Apr 092015
 
Review: Now You See MeNow You See Me (Lacey Flint #1) by Sharon Bolton
Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
Published by Minotaur Books on Jun 7, 2011
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Lacey Flint is a London policewoman with a secret past, a morbid fascination with serial killers and a curiously empty flat. On the job she's quiet and plainly dressed. At night she has an unusual social life.

When Lacey returns to her car one evening to find a woman fatally stabbed right by it, she is taken in for questioning, but then a hand-delivered letter suggests the killer has a special interest in Lacey herself.

Suddenly she is at the centre of a terrifying murder hunt, working with the smart but damaged DI Dana Tulloch and the hostile DI Mark Joesbury, another person who seems curiously fascinated with Lacey.

Is Joesbury's interest in Lacey personal or professional? Will Lacey cope as the case pushes her into the limelight? And does the team have the skill to outwit one of the nastiest serial killers Londoners have fallen prey to since the killer's infamous role model... Jack the Ripper.

I am quite amazed at how many twists and surprises there are in this story. I never would have guessed the ending, but it was done in a way that absolutely made sense, it was just entirely unpredictable.

The story is set in London, and has a decidedly British feel. It was interesting to see what British police procedure is like. It’s not very different from Canadian or American procedure, but there were a few quirks that made the story feel a bit foreign.

Along that theme, I listened to the audiobook version, and it was narrated with an amazing British accent. I love accents, and found this one to be soothing and easy to listen to. The entire story felt melodic, and was easy listening, even with the tension and death in the contents.

This was an example where audiobook narration really lends an specific feel to a story. The plotline was quite horrific and detailed, with lots of Ripper lore included, but the audiobook narration rose it up to a very easy listening level.

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