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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, butYoung 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 . . ....

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A Dark and Twisted Tide Reviews

  • Mary Beth
    2019-05-16 04:50

    Its so sad to be finished with series. I love Lacey Flint. She is such a strong character. With everything that Lacey has gone through in the last three books, Lacey has changed her job to Marine Police. She is living in a boat and swims in the Thames River which is quite dangerous. While she is swimming she finds a body and before she knows it her low profile is gone and she is in the flint of it. I love her relationship with Joesbury. I just love Lacey Flint! She is so daring and is on another adventure that is just as scary as the others. DCI Dana Tulloch even admits that she loves Lacey. Usually she is not so nice to Lacey but in this one she becomes to respect her. The adventure is full of suspense and I was not surprised on who the killer was in this one.This was a Page Turner. If you have not read the Lacey Flint Series yet I do recommend it. Its an excellent thriller.

  • Tim The Enchanter
    2019-05-19 04:44

    Originally posted toTheLiteraryLawyer.caA Timely and Interesting Mystery - 3.5 Stars This marks the 4th installment in the Lacey Flint series and according the author, we will have to wait a while for the next. Over the course of 4 books Lacey Flint has come to be one of my favorite characters in any current crime thriller series. She is brave and impulsive, loyal and secretive. She is running from her past and avoiding her future. While I enjoy the character, it is my hope that when Lacey does return, the author choses to begin a new story arc for the character. Lacey often comes off as directionless. While this is part of the who the character is, it doesn't feel as if she is growing. I want to read about Lacey for many years to come but, for me, if she doesn't grow the series will become stale. This is, of course, my own opinion. Read it for yourself and see if you agree! Plot summary Lacey Flint's career has taken a step back. It was not for a lack of skill, a demotion or punishment. She has banished herself to the river and joined the marine unit. She is hoping on one hand to escape the horrors that have plagued her career thus far while on the other, seemingly drawn to the river that has nearly taken her life on more than one occasion.While taking her daily swim in the River, she comes upon a floater. This dead body is wrapped in what appears to be a burial cloth and was seemingly left for her to find. The discovery of a second similar body leads to an investigation with international implications and deals with some timely and topical issues.Throughout the course of the investigation, Lacey becomes aware that she has once again become the object of attention for an unknown party. Is Lacey being harassed by a disturbed admirer or is Lacey being sized up as the next victim. The GoodTimely and Interesting Themes No one can accuse Sharon Bolton of writing a boring story. Pick up one of her novels and you can be assured it will not be a run of the mill mystery. Revealing the ultimate crime in this story would be a spoiler but I can say that the theme is often discussed in my local legal circle and is a topic that is gaining wider notoriety. It deals with dark and shameful realities of our time.That said, it is not as dark as the previous novels. It may be more appropriate to say that it is not dark in traditional crime thriller fashion. I appreciate that the author tries to avoid the cliché crime story. This is not a story of your average serial killer or some grisly mass murder. The story is more complex and the themes are more intelligent and compelling than your average best seller.The story clips along at a fast pace. The chapters are very short and the perspective is constantly shifting. Having listened to the audio version of the first three, I am not sure if the previous novels were set up in the same fashion. Initially, this was distracting and could be difficult to follow but it did not take long to get into the rhythm as the perspectives flowed in and out like the tide. Each perspective was unique and provided a well rounded view of the story. The reader was completely immersed in the plot as we saw the story through the eyes of most of the major players. The BadEnter the Bizarre and the Boneheaded The "bad" portions of the novel are in large part my own take on the story, characters and plot elements. I do my best to keep my personal feelings about the story from colouring my rating. In this case, it was hard not to allow it to do so. I like Lacey Flint. Truly. She is one of my favorite leads in any crime thriller series. That said, I will soon become rather annoyed with the character. The character is remaining (in my opinion) a little too static. There seems to be a lack of growth, and in this case some regression. I feel like the character has hit a plateau and the author will have to tread carefully to ensure Lacey does not become stale.I do not know how many times a case can become personal to Lacey. There is always some third party fixating on or trying to draw Lacey into the case. This was interesting initially but is becoming tired. I am not saying that the novels are formulaic but I am attuned to repeating plot devices.Finally, I have to say something about the ending... While I will not spoil the ending, there is an inclusion that is flat out absurd and an equally absurd fight scene to go along with it. After a reading an intelligent novel with intelligent themes, the ending was straight out an old time carnival. It left me questioning the inclusion of some characters and Lacey's interactions with them. Bolton writes like a magician and deftly uses misdirection. While she employ this quite masterfully in the current installment, one of the objects of misdirection leaves me shaking my head. Final Thoughts Overall, I enjoyed the book. The characters, the story and the themes were interesting and engaging. Unfortunately, the plot development seems to be following a pattern and this installment came out as my least favorite and the least creative. That said, I have yet to meet a bad S.J (Sharon) Bolton novel. Even though I felt like she wasn't at the top of her game, she towers over many other authors and this novel is a must read for any Sharon Bolton and crime fiction fan alike. Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sex/violence/language content of book if you are interested. I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading. *Disclaimer* I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read. I am simply giving approximations.Scale 1 - Lowest 5 - Highest Sex-2.5 There is some investigation into women being used for sexual purposes. It is discussed in broad terms and is not explicit. There are comments about the sexual orientation of several characters. There is a build up to a sexual encounter between two characters but it cuts away and there is no explicit material. Language-2Mild use of obscenities and mild use of the f-word. 6 uses of the f-word. 2 uses of damn and 8 of shit. 16 religious exclamations.Violence-2.5 There are multiple dead bodies and the examination of them as part of an investigation. There is fighting and murder/attempted murder near the end of the novel. It is not graphic. Overall, the violence was tame and less dark than previous novels.

