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Now You See Me

(Lacey Flint #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  20,302 ratings  ·  1,752 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 buildings darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Rippers first murder ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published May 26th 2011)
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Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As treacherous and as uncertain as the rough edges of the cobblestone streets in the infamous Whitechapel district. Shadows of a dark figure much to the likes of Jack around every corner.

Now here's where I'd like to walk around inside the mind of the very talented Sharon Bolton. Oooh! Or maybe not.......

Sharon Bolton introduces us to her quite complicated character, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable working the crime scenes of London. The intense story grabs you from the first pages as
Maureen Carden
I have read Now You See Me (NYSM) an embarrassing number of times. The superb plotting, fascinating characters and spooky settings keep drawing me back in. Of course the problem with re-reading this book is that I never have the shivery thrill of the first time. I don't care. It's still worth it.

With my first reading, Bolton kept me guessing throughout the book until I figured something out and then realized, no, I had not. On subsequent readings I read for the pure pleasure of language,
Lucy Langford
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jack was a real man, but hes become a myth.

A well-crafted crime procedural, fast-paced and gripping.
This is the first book in the Lacey Flint series by Sharon Bolton.

After interviewing a reluctant witness one dark evening, Lacey is horrified to find a woman slumped over her car door, bleeding profusely. This woman then dies in her arms.

At first this seems like a murder case, Laceys first one in fact, however when a reporter receives a letter, pre-fixed Dear Boss, hand-delivered, and
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thank you Brenda for the wonderful recommendation of this book! I could have eaten this up in one day if this week hadn't been so busy.

This book is the first in the Lacey Flint series and it started (and ended) with a bang. Clearly I'm late to the party and most everyone has read this book already, but I'm happy to have joined in. Without giving too much away, this novel is based around the fact that a Jack the Ripper copy cat is on the loose and it is up to the MIT to stop him. As the book
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
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
A killer is mimicking Jack the Ripper, mirroring his kill dates from long ago. Truth or smokescreen? A deadly game of cat and mouse is taking place, but who is playing whom?

Deftly plotted, with characters into which you can really sink your teeth, (view spoiler)

A 'Jack the Ripper' copycat is murdering women in London and - like the original Ripper - is taunting the press and the cops.

The copycat seems to be focusing attention on beautiful Detective Constable Lacey Flint, who had the bad luck to find the first victim moments after the woman was attacked.

Because Lacey was first on scene - and happens to be an expert on Ripper lore - she's asked to assist with the investigation being run by Dana Tulloch, head of the Major Investigative Team.

Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
 Li'l Owl
Clever, Diabolical, and Chilling!

When a young women is brutally attacked by an unknown assailant, DC Lacey Flint gets to her just before she takes her last breath, dying in her arms.

Following the murder, journalist Emma Boston comes forward claiming to have received a letter at home, seemingly from the killer. She personally brings it to Lacey, not the police. The reason becomes clear very quickly.

Dear Miss Bosston
I keep on hearing Saucy Jack is back. How I have laughed
Is it true?
If it is,
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally! It took forever to get my hands on this book and then it took me forever to read it, howver, despite the fact that I never thought of it as a can't-put-it-down-page-Turner, this was a very solid book.
Now You See Me is the first in the Lacey Flint series by S.J. Bolton who also publishes under Sarah Bolton. Someone in London is copying Jack the Ripper's murders and the MET is called in to investigate. The twist is that the murders are not random and DI Flint appears to in the center of
4.5 stars

A BIG thank you goes out to my GR friend Christine for making this my buddy read pick! We both picked a book for each other to read that we knew the other would never pick themselves. (My choice for her was Bird Box) MUAHAHAHA
My first experience with Sharon Bolton (Little Black Lies) was nothing to write home about. Chris has been nipping in my ear for awhile now about giving the author a second chance, and I am glad that she did. Reading Now You Can See Me was a completely different
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ripperologists, thriller fans
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Delee
A psychological thriller, Lacey Flints 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 youll hear often about the Ripper, I said, after a couple of gulps, is without a trace because thats how he worked. There were people sleeping yards from where Polly was killed and they didnt hear a sound. Nobody saw a thing.
Shes got the
Angela DeSilva
I found a new favorite author here in S.J. (Sharon) Bolton. This book was brilliant! Very engrossing and intricate plot line. Highly recommended. Will definitely be going through all her works including this series. This book was the first in the Lacey Flint series. She has written several stand alone novels including Sacrifice her debut novel which I mistook for the first in the Lacey Flint series. I have heard so many good things about this series I was looking for the beginning and discovered ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seeing a dying a woman next to her car when she returned to it one evening was the last thing Detective Constable Lacey Flint expected to witness. The woman was barely standing and there was a copious amount of blood pouring out of her. Lacey immediately rang for backup and an ambulance. Lacey thought there wasn't much chance of the victim surviving not at the pace she was losing blood.

