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A Dark and Twisted Tide Why do I do this to myself It s 2.30 in the morning and I have just finished this book A couple of hours ago I picked up my Kindle and told myself I d read a few chapters before bed Well those few chapters turned into the rest of the book I read the first Lacey Flint book last year and absolutely loved it In the crime fiction genre there s so much of it which is just repeated over and over again and so I always look for books which are different, and which have unique stories and unique characters That is definitely the case with the Lacey Flint series from Sharon Bolton.Lacey is just a fantastic, multilayered character that I just love reading about After the events of the previous book Lacey is back in uniform and working as part of the Met s Marine Unit She is also living on a boat at Deptford Creek Now I have always wondered what it would be like to live, or at least holiday on a boat but after reading this book I don t think it s something I will be trying out any time soon Lacey has also taken to swimming in the creek towards the Thames which again is not something I d fancy doing When she s out swimming however she comes across a body which has been wrapped like a mummy, it also appears that the body was left on purpose for Lacey to find Upon looking at the body Lacey comes to the conclusion that the dead woman is part of a human trafficking ring that is operating near Deptord Creek Similarities are found with other women that have been pulled out of the Thames and it s up to Lacey to prove her theory to her colleagues and superiors.Now it isn t just Lacey who is a fantastic character, we also have her love interest, Mark Joesbury who is working undercover in the book Not wanting to give much away here except to say that his part of the story was very interesting and as always the relationship between him and Lacey was a big part of the book Dana Tulloch is one of my favourite characters in the book, and actually played a major role here which I thoroughly enjoyed As with previous books we still don t know everything there is to know about Lacey and in this book we learn even She also loves to break the rules and when she knows she is right she isn t afraid to speak up, or in the case of this book go off on her own to try and prove her theories.Overall I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anybody who likes crime fiction Sharon Bolton is really one of the best authors out there at the minute and this book may just be one of the best in the Lacey Flint series, if not the best Although as I only finished the book tonight I am still on a high from reading it As always it s hard to discuss the story without spoiling it but safe to say the plot here was one of the strongest so far It was a thrilling and gripping read that kept me guessing right up to the very end Whilst this book could in theory be read as a standalone I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series as it always helps to know the back story and know the characters, especially the fantastic Lacey.This book will be released on May 8th and you can pre order it in hardback or on Kindle from Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Net Galley 4 s Alert the media I finished Most of the action ,twists, etc take place in the last 100 or so pages Upon reflection, some of the reveals were beyond stunners and moved somewhat into over the top territory Not really a spoiler view spoiler Lacey and Joesbury s coitus teasus never happentus is really getting old hide spoiler I really liked Sharon Bolton s A Dark and Twisted Tide, her fourth Lacey Flint mystery, which is centered on and around the River Thames The name Thames may actually come from a Welch word meaning, dark, and from the many, many, scenes in this book, it is not only polluted, but it takes on an ominous tone, an ever present threat Lacey has a history with the river, which once almost claimed her life She now lives on the Thames in a houseboat, so I suppose one could say that she has made her peace with the mighty river Or has she The problems start early, and Sharon Bolton s Lacey Flint is right in the midst of it Lacey swims in the Thames most mornings yes, swims Nasty, but not unheard of Lacey s usual swimming partner Ray is under the weather, so she has been swimming solo Should we be surprised when she suddenly spots a corpse This is Lacey Flint, who seems to attract mystery and misery the way raw meat draws flies Constable Lacey Flint of the Metropolitan Police s Marine Unit She s recently returned to work after a medical leave and has chosen to relinquish her detective role However, she has not lost her skills, thankfully This is not just a corpse The body is wrapped in cloth, suggesting some sort of cultural or religious ritual Who was this woman, and why was she disposed of in this fashion Despite herself, DI Dana Tulloch actually likes Lacey and respects her skills, even knowing that Flint does not follow procedure and often goes against the tide and finds herself in over her head.I enjoyed the development of relationships in this book Dana Tulloch seems softer We see a bit of Dana s life outside of work, albeit a hectic one, because her partner Helen lives and works in Scotland Lacey, while still a mess, acknowledges that she loves Mark Joesbury Joesbury, unfortunately, is undercover for most of the book, but his presence is still felt The most fascinating character is Thessa, an eccentric herbalist whom Lacey meets while boating on the