Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton Review

Lacey Flint Series, Book #2

Dead Scared

Dead Scared is the second instalment of the Lacey Flint crime series by Sharon Bolton.

DC Lacey Flint is back for a second time. After dealing with a Jack the Ripper copycat killer in Now You See Me, this time she has to investigate the apparent suicides of female students at one of the world’s most famous universities, which means going undercover as a student.

Colleges in Cambridge are seeing vulnerable students committing suicide in unusually high numbers and in horrifying ways; including self-immolation (setting fire to herself), decapitation and drowning among others. Student counsellor, Dr Evi Oliver, starts to take a look at the high rate on incidents and calls in DC Lacey Flint to observe what is happening at the colleges. She soon finds that something bizarre is happening and starts to investigate, rather than just observe, but will she be the next victim?

Sharon Bolton has done is again. Dead Scared is another nerve-wracking, spine-tingling psychological thriller that keeps you absorbed and guessing right until the end.

Expertly written, Dead Scared keeps you on edge and guessing, keeping you turning the pages and making it a very hard book to put down. While I did not find it as gory as Now You See Me its build-up of dark, psychological tension is non-stop and a joy to read.

This is a fantastic read from a fantastic author and a great addition to the Lacey Flint series. If you haven’t read anything by Sharon Bolton before I can highly her work, I was hooked after the first novel and after finishing the second I can’t wait to get started on the next two (Like This, For Ever and A Dark and Twisted Tide).

The DC Lacey Flint series is nothing short of excellent so far.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £9.99 (Paperback) / £3.99 (Kindle)

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