Now You See Me (SJ Bolton)

Lacey Flint #1

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 building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt. No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. However, as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she’d rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.

After a few disappointing books, I wanted something that would truly engage me. My friend Renee @It’s Book Talk (check out her amazing blog!) had recommended this series several times and I finally decided to give it a go. Thank you! What a wise decision 😉

You know how much I love police procedurals, but this felt totally different. Even better. Our main character is not your typical detective. She’s flawed, she’s difficult and she might be dangerous. She’s fierce and independent and I have a feeling that I will like her more when I read the sequels.

It’s funny because the main character and some of the scenes reminded me of a book I had read this year. And then I realized I was thinking of Daisy In Chains, which is written by the same author. I definitely like you, Bolton.

What I liked the most about the plot was that it wasn’t what I was expecting. Let’s say that the investigation took a different turn after a while and I absolutely loved the change of focus. It made the book even more captivating, in my opinion. My advice is to read this book with an open mind and enjoy the thrilling journey.

And now, of course, let’s talk about Mark Joesbury. I loved him, period. I could feel the tension between Mark and Lacey from their very first scene. They were making me crazy! You know I don’t usually think love stories are important in crime books, but I’m already rooting for these two. Their relationship was so well-written that I believe everyone would agree with me. Even if you hate romance.

Now You See Me was dark, creepy and completely addictive. I couldn’t stop reading, as I was intrigued by Lacey and her weird behavior. What the hell is going on here? You don’t know how many times I asked myself that question… Don’t miss it.

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Bantam Press, 2011


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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves old songs and 90s movies. I enjoy reading mystery and crime, coming of age stories, and historical fiction set in the last century.

43 thoughts on “Now You See Me (SJ Bolton)

  1. Thank you for the shout out Annie!! I was sooo happy you decided to read this and even happier you loved it:) your review is superb! I completely agree about mark and Lacey, those 2 drove me a good way. My absolute favorite in the series is Lost the third book so you have much to look forward to!!


  2. Sometimes the unexpected is the absolute best thing! I am pretty sure if Renee recommends, then it is safe to proceed 😉 This also sounds like it has some great characters 🙂 Always a win to find a series you cannot wait to continue.. unless you are like me and lack all follow through 😦

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  3. Glad you enjoyed this one – the good news is the series gets even better! And I found I liked Lacey much more as it went on. I’m sorry, though, you can’t have Mark – he’s mine! 😉


  4. What a great review! This one has been recommended to me so many times, after this review, I’ll have to bump this series way up the list. Glad you found a read you thoroughly enjoyed and worthy of all the stars!😊


  5. oooo “what the hell is going on here” is the best question to ask during thrillers! This sounds really good and I’m especially intrigued because you liked the romance so much! I’ll have to put it on my TBR, love your review!


    1. Right? I love asking myself that! I think you’d like this. There’s not much romance, but there’s a potential relationship… and they were making me crazy! haha

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  6. I had to check but yes I’ve read this one in 2013 and also gave it 5 stars! I love the Jack The Ripper aspect especially. She’s a wonderful author and I’d love an ARC of her new novel too. I’ll definitely check out your review!


  7. I like Bolton’s standalone books but couldn’t get away with this series, I know others love it though so maybe should give it another go?


  8. A love story that actually works and makes sense in a crime book?? I”m curious! I like my crimes to be romance-less because usually those feelings don’t suit these storylines too well and it looks as if the author crammed it between police work just to please. Oh and, love the unexpected turns in an investigation! I need more surprises and originality! Fab review 🙂


    1. It wasn’t even a love story, but there was so much sexual tension hahaha And they were pretending to hate each other… I couldn’t resist them 😛


  9. I try to avoid anything that leans towards police procedural but your reviews always get me curious. I like the sound of this series and the fact that something unexpected(you didn’t predict this one 🙂 happened has definitely gotten me curious. Great review!


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