4.5 to 5 Stars
Mmmm, another Bolton book. This is my seventh, and I’ll definitely keep reading anything this woman puts out.
This is the fourth in the Lacey Flint series, so I recommend checking out the other three before you dive into this one. It’s not that this can’t be enjoyed without background knowledge, but you’ll be lost in a few places if you’re not familiar with Lacey and the rest of the cast. The crime element holds up on its own, though, if you’re not interested in subplots and previous character developments.
Lacey’s given up being a detective, opting instead to go back into uniform in the Marine Unit. She’s now living on a houseboat off the Thames and trying her best to keep her head down and just do her job. But, of course, she gets drug into yet another serial killer’s demented mind. This time someone is drowning women and leaving them shroud-wrapped in the Thames. At the same time, love-interest Joesbury is MIA, and Dana and Helen are considering a huge change. (Like I said, if you’re new to the series, start at the beginning.)
What I love about Bolton’s books, above all, is the twists. She gets me every time. I swear I’ve got it figured out about halfway through, then nope! Wrong again, Sarah! This book was no different. Beautiful, delectable twists! Gotta love ’em.
Bolton also likes to throw in some local lore/urban legends/mythologies/whatever you want to call it. This time it’s mermaids. I can’t really give away more than that 😉 [Disclaimer: Bolton does not write magical realism books. The aforementioned mermaids are not friends with Ariel. These books are pure crime, just with some lore thrown in.]
Ugh, I just want to discuss this book so much, but anything I say will give key plot points away and destroy the suspense for you (because you’re obviously picking it up tomorrow, right?).
The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that the beginning was a little difficult. There’s some POV and time jumps that are a little hard to get a hold of at first, but I settled in eventually.
Other than that, this is a great addition to the Lacey Flint series, as usual. Great writing, some dark humor, interesting and unique characters, well-researched, suspense out the wazoo. I can’t wait for the next installment.