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Now You See Me (Lacey Flint #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,980 ratings  ·  766 reviews
One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murd...more
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Mar 08, 2014 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ripperologists, thriller fans
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Delee
A psychological thriller, Lacey Flint’s a young inexperienced detective on the hunt for a Ripper copycat. Though set in modern day London there's tasty gothic undertones, nobody gives you the urge to check over your shoulder quite like Jack. ‘One of the phrases you’ll hear often about the Ripper,’ I said, after a couple of gulps, is “without a trace” because that’s how he worked. There were people sleeping yards from where Polly was killed and they didn’t hear a sound. Nobody saw a thing.”
Usually when there is even a mention of Jack the Ripper in a book's description, I quickly add it to my "to read" list. This time I hesitated for bit because this was a modern copy cat Jack the Ripper. Part of the enjoyment I get from reading fiction novels based on "Jack's" murder spree is because of when the killings took place...

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London 1888-Horse drawn carriages clip clopping down dark cobbled streets, the man in the in the black cloak, and hat disappearing into the fog. Scotland Yard workin...more
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(Last summer I briefly returned to my young girl passion of reading Modern Gothic thrillers. Here's my take on this mystery subgenre and my review of a British Gothic thriller writer's fourth book!)

My first reading passion was for the tales of mystery and suspense called Modern Gothic thrillers. From the time I was old enough to peruse the adult section of the public library in that small Southern town where I grew up, I hunted down the novels of Daphne Du Maurier, Anya Seton, Mary Stewart, and...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
A Thrilling Psychological Crime Novel - 4 Stars

This is my first book by S.J. Bolton and you can colour me impressed. Her writing style and characterization reminded me of Tana French, another masterful psychological crime writer. Like French, Bolton's main character is a flawed individual with a mountain of baggage and secrets to hide. She is single-minded, intelligent and broken. While I would easily recommend this book, the plot, story and pacing leave something to be desired. Had the writ...more
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

Two S.J. Bolton novels under my belt now, and I am hooked on this author's writing style (think of a much grittier, modern Mary Stewart).

Bolton has crafted an intense, atmospheric, and twist-laden tale of a young female Detective Constable with "issues", a modern day Jack-the Ripper copycat killer (oh, goody!) and all the page-turning, stomach-churing excitement you could find from the mystery/police procedural genre.

There's nothing clunky about Bolton's style. It...more
***4 solid stars***
Not bad, not bad at all. A little bit predictable, but overall it was a very enjoyable thriller.
Review to come..

BR with Alex a.k.a Little Rebel and Samantha. Let's solve this sucker!
Cora Linn
I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. It is amazing.

As a fan of crime, mystery and thriller books, I'm always on the lookout for new series to get invested in. And wow, am I invested. This series has me in its grasp and isn't letting go.

From the first chapter (and wow, what a start!) I couldn't out this down. I was walking around with it held up in front of me, reading as much as I could during breaks, abandoning meals in favour of reading. I really could not put this down.

I loved...more
I love it when this happens. When you find a new author, read the first book, and you strike gold. You can see in your mind’s eye a series of books stretching out in front of you, promising great things, and like a blood-hound you happily rush down the trail.

LOVED this book. It had it all for me. Set in London. Strong historical element (the history of the Jack the Ripper murders). Great cast of believable characters. Grisly murders and exciting chases. Strong procedural backbone to the plot. Go...more

WARNING: Do NOT click the spoiler links if you haven't read this. It will ruin EVERYTHING!

I'd like to preface this review by saying a big THANK YOU to Alex for discovering this little gem and then adopting me into a buddy-read with her and La-Lionne. It's a GREAT book to read with friends because of all the twists and shared theories, and I had a blast! :)

I'd give this 6 stars if I could, and I rarely say that about a book.

Now You See Me will take you on one wild ride. I loved every single minu...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was a crime-thriller, but so much more; and it wasn't formulaic. It's hard to tell the same story we've all read about police trying to track down a apparent serial killer, one that seems to by copycatting Jack the Ripper. We've read stories like that before, right. And there is almost always a predictable romance thrown in, for grins and some gratuitous sex. Well... you will be surprised by this one... I was!

Good job on a fun, page-turner!
Now You See Me is my first introduction to Sharon Bolton's works, and I'm impressed. This was one heck of a rollercoaster read. From the very beginning this drew me in. Well, when you start out with a throat slashing it kind of grabs you by the throat, as it were!! And doesn't really let go for the rest of the book.

Set in London, this book sees the introduction of a new copper in town, Lacey Flint, a flawed character (aren't they all?!!) but one with secrets, and, not glaringly obvious ones at t...more
The set up
The prologue opens with two young women clearly in trouble one evening. It was obvious something horrible happened to at least one of them but the scene then shifts to a point in the future. Detective Constable Lacey Flint is leaving the home of an assault victim when she finds a woman who has been stabbed next to Lacey's car. She's clearly seriously wounded and Lacey holds onto her as she waits helplessly for emergency medical assistance. Though Lacey isn't part of a homicide division...more
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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What made me interested in Now You See Me is, as morbid as it may sound, a fascination with serial killers on both the main character’s and my part. Since I’ve always been fascinated by these people myself, I was curious to see how Bolton would incorporate the Ripper myth into her story and how it would work in a twenty-first century novel.

The book certainly has a compelling set-up. The original Jack the Ripper, a sadistic serial ki...more
Jul 15, 2012 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carol by: PatG & The Readers Book Based Banter
I'm becoming a big fan of S.J. Bolton. It's not that there's anything terribly new here but I like the way this woman thinks and puts a story together.

