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Dead Scared Audiobook

Dead Scared

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When a Cambridge student dramatically attempts to take her own life, DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways. Against huge personal misgivings, Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge, with a brief to work undercover, posing as a depression-prone, vulnerable student. Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is - or so they both hope.

But as the two women dig deeper into the darker side of university life, they discover a terrifying trend.... And when Lacey starts experiencing the same disturbing nightmares reported by the dead girls, she knows that she is next.

©2012 S J Bolton (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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    AmyAlice 14/03/2014
    AmyAlice 14/03/2014 Member Since 2013

    I read and 'listen' to a wide variety of genres but particularly enjoy crime, historical and contemporary writing.

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    "Lacey Flint No.2"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Scared the most enjoyable?

    The sense of evil and the building of tension.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Scared?

    The moments where something is coming in the dark and Lacey is alone - particularly running in a dark forest.


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

    I felt the narrator did a great job. Lacey is an excellent protagonist as she is so flawed and makes mistakes.
    I also liked the linking in of characters from the first book - following their story along was interesting.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didnt laugh or cry but I certainly had an increased heart rate!!!!

    No one does the 'wake up in the night to a noise' type drama better.


    Any additional comments?

    Bolton is writing gripping, satisfying and substantial British crime and is a pleasure to 'read'. I find aspects of her writing fulfilling in that they have quite a literary sense to them rather than the short, choppy writing of some crime authors. She is good at vulnerability without being soppy - we dont get overdone with romance although there are hints. Her female characters are particularly clear and unsentimental.
    I look forward to more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MAGGS Port Talbot 06/01/2016
    MAGGS Port Talbot 06/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Dead Seared - another great book"

    Dead Seared - another great book
    I bought this book & listened to it straight after book 1 in t he series of
    Lacey Flint, could wait to see what happened to Lacey & Mark Joesbury.
    I rated the first book 4 stars for story, but only gave this one 3 stars, I would have rated it 3 &1/2 stars but was unable to.
    Lisa Coleman great narrator

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    Michelle Moore Dartford, United Kingdom 09/04/2013
    Michelle Moore Dartford, United Kingdom 09/04/2013 Member Since 2017
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    "Dead Scared"

    S J Bolton has written five novels, with some recurring characters. I had previously read Now You See Me, which involved Lacey Flint and Mark Josebury, and whilst it’s possible to read Dead Scared on it’s won, I would recommend reading Now You See Me first.



    I wasn’t quite as keen on Now You See Me, but it does tell you a lot more about Lacey’s character, and her relationship with Joesbury. Lacey is a complex character, with a colourful, traumatic background – she’s hard to completely like, but is certainly interesting.



    In Dead Scared, there are concerns over strange suicides at the Cambridge University, concerns mainly raised by Evi Oliver, the university psychiatrist. Evi is also in one of the earlier books.. her past does seem important, but I’m not sure how much is explained in the earlier book.



    Lacey is sent undercover to the university, simply to observe – but she soon gets pulled into the case. Being a detective, she’s unable to sit back and not investigate, and with her background, she soon becomes involved herself.



    The suicides are in deed strange – the victims seem to experience strange dreams and hallucinations, although it’s unclear how or why these are happening. Once Evi and Lacey start experiencing the same thing, you pulled into the experience, trying to work out exactly is going on.



    I enjoyed this book because it offered more than a basic crime story – it’s tenseful, and the strange circumstances surrounding the suicides offer an added layer to the suspense.



    Recommended for those looking for something a little different – I hope we get to find out more about Lacey and Mark’s future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 19/02/2017 Member Since 2014

    'The other cat!'

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    "Dead Scared, Dead Good!"

    This second book mainly takes place in the spire city of Cambridge. Lacey goes back to university, undercover as a student, to investigate a cluster of bizarre suicides. Things develop around her as she and psychologist Evi (Blood Harvest) race to save the lives of the next 'suicide' victims.

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    Deborah 19/11/2016
    Deborah 19/11/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Another brilliant book"

    another book I was hooked by..
    great narration. .spoilt a little when Harry spoke. .

    He might live in Lancashire but he is from Newcastle an accent I love. .his broad Lancashire tongue in this book was a bit of a disappointment.

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    Amazon Customer 18/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent "

    loved it, would listen again, edge of your seat stuff. great narration once again. great

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    jackie 22/08/2016
    jackie 22/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow wow wow"

    Sharon bolton has a way of drawing you into each caracter. I can not wait to read the other books in this series of books. Dead scared had me gripped from start to finish also lovely to meet some old caracters from blood harvest.

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    Rachael W. 18/07/2016
    Rachael W. 18/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "In love with this series!"

    This is my favourite of the series. Everything is perfect. I think I'm in love with Lacey Flint 😂❤️

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    Kainic 04/06/2016
    Kainic 04/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    I was on the edge of my seat all the way through it! Love this series of books

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    iris Paris, France 01/11/2015
    iris Paris, France 01/11/2015 Member Since 2015

    I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.

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    "Thrilling from start to finish"

    This time Lacey is embroiled in uncovering an unsavoury gang involved in driving young girls to their deaths within the hallowed walls of Cambridge. The author is really very good at keeping the reader guessing which if you are an addict to thrillers you will know is no easy task.
    The other strong point is that the author does not indulge in long digressions about the main characters' former encounter in the previous book. You do not need to have read the first in the series to comprehend the attraction between Lacey and Joesbury. We do find out however that Joesbury is divorced with an eight year old son but thankfully the author does not dwell on rambling on about this former relationship.
    The action is absorbing and there are no slow passages so you are carried along in the whirlwind of events. There is also a solid dose of humour in this book too which provides relief to the dramatic goings on. I am off to buy the next one in the series!

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  • Ann-Marie
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    "yep - dead scared!"

    I really liked this one! Scary, interesting and very good. I want more!!! And the performance is excellent!

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  • Jennifer
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    "Doesn't Suffer the Sophomore Curse"

    Dead Scared is the second of the Lacey Flint novels. Lacey Flint, a London detective, is seconded to an undercover assignment as a university student at Cambridge. The book continues to explore the difficult relationship between Lacey and DI Joesbury, her superior.

    The book also introduces other characters (Dr. Evie Oliver and Harry the vicar) who are more front and centre in Awakening, an unrelated novel.

    The plot twists and turns and is full of surprises, red herrings, and potential suspects. Vulnerable university students are somehow undergoing psychotic episodes and attempting to commit suicides.

    The identity of the bad guys in this book is even harder to figure out and more surprising than in Now You See Me. S.J. Bolton is very good at surprising the reader without being unbelievable.

    Some of the chase scenes are hair-raising, and I was on the edge of my seat more than once. For a lot of the book, DI Joesbury's involvement is somewhat unsatisfying, because there is no explanation of why he's hanging around and why he's interested in the case. But all loose threads are woven in at the end.

    As with the previous book, Lisa Coleman's narration is excellent. Her performance is fabulous, and she's a master at vocal intonation and accents.

    As a second book, this one is every bit as good as the first, and is well-deserving of a credit.

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