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A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint #4)

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Now living in a houseboat on the River Thames, Lacey Flint is becoming a part of London’s weird and wonderful riverboat community. But at dawn one hot summer morning, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the river. She assumes it was chance—after all she's recently joined the marine policing unit—but further investigation leads her team to suspect it was delib ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published May 8th 2014)
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Mary Beth
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its so sad to be finished with series. I love Lacey Flint. She is such a strong character. With everything that Lacey has gone through in the last three books, Lacey has changed her job to Marine Police. She is living in a boat and swims in the Thames River which is quite dangerous. While she is swimming she finds a body and before she knows it her low profile is gone and she is in the flint of it.

I love her relationship with Joesbury. I just love Lacey Flint! She is so daring and is on another
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
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.

May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4*s Alert the media -I finished !
Most of the action ,twists, etc. take place in the last 100 or so pages. Upon reflection, some of the reveals were beyond stunners and moved somewhat into over the top territory. Not really a spoiler-(view spoiler)
Liz Barnsley
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
Book Addict Shaun
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2014
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
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
Thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. Much appreciated.

This book is the fourth instalment in the Lacey Flint series. Here we find Lacey after the trauma met at the end of the last book has now left the MIT team and has gone back into uniform and joined the River Police working the river Thames. True to form trouble follows Lacey wherever she goes, she's like a magnet for the deranged and murderous!! In this instance young beautiful women are being found d
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
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
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017

Dear Reader,

In this,the fourth book in the series,Lacey, now a member of the Marine Police Unit, finds a shrouded body in the Thames. Working closely with past colleagues,Lacey is determined to find out the circumstances surrounding this woman's death.

More bodies are discovered as the Thames divulges its secrets sparingly and selectively.
We are privy to the voices of a selection of women,brought to the UK with the promise of employment...... Is everything as it seems,or is there something m
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and compelling. I like the characters in the Lacey Flint series and hope there will be more to come. The tides and activity of the Thames came alive for me with this reading and as always there was something interesting to learn.
Freda Malone
Another fantastic mystery by Sharon! I enjoyed the ending more than I enjoyed the whole read. Lacy is again thrust into a mystery of the Thames River. Women are pulled from the depths of the watery grave wrapped in cloth as if it is a ritual and Lacy is the one finding them. Coincidence, I think not.

There were several new characters introduced this time and I particularly liked Thessa and her brother Alex. Lacy does too and she is drawn to them in a special way to which I finally said "about ti
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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...
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As is the way of the internet, I shall point out that is book is an ‘all the feels’ book. Basically, in non-internet lingo: wow, what a great book.

This is the fourth book in the Lacey Flint series and I’m tempted to say my favourite. Thus far in the series book two, Dead Scared, has been my favourite, but I’m now of a mind to to change that. Following the events of book three, Like This For Ever, Lacey decided to return to uniform. In particular, Lacey decided to join the Marine Unit due to the
Bill Kupersmith
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Barrett
Gah, what happened? I'm so disappointed in this book. This first Lacey Flint mystery was great, the second one good, the third one ok and this one just irritated me. Maybe if I read them spaced out a year or so apart from each other then I'd like the subsequent books better? Hmmm, I don't think so.

Bolton's development of the storyline throughout the series has been awful. The relationship between Lacey & Jonesbury - that was so smoldering in the first book - is now a head scratcher. The fin
Sharon Mccall
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have admittedly read the Lacey Flint novels out of sequence but have now got myself on track and up to date having read this the fourth book in the series.

A don't-put-me-down thriller that continues on a few months after the last book finished with Lacey now working for the Marine Unit and living on a house boat trying to stay out of the way of trouble. But Lacey is a trouble magnet and it seems to find her no matter where she goes.

When she finds a body during an early morning swim of the Tham
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-crime-2014
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
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 bumped up to 4.

I really enjoy Bolton's style of writing and feel her characters are strong. That said, I found this ending to be just a little over the top. I have a feeling that fans of this series will either find the ending to be too contrived and convenient (like me), or they'll think it's brilliant.

Bolton generally does a good job of developing supporting characters which is always a plus in a series like this where it is easy to get bored with the protagonist. This is also the case in
K Hancock
Out of the four so far, I enjoyed this one the least.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
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
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my least favorite of the series, but still good. The plot felt a little convoluted at times, but it all came together by the end. I really like all of these characters and enjoy reading about them. I wish there were more Joesbury, but next up there's a novella that I believe is from his POV, so that should make up for it.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a gripping mystery/procedural, including characters with depth, a vivid setting, and a twisting and turning plot. It's been a while since I couldn't put a book down until I learned the ending. This is the first book I've read by this author; I'm glad it's part of a series, so that I can get to know some of the characters even better.
Ellen Young
I love the Lacey Flint series, but I had trouble getting into this one. It just felt like I had heard it all before. also, half the reason I love the series is for the romance, it seems like the tone went straight from "will they, won't they" to " it's old news" Weird, slightly confusing ending. just blah for me.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In der Mitte wurde es mal langatmiger, aber durch die ganzen unerwarteten Wendungen am Ende hat es doch 4 Sterne verdient.

Auch wenn Lacey/Mark wieder nicht wirklich an Gang kamen. Ich hoffe das ändert sich im nächsten Band dann mal.
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