pointers she can pick out, of course this being Lacey, she doesn't stop there and throws herself he ...more
Aug 01, 2015 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I’m going to be honest here and admit that I made a bit of a mistake in reading this book before reading ‘Now You See Me’. I actually brought a Sharon Bolton pack, which contained this book but was lacking in ‘Now You See Me’ so I wasn’t aware that this was in essence a continuance.

That being said, it is possible to read this book alone as it works fine in that way. However, if you plan to read the Lacey Flint stories (which I recommend you do) I would suggest reading them in order. Through rea
Oct 01, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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Another 5 star Lacey Flint tale.

Lacey and Mark work on an undercover gig at Cambridge University where there have been a few too many suicides lately. What she uncovers is quite disturbing. And of course puts her life in jeopardy.

Oh I love the Lacey and Mark saga! Getting so frustrated with them, but not in a bad way.

I just love the dark tone of this series. I just get lost in it. Fantastic.

Bolton does her research! So impressed with the accurate details. I am a burns nurse, and the way that sh
Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
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
Mallory Heart Reviews
May 17, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mallory Heart Reviews by: Great Minds Think Aloud
Shelves: may-2012-reads
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
Aug 29, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Bolton knows how to set up suspense! Like a countdown, I was speed reading to the conclusion. Now on to the next book in the series!
Jan 26, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 26, 2012 Janebbooks rated it liked it
"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,
Liz Barnsley
Jul 07, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, we come to the second book to feature Lacey Flint and as I adored her in the first novel (Now you See Me) I was really looking forward to this one. As expected, it was terrific.

In this outing we find Lacey heading undercover in Cambridge where a spate of suicides has rocked the College. Posing as a student, her brief is to appear fragile and wait to see what happens. With each suicide becoming more violent and creative, Lacey is determined to discover what is going on...despite being told sh
Book Riot Community
Truth be told I have been in a bit of a slump with my reading lately (and really, for most of the year). Yet the 48 hours I spent with DEAD SCARED totally reversed the pattern. Bolton’s novel, the second in the Lacey Flint series, features a fierce yet haunted and emotionally vulnerable heroine going undercover to investigate a (fictional) cluster suicide phenomenon at Cambridge University. Bolton’s intricate plot is twisty and unputdownable with just a touch of romance. Written in a literary st ...more
Sean Peters
Jul 23, 2013 Sean Peters rated it it was amazing
What a great book!!

S.J Bolton - Dead Scared

I was given this book, and I had not hear of this author.

A British author S.J Bolton, Sharon Bolton. A great find and very pleased this book was given to me, now reading another of her books.

This book has great strong characters, a great story, a gripping plot, strong and tense all the way and building to a great final few chapters.

I do highly recommend this book and author.

You will be hooked, and you will be guessing all the way !



Mary Doyle
Jun 29, 2016 Mary Doyle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

This is a dark,deeply compelling mystery, centred around gruesome female suicides at
Cambridge University.

Unable to explain why these beautiful but fragile students are suicidal,Lacey Flint is,once again,sent undercover to unearth what exactly is happening to these girls.

What unfolds is the dark and unseemly underbelly of college life,where girls are intimidated,bullied,drugged and attacked, left both psychologically and sometimes, physically scarred.

With clouded judgement and face
Jean Coldwell
Aug 17, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it really liked it
Oh, my! I looked at S.J. Bolton’s picture on the book jacket and wondered, “How on earth can someone who looks like a soccer mom write such creepy, magnificent thrillers?” The author of Now You See Me follows up that first-rate psychological spine-chiller with Dead Scared, bringing back DI Mark Joesbury and DC Lacey Flint.

Joesbury recruits Flint to go undercover at Cambridge University, where an alarming number of suicides in recent years have raised suspicions of the London police. Lacey poses
Up on the tower, it's cold. The January chill comes drifting over the Fens and wraps itself across the city like a peadophile's hand round that of a small child.

This is a bit of text from page two of the prologue and this lady has me already annoyed with her comparison that does not make sense at all and having finished the book there seems to be no grounds for using it either. Just a bit of odd choice that was enough to put me off within two pages of the book.

The story is about a female police
Jun 22, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2012 Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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