Friday, February 21, 2014

Lost (Lacey Flint #3) by Sharon Bolton

Publication: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Like everyone reading the newspapers these days, 10-year-old Barney Roberts knows the killer will strike again soon. The victim will be another boy, just like him. The body will be drained of blood, and left somewhere on a Thames beach. There will be no clues for London detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to find. There will be no warning about who will be next. There will be no real reason for Barney’s friend and neighbor, Lacey Flint, on leave from her job as a London police detective, to become involved…and no chance that she can stay away. With the clock ticking, the violence escalating, and young lives at stake, Lacey and Barney both know they can’t afford a single wrong step if they hope to make it through alive.

S.J. Bolton, an award-winning author of five novels, delivers her most compelling novel to date, in which a fragile police detective and a courageous, lonely eleven-year-old boy must work together to unmask a killer. Lost provides all of the pulse-pounding suspense, beautifully drawn characters, and intricate plotting thriller fans could hope for—and more.

Please note, this title is published in the UK as Like This For Ever.

Lacey has had a tough go of things over the last few months. She is still traumatized by what happened when she was in Cambridge. Regardless of what occurred, she doesn’t want to talk about it. Not even to a physiatrist that she is forced to see if she wants to keep her job. Lacey spends a lot of her time attempting to keep busy by biking, walking, using a punching bag, but it isn’t always enough to keep her inner demons at bay.

She befriends a little boy named Barney, who lives with his father next door to her.  Barney notices things that other people normally may not. He is a very observant and smart boy with some OCD tendencies. After five boys go missing in London and turn up dead, Barney and his group of friends begin to follow the case very closely. But Barney seems to be fixated more than most about the case.   
Even though Lacey isn’t a part of this investigation, before she can even realize it, she is drawn into the events that begin to unfold.

I’ve liked Sharon Bolton’s writing ever since I read Now You See Me, the first book in the Lacey Flint Series. Out of all three books, I think I prefer this one over the second book, but the first book is my favorite.
The writer does a really nice job of weaving together a story that had me engrossed from the beginning. I started suspecting one person, then second-guessing a couple more people…and yet I didn’t see the ending coming. She threw enough suspicion and twists into the story that I never could piece together who the killer was until the end.  

If crime thrillers or police procedurals stories are up your alley, than I would definitely recommend this book/series.

RATING: 4½ out of 5.


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