BOOK REVIEW: Now You See Me – by Sharon Bolton

Title: Now You See Me
(Lacy Flint #1)
Author: Sharon Bolton

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: June 7th 2011
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Finished reading: July 22nd 2017
Pages: 400

“But I learned something that night. When everything else is slipping away, pride is one thing you cling on to.”

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I know, I know, I’m exceptionally late when it comes to the whole Sharon Bolton party, especially since her books belong to one of my favorite genres. It took me long enough, but I can now finally say I’ve read at least one of her books. At least, because I will definitely be picking up more of her work even though I expected to be giving Now You See Me a higher rating than I did. Because before I continue with my review, I have to make clear that this first book of the Lacey Flint series has probably suffered from the fact that I’m currently in some sort of a slump and can’t seem to love any book right now. Should I have posponed my first experience with her work? Maybe. But Now You See Me has still given me a very good idea of the sheer quality of her work and there is definitely a lot to love in this first book of a series I will continue (hopefully) some time soon. This book had me at serial killer and once I saw Jack The Ripper mentioned I started jumping up and down out of excitement. I just love how this old case plays such a big role in the story! And it surely shows just how well Sharon Bolton has investigated the original crimes and many theories about the identity of the killer. Now You See Me is a well written crime thriller in general with a lot of twists that will keep you guessing… Although I do have to say I was never able to warm up to Lacey and the whole bantering between Joesbury and her started to get annoying. Also, the whole mystery around Lacey’s character and the twists and misformation in the final part of the story sort of had the opposite effect on me and I mostly felt confused and frustrated instead of on the edge of my seat. Does something like a ‘plot twist overkill’ exist? Part of the problem was most likely me though and I’m definitely planning on reading the sequel some time soon.

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As young detective Lacey Flint is exiting the apartment complex after interviewing a reluctant witness, she stumbles onto a women who has just been brutally stabbed moments before on the parking lot. Lacey suddenly finds herself involved in a murder case, and her role as witness will soon turn into something a whole lot more complicated… Because not even twenty-four hours later, a reporter receives an anonymous letter pointing out the similarities between the case and Jack The Ripper’s first murder… And the letter mentions Lacey by name. Why is her name mentioned? Is she a suspect? And is there really a new Jack The Ripper out there determined to recreate the original murders?

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Like I said before, I’m probably partly to blame for the slightly lower rating than expected. But there is no doubt that Now You See Me is the start of what is promising to be a very interesting crime thriller series and I will be looking forward to pick up the next book even though I haven’t been able to warm up to Lacey yet. Sharon Bolton‘s writing style makes it very enjoyable to read her story and I can’t wait to pick up more of her books.


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15 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Now You See Me – by Sharon Bolton

  1. I am so bumped all my budget is going to uni books, I want to jump on the Bolton bandwagon too, haha! I really hope that slump of yours goes away soon *hugs* I’m glad you enjoyed it anyway. Great review, and congratulate yourself for sticking to what you love despite the slump!!!

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    • I’ve only tried this one but I’m definitely going to read more of her books! I really like her writing style and might even reread it one day to see if it was just the slump that made me enjoy it less. I’ve made plans to beat that slump and even ended up writing a huge post about it tonight. 😉

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  2. I only discovered her last year with Black Little Lies and then I read Dead Scared which is the second book in the Lacey Flint Series. I couldn’t get the first one from the library but it didn’t seem to matter as there were hints of what happened in Dead Scared. I find the whole Jack the Ripper story quite unsettling so I probably won’t go back and read it but start with number 3. I also want to read Dead Woman Walking as that’s had great reviews.

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  3. Jack the Ripper eh? Well… it just makes me think of something.. it’s absolutely astonishing how historical figures have such a major impact on modern day fiction… I mean, authors are literally turning those figures into legends… wow… never thought of it before, so just had my mind ticking over here 😀
    Great review and I do hope that reading slump packs up and leaves you alone soon 🙂

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    • I can completely agree with that! Historical figures do have a huge impact on modern fiction and it’s always interesting to see the influences and legends being incorporated into a story in different ways.

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