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A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint #4)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,061 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Young policewoman Lacey Flint knows that the Thames is a dangerous place – after all, she lives on it and works on it – but she’s always been lucky. Until one day, when she finds a body floating in the water. Who was this woman and why was she wrapped so carefully in white burial cloths before being hidden in the fast-flowing depths?

DCI Dana Tulloch hates to admit it, but...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published May 8th 2014)
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Tim "The Enchanter"
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A Timely and Interesting Mystery - 3.5 Stars

This marks the 4th installment in the Lacey Flint series and according the author, we will have to wait a while for the next. Over the course of 4 books Lacey Flint has come to be one of my favorite characters in any current crime thriller series. She is brave and impulsive, loyal and secretive. She is running from her past and avoiding her future. While I enjoy the character, it is my hope that when Lacey...more
Another fabulous adventure/mystery/thriller in the Lacey Flint series (I may have mentioned several times that Lacey is my fave character EVER!).

Lacey is currently working for the marine police unit and trying to get over the last few cases that have brought her to her knees.
Thankfully she is a strong and resilient person who doesn't go screaming and running in the opposite direction when she yet again gets drawn into a murder mystery.

This woman does not know the MEANING of keeping a low profil...more
Book Addict Shaun
Why do I do this to myself?! It's 2.30 in the morning and I have just finished this book. A couple of hours ago I picked up my Kindle and told myself I'd read a few chapters before bed. Well those few chapters turned into the rest of the book. I read the first Lacey Flint book last year and absolutely loved it. In the crime fiction genre there's so much of it which is just repeated over and over again and so I always look for books which are different, and which have unique stories and unique ch...more
Diane S.
I love the character Lacey and I love BOLTON'S series, but this was not one of my favorites. Easy to read, there is so much going on that the pages almost turn themselves, but I think that was part of my problem. There is just too much going on. I didn't feel connected to the characters like I usually do in these novels, the depth just wasn't there for me. Also I think it is time to give Lacey a break, every case doesn't have to become personal for her, putting her mental state at further risk.

Liz Wilkins
Publication Date: 8th May 2014

Ex-Detective Lacey Flint has quit the police for a safer, quieter life. Or that’s what she thinks.
Living alone on a houseboat, she is trying and failing to get over the man she loves, undercover Detective Mark Joesbury. But Mark is missing in action and impossible to forget. And danger won’t leave Lacey alone…
When she finds a body floating in the river, wrapped in white burial cloths, she can’t resist asking questions. Who is this woman and why was she hidden in the...more
Cora Linn
5 Words: What a twist! Amazing, Fantastic.

This Lacey Flint was very different to previous ones.

At first, I found it a little difficult to keep up with the jumping perspectives and times, but I quickly settled into the narrative. It was quite refreshing to hear these different voices telling the story, and slowly piecing together the truth.

This story was one surprise after another. At times almost distressingly serious, there were also little heart-warming moments and a small injection of humour...more
I do love the character of Lacey Flint, she reminds me a bit of Mo Hayder's Flea Marley.

Lacey lives on a houseboat on London's Thames river. The river is as much a part of the story as the characters, with its hidden currents and dark murky depths. On a swim down the river, Lacey encounters a body wrapped in linen and snagged on a post. This is the beginning of a terrifying time for Lacey as it soon becomes apparent that someone is watching her, and her life could be in danger.
Meanwhile another...more
Sharon Bolton is just so good. I love her books and it never takes me more than a couple of sittings to finish them (unless something boring like work interrupts) I love how original and unusual her work is and how each of her books has the same characters but an entirely different focus. But Sharon, please write quicker...
Sharon (formerly S.J.) Bolton has never let me down. Beginning with her stand-alones and then into the Lacey Flint series, Bolton has given me some of my most pleasurable hours of reading. I always look forward with great anticipation to her novels, and she always delivers an amazing story. In A Dark and Twisted Tide, the fourth Lacey Flint novel, the characters to whom readers have become attached are present, with Mark Joesbury slipping in and out, and some well placed new characters are intro...more
This is the fourth book in the Lacey Flint series by Sharon (formerly S.J.) Bolton and I’ve been looking forward to it since finishing the third one more than a year ago!

