Review published on August 25, 2017.
Detective Inspector Marnie Rome feels like a friend I’ve not seen seen for a while; she’s one of my favourite female detective characters and I was really looking forward to getting stuck into another case alongside her.
The way the book starts is quite shocking and immediately awakens your senses. Just like Marnie and her team, you’re left wondering who the girl is and what her story is, where she came from and where she has gone. I was hooked from that first page.
We then see how things are in Harm’s house. All is fine as long as everything is carried out according to his strictly ordered routine. I found this so darkly disturbing, it really gave me the creeps and made my skin crawl! Sarah Hilary seems to be so good at describing the environment and actions that have that effect.
As Marnie’s team do a bit more digging after speaking to witnesses, it seems no one is quite what they seem! The list of suspects grows, with more twists and a couple of genuine jaw dropping moments that I didn’t see coming. It’s scarily good!
Sarah’s writing flawlessly flows from one chilling scene to the next, surpassing all but the very best of her contemporaries.
Claire Hill 5/4
Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary
Headline 9781472226433 pbk Jul 2016