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Now You See Me I have read Now You See Me NYSMan 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, plotting and characterization NYSM preceded all of those Gone Girl Bad on a Train With a Terrible Marriage books apologies to someone outshining all of those supposed twisty turny books Ms Bolton is the James Bond of twisty writers Nobody does it better DC Lacey Flint is the only witness to the death of a woman who dies in her arms She is re assigned to the Lewisham nick so she can continue doing her own non related investigations into the under reported sexual assaults of adolescent and teenage immigrant women This keeps DC Flint easily available to the Major Incident Team for questioning The MIT is headed by DI Dana Tulloch in a welcome return from Sacrifice As a witness Flint is not supposed to be involved with the investigation but her expertise on Jack the Ripper comes in handy when a copycat calls her out DC Flint then goes from ripperologist to ripper bait as it becomes apparent this really is all about her No one knows why, but when DC Flint figures it out, she s not about to tell anyone She is just going to end the murder spree This is not foolishly going into the scary basement territory although she does this is to save the life she has made for herself Lacey is a mess, but a mess readers grow to care about Her secrets have secrets A beautiful woman, Lacey tries to hide her looks and to stay as much in the background as possible She keeps a boxing heavy bag dressed as man in her garden shed Her apartment is a white box with no sign of her personality Lacey seeks anonymous sex because she thinks she will always be unable to have a real relationship This is put to the test when she meets DI Mark Joesbury, a close friend of DI Tulloch Ultimately, lack of trust between Lacey and her co workers end with Lacey having to making excruciating choices to save loved ones There is not a wasted word, an overdone scene or an off note in this book As an added bonus I also come away from most of Ms Bolton s booksinformed on a social issue than when I started 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 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 working with only eye witnesses and hand written letters possibly sent by the murderer No cell phones, no internet, no DNA but this was one of those times when the cover of the book called to me, and I thought I would give it a chance NOW YOU SEE ME did not disappoint.London 2011 After interviewing a potential witness in a rape case, DC Lacey Flint walks out to her car and stumbles upon a dying woman Geraldine Jones Later a letter is sent to the office of a local reporter Dear Miss BosstonI keep on hearing Saucy Jacky is back How I have laughed Is it true If it is, I hope the police are clever, and on the right track.Ask DC Flint for me Did the lady squeal No time to clip her ears but plenty of times for funny little games.Yours truly,A f r iendHope you like the red proper stuffThe killer is re creating the crimes of Jack the Ripper, and Geraldine Jones, is only the first.Many fiction novels have been based on the Jack the Ripper Killings, but this one definitely has a style of it s own Not just the modern twist, there is so muchgoing on than just the murders Lacey Flint is a complex, dark character, and I found her back story just as riveting as the mystery she is trying to solve. 4Jack was a real man, but he s 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, Lacey s first one in fact, however when a reporter receives a letter, pre fixed Dear Boss , hand delivered, and written in red ink suspected blood , it is pointing to a Jack the Ripper copycat When these letters mention Lacey by name she is swept head long into the investigation, trying to reveal the killer while also keeping her own dark secrets buried.Lacey as a character was rather complex, however the writing of this character was very engaging and kept me wondering and guessing to Lacey s own secrets and agendas often secreted through hints and admissions through out the book Lacey was relatable to some manner, her obsession with true crime mirrored that of my own when I was a teenager now Sharon Bolton did a great job at portraying a character who was new to murder work especially that of a serial killer and working with a new team who, some, seem mistrustful of her Bolton shows Lacey s doubts and the debates within herself for the sanity at keeping her job, finding the killer, and keeping hold of her secret past As this book centres around a possible copy cat of Jack the Ripper, Sharon Bolton does a great job at providing a comprehensive and informative view of the suspected Jack the Ripper crimes form 1888 However, be warned, some of the deaths in this were highly graphic and torturous for the victims making an unpleasant read.I have given this book 4 stars as some parts I was easily able to guess or figure out parts of the plot before the characters did , so it was slightly annoying when it took time for the characters to eventually figure it out.Another thing I didn t particularly enjoy, was the relationship between Mark Joesbury and Lacey Flint I felt Mark was rather unlikeable in my opinion , treated Lacey badly, and the relationship between the two seemed under developed compared to the pace the book was moving at, especially scenes involving the two characters. 