Lost (Lacey Flint Series #3)

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Like everyone reading the newspapers these days, 10-year-old Barney Roberts knows the killer will strike again soon. The victim will be another boy, just like him. The body will be drained of blood, and left somewhere on a Thames beach. There will be no clues for London detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to find. There will be no warning about who will be next. There will be no real reason for Barney’s friend and neighbor, Lacey Flint, on leave from her job as a London police detective, to become ...

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Overview

Like everyone reading the newspapers these days, 10-year-old Barney Roberts knows the killer will strike again soon. The victim will be another boy, just like him. The body will be drained of blood, and left somewhere on a Thames beach. There will be no clues for London detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to find. There will be no warning about who will be next. There will be no real reason for Barney’s friend and neighbor, Lacey Flint, on leave from her job as a London police detective, to become involved…and no chance that she can stay away. With the clock ticking, the violence escalating, and young lives at stake, Lacey and Barney both know they can’t afford a single wrong step if they hope to make it through alive.

S.J. Bolton, an award-winning author of five novels, delivers her most compelling novel to date, in which a fragile police detective and a courageous, lonely eleven-year-old boy must work together to unmask a killer. Lost provides all of the pulse-pounding suspense, beautifully drawn characters, and intricate plotting thriller fans could hope for—and more.

Please note, this title is published in the UK as Like This For Ever.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Bolton’s eerily atmospheric third novel featuring Det. Constable Lacey Flint (after 2012’s Dead Scared), Flint befriends 11-year-old Barney Roberts, who lives with his father next door to her in South London. Barney aches to find his lost mother, who has been missing since he was four, and increasingly fears that his father may be a serial killer who’s slain a number of neighborhood boys his age in recent weeks. Though Flint is on leave from the force and continues to battle demons both personal and professional, she can’t help getting involved in the case. The stakes rise after a doctor announces on TV that all the victims died in the same horrifying way. Close-to-the-bone red herrings skillfully strewn across the detectives’ paths, convincing cop-shop procedure, and perceptively drawn secondary characters help push this contemporary crime novel ahead of the pack. Winner of two Mary Higgins Clark Awards, Bolton looks deep into the lost-soul madness of a killer and makes her vision all too horribly real. Agent: Anne-Marie Doulton, the Ampersand Agency (U.K.). (June)
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“Realistic fear, heart-stopping suspense, and jolting plot twists keep one almost frantically turning pages as Bolton grabs us from the beginning and leaves us shaken at the end. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Close-to-the-bone red herrings skillfully strewn across the detectives’ paths, convincing cop-shop procedure, and perceptively drawn secondary characters help push this contemporary crime novel ahead of the pack…Bolton looks deep into the lost-soul madness of a killer and makes her vision all too horribly real.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Couple the strong narrative drive with a pair of dysfunctional but surprisingly sympathetic characters, and you have a nail-biting thriller that will send readers back to Bolton’s previous books and, of course, have them lining up for whatever the author comes up with next.”—Booklist (starred)

“Bolton is changing the face of crime fiction—if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this.” —Tess Gerritsen on Now You See Me

“Really special: multi-layered and sophisticated, but tough too.” —Lee Child on Now You See Me

From the Publisher

“Realistic fear, heart-stopping suspense, and jolting plot twists keep one almost frantically turning pages as Bolton grabs us from the beginning and leaves us shaken at the end. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Close-to-the-bone red herrings skillfully strewn across the detectives’ paths, convincing cop-shop procedure, and perceptively drawn secondary characters help push this contemporary crime novel ahead of the pack…Bolton looks deep into the lost-soul madness of a killer and makes her vision all too horribly real.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Couple the strong narrative drive with a pair of dysfunctional but surprisingly sympathetic characters, and you have a nail-biting thriller that will send readers back to Bolton’s previous books and, of course, have them lining up for whatever the author comes up with next.”—Booklist (starred)

“Bolton is changing the face of crime fiction—if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this.” —Tess Gerritsen on Now You See Me

“Really special: multi-layered and sophisticated, but tough too.” —Lee Child on Now You See Me

Kirkus Reviews
No 10-year-old boy is safe in south London. At first, the kids are just missing. Then their bodies turn up on Tuesdays or Thursdays with slashed throats. Websites about the blood-drained boys appear. Someone calling himself Peter Sweep posts Dracula quotations and chides DI Dana Tulloch's police investigation as incompetent. Young Barney Roberts, who suffers from blackouts and spends the majority of his time pining for the mother he last saw when he was 4 years old and the rest tracking the crime scenes with his preteen mates, thinks his father might be responsible for the murders. His dad is never at home on the nights in question. He's obsessed with Dracula. He keeps a boat where two of the bodies were found. Barney toys with confiding in his neighbor, DC Lacey Flint, but asks her only to help find his mom. Lacey, on leave from the Southwark police (Dead Scared, 2012, etc.), is barely keeping herself together. She refuses to talk to DI Mark Joesbury, who loves her, or meet his son Huck. She's evasive with her therapist. And she's begun cutting her forearm to relieve her stress. Moreover, her behavior has encouraged Dana Tulloch to suggest her as the serial killer of the lost boys. When both Huck and Barney go missing, the emotionally overwrought Lacey is forced into action. Bolton, who specializes in over-the-top psychological mayhem, ratchets up the tension with OCD diagnoses, past furies unresolved and a reworking of the Peter Pan story.
Library Journal
Four ten-year-old boys have been murdered in London in two months and another is missing. None of the victims has been tortured or assaulted, but all have had their blood almost completely drained. Conducting his own unofficial investigation of these deaths are 11-year-old Barney, whose mother disappeared seven years ago, and his friends. His neighbor, DC Lacey Flint, is on medical leave after being traumatized during the course of a recent case (Dead Scared) and is avoiding people altogether, but she surreptitiously tries to watch over Barney. Her police colleagues suspect that she might be the killer, she suspects Barney, and Barney suspects his father—and then Barney vanishes. VERDICT Realistic fear, heart-stopping suspense, and jolting plot twists keep one almost frantically turning pages as Bolton grabs us from the beginning and leaves us shaken at the end. Highly recommended. [Library marketing.]—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250028563
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Lacey Flint Series , #3
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 717,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger and Barry Award nominee. She lives near London, England. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

