‘Dead Scared’ is the 2nd novel in S.J. Bolton’s Lacey Flint series and it is just as gripping as the first in the series – ‘Now You See Me’.
There has been an increase in the number of suicides at Cambridge. Evi Olliver, a psychiatrist at the university counselling centre is concerned that someone may be targeting vulnerable students. Against his better judgement (because he doesn’t want to put her in danger) Mark Joesbury sends Lacey into Cambridge undercover as student Laura Farrow.
When looking into the stories of those who have survived their suicide attempts, Lacey and Evi find a lot of similarities – particularly in the nightmares they experienced in the preceding weeks. Pretty soon both Evi and Lacey are also experiencing similar nightmares and a feeling of being watched.
Throughout the story we gradually find out about a past student who discovered that he liked to drive others to self destruction.
Just about everyone in the story becomes a suspect at some point.
Perhaps the scariest part of the story is that we know where things are heading for Lacey, and she is completely powerless to stop what is happening to her.
Meanwhile, Joesbury hovers around the edges, worrying about Lacey and wishing he had never placed her at the university.
This was a totally absorbing thriller and I had trouble putting it down. I loved the characters, particularly Evi Oliver and Nick Bell. Lacey and Mark Joesbury were excellent once again and their unacknowledged attraction for each other, bubbling just below the surface, added a lot of tension to the story.
I love this series and can’t wait to read the next novel – ‘Like This, Forever’.
Book Published 2012