Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!
I’m not going to lie, my mission today is to convince you to buy the whole Lacey Flint series after reading this post. I don’t know how to thank Renee for making me read them when I asked her which series should I start next. A year has passed and it’s already one of my most favorite book series ever.
What I love the most about Sharon Bolton’s series is that they’re incredibly smart and well-written; the mystery itself is amazing but the characters are appealing as well. Lacey is not a character I would’ve particularly liked had she been written by another author, but after four books, Sharon Bolton has managed to make me feel like Lacey is already part of my family.
I don’t think I could choose a favorite book. Book one, Now You See Me, was my first introduction and I absolutely loved the darkness and the twists. Dead Scared was the most depressing of them all and the one with the most powerful ending in my opinion (I’ll never forget it). Like This Forever had me on the edge of my seat and I suspected everyone except the one that was eventually the villain. I forgot about everything else while I read it. In addition, I had read several times that A Dark and Twisted Tide was the weakest of the bunch, but I didn’t feel like that was true, as I enjoyed it just as much as the others. This time, like in Dead Scared, I had an idea of who the killer was but I enjoyed the resolution anyway. I even loved Joesbury’s novella: Here Be Dragons, which is perfect for reading after finishing A Dark and Twisted Tide.
Speaking of Joesbury. I can’t wait for you to meet him. I find it fascinating that he’s not even a main character, he barely shows up most of the time, and still he’s seriously AMAZING. Book boyfriend alert! I can’t get over his love for Lacey and the tension between them. This is a kind of love that I have never seen before. They’re so sure of their feelings they don’t even care what the other has done.
There’s something almost funny about Lacey and her dynamics with the London police. All the books follow a somewhat predictable structure that works perfectly well every time and never gets old simply because Sharon Bolton makes it work. I love how dramatic and dark Lacey is. She’s always like “I’m going to give up the police once and for all and live forever alone in my boat” and then she always becomes involved in another case and everyone is like “guess who found another body” and “what if Lacey is a suspect?” and they start investigating the murders and Lacey isn’t even in charge of the investigation but solves the case anyway.
But hey, don’t go in thinking this is a conventional procedural, because it is not. At all. Every single time, the mystery is as fascinating as can be. And you will fall in love with this series, I promise.