Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Book Review - Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

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Title: Tastes Like Fear (DI Marnie Rome Book 3)
Author: Sarah Hilary
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 7th April 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

You'll never be out of Harm's way

The young girl who causes the fatal car crash disappears from the scene.

A runaway who doesn't want to be found, she only wants to go home.

To the one man who understands her.

Gives her shelter.

Just as he gives shelter to the other lost girls who live in his house.

He's the head of her new family.

He's Harm.

D.I. Marnie Rome has faced many dangerous criminals but she has never come up against a man like Harm. She thinks that she knows families, their secrets and their fault lines. But as she begins investigating the girl's disappearance nothing can prepare her for what she's about to face.

Because when Harm's family is threatened, everything tastes like fear...

Another very cleverly plotted thriller by Sarah Hilary, in the brilliant DI Marnie Rome series. Normally in a thriller I would be a bit scared or have adrenaline flowing in the race against time to find the killer, but in this book I was just intrigued. The killer has a different way of looking at things, and for those that don't like huge amounts of gore, you are fairly safe with this book. 

The main issue in this story are runaways, teenage girls to be precise, who are taken in by someone offering a safe place to stay. In amongst the chapters from DI Marnie Rome's point of view, we occasionally see the insights from some of the girls that are living in the safe place. 

For followers of the series, we get a bit more about Marnie's relationship with her half brother, and her growing feelings toward him. I can't help but feel that the series is leading up to something big between the two of them that will be terrifying. 

If you are new to Sarah Hilary and the DI Marnie Rome series then be reassured that this book will work as a standalone, and there are references to the key facts learnt from the first two books. 

What really impressed me was how once some of the information had been pieced together, how much the pace increased, and the sheer amount of revelations, from characters that I had been introduced to and thought to be irrelevant to the overall story. There are shocks all over the place, as Marnie attempts to locate her missing people, and before the killer strikes again. 

Tastes Life Fear felt different to the others in the series, but it was still an excellent thriller and one that I really enjoyed experiencing. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Headline for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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