Like This For Ever by Sharon Bolton

Thursday, November 14th 2013

I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Sharon Bolton’s ‘Like This For Ever’ – just released in paperback by Transworld.

SharonBoltonBlogTourReviews for all of her previous books have been stunning and with this, the latest in her Lacey Flint series, she once again makes clear why it is she is firmly on top of her game. Here is a crime writer who simply loves nothing more than to put the fear of god up her readers, book after book.

Here’s what the early reviews of the hardback release of ‘Like This For Ever’ had to say:

Bolton rules the world of psychological thrillers – Huffington Post

Ingenious – Washington Post

Nail-biting, spine-tingling, up-till-4a.m.-because-you-need-to-know-how-it-finishes tension! – fictionfan blog

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. – RT BookReviews

Bolton sets aside the gothic-tinged atmosphere of her early novels in favor of a more visceral sensibility, exerting immediate and continuing pull by stepping in and out of an unnamed killer’s mind . . . a nail-biting thriller – Publishers Weekly

 

With ‘Sacrifice’ being filmed with Charles Dance as a lead character and such a strong back catalogue of work to enjoy and be thrilled by, I’d strongly suggest you seek out the lot.

But starting with a free copy of the latest one would be a great start to your collection wouldn’t it?

For a chance to win a free copy of ‘Like This For Ever’ simply read on and leave a comment below and I’ll pick three, yes three, lucky winners for those lovely people at Transworld to send copies to.

Here’s the blurb for the book to whet your appetite, followed by my thoughts on this latest chapter in the compelling life story of Lacey Flint.

 

Barney has seen things. Things no child should see . . . and he 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 beach.

There will be no clues for detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to find.

There will be no warning about who will be next.

There will be no good reason for young policewoman Lacey Flint to become involved . . . And no chance that she can stay away.

 

Sharon Bolton knows just what scares us – all of us.

She picks themes, subjects and characters that are destined to push all the right buttons and this latest novel is no different in that respect. In the way that she cleverly used the mythos surrounding Jack the Ripper in the excellent ‘Now You See Me‘ she has used works of fiction here in ‘Like This For Ever’. It’s no great spoiler to mention that the blood-taking in this latest novel leads to talk of possible vampirism and a classic book in that genre, but the further twists and clever plotting caught me out several times en route – and the book was all the more enjoyable for those moments of thinking ‘I should have picked up on that!’

The central character of Lacey Flint is mysterious throughout and a real draw to this series and, whilst it has been said in other reviews that it might be difficult for new readers to jump in at this point, I think that will just provide new readers with added intrigue to seek the previous books out to see how Lacey became the person she is.

The book also has a tremendous sense of place and for me, in the same way as the author made Camden synonymous with the events in ‘Now You See Me’, the area of Deptford featured in this book will forever be the patch for young Barney and his friends.

Sharon Bolton is steadily carving out her own map of London – it’s a lot like the one we live in, but with the surface scraped away, revealing the darkness underneath our streets.

A very recent decision to revert to her actual name ‘Sharon’ in place of the ‘SJ’ used on all former books (and even this one when it was in hardback – which is, I think, the first time that’s happened with an author changing their name between hardback and paperback releases) I think shows a far more confident writer now at the helm of her books, and she should be applauded for (as she put in her words) ‘coming out’. For more on that announcement go HERE.

If you like your crime particularly creepy, then you’ve come to the right address.

So, enter the prize draw by leaving a comment below, or order your copy HERE.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every one of Sharon Bolton’s books to date and this one was no exception.

I’d be very happy to continue to read her work if she promises to write like this for ever…..

Keith

 

Comments

  1. Not read any of these – interesting post and you’ve convinced me that this would indeed be a great start to a collection! 🙂

    Comment by Avril on November 14, 2013 at 9:50 am
  2. Well done for coming out and owning Sharon. A very brave decision I think but quite right. Hopefully publishers are becoming a bit more enlightened. After all “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” so I’m glad you’ve cast aside your initials. I have been reading your books from the beginning and loved them all. I really like the way characters keep reappearing. I particularly liked the psychologist (sorry is it Eve) from Blood Harvest. So glad to see her again in Dead Scared. In fact I would love to see much more of her and the Reverend in future books. Such endearing characters who cannot keep out of trouble. Goodness knows what’ll happen on their honeymoon. Hint!

    Comment by Diane Hassall on November 14, 2013 at 10:18 am
  3. I think Sharon Bolton is an excellent author and I love reading her books. I got my sister started also. We both appreciate intelligent writing!

    Comment by Judi Hoehner on November 15, 2013 at 1:44 am
  4. The comments and reviews about this author and book are intriguing. I really should like to read this.

    Comment by Susan Gilley on November 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm
  5. Many thanks for the comments.

    Randomly selected 3 winners:
    Diane, Avril & Susan – please email me your full postal addresses to keithbwalters (AT) virginmedia (DOT) com and I’ll sake those lovely publishing people to send your copies out to you.

    Comment by Keith Walters on November 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm
  6. My address is 86 Cowslip Hill, Letchworth, SG6 4EX
    re Sharon Bolton’s Like this Forever

    Comment by Susan Gilley on November 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  7. Re Sharon Bolton’s Like This For Ever, I still haven’t received my copy.
    Apologies for delay in this response.
    I sent my contact details on 24th November 2013

    Comment by Susan Gilley on March 2, 2014 at 1:03 am
  8. Hi Susan

    I’ve just emailed the publishers and cc’d you in on that email.

    Hopefully they will send you another copy

    Keith

    Comment by Keith Walters on March 2, 2014 at 11:02 am
  9. Thanks Keith. Fingers crossed!

    Comment by Susan Gilley on March 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm
  10. Thank you book received!

    Comment by Susan Gilley on March 6, 2014 at 8:30 am

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