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Book Review: Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

The third outing for Sarah Hilary’s D. I. Marnie Rome is a gripping read: if it hadn’t been for the pesky day job and equally pesky family demanding meals, I could quite easily have finished this in one glorious binge-reading session. It’s a terrific story set in present-day London which, as with the author’s other books, not only deals with contemporary problems and issues but challenges you to think about them and the society we live in today where such awful things can happen (and largely go unnoticed or unreported for so long).

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…

Tastes Like Fear focuses its attention on the disaffected kids and young runaways, and how different a safe place can look to those people society overlooks or neglects. It’s well-paced, with the case taking surprising turns and developments which time and again shift your perception of the whole story and characters’ individual stories and I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent addition to Marnie Rome’s case files.

Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary is published by Headline and is out today in paperback. It’s available from Amazon UK, Foyles, Hive (supporting your local independent bookshop) and Waterstones. You can find out more about Sarah and her books on her Author Blog, or on Facebook or on Twitter

I received a review copy of Tastes Like Fear through the Amazon Vine programme. 

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