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Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton

Now You See Me is S.J. Bolton's newest release.  I've been waiting since the last one I read which means I've been waiting nearly a year.  It's been a long, hard wait.  Then it finally FINALLY dropped and then... the library's copy took a month to get here from Amazon.  A MONTH!  I refrained from asking after it every day even though I wanted to.  But when it arrived it came with two or three other titles I really wanted to read so I'm willing to forgive because it brought friends.

I must say that Now You See Me was worth the wait.  My immediate feeling after reading the last chapter was that it was Bolton's best novel yet.  And now I have to wait another year for the next one.  This was a very quick read.  The action starts literally on the first page, and it's very hard to put down.  It's thrilling, suspenseful, frightening, and disturbing.

Detective Constable Lacy Flint is thrown into the middle of a bloody murder scene when a terrifying and dangerous serial murderer leaves his first victim to bleed out all over Lacy's car.  Barred from the murder team because she is evidence and her eye witness testimony can't be tainted should the case ever go to court, Lacy is again drawn in when the murderer sends a chilling letter to an amateur reporter that calls out Lacy and likens the killer to a modern day Jack the Ripper.

As the investigation and events unfold it becomes clear the cunning killer is purposefully targeting Lacy.  But why and is his attention connected to whatever dark secrets Lacy keeps buried in her past?  Or is she merely a random obsession of an anonymous killer who shares a fascination with Jack the Ripper?

The story is bolstered by the historical detail of the Jack the Ripper murders that occurred in late 1800's London.  Another layer is added to this story when one considers that those crimes remain unsolved and have since become steeped in myth and legend.  The present story is filled with twists right up to the last pages.  It is indeed Bolton's most intricate, complicated, darkest and best thriller yet.

I highly recommend you check out this title the next time you visit the library.  But make sure you have a free day before you start it because you won't put it down until you've read the whole book.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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