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-05-01 03:55

    I love the character Lacey and I love BOLTON'S series, but this was not one of my favorites. Easy to read, there is so much going on that the pages almost turn themselves, but I think that was part of my problem. There is just too much going on. I didn't feel connected to the characters like I usually do in these novels, the depth just wasn't there for me. Also I think it is time to give Lacey a break, every case doesn't have to become personal for her, putting her mental state at further risk.So while I liked this one, I didn't love it.ARC from Netgalley.

  • debra
    2019-04-27 00:02

    4*s Alert the media -I finished ! Most of the action ,twists, etc. take place in the last 100 or so pages. Upon reflection, some of the reveals were beyond stunners and moved somewhat into over the top territory. Not really a spoiler-(view spoiler)[Lacey and Joesbury's coitus teasus never-happentus is really getting old. (hide spoiler)]

  • Gary
    2019-05-17 05:00

    This is the 4th book in the Lacey Flint series by author Sharon Bolton.I have given this a 3 star rating but could easily be a 4, I don't think there is a big enough range to make adequate and realistic ratings.As per usual Sharon Bolton writes very good plots and strong characters making her books an excellent read.In this 4th book in the series Lacey Flint is now working with the Marine Police and when the love of her life Mark Joesbury goes missing while working on an under cover case there are rumours of him being a rogue cop. Life gets more complicated when she finds a body floating in the river, wrapped in white burial cloths and she can’t resist asking questions. Who is this woman, why was she hidden in the river and who has been delivering unwanted gifts to Lacey?A good read but in my opinion not the authors best work.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-05-02 02:48

    Publication Date: 8th May 2014Ex-Detective Lacey Flint has quit the police for a safer, quieter life. Or that’s what she thinks.Living alone on a houseboat, she is trying and failing to get over the man she loves, undercover Detective Mark Joesbury. But Mark is missing in action and impossible to forget. And danger won’t leave Lacey alone…When she finds a body floating in the river, wrapped in white burial cloths, she can’t resist asking questions. Who is this woman and why was she hidden in the fast-flowing depths?And who has been delivering unwanted gifts to Lacey?So here we are at Book 4 in the Lacey Flint series from Sharon Bolton (where does the time go? Hey not complaining, if I could have book 5 now I would..along with books 6 and 7…well you get the point) and after the events in Like This For Ever, Lacey has left the team and joined the River Police hoping for a quieter, less dramatic life. Yes well..it sounded like a good idea at the time. After she discovers a body on one of her morning swims, she again becomes caught up in an investigation that will put her once more into the danger zone.There are a few reasons why I love this series. Lacey Flint is a tremendously well drawn character with huge depth to her – and the fact that we are on Book 4 and you feel like you have only just scratched the surface is one of the things that keeps you reading and always hanging on for more. Lacey is not even my favourite – you have the enigmatic Mark Joesbury always somewhere in her life, their ongoing and developing relationship is compelling. Then there is Dana, who is perhaps my most loved character – and again there is a lot more to learn about her.The mystery elements of the stories are always top notch, wonderful twisty turny tales with a poetic, haunting feeling that stays with you long after the book is finished. A trademark of Ms Bolton for me is that I always kind of feel like I’m reading a ghost story…there is a dark and twisted side to these indeed.In this particular instalment I was fascinated by the backdrop of the River Thames – and Lacey’s relationship with it – strange and unknown in a lot of ways, the descriptive and eerie prose that tells you that you are indeed reading a Sharon Bolton book is perfectly applied here. The river holds hidden secrets, uncharted territory and the events that take place within its confines are truly memorable.So all in all another terrific read from this author. No doubt about it, some of the top crime fiction available right now – especially if you like a portentous twist.Happy Reading Folks!

