It hurts to write this review, but I have to give 2.5 stars to this book I really like Sharon Bolton and gave 4 stars to the first two books of the series a few years ago, but maybe I waited too long to read this one.There were too many characters and absolutely no reminders of their background and relationships I didn t feel anything for them and was completely lostyes, how ironic I wasenthralled by the second half of the story but wasn t satisfied with the ending I think the ex It hurts to write this review, but I have to give 2.5 stars to this book I really like Sharon Bolton and gave 4 stars to the first two books of the series a few years ago, but maybe I waited too long to read this one.There were too many characters and absolutely no reminders of their background and relationships I didn t feel anything for them and was completely lostyes, how ironic I wasenthralled by the second half of the story but wasn t satisfied with the ending I think the explanations were too poorNot gonna read the next one in the series I m gonna stick to her standalones Okay, granted this has nothing to do with the plot of the novel, but I absolutely love Mark Joesbury and his little boy Huck Seriously, if Lacy does not get her act together quickly, I may have to make Joesbury my new literary crush Anyway very entertaining, suspenseful, though I felt the resolution could have been connected a little better, felt it was a little loose In fact boys kind of stole the show in this one, the living and the dead, so some may find this a little graphic Lacy herself Okay, granted this has nothing to do with the plot of the novel, but I absolutely love Mark Joesbury and his little boy Huck Seriously, if Lacy does not get her act together quickly, I may have to make Joesbury my new literary crush Anyway very entertaining, suspenseful, though I felt the resolution could have been connected a little better, felt it was a little loose In fact boys kind of stole the show in this one, the living and the dead, so some may find this a little graphic Lacy herself is a very complicated character and I did like the turn her life takes at the end of this book Will be interesting to see where this author goes from here Listen to them, the children of the night What music they make DraculaLost, known in the UK as Like this For Ever, is Sharon J Bolton s third Lacey Flint thriller How I wish I rememberedabout the previous books, because there are references to Lacey s past with little explanation, which I found to be a great disadvantage Lacey is on leave from her police job in this story As it begins, she is in therapy, courtesy of her employer after a traumatic experience in Cambridge book 2 BListen to them, the children of the night What music they make DraculaLost, known in the UK as Like this For Ever, is Sharon J Bolton s third Lacey Flint thriller How I wish I rememberedabout the previous books, because there are references to Lacey s past with little explanation, which I found to be a great disadvantage Lacey is on leave from her police job in this story As it begins, she is in therapy, courtesy of her employer after a traumatic experience in Cambridge book 2 But we already knew that Lacey is one complex person, did we not Lacey lives next door to a ten year old boy named Barney Roberts Barney is a highly intelligent lad who lives with his father He hangs out with a group of his pals after school and in the evenings, playing football soccer , riding his bike, skating, and doing typical kid stuff But lately, ten and eleven year old boys have been disappearing and turning up dead The boys parents have forbidden them to be out alone after dark this doesn t prevent them from sneaking out now and then Barney becomes the focus of this tale, mainly because he lives next door to Lacey, and because he is a very sharp kid who becomes fascinated obsessed with the murders We learn details of his past, and we learn his fears He knows that Lacey is with the police, and he s not sure how much he should tell her.Meanwhile, Lacey visits someone in prison Ms Bolton does not name her, and leaves it to the reader to know who this is I m sorry, but I don t recall from the previous books I would have appreciated these portionshad I known who this person was It does point out the nature of Lacey s personality, however She seemsat home with the darker side of society sometimes than she does with policing, yet she wants to help the boys However, she tells Mark Joesbury that she does not want to and cannot become part of the case There is so much conflict here between Lacey and Dana, who is lead on the investigation There is tension between Mark and Lacey professionally and personally, and finally, there is tension within Lacey herself.That doesn t even begin to cover what is happening in the outside world Imagine the media frenzy Missing boys I won t spoil anything by giving away anything of the media coverage or the investigation, but Sharon Bolton does her best to convince the reader that the killer is X, which made me think that it wasn t or maybe it was after all But then I became fairly certain that she was leading me in another direction No That wasn t it either It was a relief to be wrong I zipped through Lost in two days It was intense, heart pounding, and creepy My complaints are listed above, but the thrills far outrank them Overall, I rate it 4 of 5 stars I won t wait so long to read the next one so that I remember the details Another Trip to the Dark Side of London 4.5 Stars Ahh The all important third book in a series The book where patterns emerge and where this reader can lose interest in the series Is the author sticking with their formula or are they challenging their characters and their reader While Like This For Ever falls prey to some recognizable patterns over the course of the first three books, the sheer strength of author s storytelling and writing rules the day.After my review of the first in Another Trip to the Dark Side of London 4.5 Stars Ahh The all important