Now You See Me

Now You See Me

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Stumbling onto a murder scene that a reporter likens to the crimes of Jack the Ripper, young detective constable Lacey Flint races against time to prevent additional deaths and realizes that the killer is taunting her with secrets from her past.

McMillan Palgrave

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.

Fast paced and completely riveting, S. J. Bolton’s Now You See Me is a modern gothic novel that is nothing less than a masterpiece of suspense fiction.

Now You See Me is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title.

One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011


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& Taylor

Stumbling onto a murder scene that a reporter likens to the crimes of Jack the Ripper, young detective constable Lacey Flint races against time to prevent additional deaths and realizes that the killer is taunting her with secrets from her past. By the Mary Higgins Clark Award-wining author of Blood Harvest. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312600525
9780552159807
Branch Call Number: BOL
BOL
MYSTERY
Characteristics: 395 p

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gr8_reader
May 22, 2018

Excellent book and I am now a fan of the author!

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ValinOR14
May 12, 2018

Wow. What a fantastic mystery!! I loved the characters on the team and hope they will all show up in the next book, too. The only thing that stops me from giving this book five stars is that I found it to be a bit too graphic in some parts. That's not going to stop me from reading the next book, however! I'll skim some parts if I have to. I found the storyline to be fascinating.

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maucarden
Mar 22, 2017

I have read Now You See Me (NYSM) an embarrassing number of times. The superb plotting, fascinating characters and spooky settings keep drawing me back in. Of course the problem with re-reading this book is that I never have the shivery thrill of the first time. I don't care. It's still worth it.

With my first reading, Bolton kept me guessing throughout the book until I figured something out and then realized, no, I had not. On subsequent readings I read for the pure pleasure of language, plotting and characterization. NYSM preceded all of those Gone Girl Bad on a Train With a Terrible Marriage books (apologies to someone) outshining all of those supposed twisty turny books. Ms Bolton is the James Bond of twisty writers. "Nobody does it better."

DC Lacey Flint is the only witness to the death of a woman who dies in her arms. She is re- assigned to the Lewisham nick so she can continue doing her own non -related investigations into the under-reported sexual assaults of adolescent and teenage immigrant women. This keeps DC Flint easily available to the Major Incident Team for questioning. The MIT is headed by DI Dana Tulloch in a welcome return from Sacrifice. As a witness Flint is not supposed to be involved with the investigation but her expertise on Jack the Ripper comes in handy when a copycat calls her out. DC Flint then goes from ripperologist to ripper bait as it becomes apparent this really is all about her.

No one knows why, but when DC Flint figures it out, she's not about to tell anyone. She is just going to end the murder spree. This is not foolishly going into the scary basement territory- although she does- this is to save the life she has made for herself.

Lacey is a mess, but a mess readers grow to care about. Her secrets have secrets. A beautiful woman, Lacey tries to hide her looks and to stay as much in the background as possible. She keeps a boxing heavy bag dressed as man in her garden shed. Her apartment is a white box with no sign of her personality. Lacey seeks anonymous sex because she thinks she will always be unable to have a real relationship. This is put to the test when she meets DI Mark Joesbury, a close friend of DI Tulloch.

Ultimately, lack of trust between Lacey and her co-workers end with Lacey having to making excruciating choices to save loved ones.

There is not a wasted word, an overdone scene or an off note in this book. As an added bonus I also come away from most of Ms Bolton's books more informed on a social issue than when I started the book.

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mckeett
Feb 18, 2017

Good exciting writer, but the plot went off the deep end about halfway through.

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nhoj
Jan 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down. S.J. Bolton is one of my favorite new authors. A plot that never stops moving and characters that are very believable. The plot and the Jack the Ripper murders run parallel with the police trying to determine who will be murdered next. A little gory but it's keeping in line with the story.

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maipenrai
Aug 20, 2016

FIRST BOOK IN LACEY FLINT SERIES. SET IN ENGLAND

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terrybateman
Jun 28, 2016

Is someone imitating Jack the Ripper in modern London? Whoever it is seems to have a link to Lacey Flint, a young constable. Indeed, the first victim dies in her arms. Soon she is caught up in the investigation where her knowledge of the Ripper crimes proves invaluable. But suspicions arise. Does she know too much? Why does the killer seem fixated on her and what ties all the murders together. The truth is that Lacey has a secret that answers some of those questions. Should she run, or prevent the next murder? This is the first Lacey Flint novel and it is a compelling read. However, it is not for the faint of heart. The murder descriptions are very graphic, and the language is far from pure. The book is hard to put down, but definitely aimed at adults.

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trbateman
Jun 28, 2016

Is someone imitating Jack the Ripper in modern London? Whoever it is seems to have a link to Lacey Flint, a young constable. Indeed, the first victim dies in her arms. Soon she is caught up in the investigation where her knowledge of the Ripper crimes proves invaluable. But suspicions arise. Does she know too much? Why does the killer seem fixated on her and what ties all the murders together. The truth is that Lacey has a secret that answers some of those questions. Should she run, or prevent the next murder? This is the first Lacey Flint novel and it is a compelling read. However, it is not for the faint of heart. The murder descriptions are very graphic, and the language is far from pure. The book is hard to put down, but definitely aimed at adults.

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phantom21
Jun 09, 2016

nope thinkin of something else

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lpreston214
Oct 06, 2015

This book was kind of on my radar for a while but I had not gotten to it for some reason. Then I read a couple of the author's newer books and was hooked. Finally got back to this book and was not disappointed. So far I have not hit a clunker by Bolton. DS Lacey Flint seems like a straight-forward copper but as the book goes on, there are more doubts about her past. Who is she really, and why does the killer seemed focused on her? Is the killer really a Jack the Ripper copycat or something else? Descriptions of the murders are not for the faint-hearted but I love how Bolton's mysteries aren't that easy to figure out. You're kept guessing or at least unsure until the very end.

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