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 progresses, we begin to learnabout Lacey s past and her own secrets There is a little romance as well I enjoyed it because it wasn t over the top or distracting from the story The ending had so many twists and turns I think I have whiplash, but I enjoyed every second I would immediately recommend this book to anyone looking for a new suspense thriller mystery series without a ton of books to catch up on there s only 4 so far 5 if you count the short story I ve already requested the next in the series and am excited to continue Lacey s story 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, I hope the police are clever and on the right track Ask DC Flint for me did the lady squeal No time to clip her ears but plentytime for funny little games Yours truly A f r iend Hope you like the proper red stuff. The letter is then compared to the first letter Jack the ripper sent to the police in 1888 Dear Boss I keep on hearing the police have got me but they won t fix me just yet I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track That joke about leather apron give me such fits I am down on whores and I won t quit ripping them till I do get buckled Grand work the last job was I gave the lady no time to squeal How can they catch me now I love my work and want to start again You will soon hear of me with my funny little games I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to right with but it went thick like glue and I can t use it Red ink is fit enough I hope Ha ha The next job I do I shall clip the lady s ear off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn t you Keep this letter back till I do a bitwork then give it out straight My knife s so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance Good luck Yours trulyJack the Ripper Don t mind me giving the trade name.In the short note pushed through Emma s front door in the early hours of Saturday morning, twenty two words had been directly lifted from the original letter When he d finished going through it, Joesbury drew a big circle round the misspelling of Emma Boston s name Dear Miss Bosston Christ , muttered Tulloch Bastard s sent us a Dear Boss letter, said Joesbury, in case one of us hadn t got it From the look in Tulloch s face, and the ache at the back of my jaw that usually means I m about to vomit, it seemed fair to say we both hadSharon J Bolton has done it AGAIN with Now You See Me Book one in the Lacey Flintseries is a diabolical and chilling masterpiece written around the legendary and infamous Jack the Ripper But don t let put you off While there are parallels, Sharon J Bolton has cleverly twisted this into an unputdownable story all it s own She will have you guessing in one direction only to send you off on a completely different tangent altogether Over and over again Word to the wise Don t start this book if you have somewhere to be You won t get there I have so much faith in Sharon J Boltonthat I have already purchased all of the Lacey Flint novels and I can t wait to dive in 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 or slice up with a knife hide spoiler Lacey Flint Is A London Policewoman With A Secret Past, A Morbid Fascination With Serial Killers And A Curiously Empty Flat On The Job She S Quiet And Plainly Dressed At Night She Has An Unusual Social LifeWhen Lacey Returns To Her Car One Evening To Find A Woman Fatally Stabbed Right By It, She Is Taken In For Questioning, But Then A Hand Delivered Letter Suggests The Killer Has A Special Interest In Lacey HerselfSuddenly She Is At The Centre Of A Terrifying Murder Hunt, Working With The Smart But Damaged DI Dana Tulloch And The Hostile DI Mark Joesbury, Another Person Who Seems Curiously Fascinated With LaceyIs Joesbury S Interest In Lacey Personal Or Professional Will Lacey Cope As The Case Pushes Her Into The Limelight And Does The Team Have The Skill To Outwit One Of The Nastiest Serial Killers Londoners Have Fallen Prey To Since The Killer S Infamous Role Model Jack The Ripper From The Trade Paperback Edition 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 character in my mind I postponed the last segment of the podcast, loaded with spoilers, until after I read the book That I read Dead Scared first didn t hamper my enjoyment of either but I did learn things about Lacey that I didn t know in Now You See Me The character Lacey Flint and her interaction with other members of the London Police is what makes the read for me The mindset of a female policewoman, her means of detection, her working relationship with male staff, and general dealings with the public, are interesting to explore Now You See Me is classed as crime fiction I do like crime but I love it when it has strong psychological themes as well as some good