Dead Scared (Lacey Flint, #2) by Sharon J. Bolton

Dead Scared (Lacey Flint, #2)

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 victims acted alone. They believe that someone might be preying on lonely a...

Details Dead Scared (Lacey Flint, #2)

TitleDead Scared (Lacey Flint, #2)
Release DateJun 5th, 2012
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Dead Scared (Lacey Flint, #2)

  • Christine
    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 outstandi...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    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 ...
  • Hannah
    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 . T...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    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...
  • Amy
    4.5****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, bu...
  • Delee
    Lacey Flint is back for the second installment of this series!In DEAD SCARED Lacey Goes undercover at Cambridge university.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...
  • Brenda
    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,...
  • Anna
    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 ...
  • 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 thrilli...
  • Dennis
    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 thro...
  • Janet
    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 L...
  • 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...
  • Cynthia
    Psychological insight can be deadly in the wrong handsWhen 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 youn...
  • Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
    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 accurat...
  • Carol
    To be published by Minotaur Books June 5, 2012My 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 Yo...
  • Anne
    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 i...
  • Sean Peters
    What a great book!!S.J Bolton - Dead ScaredI 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 wi...
  • Siobhan
    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 recomm...
  • Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo
    4.5 StarsDead 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 ...
  • Becky
    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 ...
  • Angela DeSilva
    Review to follow . . . I am on to book three!
  • Bill Kupersmith
    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...
  • Kristina
    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 ...
  • Cameron Wiggins
    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 ...
  • Melissa
    Since Tana French cannot reasonably be expected to write a terrific book every six months just to keep me entertained, I find that I must expand my police procedural crime fiction horizons. I had high hopes for S.J. Bolton & her good-looking detectives who are in love with each other yet have a mysterious past that keeps them apart. This starts off great, keeps up a sharp pace, and was the reason I was sleepy at work the day after I started it ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    So, we come to the second book to feature Lacey Flint and as I adored her in the first novel (Now you See Me) I was really looking forward to this one. As expected, it was terrific.In this outing we find Lacey heading undercover in Cambridge where a spate of suicides has rocked the College. Posing as a student, her brief is to appear fragile and wait to see what happens. With each suicide becoming more violent and creative, Lacey is determined to...
  • 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 how...
  • Cthulhu Down My Chimney 2Night
    Any mystery from S J Bolton will be a gem and a treasure and “Dead Scared” is no exception. Here is the return of Detective Constable Lacey Flint, who first graced us in “Now You See Me.” Lacey (of course not her real name) is recovering from an incident some months ago which nearly took the life of Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury, a man who unwittingly holds her heart, as she holds his. Joesbury recruits Lacey to go undercover at Cambr...
  • Skip
    Probably 2.5 stars, I guess. Students at Cambridge are committing suicide in twisted, creative and unorthodox ways: not only at many times the average, but mostly women. Detective Constable Lacey Flint is asked by Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury to go undercover as a fragile, troubled student, taking the room of a recent victim, who tried to burn herself to death. Lacey works with wheelchair-bound psychologist Evi Oliver, whose patient list inc...