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When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student’s death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks, and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone.
They believe that someone might be preying on lonely and insecure students and either encouraging them to take their own lives or actually luring them to their deaths. As long as Lacey can play the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths, but is it just a role for her? With her fragile past, is she drawing out the killers, or is she herself being drawn into a deadly game where she’s a perfect victim?
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This is the second novel in the Lacey Flint series. It can be read as a standalone, but like most series, it’s best to start from the beginning. There are also some events from the first novel that are touched upon in this one.
I really enjoy undercover novels. I love how the police officer needs to blend into society and gain the trust of others. I also enjoy being let into the secret and feeling a connection with the character.
Lacey going undercover as Laura was no exception. I loved it! I really liked seeing Lacey immerse herself into the college life and try to figure out why so many college students were committing suicide. I also love her relationship with DI Joesbury! I can’t wait to see what happens there!
Now with the negatives. The ending felt way too rushed and ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, which I didn’t enjoy. I like when a book wraps up nicely and I like knowing what happens to the bad guys. That didn’t happen in this novel, but it’s possible that the 3rd novel addresses what happens.
Also another minor annoyance was that each chapter wasn’t focused on a specific character. The chapter would start from Lacey’s point of view and then without warning the next paragraph would be about Dr. Evi and then back to Lacey. The chapters were super short, so I’m not sure why the author wouldn’t have each chapter focused on one character.
3 calculators out of a potential 5. I’m being picky in this one, but the series is really good! Check it out if you are a fan of mysteries!