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Dead Scared (Lacey Flint #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,339 Ratings  ·  816 Reviews
Keep telling yourself it's only fiction... as you read this sensational thriller. Are you scared yet?
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
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Bantam Press (first published 2012)
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Kathy I would recommend starting with the first. I started with the third because it was a book club read. But going back to the first and second answered a…moreI would recommend starting with the first. I started with the third because it was a book club read. But going back to the first and second answered a lot of questions that came up by coming in later in the series.(less)

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Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Buddy read with Cam
Shelves: favorites
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
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!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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
Mary Beth
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Amy by: Chelsea Humphrey

Oh My Goodness, I love this series. It sits with me long after I finish the book. The first one was my favourite book of the year and this one left nothing to be desired. It also made me realize that like many women, I must be enthralled with a small romantic premise, because Joesbury and Flint have me all worked up for them to be together. Some people don't like this small bit of storyline in thrillers and action, a romance developing, but I have to say it makes me swoon here.

Fast paced
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
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sean Peters
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 !



Cameron Wiggins
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
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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
Oct 11, 2014 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
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
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May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to The Haunted Reading Room 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
Bill Kupersmith
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I quite love Sharon Bolton's detective Lacey Flint. But if you haven't already met her in Now You See Me, be sure to read it before you read Dead Scared. If you know Lacey's history, you'll understand why she preferred one night stands to a committed relationship with a man who loves her. They get a little closer here and I gather there a third in the series under way so I'm hoping Lacey will find the love she deserves. (Hint, Sharon Bolton!)

Here Lacey goes under cover as an undergraduate at Cam
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ladies-writin
Since Tana French cannot reasonably be expected to write a terrific book every six months just to keep me entertained, I find that I must expand my police procedural crime fiction horizons. I had high hopes for S.J. Bolton & her good-looking detectives who are in love with each other yet have a mysterious past that keeps them apart. This starts off great, keeps up a sharp pace, and was the reason I was sleepy at work the day after I started it – for the first 300 pages or so, it was really h ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
"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,
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
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