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2019-04-22 06:36

    Why do I do this to myself?! It's 2.30 in the morning and I have just finished this book. A couple of hours ago I picked up my Kindle and told myself I'd read a few chapters before bed. Well those few chapters turned into the rest of the book. I read the first Lacey Flint book last year and absolutely loved it. In the crime fiction genre there's so much of it which is just repeated over and over again and so I always look for books which are different, and which have unique stories and unique characters. That is definitely the case with the Lacey Flint series from Sharon Bolton.Lacey is just a fantastic, multilayered character that I just love reading about. After the events of the previous book Lacey is back in uniform and working as part of the Met's Marine Unit. She is also living on a boat at Deptford Creek. Now I have always wondered what it would be like to live, or at least holiday on a boat but after reading this book I don't think it's something I will be trying out any time soon! Lacey has also taken to swimming in the creek towards the Thames which again is not something I'd fancy doing. When she's out swimming however she comes across a body which has been wrapped like a mummy, it also appears that the body was left on purpose for Lacey to find. Upon looking at the body Lacey comes to the conclusion that the dead woman is part of a human trafficking ring that is operating near Deptord Creek. Similarities are found with other women that have been pulled out of the Thames and it's up to Lacey to prove her theory to her colleagues and superiors.Now it isn't just Lacey who is a fantastic character, we also have her love interest, Mark Joesbury who is working undercover in the book. Not wanting to give much away here except to say that his part of the story was very interesting and as always the relationship between him and Lacey was a big part of the book. Dana Tulloch is one of my favourite characters in the book, and actually played a major role here which I thoroughly enjoyed. As with previous books we still don't know everything there is to know about Lacey and in this book we learn even more. She also loves to break the rules and when she knows she is right she isn't afraid to speak up, or in the case of this book go off on her own to try and prove her theories.Overall I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anybody who likes crime fiction. Sharon Bolton is really one of the best authors out there at the minute and this book may just be one of the best in the Lacey Flint series, if not the best. Although as I only finished the book tonight I am still on a high from reading it. As always it's hard to discuss the story without spoiling it but safe to say the plot here was one of the strongest so far. It was a thrilling and gripping read that kept me guessing right up to the very end. Whilst this book could in theory be read as a standalone I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series as it always helps to know the back story and know the characters, especially the fantastic Lacey.This book will be released on May 8th and you can pre-order it in hardback or on Kindle from AmazonThank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Net Galley

  • Lisa
    2019-04-21 00:58

    Another fabulous adventure/mystery/thriller in the Lacey Flint series (I may have mentioned several times that Lacey is my fave character EVER!).Lacey is currently working for the marine police unit and trying to get over the last few cases that have brought her to her knees. Thankfully she is a strong and resilient person who doesn't go screaming and running in the opposite direction when she yet again gets drawn into a murder mystery.This woman does not know the MEANING of keeping a low profile and living a quiet life!!!Just a taster of what we're dealing with here;Swimming in the Thames (utter madness)Bodies turning up left, right and centreSome strange water creature / stalkerHonestly this would drive anyone BONKERS!But somehow Bolton makes this work perfectly. Lacey is a strong and believable character and the police procedural feels authentic with credible supporting characters.The mystery itself was intricate and brilliantly put together.I love love love this series - more please!

  • Hans
    2019-05-03 03:38

    Lacey Flint is doing great. Again! What happened with Thessa was a bit too much for me.

  • Janet
    2019-04-30 02:33

    Thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. Much appreciated.This book is the fourth instalment in the Lacey Flint series. Here we find Lacey after the trauma met at the end of the last book has now left the MIT team and has gone back into uniform and joined the River Police working the river Thames. True to form trouble follows Lacey wherever she goes, she's like a magnet for the deranged and murderous!! In this instance young beautiful women are being found dead in the Thames, (usually by Lacey!!) weighted down and wrapped in linen. The river Thames features heavily in this tale with in depth descriptions of all things river, from creeks to tunnels, tributaries to estuaries. In fact, I would say the book centres around the river as this is now where Lacey resides as well. However, I found this is where the book loses it a little for me. I can't understand why anyone would want to swim in such conditions, something Lacey was doing regularly?! I know she has a tendency to be careless, a trait she repeats over and over, but how careless can one character be without the reader shaking their head in wonderment at her rash decision making? Whilst the river detailing is interesting and informative, maybe good to see in real life, I found I didn't care for it much, just a personal thing. I just didn't engage with it as much as I did a couple of the other books. The last 30% of the book, however, really picks up and is by far the most exciting bit as it heads towards the end. The usual cast of characters feature, DI Tulloch, Joesbury, etc., with some new river people additions but the Thames is the biggest character of all.It's a good solid read and I really liked the last third with the insight into the Afghan way of life, that was interesting. I didn't guess who the perpetrator was until near the end and it still held a couple of surprises for me. Nicely done! Ms Bolton is a good writer, for sure, and I look forward to reading her standalones too. This one is a 3.5 star for me and I hope in time we get to read more of Lacey's turbulent adventures. There are plenty of deranged and murderous out there for Lacey yet ..... surely??!!