Having been involved in three very traumatic cases in a short space of time (which you can read about in Now You See Me, Dead Scared and Like This, For Ever) Lacey is now living alone on a houseboat in Deptford Creek, just off the River Thames, and trying to come to terms with her recent experiences. She has also abandoned her c...more
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
There are only a handful of crime writers whose new books instantly go to the very top of my wish list, and Sharon Bolton is one of them. After reading all three books in the Lacey Flint series, as well as an e-book short story, I’m convinced that no matter what she writes about or how she does it, I’m going to end up loving it. All of her books are so well-researched, so twisted and mind-boggling and so well-written that it’s impossible not to be captivated by them. A Dark and Twisted Tide is n...more
K Hancock
Out of the four so far, I enjoyed this one the least.
Sharon Bolton is fast becoming one of my favourite crime writers. The Lacy Flint series goes from strength to strength with each story becoming darker and the tension sometimes unbearable. In particular, one of the things I love about this author is her ability to set the scene and describe it so perfectly that you can visualise yourself as a bystander. Part of this story involves the traversing of tunnels and drains and it feels so realistically claustrophobic.

Not for the first time in this se...more
Bill Kupersmith
To enjoy this series of crime novels featuring DC Lacey Flint, y0u should start with Now You See Me & know the protagonist's back-story, including her real identity & that of the convicted murderess whom she visits in prison @ Durham. These scarcely matter in the 2nd of the series, Dead Scared, where Lacy goes undercover @ Cambridge University, but they obtrude in Like This, For Ever, awkwardly & unexplained - presumably because each of these books is supposed to stand alone. (I supp...more
Publication date 8/5/14 in the UK

Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read the next instalment of the brilliant Lacey Flint series. I just love Lacey.

It is that time of year, when you jump up and down with excitement at the thought of a brand new Sharon Bolton book to read. She is one of my favourite authors and Lacey as a character is inspired.

We find Lacey Flint, having moved to the river police and spending a great deal of time by and in the river Thames. Lacey ev...more
I was very kindly given a chance to read this early by the publisher (out in the UK on 8th May), and I absolutely LOVED it. I confess, I haven't read any of the earlier books in the Lacey Flint series, and I now feel that I need to know more about the character's backgrounds and stories, so I will be starting again at the beginning. This didn't spoil my enjoyment of this book as a standalone thriller at all though. The characters (despite my limited knowledge of their past-lives) are strong, rea...more
I am so distraught!! I wish there were more than 4 books in this series! I don't know how I am going to be able to wait for another one!

Lacey is back in the latest installment of the series. She has taken a voluntary demotion so to speak, and is now working as a uniformed water police officer. Protecting the river Thames and it's colorful inhabitants. She has also moved and now lives on a houseboat and enjoys living on the water, resonating with the dark river that almost killed her in the firs...more
Wendy Cartmell
Former detective Lacey Flint quit the force for a safer, quieter life. Or that’s what she thought.Now living alone on her houseboat, she is trying to get over the man she loves, undercover detective Mark Joesbury. But Mark is missing in action and impossible to forget. And danger won’t leave Lacey alone. When she finds a body floating in the river near her home, wrapped in burial cloths, she can’t resist asking questions. Who is this woman, and why was she hidden in the fast-flowing depths? And...more
Minty McBunny
I love Lacey Flint, I was so thrilled when I saw that my library had heeded my pleas and gotten this book in.

