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A Dark and Twisted Tide

(Lacey Flint #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,172 ratings  ·  606 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
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Transworld Digital
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Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lacey Flint, a former DC has left the CID to take up what she hopes will be a less strenuous position with the river police. She lives on a houseboat moored in Deptford Creek, a strange and rather sinister location, but she loves it. She has become close friends with the couple in the next-door boat, Ray and Eileen. Ray frequently swims in the Thames, despite the obvious hazards, and Lacey often accompanies him.

Lacey also has a sad emotional life. She is in love with Mark, who is an undercover p
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 Lac
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Sharon Bolton’s A Dark and Twisted Tide, her fourth Lacey Flint mystery, which is centered on and around the River Thames. The name Thames may actually come from a Welch word meaning, “dark,” and from the many, many, scenes in this book, it is not only polluted, but it takes on an ominous tone, an ever-present threat. Lacey has a history with the river, which once almost claimed her life. She now lives on the Thames in a houseboat, so I suppose one could say that she has made her ...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.

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)
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Book 4 in the Lacey Flint series.

It took me a while to come to grips with this book. Each new chapter had a new character that seems to have no relevance to the last chapter or character. But this didn’t last long, it soon all came together with startling clarity. This is an unsavoury tale of people smuggling. Young women, who are living a horrid existence in Afghanistan, are lured to the U.K. with promises of a better life for them and their families; of course there is a price to pay for livin
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
 Li'l Owl
Dark and Twisted, Indeed! Another Psychological Disturbing Masterpiece!

The killer has her now, but the woman is naked and slippery with water and sweat. She isn’t easy to hold and she’s fighting like an eel. The biting and scratching and the continual wriggling are exhausting. The killer’s grip loosens. The woman is up. Reach out, grab. She’s fallen, slapped down hard on the stone floor, hit her head. Dazed, she’s easier to manage. Heave. The sound of flesh scraping along stone. Arms flailing, c
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in the Lacey Flint series by author Sharon Bolton.
I have given this a 3 star rating but could easily be a 4, I don't think there is a big enough range to make adequate and realistic ratings.
As per usual Sharon Bolton writes very good plots and strong characters making her books an excellent read.
In this 4th book in the series Lacey Flint is now working with the Marine Police and when the love of her life Mark Joesbury goes missing while working on an under cover case there a
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
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
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
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
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 final s
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
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
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lacey Flint is doing great. Again! What happened with Thessa was a bit too much for me.
Sean Peters
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great quick story from Sharon Bolton.

Love Lacey Flint
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.
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 suppose the publ ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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...
reading is my hustle
i just wish there were more books in this series. i liked that the last two books included the same cast of characters. i did have a bit of trouble imagining the thames & all of its forgotten corners; the diagram was a bit helpful but i needed more detail.
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The character of Lacey Flint 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, and if, Lacey does return…Ms. Bolton chooses to begin a new, more confident characterization for her protagonist. Lacey often comes off as directionless and careless in her actions and decisions. She almost seems to have a death wish. While I know that this is part of who she is….it doesn't feel as if she is growing an ...more
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
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. ...more
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