  • Sean Peters
    2019-05-17 22:53

    Another great quick story from Sharon Bolton.Love Lacey Flint

  • Melissa
    2019-05-11 06:02

    I am so distraught!! I wish there were more than 4 books in this series! I don't know how I am going to be able to wait for another one! Lacey is back in the latest installment of the series. She has taken a voluntary demotion so to speak, and is now working as a uniformed water police officer. Protecting the river Thames and it's colorful inhabitants. She has also moved and now lives on a houseboat and enjoys living on the water, resonating with the dark river that almost killed her in the first novel.And of course, trouble finds her, like it always seems to... She discovers a body floating in the water. Working with Dana yet again, they expose a people smuggling operation, which is much more than what it seems.Not to mention her sorta-boyfriend Joesbury is now on the run for murder. Excitement!!I love how Bolton introduces all these amazing characters, all linked together in some way or another, and all could possibly be the killer. You get warning bells, signs that make you think "THEM!!" Only to have the story twist and turn so much that you can't believe you were so wrong. I LOVE this about this series. And this book is no exception. Awesome twists and turns. Bolton has definitely made it to my "favourite authors" list!!!Poor Lacey!! She may be one of my favourite characters of any books I have ever read. Damaged, strong, determined, smart and so very, very dark! And Joesbury! Oh they are all so damaged! Joesbury works too hard, is too dedicated to saving the city, and has let all the relationships in his life suffer for it. He has lost his wife and is drifting away from his son, who he works so hard to protect. Lacey may be the only woman in the world who could actually be with him, tolerate him disappearing for months at a time, and totally understand his motives. The relationship that these two share seems so gritty and real. The attraction that pulls them together is palpable and it's amazing how, with quite minimal dialogue, Bolton can create such a fervent relationship. We see a whole new side to Dana as she commences a personal quest, while trying to hold the reigns of the investigation.And the prisoner. The woman locked away for life - a pivotal character in Lacey's story.I love this series. It's gritty, dark and superbly written. It's suspenseful, interesting and just so much darn fun.

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    2019-04-21 02:51

    5 Words: What a twist! Amazing, Fantastic.This Lacey Flint was very different to previous ones.At first, I found it a little difficult to keep up with the jumping perspectives and times, but I quickly settled into the narrative. It was quite refreshing to hear these different voices telling the story, and slowly piecing together the truth.This story was one surprise after another. At times almost distressingly serious, there were also little heart-warming moments and a small injection of humour so it wasn't all too heavy.The whole of the end of this book is one enormous great big crazy twist. It's like one of those narrow country lanes where you're going one way then the other and then you're face to face with a tractor or a flock of sheep.I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.I was also sent a physical copy of this book by the publisher.

  • Linda
    2019-04-25 03:58

    I do love the character of Lacey Flint, she reminds me a bit of Mo Hayder's Flea Marley.Lacey lives on a houseboat on London's Thames river. The river is as much a part of the story as the characters, with its hidden currents and dark murky depths. On a swim down the river, Lacey encounters a body wrapped in linen and snagged on a post. This is the beginning of a terrifying time for Lacey as it soon becomes apparent that someone is watching her, and her life could be in danger.Meanwhile another body is found in the Thames and Lacey is sure there is a connection. They are soon on the hunt for a gang bringing in illegal immigrants but it doesn't appear they are being used for the sex trade, so what is going on. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Mary
    2019-05-07 06:57

    3.5*Dear Reader,In this,the fourth book in the series,Lacey, now a member of the Marine Police Unit, finds a shrouded body in the Thames. Working closely with past colleagues,Lacey is determined to find out the circumstances surrounding this woman's death.More bodies are discovered as the Thames divulges its secrets sparingly and selectively. We are privy to the voices of a selection of women,brought to the UK with the promise of employment...... Is everything as it seems,or is there something more sinister at play? Jonesbury is undercover,on a dangerous case,one that threatens his good-cop reputation. I'm a huge fan of the Lacey Flint series and rank SJ Bolton as one of my favourite authors. Her writing is sharp,precise and utterly compelling,her characters so carefully moulded,you'd be forgiven for thinking them real people! While I liked this story,I must admit that I didn't love it as much as all her other work. There was too much 'busyness' and,in my humble opinion,not enough unity and interaction between Lacey and Jonesbury. An interesting premise,a fast paced story, one that I'm sure others will enjoy.

  • Lynn
    2019-05-17 05:48

    Well-written and compelling. I like the characters in the Lacey Flint series and hope there will be more to come. The tides and activity of the Thames came alive for me with this reading and as always there was something interesting to learn.

  • Freda Malone
    2019-05-17 05:43

    Another fantastic mystery by Sharon! I enjoyed the ending more than I enjoyed the whole read. Lacy is again thrust into a mystery of the Thames River. Women are pulled from the depths of the watery grave wrapped in cloth as if it is a ritual and Lacy is the one finding them. Coincidence, I think not. There were several new characters introduced this time and I particularly liked Thessa and her brother Alex. Lacy does too and she is drawn to them in a special way to which I finally said "about time you made some friends, Lacy". DI Dana seems to be more personable and likable in this story, even decides to get pregnant through AVI. Her relationship with Helen stiff as always. Jonesbury (Mark) is not present enough in this story to fulfill my fantasy of him - Hoping he and Lacy walk away into the sunset, but they finally do. This concludes that I most likely enjoyed Mark's almost 'stalking Lacy and save Lacy' presence more than I cared to admit. The plot and dialogue was brilliant, grotesque and mysterious. I loved it but I struggled with the lack of presence of many of the characters I came to love, admire and hate throughout the whole Lacy Flint series. It's too bad this is the end. I want more of Mark, Dana, and Lacy.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-29 23:42

    Sharon Bolton is just so good. I love her books and it never takes me more than a couple of sittings to finish them (unless something boring like work interrupts) I love how original and unusual her work is and how each of her books has the same characters but an entirely different focus. But Sharon, please write quicker...