Once the investigation gets under way there seems to be more questions about this woman and not many answers.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! What an amazing surprise!!
I wasn't really expecting much from this book. Jack the Ripper copycat, it's been done. Investigator series, it's been done... But WOW!!! LOVED IT!! Sucked me in straight away and I was up ALL NIGHT!!!!

It had pretty much everything I love about a novel all rolled into one. Great characters, interestingly dark - yet extremely enjoyable tone, well written, suspenseful, with a dash of romance... And a twist... Ohhhh a BLOODY AWESOME twist!!!

Lacey Flint is an
This October, I've decided to pick up some of Sharon Bolton's past works, because I fell in love with her storytelling after reading The Craftsman. #itsaboltonhalloween Everyone that I spoke to recommended the Lacey Flint series, starting with the debut Now You See Me , but I was hesitant to pick up another FBI/Detective series. Aren't they all the same anyways? Well, I ate those words real quickly.

Lacey Flint witnesses a murder in progress and doesn't know what to do. Does she help the
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-lit
What can i say this was one of the best reads this year for me story of Jack The Ripper very well written & researched Lacy Flint was the heroine & her character was tough as nails was graphic in parts but set the story up not for the faint hearted highly recomended
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

If you are looking for a fantastic crime thriller that will have you burning the midnight oil,then this book has to be added immediately to your TBR list!!

This book centres around the death of Geraldine Jones,the first victim of a killer who,we learn,is mirroring his attacks on none other than Jack the Ripper!!

Lacey Flint,a police woman who finds the first victim,quickly becomes involved in the case.

What follows is one of the best storylines that I've had to pleasure of
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Sean Peters
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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"


Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
This was my first introduction to this author. Such a fantastic gripping thriller that kept me guessing right until the end. I loved this book and am looking forward to the next in the series!
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bolton gets me EVERY TIME!!!!
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I just keep adding to my favorites shelf this year. Another 5 Star read is S.J. Bolton's Now You See Me! Sharon Bolton knows how to keep a reader turning the pages! Her narration is fast paced and suspenseful, whilst giving this reader chills - a modern day Jack the Ripper! Her characters are fully fleshed out. And I loved Lacey Flint. I didn't see the last twist at the end of the novel. And it blew my mind away!

Briefly to summarize the plot. Lacey Flint is a young CID DC in London and is
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2011-reads
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
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

A book thats somehow about Jack the Ripper? SIGN ME UP!

Okay so someone is following jacks playbook of how to kill women. However, they arent killing prostitutes or anything. Nope, the victims are mothers with husbands and kids.

Then you meet Lacey Flint who arrives to the scene of the crime way before someone gets murdered. Of course everyones highly suspicious of this and they think she is hiding something from them. You soon find out that each place a victim is found is a place
3.5 Stars. A good crime mystery with an eerie Jack The Ripper copycat connection to the murder's committed over a decade ago. About one third of the way in, I could not put the book down thinking 5 stars all the way, but then the focus of the murder investigation changed and my interest ebbed a bit. Still enjoyed it, but am hoping Detective Lacey Flint will be more convincing in her role in book #2 with a greater developed relationship to Joesbury.

I know I'm in the minority with my rating, but

Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 1 in the Lacey Flint series.
Lacey is one of the more very complex character I have come across of late.
A dull, plain female Detective Constable by day and a attractive, sexy young woman by night. Her sexual preference is, uncomplicated one night stands.

There is a killer acting out Jack the Ripper style killings in London. The new Jack is attacking middle aged women and violently torturing them before killing them. For some unknown reason the killer wants young DC Flint to be involved in
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Amy by: Christine
Wow. Easily the best book I've read this year. Thank you to everyone who recommended it in "A Good Thriller's: PIFM". I enjoyed it immensely.

You know how to tell a fan-*******-tastic be able to read it twice in eleven months. Sharon Bolton is currently my favourite writer. When I became acquainted with her and Slaughter this year, I knew I'd found my favourite new female authors. But Bolton, she just blows me away. I find her plots just so well written. Better than anyone else's. Mind
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I think my expectations for this book was way too high. I mean I liked the book, it was well-written, had interesting characters and the story was good with some nice twists. But I just never really got "into" the story, sure the Jack the Ripper copycat story was good and I liked that Lacey Flint had some really dark secrets that she really needed to keep away from the Met. I also liked Detective Inspector Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury. I especially liked the love-hate relationship between ...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.

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