twists and turns One review that I read thought there was nothing original in Now You See Me that this story has been told before I think that is true of many books, the old how many plots are there question Hey, there is a murder, there is a killer, there is a person trying to find the killer and preventkilling This simple story can be new depending on how the author chooses to get you from point to point I think S.J s plotting and writing is excellent and well thought out She herself states that she leads you a bit in Now You See Me and she d be surprised if you could not figure out a few things for yourself Yes, I did, but this made me think about the character of Lacey , comparing her to people in my own life, who sometimes make me step back and wonder about who they really are I also loved the back story of the homeless which is termed sleeping rough It almost worries me how well Bolton writes these scenes This worry also relates to the theme of rape and violence to women If this is not enough there s a bit of history regarding Jack the Ripper which should interest fans of this long unsolved case There s also a bit of music running throughout the story and one particular song that will keep sounding in my head as the story fades and I m on to something new One point to ponder Flint states We were taught in training that it s human instinct to turn left rather than right, and that, with no other motivation, people will head to their leftNow I always thought that we look left and turn right when entering a venue I wonder if this is due to our different driving habits.Bolton says she does not intend to keep Flint going forever Her fans might demand she does I hope she sticks to her guns and maybe does one or two , which allows for fleshing out the character and her relationships to a natural end Bolton has written stand alone books I enjoyed Sacrifice and will definitely seek out the others as well as any new ones she writes. 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 it all.The research on the actual Ripper murders was truly excellent As an historian I appreciate this type of accuracy and the documentation at the end notes for additional reading as well Hilton s writing is very good although at times I felt I was given tidbits of information regarding the character s background for shock value rather than simply allowing me to know the characters This isn t the 20th century I don t care if someone has a partner rather than husband Annoying The endingthan made up for it all though No matter what you suspected throughout the book, the ending still is a surprise and very well written So yes there are flaws but overall it is well worth reading and after that ending I definitely want to know Lahey Flint better A psychological thriller, Lacey Flint s 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 JackOne of the phrases you ll hear often about the Ripper, I said, after a couple of gulps, is without a trace because that s how he worked There were people sleeping yards from where Polly was killed and they didn t hear a sound Nobody saw a thingShe s got the creep factor down, liked the murderer s taste in music Julie Andrews raindrops on roses playing in the background, a disturbingly nice touch.I m not aRipperologistbut I read this right after The Lodger a great Ripper novel written back in 1918, had me wantingBoulton delivered, tossing in a few Saucy Jack theories he was a member of the royal family it was a Masonic conspiracy, Jill the Ripper anyone The pacing is tight, plenty of twists Lacey s interesting Complex, neurotic, secretive a loner who rejects intimacy, preferring one night stands regardless of the danger, or probably because of itgood stuff In the thriller genre 3 stars rounded up to 4.Meanderings Saucy Jack or The Ripper Saucy Jack doesn t quite cut it, does it Truth is there s been plenty of unsolved murders, maybe this one would have sunk into oblivion years ago if not for a reporter back in 1888 called Thomas Bulling A drunken journalist who wrote crime stories for newspapers, he coined the phrase Jack the Ripper and it stuck, the real murderer signed his letters to the police Saucy Jack An ingenious piece of journalism, 125 years later serial killers are still called Rippers.Warning Leans towards torture porn To be fair passages like this don t dominate the novel but holy crackers only a woman could write this, a taste view spoiler Most women, once they reach their mid twenties, will have had at least one cervical examination We lie on an examination table, our legs drawn back so that our knees are broadly level with our chest Sometimes our feet are held in stirrups other times, we re asked to splay our knees This woman looked almost like a patient waiting for an internal examination Except that no doctor I ve ever come across would use duct tape, wrapping above and below the knee, to bend the leg double and hold it in place This woman would have been unable to move, unable even to scream, when the two foot long piece of wood was rammed inside her hide spoiler


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