Review: Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton

Title: Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Lacey Flint Series Book One
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Imprint: Minotaur
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: 400 pages
Book Rating: A

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Summary:
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.

The Review:

Now You See Me is the sensational first installment in S.J. Bolton’s series starring Lacey Flint. This page turning murder mystery is full of unexpected, mind boggling twists and turns that are quite stunning.

Now You See Me is mostly narrated in first person from lead protagonist Lacey Flint’s point of view. Lacey is a complex, compelling character with a rather dark and mysterious past. She is emotionally scarred by her traumatic past and some her actions are not quite what you would expect from a detective.

Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury are the investigators assigned to the case. Dana is just as flawed as Lacey and she, too, has secrets that she is keeping. Mark is a seasoned, shrewd investigator and he is incredibly perceptive and observant. The dynamic between Mark and Lacey is quite interesting and I am very curious to see where Ms. Bolton takes them in future books in the series.

Now You See Me is an exciting and suspenseful murder mystery. S.J. Bolton’s research of Jack the Ripper is exemplary and she provides some very fascinating theories about the original murders. Interesting characters, an intriguing plot and plenty of action keep the story moving at a brisk pace. Mystery lovers are sure to enjoy this refreshingly unique novel that is full of surprising revelations and jaw dropping plot twists.

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