Synopses & Reviews
Lacey Flint, Sharon Boltons enigmatic protagonist, has been living in a houseboat on the River Thames, and shes becoming a part of Londons weird and wonderful riverboat community. Against her friends better judgment, shes taken up swimming in the Thames, and she feels closer than ever to Detective Mark Joesbury, despite his involvement in a complicated undercover case. For the first time in her life, as she recovers from the trauma of the last few months, Lacey begins to feel almost happy.
Then, at dawn one hot summer morning while swimming down the river, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the water. She assumes it was chance—after all, she's recently joined the marine policing unit, and she knows how many dead bodies are pulled out of the river every year, most the result of tragic accidents. But further investigation leads her policing team to suspect the womans body was deliberately left for Lacey to find. Laceys no longer a homicide detective, but as she begins to notice someone keeping a strangely close eye on her, shes inexorably drawn into the investigation.
Award-winning author Sharon Bolton has once again crafted a tightly plotted, utterly unpredictable thriller around one of the most compelling characters in crime fiction today, intensely private London police officer Lacey Flint, whose penchant for keeping secrets is only matched by her determination to uncover those of others.
"Someone is snuffing the life out of young women, then shrouding their weighted bodies before tossing them into the Thames, in Bolton's haunting fourth novel featuring London police officer Lacey Flint (after 2013's Lost). Though the former detective constable has recently transferred to the Marine Unit in hopes of putting a string of disturbing cases behind her, she's ordered to work on the investigation, since the inquiry was launched by her discovery of one of the victims while she was swimming in the river near her houseboat. Despite considerable personal turmoil including having her lover, Det. Insp. Mark Joesbury, disappear on an undercover job it's not long before she's immersing herself in the increasingly dangerous hunt for a possible serial killer targeting illegal Afghan immigrants. Bolton sweeps the reader along with Lacey until finally running aground after a few twists too many. Agent: Anne-Marie Doulton, Ampersand Agency (U.K.). (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for A Dark and Twisted Tide
"The pleasures of first-rate mystery usually lie in the plot, and Bolton has constructed a solid nail-biter. But its the characters that infuse A Dark and Twisted Tide with such heart—not just the gritty, damaged Flint but her friends and colleagues, too."—Entertainment Weekly
"[Bolton] delights in a kind of gothic horror, weaving suspenseful tales featuring complex, often tormented characters…Just as readers think they know the killers identity, there is another shocking twist in this…always gripping tale by a master of the genre."—Library Journal
"[Boltons] worldbuilding is fascinating. Lacey is a wonderful protagonist, stubborn, lost and striving to connect."—RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
Praise for Lost
"For a long time, critics have been calling Bolton a rising star among British crime writers. Well, that star has risen and is pretty much outshining most of her contemporaries…Bolton knows all the tricks of the trade, from carefully planted red herrings to the clever planting of real clues. But many writers can do that. What makes Bolton special is her ability to create unique characters that you care about as much for their faults as their virtues, especially her heroine, whose youth is both her best asset and her greatest weakness."—The Denver Post
"Bolton rules the world of psychological thrillers."—The Huffington Post
"Boltons narrative is taut and twisty and dark, and her pacing unrelenting. Her characters are not only psychologically provocative (especially Lacey Flint), but they command a presence on the page thats as strong as anything youll read this summer."—[Minneapolis] Star-Tribune
"Realistic fear, heart-stopping suspense, and jolting plot twists keep one almost frantically turning pages as Bolton grabs us from the beginning and leaves us shaken at the end. Highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review)
Now living in a houseboat on the River Thames, Lacey Flint is becoming a part of Londons weird and wonderful riverboat community. But at dawn one hot summer morning, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the river. She assumes it was chance—after all she's recently joined the marine policing unit—but further investigation leads her team to suspect it was deliberately left for her to find. She is no longer a detective, but as she begins to suspect someone is watching her very closely, she can't help but be drawn into the investigation.
In A Dark and Twisted Tide, award-winning author Sharon Bolton has once again crafted a tightly-plotted, utterly unpredictable thriller around one of the most compelling characters in crime fiction today, enigmatic London police officer Lacey Flint.
About the Author
SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger and Barry Award nominee. She lives near London, England. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.