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.
Bantam Press, 2011