NOW YOU SEE ME
Bolton is at the top of her game. She strips her characters down to bare bones, torn psyches and chilling motivations. Lacey Flint melds complex personality, straightforward action and achingly vulnerable psyche in this blend of gothic horror and psychological suspense with the chilling feel of a true-crime tale. Bolton will appeal to Ripper theorists with her keen knowledge and insight into the myth and mystery of the world’s most famous series of unsolved murders.
After Detective Constable Lacey Flint discovers a brutally stabbed woman leaning against her car, a reporter gets an anonymous letter pointing out the similarities between this murder and Jack the Ripper’s kills. Neither Lacey nor the police department know whether it’s a hoax or someone is recreating London’s infamous series of killings. If it’s true, the authorities have less than a week to stop a sadist, while he taunts Lacey with tantalizing hints of her personal past — a past she really wants to keep under wraps. (MINOTAUR, Jun., 400 pp., $25.99)