third book in a series The book where patterns emerge and where this reader can lose interest in the series Is the author sticking with their formula or are they challenging their characters and their reader While Like This For Ever falls prey to some recognizable patterns over the course of the first three books, the sheer strength of author s storytelling and writing rules the day.After my review of the first in the series,Now You See Me , I referred to S.J Bolton as Tana French Lite After three books in the series, I am now referring to S.J Bolton as Tana French Dark Fans of both Tana French and Dark Psychological Thrillers will find the Lacey Flint series enjoyable Plot summary Within a short period of time, Lacey Flint has been involved in a Jack the Ripper copycat investigation and part of an investigation into the a rash of suicides at Cambridge University After the latter, Lacey s fragile emotional health has begun to interfere with her day to day life London and the surrounding communities are again living in fear as young boys are being abducted and killed While the police chase shadows, Lacey is drawn into the investigation and the darkness of the human mind The Good Just When you have it Figured Out The author wants to think you have the mystery figured out While the plot is important to the novel it is also driven by the fears, insecurities and pasts of the characters Throughout the story you ask yourself if the story is a peek into the mind of a killer or mystery in which you have to wade through the proverbial red herrings until we discover the killer The answer is that it is both The author skillfully weaves these two themes into one From page to page you will change your mind as to the identity of the killer At the same time you are provided a glimpse in the mind of a killer while coming to the conclusion you were approaching the story from the wrong perspective.Personally, I enjoyed the form of storytelling While there were a significant number of coincidences which is pet peeve , they served to further the story and keep the taunt atmosphere of Lacey s world The Bad Spot the Pattern This book currently stands as one of the best audiobooks I have listed to in 2014 Despite my praise, there were a few issues that kept me from giving the book a full 5 stars.The investigation in each of the these books have involved the main character is some personal way For a police constable that is not on the murder squad, she finds herself investigating them quite often I m not sure how many times the character can stumble into a murder or a have the murderer take a special interest in her before it becomes formulaic In addition to this, there are a couple of other patterns that I will not mention for fear of spoilers I hope in future novels the author makes some adjustments before this wonderful series begin to feel repetitive Final Thoughts This is a wonderful and dark psychological thriller While the authors showed used many of the devices that made her previous novels successful, she did add a few new elements to the mix A large portion of the story was told from the perspective of a young boy who is likely suffering from some undiagnosed mental health issue This time around, the new mixed with the old resulted in a exceptionally readable novel Audiobook Notes The audiobook continues to be narrated by Lisa Coleman She does an exceptionable job of narration 5 stars for the series narration 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 There is mention of sex as part of the investigation The murders in this installment are not sexual in nature but it is discussed in small amounts There is sexual tension between two characters which is a recurring plot The discussion on this is not graphic in nature Language 2.5 The amount of adult language continues to be low There are a few mild obscenities and a few f words in the story A large portion of the story is told from the perspective of a young child and he did not use adult language Violence 3.5 The violence is noticeable decreased from the previous novels While murder is the focal point of the novels, it is considerable less graphic than in previous installments There is a minor amount of gore The thrills come less from the descriptions of violence but the psychological cat and mouse game The third book in the series LIKE THIS, FOR EVER picks up a few months after Lacey s investigation at Cambridge University She is on leave from her job, and recovering from the traumatic events that took place in Dead Scared The last thing she wants to do is get involved in another case, but there is a serial killer on the loose, and this one is murdering children 4 boys have been found with their throats cuts, their bodies dumped near different areas along the River Thames Another boy i The third book in the series LIKE THIS, FOR EVER picks up a few months after Lacey s investigation at Cambridge University She is on leave from her job, and recovering from the traumatic events that took place in Dead Scared The last thing she wants to do is get involved in another case, but there is a serial killer on the loose, and this one is murdering children 4 boys have been found with their throats cuts, their bodies dumped near different areas along the River Thames Another boy is missing image error The police have a few theories Could it be a woman A coach or teacher A parent The media has a theory Is it a case of Renfield s Syndrome A person obsessed with blood Lacey Flint doesn t have a theory yetbut she is drawn to the boy next door Barney Roberts, an 11 year old boy who has his own reasons for looking into the case.LIKE THIS, FOR EVER is another excellent addition to this series S.J Bolton hasn t let me down yetbut if stories about murdered children bother you, you might want to avoid this one Number 3 in the Lacey Flint series.Well, what a nail biter of a tale this turned out to be, absolutely brilliant There is someone, very twisted, killing young 10 year old boys and the people who have to