Interestingly, I read Dead Scared, the second Lacey Flint outing, first. What made me go back and read the first "Now You See Me" was the excellent interview and talk with the author on The Readers , July 2nd. Part of The Readers Summer Reading Club, the first segment was a talk with S.J. Bolton, intrigued me to go back and set the Lacey Flint ch...more
I wasn't aware that this book was written from the first person perspective of the female MC. I'm to blame for not paying closer attention to other reviews; being instead entranced by the impressive percentage of 5 star reviews.

For a male reader, this book is unbearable. 80% of the book is reserved for vacuous waffling about romantic relationships, suntans, clothes, other material goods, and food. This book could have been reduced to a 50-page novella and nothing important need have been lost.

Lacey Flint is a young detective constable in London with a secret past, when she finds a woman stabbed right by her car everything changes for her. The killer has a special interest in Lacey and with her special knowledge on serial killers she finds herself a part of the terrifying murder hunt to catch this copy cat killer. Is this killer interest in Lacey personal or professional? Can Lacey continue to keep her past hidden when she is pushed further and further into the spot light? Read Now Yo...more
Hamlen Mark
I stumbled on this book when I was looking for the possibility that the recent movie of the same name was originally a book. I wish I had fallen on the other direction. This book is really not very good.

S. J. Bolton takes 391 pages to tell a story that should inspire mystery, intrigue and interest. But, our author was able to spend all those pages making the pursuit of a serial killer (possibly copying Jack the Ripper) in London one boring slog.

She uses some stock characters with stock issues...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 4* out of 5. I am suitably impressed. This is a book I have looked at several times the last year or so, and put in the never-ever category. Come on - another book about a Jack the Ripper copy cat? How boring can it get? However, since I came across it looking for a new mp3 book and it was cheap, I bought it anyway. I normally have more patience with audio than with other formats and it was better than anything else I could find at the time.

I was not disappointed. Not a single one of my...more
One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, hist...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton is a BRILLIANT READ!!!!!!!!! First I have to say thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. If it were not for them I would not have found this little gem of a book. I have to say that this book totally blew me away for several reasons and one being that it is a murder mystery with a female lead character who is strong and knows what she wants and how to get it. Then there is the Jack The Ripper park of the story. Man oh man being a Psych and Criminal...more
There are certain predictable aspects of S.J. Bolton's novels in which predictable is a positive. First, they are page turners. You will lose the ability to choose whether or not you can put the book down. The story consumes you and directs you to read until the end, with a hopeless search for more. The main character is a strong, independent woman with haunting baggage and intelligent foresight. There is an attractively shrewd man who features prominently in the story, one whom you are anxiousl...more
Jerome Parisse
What a great crime novel! S. J. Bolton's Now You See Me will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Guaranteed. Her characters are real and interesting and the plot flows well. It's never boring, and the "yuk" factor is there when needed, although not straight in your face as in other novels. I found the story riveting, and of course, I missed the whole point until the very end! I just didn't see it coming, which I love in a good story. Bolton writes well, and I'm looking forward to more o...more
Adam Leask
I, like many others, have a deep seeded fascination with Jack the Ripper. It started when I was at Junior High - I would arrive at school early and spend time perusing the large collection of Ripper material that the school had accumulated over the years.

Now You See Me, brought back many of these childhood memories and again has sparked my interest in the Ripper case. A very, very well written novel, in which I thought I had predicted the ending a few times, but had all of my theories thrown out...more
What an absolutely brilliant read. It is not often that I instantly love a book and find every single page absorbing. The author combines the murders attributed to nineteenth century killer, Jack the Ripper with a spate of modern killings. It is very reminiscent of ITV's Whitechapel at times. We follow intriguing tough young police officer, Lacey, through the case. We get a fascinating story of abuse and revenge, with a great twist at the end. Highly recommended read. I can't wait to get my hand...more
Sean Peters

My second book in a row from this author. This book takes place before Dead Scared so it is best to read this first. As the main character is in both books.

This author keeps the tension and keeps you guessing all the way, a great story very gripping and exciting right to the end.

This author is going to become a "star" with a gripping and strong thrilling books.

Starting third book now "Blood Harvest"


Diane S.
Different than her previous books, this one is about a young detective and trying to solve the case of what appears to be someone imitating the famous Ripper murders. Alot of facts and theories about the original Jack the Ripper and his identity as well as interesting characters.
3 1/2 Stars
I had high expectations for the first book in the Lacey Flint series given the reviews. This Jack the Ripper copycat mystery was a bit of a slog to me for the first two-thirds of the book. This might have been because I got half-way through the book and then had to return it to the library. Because of moving to a new apartment, there was a gap of a few weeks between reading the first half and the second.

With that said, the murders, the main protagonist Lacey and the cast of character...more
There have been many books about serial killers before, especially Jack the Ripper copycat killers. Nothing new about that. So what makes Now You See Me different from them? The author has taken the serial killer concept, made it even more shocking, hard-hitting, and added an emotional depth which I often find missing in such books. All this along with a fantastic plot and brilliant characterization makes Now You See Me unforgettable - a book which will linger on for quite a while.

DC Lacey Flint...more
This is the third S.J.Bolton book I have read and although I enjoyed the other two, Now You See Me really shows the extent of her talent.

The book follows Lacey Flint on her first murder case, and sees her playing a bloody game of cat and mouse with a Jack the Ripper copycat.
The plot has been well researched and is not only a great crime novel, but also gives an in depth historical account of the infamous Ripper killings. The story is set in both Cardiff and London, and shows both how easy it i...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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