Friday, 26 April 2013
Like This For Ever by S. J. Bolton
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication Date: 11 April 2013
My Rating: 3/5
Keep telling yourself it's only fiction... As you read this heart-hammering thriller from the queen of London's crime scene.
Bright red. Like rose petals. Or rubies. Or balloons. Little red droplets.
Barney knows the killer will strike again soon. The victim will be another boy, just like him. He will drain the body of blood, and leave it on a Thames beach. There will be no clues for detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to find. There will be no warning about who will be next. There will be no good reason for Lacey Flint to become involved ... And no chance that she can stay away.
Keep telling yourself it''s only fiction.
This is the third instalment in the Lacey Flint series, and I was very excited to read it. The first two books were gripping psychological thrillers, and I had high hopes for more of the same. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my high expectations. The first half of the book seems to drag and failed to capture my attention (I wouldn't describe it as an "unputdownable page turner"), but the second half does pick up speed and rolls along much more quickly than the first. Lacey is a very interesting character, and I like the awkward relationship between her and Joesbury, but I felt there was not enough Lacey in this instalment. Once again, one of Lacey's colleagues is suspicious that she is actually the killer, and I found this 'reprise' a little tiresome.
Having said all that, there are some great twists and turns in the story, and it is ultimately a very good read. It sets things up quite nicely for further instalments and I will now doubt find myself reading the next in the series! I just hope the author shakes things up a bit and doesn't cast Lacey as the suspect next time!
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.