  • Cees Van Rhienen
    2019-04-28 06:44

    [RECENSIE] Het donkerste water van Sharon BoltonEEN TOERISTISCHE LOCATIE NAAR ENG DOODSGRAF OMGEBOUWD ++ De Theems, 346 km, bruin als oud bloed en ongelooflijk diep ++Oorspronkelijke titel: A Dark and Twisted TideISBN: 978 94 005 0515 5Uitgegeven door: A.W. BrunaPagina's: 432Beoordeling: 4,0 sterrenDe in Londen woonachtige Sharon Bolton groeide op in het graafschap Lancashire, vooral bekend om zijn vele duistere moerassen en de katoenindustrie. Na een korte carrière in de eclectische bouwstijl, keerde ze dat de rug toe om zich volledig over te geven aan het moederschap en het schrijven van boeken. Inmiddels vele onderscheidingen en boeken verder, is in Nederland de vierde thriller verschenen waarin Lacey Flint de hoofdrol speelt. Het decor is de getijdenrivier de Theems en de veelzeggende titel luidt Het donkerste water.Lacey Flint heeft het politiekorps verlaten en een woonboot betrokken in Deptford Creek, een van de ontelbare zijtakken van de Theems. Ze is lid geworden van de Marine Unit van de Metropolitan Police, kortweg, de rivierpolitie. Onder het motto 'Ik woon op de rivier, ik werk op de rivier en ik zwem in de rivier', oefent ze haar dagelijks controlerende taak uit.Op een dag ontdekt ze het lichaam van een overleden vrouw, volledig in lappen gewikkeld. Samen met haar vriend Mark Joesbury pleegt ze het eerste onderzoek dat resulteert in het vermoeden dat het lichaam bewust door Lacey gevonden moest worden. Haar vriend verdwijnt en ze gaat haar onderzoek verdiepen door wat meer kennis te vergaren van de mensen in haar directe woonomgeving. Dit levert verrassende informatie op tot het tweede in katoenen lappen gewikkelde vrouwenlichaam zich aandient…In dit avontuur doet Bolton precies wat lezers van haar verwachten. Naast een spannende primaire verhaallijn maakt ze vele uitstapjes naar interessante onderwerpen. Thema's als mensensmokkel, illegale immigranten, het leven van meisjes in Islamitische families, het wordt lopende het verhaal helder en duidelijk uit de doeken gedaan. Nooit wordt daarbij de langzaam opbouwende spanning vergeten en het daarbij aanzwellende gevaar van de gevolgen van de getijdenstromen van de Theems.Naast deze eerdergenoemde thema's haakt ze aan bij de illegale orgaanhandel, de alternatieve kruidengeneeskunde en zelfs Ivf-behandelingen wordt niet ongemoeid gelaten. Een thriller vol spanning aangevuld met algemene informatie die in de verhaallijn past en tevens de plot volledig maakt. De auteur beschikt over een uitermate gevoel om precies die informatie te ventileren die de nieuwsgierigheid aanwakkert zonder teveel prijs te geven. Dat impliceert een soms traag verhaal omdat thrillerlezers van de combinatie van spanning én snelheid houden en dat laatste wordt regelmatig afgeremd door de zijdelings beschreven thema's. Het hindert uiteindelijk niet en geeft het een extra dimensie wat het boven een standaard politie-boefje verhaal uittilt. De vele personages die naar voren treden worden uiterst summier uitgediept wat weer gecompenseerd wordt door de vaste crew die we uit eerdere verhalen kennen.Een aanrader is wel om voor dit lijvige verhaal rustig de tijd te nemen want de ruim 400 goedgevulde pagina's vragen wel om een aandachtige lezer. Alleen die weten het op de juiste waarde te schatten en als zodanig ook te waarderen. Eindoordeel: 4,0 sterrenSpanning: 3 sterrenPlot: 4 sterrenLeesplezier: 4 sterrenSchrijfstijl: 4 sterrenOriginaliteit: 4 sterrenPsychologie: 4 sterren