river Thessa, a disabled sixty ish woman, lives with her twin brother Alex and takes a liking to Lacey The feeling is mutual Lacey, however, is slow to trust, and is uncomfortable, especially when Thessa seems to be able to read her thoughts and know her true identity There are peripheral characters who seemed interesting but weren t developed fellow officer Ray and his wife Elaine Marlene and Madge, the skanky lesbian couple, and the numerous women whose chapters briefly alternate with Lacey s.Bolton teases us with chapters labeled The Swimmer Is the swimmer a friend or a foe The swimmer leaves items on Lacey s boat in the middle of the night Are they clues, or are they warnings About those alternating chapters I said that I enjoyed this book, and there was much to love, but I feel that it could have been much better Normally, I like short chapters The chapters in this book are much too short In an effort to show the women in the here and now or in some cases, in the past the flow of the book felt very choppy to me It took me than half the story to really get into the flow of the plot While it did eventually add to the sense of mystery, I found it hard to engage.Sharon Bolton focuses her attention on the plight of immigrants, specifically females from the Middle East, and the exploitation of women As a sub plot, she highlights artificial insemination There is a point to all of this the connections could have been stronger, I felt, but I do like that she made the attempt.In the end, the motives of the perpetrator felt as muddy as the Thames itself It wouldn t be a Lacey Flint book without oceans of dangerous scenes, but in the final chaos, I felt very confused Who Why Much like the Thames River, my feelings about this book rose and fell like the tide Lacey, as always, is a conflicted character, held back by her fear of letting others know who she really is Will Sharon Bolton give us a chance to let her evolve, or is this the final book of the series This book really seems to leave open the possibility that there could be one I hope so I d like to see Lacey go out on a high note, and this just didn t quite do it.3.5 stars I love the character Lacey and I love BOLTON S series, but this was not one of my favorites Easy to read, there is so much going on that the pages almost turn themselves, but I think that was part of my problem There is just too much going on I didn t feel connected to the characters like I usually do in these novels, the depth just wasn t there for me Also I think it is time to give Lacey a break, every case doesn t have to become personal for her, putting her mental state at further risk.So while I liked this one, I didn t love it.ARC from Netgalley. Book 4 in the Lacey Flint series.It took me a while to come to grips with this book Each new chapter had a new character that seems to have no relevance to the last chapter or character But this didn t last long, it soon all came together with startling clarity This is an unsavoury tale of people smuggling Young women, who are living a horrid existence in Afghanistan, are lured to the U.K with promises of a better life for them and their families of course there is a price to pay for living in utopia.Lacey Flint is an intriguing character, strong and assertive but there are issues in her past that she is trying hard to forget These issues are still to be revealed to us, the readers, but this intrigue keeps you hanging for the next instalment.This is up there with the best of Sharon J Bolton It s dark and sinister and a lot of the action takes place in the dark and eerie storm water pipes of London Not a good read for anyone who feels claustrophobic.Lots of macabre nail bitting tension and an end that is both satisfying and edifying.A recommended 4 star read.It could have been a 5 star but I knocked one off for my initial confusion. Publication Date 8th May 2014Ex Detective Lacey Flint has quit the police for a safer, quieter life Or that s what she thinks.Living alone on a houseboat, she is trying and failing to get over the man she loves, undercover Detective Mark Joesbury But Mark is missing in action and impossible to forget And danger won t leave Lacey alone When she finds a body floating in the river, wrapped in white burial cloths, she can t resist asking questions Who is this woman and why was she hidden in the fast flowing depths And who has been delivering unwanted gifts to Lacey So here we are at Book 4 in the Lacey Flint series from Sharon Bolton where does the time go Hey not complaining, if I could have book 5 now I would..along with books 6 and 7 well you get the point and after the events in Like This For Ever, Lacey has left the team and joined the River Police hoping for a quieter, less dramatic life Yes well..it sounded like a good idea at the time After she discovers a body on one of her morning swims, she again becomes caught up in an investigation that will put her once into the danger zone.There are a few reasons why I love this series Lacey Flint is a tremendously well drawn character with huge depth to her and the fact that we are on Book 4 and you feel like you have only just scratched the surface is one of the things that keeps you reading and always hanging on for Lacey is not even my favourite you have the enigmatic Mark Joesbury always somewhere in her life, their ongoing and developing relationship is compelling Then there is Dana, who is perhaps my most loved character and again there is a lot to learn about her.The mystery elements of the stories are always top notch, wonderful twisty turny