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Dead Scared

(Lacey Flint #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  9,513 ratings  ·  972 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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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
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
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 13, 2015 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!
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
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads, mysteries
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
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.

Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Dec 31, 2015 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. ...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
May 05, 2012 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
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
The title ‘Dead Scared’ says it all, this is one scary tale.

There have been an unprecedented number of suicides in the university town Cambridge and DC Lacey Flint has been recruited by SO10, a covert section of Scotland Yard. Lacey’s brief is to install herself as a would-be student to see if she can get a handle on why these suicides are happening.
It doesn’t take long before Lacey herself starts having some very strange experiences. Although investigating is not part of her brief Lacey just
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
Deb Jones
It had been a while since I read the first book in the Lacey Flint series, Now You See Me, but it didn't take me long to get back up to speed with this offering. Suffice it to say that Lacey hasn't changed much since my first encounter with her -- she remained diligent in her pursuit of the truth, a closed book to everyone around her as far as her true thoughts and feelings on anything personal, and not afraid to go where others fear to tread.

Lacey is sent on an undercover assignment to
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.

This review will be short and sweet—it wasn't my favorite Sharon Bolton novel and it definitely turned me off from continuing with the Lacey Flint series, sadly. I was obsessed with how it's predecessor, Now You See Me ran it's course, so I knew I needed to give this series a try. Dead Scared starts off epic, and really gripped me immediately in the beginning, however once I got 40% into the story, it became monotonous and tedious to get through. The slow building suspense that I've grown ...more
Apr 14, 2014 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 ...more
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
In the second book featuring Detective Lacey Flint, Lacey finds herself going undercover as a student at Cambridge University following an unexpected blip in the suicide rate in the student population. Most of the victims are pretty girls and, when Lacey starts to investigate, things don't seem right, especially with regard to the strange and violent methods used.
This was totally gripping and a real rollercoaster of a read. Sadly the ending was a bit sudden and inconclusive so I wasn't able to
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
 Li'l Owl
Nerve Rattling and Terrifying!

DI Joesbury has reached the door to the chapel tower and finds it unlocked. It slams back against the stone wall and his left shoulder, which will always be the weaker of the two, registers the shock of pain. At the first corner, Joesbury spots a shoe, a narrow, low-heeled blue leather shoe, with a pointed toe and a high polish. He almost stops to pick it up and then realizes he can’t bear to. Once before he held a woman’s shoe in his hand and thought he’d lost
Jan 27, 2013 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
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2012 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.

Sean Peters
Jul 09, 2013 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 !



Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Bill Kupersmith
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I haven’t read a book this fast for a while!
This book had me on the edge of my seat and suspecting everyone at one point or another...really was a big who dun it - and I still guessed wrong! Was very cleverly written I never suspected who was involved - I suspected the innocents more than once...Sharon Bolton is very good at throwing in Red Herrings.

This is a British thriller in which many suicides seem to be occurring at Cambridge university - most of the victims are women and appear to be
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
Cameron Wiggins
Apr 09, 2016 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 ...more
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
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