  • Siobhan
    2019-05-06 02:45

    As is the way of the internet, I shall point out that is book is an ‘all the feels’ book. Basically, in non-internet lingo: wow, what a great book.This is the fourth book in the Lacey Flint series and I’m tempted to say my favourite. Thus far in the series book two, Dead Scared, has been my favourite, but I’m now of a mind to to change that. Following the events of book three, Like This For Ever, Lacey decided to return to uniform. In particular, Lacey decided to join the Marine Unit due to the events which occurred in book one. However, as is the case with Lacey staying out of trouble simply is not in her nature. Or, more accurately, when she tries to stay out of trouble it comes knocking on her door.Since joining the Marine Unit, Lacey has become a fan of her morning routine of swimming in the River Thames. Except one morning she stumbles upon a body. One thing follows another and she pretty quickly finds herself once again working with CID as many new layers are dug into the mystery of the body, especially with how the killer seems to have taken a particular interest in Lacey.Except, Lacey also has other problems to deal with: it would appear that whilst undercover Mark has gone missing. Furthermore, evidence suggests that there is also more to Mark’s disappearance than meets the eye. Pretty soon people are questioning what they know about the male. Whilst the storyline surrounding Mark was not at all what I was expecting (and there sadly wasn’t as much as him as I would have liked), I certainly came to love it a lot more than I had expected. Moreover, whilst I did not think it possible to love his character any more than I already did I was proven wrong.Plus, to complicate matters even more for Lacey, it appears as though people are digging into her past. Whilst it is perfectly fine to read the Lacey Flint books as standalones I would suggest reading the past books before jumping into this one if you want to understand all the references. Throughout you do get a look into the past three books but to truly appreciate what is happening in regards to people looking into her past you do need to have read the prior books to really understand the complexity of her character.As always, the book is filled with Bolton’s signature. Countless twists and turns leave you second guessing to the end, with many mysteries being unfolded throughout. There are many emotions to deal with: shock at storyline, little fan-girl squeals for those that have been following the Lacey-Mark relationship (trust me here, fans, you will love this one a lot), laughter at jokes, and everything else that is needed to make a good book.I will admit that I do miss the first person Lacey perspective we were given in the first two books, however such a thing is now impossible. So many stories are being told, many characters walking different route and having their own personal stories to tell. As soon as you realise you miss that first person perspective you’re gripped in all the different stories and you no longer care.The only downside for me is the ending left me wanting more – and right now. I managed to finish the book in one sitting and I’m now left waiting for the next one. Sadly, we have to wait quite a while for the next Lacey instalment as the next Bolton book to be released is a standalone. I’m positive this standalone will be just as great as all her other books, but by gosh I cannot wait to see where the Lacey story progresses to next. The Lacey books get stronger and stronger and in waiting for the next one to come out I believe I’m going to have to sit and reread them all to stop me from getting withdrawal symptoms!If you’re not a Lacey Flint fan I suggest you jump on the bandwagon and get involved: you will not regret the decision.

  • Bill Kupersmith
    2019-05-19 02:45

    To enjoy this series of crime novels featuring DC Lacey Flint, y0u should start with Now You See Me & know the protagonist's back-story, including her real identity & that of the convicted murderess whom she visits in prison @ Durham. These scarcely matter in the 2nd of the series, Dead Scared, where Lacy goes undercover @ Cambridge University, but they obtrude in Like This, For Ever, awkwardly & unexplained - presumably because each of these books is supposed to stand alone. (I suppose the publishers think they'll sell better tho' I doubt it.) Here one of the characters actually divines Lacey's back-story & gets it almost right but there is a critical detail (which tells why the prisoner is called 'Toc' here) you need to know fully to appreciate Lacey. So if you're reading this review & have not yet read Now You See Me, do it & then from A Dark & Twisted Tide get even more pleaure.Sharon Bolton excels @ settings & as in Now You See Me you feel she could double as a Victorian industrial archaeologist, here on the River Thames, its tributaries, & sewers. Apparently Lacey is largely recovered from the PTSD caused by Dead Scared & Like This For Ever - no self-harm in this book & she's left the CID for the uniformed river police. Even better, she is now living on a boat, which puts her in the league with my favourite Elizabeth Haynes character Genevieve, altho' Lacey goes Genevieve one better because hers is a sailing yacht, tho' Lacey doesn't know yet how to sail. (Got the hint, author?) She also appears comfortable with her feelings about Joesbury, who plays only a minor role because he's gone on an under-cover mission. (Successful, you'll know if you know about submarines.) He's suspected of being bent & Lacey wonders: 'If he . . . asked her to run away . . . to some foreign land . . . would she? . . . She'd do it in a heartbeat.' Which is why we find Lacey so fascinating & attractive: she is very tough & highly idealistic but also a very vulnerable crazy romantic ready to cast her fate to the winds for love. Fortunately our (& Lacey's) suspicions are laid to rest early. However Dana Tulloch plays an increased & sympathetic role & shows some real courage.Lacey of course plunges into the thick of the danger. As for the perps, I somewhat figured out what was going on, but not any of the details. There are some pretty weird & exotic motives, but believable & enjoyable. So delightfully Sharon Bolton remains @ the top level of fiction writers & Lacey Flint will continue to inspire my awe & admiration.

