Dead Scared by S. J. Bolton
(Lacey Flint Novels)

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When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student's death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks, and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone. They believe that someone might be preying on lonely and insecure students and either encouraging them to take their own lives or actually luring them to their deaths. As long as Lacey can play the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths, but is it just a role for her? With her fragile past, is she drawing out the killers, or is she herself being drawn into a deadly game where she's a perfect victim?

Dark and compelling, S. J. Bolton's latest thriller--a follow-up to the acclaimed Now You See Me--is another work of brilliant psychological suspense that plumbs the most sinister depths.


About S. J. Bolton

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Sharon Bolton wurde im englischen Lancashire geboren, hat eine Schauspielausbildung absolviert und Theaterwissenschaft studiert. „Todesopfer“, ihr erster Roman, wurde von Lesern und Presse begeistert gefeiert und machte die Autorin über Nacht zum neuen Star unter den britischen Spannungsautorinnen. Ihrem ersten Triumph folgten mittlerweile fünf weitere Thriller, mit denen Sharon Bolton ihr brillantes Können immer wieder unter Beweis stellte. So wurde "Schlangenhaus" als bester Thriller des Jahres mit dem Mary Higgins Clark Award ausgezeichnet. Die Autorin lebt mit ihrem Mann und ihrem Sohn in Oxford.
Published April 26, 2012 by Bantam Press. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Dr. Oliver and Laura try to puzzle out what’s happening, more die, perhaps urged on by someone using suicide as a murder method.

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As a new recruit to SO10, “the special crimes directorate of the [London] Metropolitan Police that deals with covert operations,” Flint masquerades as psychology undergraduate Laura Farrow at Cambridge University’s St. John’s College, where she stays in the same room as a first-year medic...

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Suicide on a college campus is a scary topic and S.J. Bolton's "Dead Scared" lives up to its title with a catalog of terrified young women whose deaths defy reason.

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To further complicate matters, Flint continues to be attracted to the one person with whom she should not be involved: Detective Inspector Mark Joesbury, her superior officer.

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What we have here is a dark psychological thriller, told in short sharp chapters, which alternate between Flint telling her own story and third person views of what Evi, Joesbury and other characters are up to along the way.

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When a student at a Cambridge college attempts to take her own life by setting fire to herself it seems that she is following in the footsteps of numerous other students at the same college who have chosen to end their lives in a series of radically different but equally horrific ways.

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Reviewing the Evidence

When we finally are back in the present of Lacey Flint up on the tower, everything that we have learned about the people involved and Lacey herself come into play.

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After a gruesome series of suicides at Cambridge University (involving immolation and decapitation), Flint is persuaded by her boss, DI Mark Joesbury, to go undercover and assume the role of a psychology undergraduate, working with the one person who will know her real identity, the psychologist ...

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