She has come such a long way since we met her, and I love seeing a vibrant strong female character that actually grows and evolves through a series instead of being "troubled" as an inherent part of her character. Obviously, she's not a poster child for mental health but she's miles past where she started and I can't say enough good about Sharon Bolton for bringing her to life and lettin...more
After her latest outing as a detective nearly got her killed, Lacey Flint has left the plain clothes division and returned to uniform, working with the marine policing unit. The job fits in perfectly with her new home on a houseboat on the Thames. Whenever she has the chance, Lacey likes to indulge in some wild swimming in the river, a risky proposition because of boat traffic and all the toxins in the water. But that seems a small risk after what she dealt with as a detective. That all changes...more
I had been waiting for the next Lacey Flint novel for so long I thought that I was setting myself up for a disappointment - but no such fear! Sharon Bolton has done it again and has delivered a first class thriller featuring one of my favourite characters, Lacey Flint. I don't know how she does it, but Bolton always manages to captivate me in the first few pages and transport me hook, line and sinker (to stick with the aquatic theme) into a totally different world, into a London that few tourist...more
I very seldom give a 5 star rating, even for books I thoroughly enjoy. Usually there will be a couple of things I would change, thus it's not perfect for me. There's not one thing I would change about this book. It is gripping suspense, some creepy characters and chilling situations. There is no fluff, no page after page of gratuitous romance or boring irrelevant back stories. Don't know how I missed this author but now that I've found S.J. Bolton, I do want to read the first 3 in the Lacey Flin...more
Whilst i really enjoyed this book and the characters of Lacey and Mark,i find myself agreeing with another review in that Lacey seems a bit directionless and i wonder how the character will develop.
Also the plot devices being similar,someone is always fixated on Lacey. This is also my least favourite,however in saying that i do really like the characters,however would love them to be a little less static.Still a page turner though and kept my interest and i would definitely want to read more in...more
Apparently, S.J. Bolton is now known as Sharon Bolton!

I’ve been reading Bolton since 2008, and my memory of the early books (which I had to order from, since it took far too long for her to become popular here) was that her author biography in the back was also non-specific as to her gender. Maybe I’m wrong, since I’ve long passed those books on, but I do recall being curious back then as to why all the secrecy. My assumption has always been that perhaps the publishers were concerned t...more
Kelly McCoy
In the past three books, Lacey Flint has been through a lot. She’s back in uniform and working with the marine unit on the Thames, where she is also living on her houseboat. Lacey is hoping for a simpler life but as fate would have it, or should I say as mystery-thrillers go, she isn’t going to get it. One morning while swimming in the river Lacey finds a dead body wrapped in a burial cloth. After a second body with similar cloth is found, Dana Tulloch leads the investigation. Once again someone...more
Cleo Bannister
This, the fourth in the Lacey Flint series is almost totally set on the river Thames in London. Lacey has left the police having taken the decision to join the Water Police after a scary event in Like This, For Ever. Hoping for a more tranquil life Lacey is missing her old boss Mark Joesbury who has gone undercover but enjoying living on a boat on the Thames as part of the riverboat community.

Don’t expect a gentle start to this book, the first corpse appears within pages, found by Lacey, there...more
I've been lucky enough to read this book ahead of publication and I can safely say that Sharon (previously S. J.) Bolton's writing just continues to get better. A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE sees us revisiting Lacey Flint on her houseboat in Deptford Creek, trying to live a steady, calm life back in uniform after the too-close-to-home perils of previous cases. While taking her daily constitutional swim in the River Thames one morning, Lacey finds the body of a young woman, partly shrouded in linen and...more
I just love the Lacey Flint series by Sharon Bolton. A Dark and Twisted Tide doesn't disappoint at all. Just as gripping, scary and creepy as the previous in the series. All the characters we have got to know are here, some in a lesser degree, some quite a bit more than previously.
Lacey has a different role in this novel, working for the river police. Unfortunately for her it isn't as quiet as she expected, almost immediately the first body is found and Lacey is caught up in the middle of it.
I waited so long for my copy to arrive but it was completely worth the wait. I love how Bolton always creates a new adventure that is always completely original which is hard for this genera of book.

I love how she is going slowly with the relationship with Lacey and Mark because it makes it more life like. I completely ship them together; they're so adorable. I also love how she splits the chapters and gets into all those different mind-frames.

I just love this series! Does anyone know if she's...more
S.J.Bolton delivers, as always. I love her writing, her stories, her characters, how she nails us to the pages and the people, like they are real, and we know them.
There was something missing in this one, though, even if I can't quite put my finger on it... maybe some repetitions, not enough character growth, more "variety" needed... I can't really say, but this was still a great book.
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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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