find this killer havethan their own share of problems First among many is Lacey Flint After having survived, by the skin of her teeth, a near death experience at the hands of some very sick people just a few months ago Lacey is on sick leave from the London Metropolitan police force To Number 3 in the Lacey Flint series.Well, what a nail biter of a tale this turned out to be, absolutely brilliant There is someone, very twisted, killing young 10 year old boys and the people who have to find this killer havethan their own share of problems First among many is Lacey Flint After having survived, by the skin of her teeth, a near death experience at the hands of some very sick people just a few months ago Lacey is on sick leave from the London Metropolitan police force To say her life is fractured to the point where she might never mend would be an understatement Even whilst on sick leave Lacey becomes, unwittingly, involved in this case by befriending her next door neighbours 10 years old son The boy, Barney, has his own issues that need to be dealt with, OCD being one of a few other problems.As the story evolves Barney becomes an integral part of the hunt for the killer.This truly is a nail biter The tension is unrelenting The killer could be one of any number of suspects and there are twists and turns galore The main protagonists are such broken souls that I became totally involved in their struggle to pull it together before the killer struck again.A great read with engaging characters 5 5 stars entertainment The heart hammering thriller from the queen of the London crime scene Spine tingling suspense LISA GARDNERA serial killer is being closely watched by one young boyBarney 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 beachThere will be no clues for detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to findThere will be no warning about who will be nextThere will be no good reason for young policewoman Lacey Flint to become involved And no chance that she can stay away LIKE THIS, FOR EVER is published as LOST in the US The police procedural suspense portion of this story is exceptionally well done, as are all of the Sharon J Bolton books I ve read so far Personally, I am not enad with the almost romance between two of the main characters, but it s not enough of a deterrent to take the joy out of reading, that s for sure. Young boys are kidnapped and then found drained of blood There are no clues nor witnesses to be found And, at any time could a boy be taken and killed For Detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury is this a frustrating case and for Dana is it hard to see the bodies of the little boys left on a Thames beach She has never thought about being a mother, but this case stirred emotions in her she never thought she would have For Lacey Flint is the case nothing she wants to get involved in, she ha Young boys are kidnapped and then found drained of blood There are no clues nor witnesses to be found And, at any time could a boy be taken and killed For Detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury is this a frustrating case and for Dana is it hard to see the bodies of the little boys left on a Thames beach She has never thought about being a mother, but this case stirred emotions in her she never thought she would have For Lacey Flint is the case nothing she wants to get involved in, she hasn t recuperated from her ordeal in Oxford and getting involved in a new case is the last thing she wants unless she involuntary gets dragged into itLike This, For Ever is the third book in the Lacey Flint series and it s a dark story, just like the other books The killing of children is, in my opinion, the hardest kind of crime books to read That and killing of animals There is just something unthinkable about hurting the innocent that reading books about it is really hard The interesting thing about this book is that we beside Mark, Dana, Lacey, the usual characters involved in the book s narrations we also get the narrative of a young boy Barney through the book He is a neighbor to Lacey, and she is worried when he is out late He meanwhile is also studying the case of the missing boys and he discovers there are patterns to the murdersThere are a lot of potential suspects in this book, but the story took a different turn than I had expected I always love the part of the book when everything starts to come together and make sense and in this book In this book, it s like getting a bucket of ice cold water emptied over your head The kind of conclusion when you re are taken with the story, but there is also a dread in reading it because you are figuring it outBeside the case we Mark trying to get through to Lacey, one would think that the ending of the second book would have solved some things in their relationship, but Lacey seems to be hell bent on pushing Mark out of her life, despite her feelings for him I m however glad that the case from the last book seems to have been closed, I did feel that the previous book ended with some questions never answered when it came to the case in Oxford I m pleased that s over It was also great to have Dana back since she was absent in the previous book and also it was really great to finally meet Huck, Mark s son Love that name Huckleberry Joesbury I think it s probably good that I don t have children You can read the books as stand alone, but personally, I feel that you will understand the story and especially understand Lacey Flint better if you read the series from the beginning.4.5 stars 5 Words Brutal, twisting, dark, intriguing, amazing.It s official, I m a Sharon Bolton fan Freaking love Lacey Flint and I can t wait to get on to the next book Yaaaaaay for wonderful publicists and ARCs.This book was so dark and so twisting.If you ve read the first Lacey Flint book then you know how unreliable she is, and this book really plays on that It leads you on and makes you doubt everything before finally coming to a wholly unpredictable climax.Full review to come.