tales with a poetic, haunting feeling that stays with you long after the book is finished A trademark of Ms Bolton for me is that I always kind of feel like I m reading a ghost story there is a dark and twisted side to these indeed.In this particular instalment I was fascinated by the backdrop of the River Thames and Lacey s relationship with it strange and unknown in a lot of ways, the descriptive and eerie prose that tells you that you are indeed reading a Sharon Bolton book is perfectly applied here The river holds hidden secrets, uncharted territory and the events that take place within its confines are truly memorable.So all in all another terrific read from this author No doubt about it, some of the top crime fiction available right now especially if you like a portentous twist.Happy Reading Folks Dark and Twisted, Indeed Another Psychological Disturbing Masterpiece The killer has her now, but the woman is naked and slippery with water and sweat She isn t easy to hold and she s fighting like an eel The biting and scratching and the continual wriggling are exhausting The killer s grip loosens The woman is up Reach out, grab She s fallen, slapped down hard on the stone floor, hit her head Dazed, she s easier to manage Heave The sound of flesh scraping along stone Arms flailing, claw like hands trying to grab hold of something anything but they ve reached the smooth, metal pipe that in the old days took the water out of here Lift her in Climb after her Push her along The pipe is short, not much than a metre in length.There is water below, feet away, and gravity is helping now Lean, pull and yes they both hit the surface And the world becomes calm again Silent Soft and easy Easy now Let go Let her sink Let her panic Wait for her to rise up, to take her last desperate breath, then make your move Up and out of the water in one massive surge, and down again with your hands around her throat Then down, down into the depths Down until she stops struggling Two of them clasped together A tight embrace A good way to die. Audiobook Review Book four in the Lacey Flintseries, A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon J Bolton, picks up right where we left off in book three Dark, swirling water Tides that come in and out Strange things can happen in water like that Scary, creepy, and chilling things Sometimes, normal, innocent, and harmless life on and in the River Themes can seem as far menacing when twisted humans provide horrors than the natural world could ever create I loved the character Tessa She s a stitch and a genius all rolled into one You ll see what I mean She provides the perfect humor to ease a bit of the tension that s constantly wound tight around my heart and I needed it Audiobooks can raise the power of the story when narrated by a professional narrator like this one is Lisa Coleman provided that extra level of heightened emotion and psychological suspence that is hard to duplicate by reading the words on the pages Which, I might add, are scary and nerve racking enough when Sharon J Bolton is working her magic I nearly jumped out of my skin on than one occasion This is a powerful conclusion to the brilliant Lacey Flintseries I m sad to be at the end But wait there is one last book remaining Number 4.5, Here Be Dragons This is the 4th book in the Lacey Flint series by author Sharon Bolton.I have given this a 3 star rating but could easily be a 4, I don t think there is a big enough range to make adequate and realistic ratings.As per usual Sharon Bolton writes very good plots and strong characters making her books an excellent read.In this 4th book in the series Lacey Flint is now working with the Marine Police and when the love of her life Mark Joesbury goes missing while working on an under cover case there are rumours of him being a rogue cop Life gets complicated when she finds a body floating in the river, wrapped in white burial cloths and she can t resist asking questions Who is this woman, why was she hidden in the river and who has been delivering unwanted gifts to Lacey A good read but in my opinion not the authors best work. Originally posted to TheLiteraryLawyer.ca A Timely and Interesting Mystery 3.5 Stars This marks the 4th installment in the Lacey Flint series and according the author, we will have to wait a while for the next Over the course of 4 books Lacey Flint has come to be one of my favorite characters in any current crime thriller series She is brave and impulsive, loyal and secretive She is running from her past and avoiding her future While I enjoy the character, it is my hope that when Lacey does return, the author choses to begin a new story arc for the character Lacey often comes off as directionless While this is part of the who the character is, it doesn t feel as if she is growing I want to read about Lacey for many years to come but, for me, if she doesn t grow the series will become stale This is, of course, my own opinion Read it for yourself and see if you agree Plot summary Lacey Flint s career has taken a step back It was not for a lack of skill, a demotion or punishment She has banished herself to the river and joined the marine unit She is hoping on one hand to escape the horrors that have plagued her career thus far while on the other, seemingly drawn to the river that has nearly taken her life on than one occasion.While taking her daily swim in the River, she comes upon a floater This dead body is wrapped in what appears to be a burial cloth and was seemingly left for her to find The discovery of a second similar body