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A Dark and Twisted Tide Its so sad to be finished with series I love Lacey Flint She is such a strong character With everything that Lacey has gone through in the last three books Lacey has changed her job to Marine Police She is living in a boat and swims in the Thames River which is uite dangerous While she is swimming she finds a body and before she knows it her low profile is gone and she is in the flint of it I love her relationship with Joesbury I just love Lacey Flint She is so daring and is on another adventure that is just as scary as the others DCI Dana Tulloch even admits that she loves Lacey Usually she is not so nice to Lacey but in this one she becomes to respect her The adventure is full of suspense and I was not surprised on who the killer was in this oneThis was a Page Turner If you have not read the Lacey Flint Series yet I do recommend it Its an excellent thriller 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 riskSo while I liked this one I didn't love itARC from Netgalley Originally posted to TheLiteraryLawyerca A Timely and Interesting Mystery 35 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 occasionWhile 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 issuesThroughout 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 timeThat 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 cliché 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 sellerThe 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 uniue 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 staleI 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 devicesFinally 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 eually 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 uestioning the inclusion of some characters and Lacey's interactions with them Bolton writes like a magician and deftly uses misdirection While she employ this uite 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 SJ 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 sexviolencelanguage 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 approximationsScale 1 Lowest 5 Highest Sex 25 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 25 There are multiple dead bodies and the examination of them as part of an investigation There is fighting and murderattempted murder near the end of the novel It is not graphic Overall the violence was tame and less dark than previous novels 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 relinuish 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 headI 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’sBolton 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 engageSharon 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 attemptIn 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 uite do it35 stars Book 4 in the Lacey Flint seriesIt 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 UK with promises of a better life for them and their families; of course there is a price to pay for living in utopiaLacey 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 instalmentThis 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 claustrophobicLots of macabre nail bitting tension and an end that is both satisfying and edifyingA recommended 4 star readIt could have been a 5 star but I knocked one off for my initial confusion 4s 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 spoilerLacey and Joesbury's coitus teasus never happentus is really getting old hide spoiler Publication Date 8th May 2014Ex Detective Lacey Flint has uit the police for a safer uieter life Or that’s what she thinksLiving 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 aloneWhen she finds a body floating in the river wrapped in white burial cloths she can’t resist asking uestions 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 wouldalong with books 6 and 7well 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 uieter less dramatic life Yes wellit 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 zoneThere 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 herThe 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 storythere is a dark and twisted side to these indeedIn 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 memorableSo 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 twistHappy Reading Folks 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 depthsDCI 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 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 lengthThere 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 dieAudiobook ReviewBook four in the Lacey Flint series 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 Flint series I'm sad to be at the end But wait there is one last book remaining Number 45 Here Be Dragons This is the 4th book in the Lacey Flint series by author Sharon BoltonI 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 adeuate and realistic ratingsAs per usual Sharon Bolton writes very good plots and strong characters making her books an excellent readIn 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 uestions 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

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