A Dark and Twisted Tide – Sharon Bolton

‘A Dark and Twisted Tide’ is OUT today, on 8th May!!!

Young policewoman Lacey Flint knows that the Thames is a dangerous place – after all, she lives on it and works on it – but she’s always been lucky. Until one day, when she finds a body floating in the water. Who was this woman and why was she wrapped so carefully in white burial cloths before being hidden in the fast-flowing depths?

DCI Dana Tulloch hates to admit it, but she’s fond of the mysterious Lacey. Even if she keeps on interfering in her investigations, and is meddling with the latest floater case. But now she’s got to break some terrible news to her – news that could destroy Lacey’s fragile state of mind.

And Lacey will need to keep her wits about her because there’s a killer that’s lurking around her boat, leaving her gifts she’d rather not receive . 


My thoughts 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read the next instalment of the brilliant Lacey Flint series. I just love Lacey.

It is that time of year, when you jump up and down with excitement at the thought of a brand new Sharon Bolton book to read. She is one of my favourite authors and Lacey as a character is inspired. 

We find Lacey Flint, having moved to the river police and spending a great deal of time by and in the river Thames. Lacey even lives on a river boat. Suddenly she finds a body, wrapped in a burial cloth in the river. It is not exactly the peaceful, quiet life Lacey wanted. Her beloved, Joesbury is rather busy with his undercover work. Lacey finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation.

Bolton has done it again, creating an exceptional and chilling crime read, with the rather dirty, polluted setting of the Thames. I shuddered, as I read about people swimming in there and how much lurking nasty bacteria they must come into contact with. Yuck! The river Thames is a pretty great setting for murder, very appropriate and atmospheric. Chilling and spooky. 

Lacey is such a great character, with a complex history that we find out more about, in each story. She is completely mad, swimming in the river and getting herself into danger. There is a great deal to admire about her. As a reader, you just cheer for her and roll your eyes at her antics.

It was good to see the lovely Joesbury, Dana and the mysterious prisoner again. They are all so central now to the series. 

Totally recommended. It is one of those books you just want to savour!

a dark and twisted tide




About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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