leads to an investigation with international implications and deals with some timely and topical issues.Throughout the course of the investigation, Lacey becomes aware that she has once again become the object of attention for an unknown party Is Lacey being harassed by a disturbed admirer or is Lacey being sized up as the next victim The Good Timely and Interesting Themes No one can accuse Sharon Bolton of writing a boring story Pick up one of her novels and you can be assured it will not be a run of the mill mystery Revealing the ultimate crime in this story would be a spoiler but I can say that the theme is often discussed in my local legal circle and is a topic that is gaining wider notoriety It deals with dark and shameful realities of our time.That said, it is not as dark as the previous novels It may be appropriate to say that it is not dark in traditional crime thriller fashion I appreciate that the author tries to avoid the clich crime story This is not a story of your average serial killer or some grisly mass murder The story is complex and the themes are intelligent and compelling than your average best seller.The story clips along at a fast pace The chapters are very short and the perspective is constantly shifting Having listened to the audio version of the first three, I am not sure if the previous novels were set up in the same fashion Initially, this was distracting and could be difficult to follow but it did not take long to get into the rhythm as the perspectives flowed in and out like the tide Each perspective was unique and provided a well rounded view of the story The reader was completely immersed in the plot as we saw the story through the eyes of most of the major players The Bad Enter the Bizarre and the Boneheaded The bad portions of the novel are in large part my own take on the story, characters and plot elements I do my best to keep my personal feelings about the story from colouring my rating In this case, it was hard not to allow it to do so I like Lacey Flint Truly She is one of my favorite leads in any crime thriller series That said, I will soon become rather annoyed with the character The character is remaining in my opinion a little too static There seems to be a lack of growth, and in this case some regression I feel like the character has hit a plateau and the author will have to tread carefully to ensure Lacey does not become stale.I do not know how many times a case can become personal to Lacey There is always some third party fixating on or trying to draw Lacey into the case This was interesting initially but is becoming tired I am not saying that the novels are formulaic but I am attuned to repeating plot devices.Finally, I have to say something about the ending While I will not spoil the ending, there is an inclusion that is flat out absurd and an equally absurd fight scene to go along with it After a reading an intelligent novel with intelligent themes, the ending was straight out an old time carnival It left me questioning the inclusion of some characters and Lacey s interactions with them Bolton writes like a magician and deftly uses misdirection While she employ this quite masterfully in the current installment, one of the objects of misdirection leaves me shaking my head Final Thoughts Overall, I enjoyed the book The characters, the story and the themes were interesting and engaging Unfortunately, the plot development seems to be following a pattern and this installment came out as my least favorite and the least creative That said, I have yet to meet a bad S.J Sharon Bolton novel Even though I felt like she wasn t at the top of her game, she towers over many other authors and this novel is a must read for any Sharon Bolton and crime fiction fan alike Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sex violence language content of book if you are interested I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading Disclaimer I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read I am simply giving approximations.Scale 1 Lowest 5 Highest Sex 2.5 There is some investigation into women being used for sexual purposes It is discussed in broad terms and is not explicit There are comments about the sexual orientation of several characters There is a build up to a sexual encounter between two characters but it cuts away and there is no explicit material Language 2 Mild use of obscenities and mild use of the f word 6 uses of the f word 2 uses of damn and 8 of shit 16 religious exclamations Violence 2.5 There are multiple dead bodies and the examination of them as part of an investigation There is fighting and murder attempted murder near the end of the novel It is not graphic Overall, the violence was tame and less dark than previous novels. Young Policewoman Lacey Flint Knows That The Thames Is A Dangerous Place After All, She Lives On It And Works On It But She S Always Been Lucky Until One Day, When She Finds A Body Floating In The Water Who Was This Woman And Why Was She Wrapped So Carefully In White Burial Cloths Before Being Hidden In The Fast Flowing Depths DCI Dana Tulloch Hates To Admit It, But She S Fond Of The Mysterious Lacey Even If She Keeps On Interfering In Her Investigations, And Is Meddling With The Latest Floater Case But Now She S Got To Break Some Terrible News To Her News That Could Destroy Lacey S Fragile State Of MindAnd Lacey Will Need To Keep Her Wits About Her Because There S A Killer That S Lurking Around Her Boat, Leaving Her Gifts She D Rather Not Receive

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