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-04-25 02:49

    Gah, what happened? I'm so disappointed in this book. This first Lacey Flint mystery was great, the second one good, the third one ok and this one just irritated me. Maybe if I read them spaced out a year or so apart from each other then I'd like the subsequent books better? Hmmm, I don't think so. Bolton's development of the storyline throughout the series has been awful. The relationship between Lacey & Jonesbury - that was so smoldering in the first book - is now a head scratcher. The final scene in this latest book, where Lacey jumps into the disgusting Thames without a wetsuit on in order to swim to an abandoned boat where Jonesbury is waiting for her made me roll my eyes so hard I thought they'd pop out of my head. Her sudden about-face is completely bewildering. And I'm not buying their intense love when in reality they have barely spent any time together and have barely kissed. So their first time making love will be on some creepy boat with Lacey smelling like a sewer? Huh.As for the mystery, I was not engrossed in it at all. Could care less what crimes were happening and whether they would be solved. Also, the explanation at the end was out of no-where and not believable. Another part of the book not believable is Lacey's relationship with her sister in prison. The spooky as fuck serial killer sister from the first book. The sister that tried to kill her. The sister that brutally tortured and murdered innocent women. Now in this book they are besties and her sister is helping Lacey solve crimes. Wha?????? I can't even wrap my head around it.Finally, I hated the setting on the Thames. Rivers and Lakes are so nasty and creepy in my mind. Give me the ocean or give me a swimming pool. Not some cold, polluted water I can't see in. And the houseboat she is living in - isn't that the houseboat from the third book where the boy was tortured and killed?! What?! So after visiting her creepy-ass sister in prison, Lacey returns home to a relaxing evening spent on a boat where a gruesome murder occurred? A boat parked in some ugly dock in an industrial, deserted area on the river? Why do I want to read about this? I don't.

  • Christine
    2019-05-06 02:46

    Publication date 8/5/14 in the UKThank 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!

  • Shaun
    2019-05-09 06:38

    3.5 bumped up to 4.I really enjoy Bolton's style of writing and feel her characters are strong. That said, I found this ending to be just a little over the top. I have a feeling that fans of this series will either find the ending to be too contrived and convenient (like me), or they'll think it's brilliant.Bolton generally does a good job of developing supporting characters which is always a plus in a series like this where it is easy to get bored with the protagonist. This is also the case in this novel in which Dana's decision to have a baby nicely compliments the main storyline.The mulitple POVs generally worked but were a little confusing despite Bolton's use of chapter tags. There were just so many.Overall, a decent read that should please fans of the previous books in this series.

  • K Hancock
    2019-05-13 23:54

    Out of the four so far, I enjoyed this one the least.

  • Helen
    2019-05-06 23:36

    This is the fourth book in the Lacey Flint series by Sharon (formerly S.J.) Bolton and I’ve been looking forward to it since finishing the third one more than a year ago!Having been involved in three very traumatic cases in a short space of time (which you can read about in Now You See Me, Dead Scared and Like This, For Ever) Lacey is now living alone on a houseboat in Deptford Creek, just off the River Thames, and trying to come to terms with her recent experiences. She has also abandoned her career as a detective to become a uniformed police officer again, hoping that her new position patrolling the river with the Marine Unit will be less stressful. While out swimming in the Thames early one morning (not something to be recommended!) she discovers a dead body floating in the river, wrapped in a white linen shroud. It seems that Lacey’s plans for a more peaceful life have been thwarted already…I wish I could discuss the plot in more detail as it was fascinating, but if I say any more I’ll be giving too much away and spoiling the mystery for future readers. Instead I’ll mention the setting and the atmosphere, which were both as wonderful as I’ve come to expect from Sharon Bolton’s novels. The story is set almost entirely on the Thames and I loved the descriptions of the creeks and waterways, the derelict pumping station and the marina where Lacey’s boat is moored. I didn’t find this book quite as creepy as some of Bolton’s others, but there were a few scenes involving crabs that weren’t very pleasant!If you’re new to this series you could start here if you wanted to (it’s a complete novel, with a beginning, middle and end), but my recommendation would be to begin with Now You See Me and read the series in order so that you can watch Lacey’s character develop book by book. She’s such a complex and secretive person that although you learn a little bit more about her in each novel you’re always left with the feeling that there’s still a lot more to learn. I particularly enjoy reading about her trips to Durham to visit the prisoner Toc, possibly the only person who really knows and understands Lacey and her troubled past.Of course, Lacey is not the only interesting character in the series – another is Detective Inspector Dana Tulloch. I’ve never liked Dana much before and her treatment of Lacey in the previous book really annoyed me, but I found myself warming to her at last. In this book, she and her partner Helen make the decision to have a child and I’ll be interested to see how that storyline continues in the next book – assuming there is going to be a next book! I was disappointed, though, that Mark Joesbury doesn’t have a big role to play this time – although he does have a very good reason for his absence.This is not my favourite book in the series – that would still be the third one, Like This, For Ever – but I did enjoy reading this dark and twisted tale.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-14 07:02