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    The current obsession of Barney Roberts, a bright young boy with

    The current obsession of Barney Roberts, a bright young boy with OCD, is something with which many in London are currently preoccupied: Five boys his age had disappeared in the last five weeks in South London, where Barney himself lives, their bodies turning up soon afterwards with their throats cut. And as the book opens, the bodies are being found more and more quickly, the killer seemingly escalating. Barney’s den is covered with posters, maps and photographs about each boy, his kidnapping, and his death.

    The police investigation is headed up by D.I. Dana Tulloch, of Lewisham’s Major Investigation Team. Sure of only one thing, that the killings will continue, they have no clues. And someone, perhaps the killer, is taunting them online. On the periphery of the investigation is D.C. Lacey Flint, still recovering from the horrific event of her last case, in the aftermath of which she is still seeing a psychiatrist twice a week, fighting her own demons, unsure of whether or not she still wants to remain a policewoman.

    Barney is the youngest of a small group of kids (five boys and one girl) who are brave, and foolhardy, enough to do some investigating of their own. He also happens to live next door to Lacey Flint. One day he works up the nerve to ask her to help him find his mother, who apparently left several years ago, when he was four years old, and he is determined to track her down, going so far as to use all his meager wages working for a newsagent to run anonymous classified ads in very methodically and geographically plotted newspapers in London and beyond.

    The novel is but the newest of several suspenseful books from this author, and characters, plotting and tension seen in her prior work are fully present here. The reader is never more than guessing at the possible identity of the killer, as are the detectives whose work is detailed here, knowing that if they do not succeed another boy will die. Obsession is a constant theme. This is another winner from S.J. Bolton, and is recommended.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Another great read by Bolton!

    I've read all of her books and enjoyed them all but I think this one was the best. Very atmospheric and one of those books that just keeps you reading.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Ehhh

    Keeping up was hard but overall story line was AMAZING!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Welcome addition to a very good mystery series.

    #3 is very, very good! A good mystery series with each book in the series even better than the previous one. Looking forward to reading #4.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

       Sharon Bolton takes her heroine, London Police Detective Lace

       Sharon Bolton takes her heroine, London Police Detective Lacey Flint, to a very dark place in “Lost” when a series of child murders
    occur on the South Bank of the Thames River in London.
       After the undercover investigation into a rash of deaths in Cambridge left Lacey emotionally and psychologically fragile, she’s taken
    a leave of absence while she takes stock of what she wants to do with her life. Her recovery, though, is interrupted by the murders of
    several young boys close to Lacey’s South Bank home.
       The murders capture the attention of Lacey’s next-door neighbor and friend, 11-year-old Barney Roberts, who’s the same age as the
    boys who’ve been murdered. He and his school mates discuss the case on a Facebook page focused on the crimes. But then he
    begins to suspect one of the people on the page, Peter Sweep, knows more about the case than he rightfully should – information to
    which only the killer would be privy. Then the case takes a personal turn when Barney realizes the abductions only take place on
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, the nights when his English professor father teaches late classes at his college.
       Detective Inspector Dana Tulloch has Lacey’s former partner, Mark Joesbury, working with her on the case. When it’s leaked that the
    boys have had their blood drained, the case blows up into a media circus with talk of vampirism. Worse though is the escalating
    violence of the killer, even as the time between abductions and killings shortens. Will it be Tulloch and Joesbury, Barney, or Lacey who
    finally unravels the mystery of Peter Sweep – and will they and their loved ones make it through alive to the end?
       Sharon Bolton paints the scenes in beautiful detail and rich colors. She keeps the suspense taut like a garrote wire around your neck
    as she deftly reveals the plot until its final, unexpected conclusion. This novel puts Bolton in the vanguard of the best crime-fiction
    authors on either side of the Atlantic.

    Reviewed for Suspense Magazine by David Ingram

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    LOST

    I am lost. Somone help me! I am in the middle of earth and hell. I feel like im not here. Like im seeing ahead of me. But i cant think. I cant breath. Pain throbd in my chest. Its killing me. I sleep for 10 hours every night. But every time I wake up, my eye get worse. They hav black circles beneath them. I cant focus in school. I cant do my homework. But writing. Writing how I feel seems to help... please. This isnt earth. This is hell. At least on earth I would still have a soul. I am not someone. I feel like I am something.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 5, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Ethan

    Found him and picked him up. He carried him back to my tree.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Bloodclan

    This is fang. Any cats?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Miricale

    Name:miricale
    Age:17
    Type of creature:she can turn into anything she wishes so she is all things her primary form is human.
    Appearance:she has many but her primary form is human in that form she has dark black hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Greypelt

    Im not locked out

    0 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Lauren

    I miss you craig i love you and miss you to me this is not a rp i actually developed fealings for you i hope you come back

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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