    Sharon (formerly S.J.) Bolton has never let me down. Beginning with her stand-alones and then into the Lacey Flint series, Bolton has given me some of my most pleasurable hours of reading. I always look forward with great anticipation to her novels, and she always delivers an amazing story. In A Dark and Twisted Tide, the fourth Lacey Flint novel, the characters to whom readers have become attached are present, with Mark Joesbury slipping in and out, and some well placed new characters are introduced. The Thames River itself becomes a riveting character, taking on a mythical aura and not easily giving up its secrets hidden in its murky depths. The suspense is palatable as always in a Bolton novel, right up to the end.After living through a case personally traumatic to both her and Mark Joesbury, Lacey has abandoned her dreams of detective work and in an attempt at a safer, less harried existence returned to uniform duty as part of London's Police Marine Unit. She further cements her ties to the historic Thames by taking up residence in a houseboat/formerly sailboat in a river community of other water inclined residents. Lacey has even started swimming daily in the often treacherous water that surrounds her. It is on one of her early morning swims that she comes across a body, that of a woman wrapped is some sort of linen cloth. Death and murder have found Lacey in her new life, and she becomes entangled in yet another perilous mystery that involves her with her old detective unit. With the appearance of a second woman's body and its location, it's clear that a nefarious element is at work, and likewise clear is the target on Lacey's back. Fortunately, Lacey and Mark seem to be in a better place with one another in this book. Unfortunately, Joesbury is involved in a major undercover sting, and he is unavailable to help in finding the killer or keeping Lacy safe. However, don't despair. Mark Joesbury has a way of popping in and out of a storyline when you least expect him. Joesbury's best fried, DCI Dana Tulloch, is in charge of the case, and although she's had a contentious relationship with Lacey in the past, has come to respect the young policewoman's skills and intuitions. The two women will have to rely on their combined talents and expertise in dealing with this investigation, which has all the delectable twists and turns for which Sharon Bolton mystery is known.I was pleased that in this latest novel the familiar characters are gaining momentum on their way to what they want their lives to be. Lacey seems to be working her way to some sort of peace within herself, with indications that Mark might eventually have a part in that. Other characters, such as Dana Tulloch, are also making strides in moving forward with their lives. Readers of this series will be pleased with #4 and look forward eagerly to #5.

  • Sharon Mccall
    2019-05-06 05:46

    I have admittedly read the Lacey Flint novels out of sequence but have now got myself on track and up to date having read this the fourth book in the series.A don't-put-me-down thriller that continues on a few months after the last book finished with Lacey now working for the Marine Unit and living on a house boat trying to stay out of the way of trouble. But Lacey is a trouble magnet and it seems to find her no matter where she goes.When she finds a body during an early morning swim of the Thames it appears that this was left for her specifically and so she finds herself dragged back into a murder investigation with the unit she was so close to joining.Bolton does well to create an incident where Lacey's past and present police journeys meet and also follow up on the life of DI Dana Tulloch, linked to Lacey not only via their careers but through the main man in both their lives, Mark Joesbury. I gave this book four stars mainly because I felt that there was a bit of a slowness to the book at times and a lot of time spent dealing with Dana and her issues and perhaps not enough time on the investigation side of things. Perhaps I feel like this cos there are times I just want to smack the woman. We know there is a troubled past in her career in Scotland but this has not had too much of an airing which makes me wonder if we will see a DI Tulloch spin off at some point.Having not long since read the first book in this series which was written in the first person, it occurred to me that the other three books are written in third person narrative. A thing that has made me curious as to why - I have generally found that books continue with the same narrative as they start with in the lead book of the series.Don't get me wrong it doesn't detract from the value of the book it is just something that I noted when reading the series and struck me as odd.

  • Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
    2019-05-07 06:43

    There are only a handful of crime writers whose new books instantly go to the very top of my wish list, and Sharon Bolton is one of them. After reading all three books in the Lacey Flint series, as well as an e-book short story, I’m convinced that no matter what she writes about or how she does it, I’m going to end up loving it. All of her books are so well-researched, so twisted and mind-boggling and so well-written that it’s impossible not to be captivated by them. A Dark and Twisted Tide is no exception.Bolton’s ability to grab your attention within seconds and to keep up this suspense, this tension throughout the book is one of the reasons why I love her work as much as I do. As our killer and his/her soon-to-be victim make their appearance at the very beginning of the first chapter, the reader cannot help but wonder what is about to happen, why is s/he doing it. And of course Lacey can’t stay out of it either. A Dark and Twisted Tide pretty much continues from where the previous book ended, with Lacey leaving her team and joining the Marine Unit in the hope of a quieter, less stressful life. But someone has other plans. After discovering the first victim during her early morning swim in the Thames and a handful of (seemingly) practical jokes it becomes obvious that someone is keeping a close watch on her. And, once again, the killer will make sure that Lacey is very much part of his/her twisted game.Read more >>

  • Ruth
    2019-04-21 01:32

    Whilst i really enjoyed this book and the characters of Lacey and Mark,i find myself agreeing with another review in that Lacey seems a bit directionless and i wonder how the character will develop.Also the plot devices being similar,someone is always fixated on Lacey. This is also my least favourite,however in saying that i do really like the characters,however would love them to be a little less static.Still a page turner though and kept my interest and i would definitely want to read more in this series.