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Tastes Like Fear (D.I. Marnie Rome 3) Kindle Edition
A dark, compelling Marnie Rome novel, rich with psychological insight, from the winner of the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year. For readers of Clare Mackintosh and Alex Marwood.
'Intelligently and fluently written with a clever plot and an energetic pace, dealing with harrowing topics and shot through with humanity' Cath Staincliffe
The fragile 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 return to the man who understands her and offers her warmth, comfort, a home. He gives her shelter. Just as he gives shelter to the other lost girls who live in his house.
D.I. Marnie Rome 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.
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- ASIN : B011786B4W
- Publisher : Headline (7 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 909 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 244,419 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Marnie rome is back.
A girl who caused a fatal car crash has disappeared. It is up to marnie to find her. Mr harm gives this girl shelter. Will marnie find her? What will mr harm do to marnie if she finds the girl?
An absolutely fantastic read. Loved the story and the characters. Marnie was my favorite character. 5*. Highly recommended.
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The author seems to delight in exposing all the dark corners in this world.
Based in Battersea, a place I have lived in and know well, has increased the realism for me, with the sheer accuracy of the setting and the life force of the place.
Teenage girls go missing all the time, especially in London, and for a multitude of reasons. Not many people seem to care as much as Marnie Rome about their well being.
I love the attention to detail in this creepy thriller. The concise plotting is so tense you will find it hard to take a breath.
At times the story was too real, dealing as it does with children’s fates, but Sarah Hilary handles it with a great deal of sensitivity and care.
Looking forward to the next book, Quieter Than Killing, with anticipation.
A young girl has gone missing, her family living in a daze, waiting for news, any news which can bring her home to them. Her face haunts DS Noah Jake, his desire to provide answers for her parents and her younger sister keeping him on edge.
When the team are called to the scene of a road traffic collision near to now decommissioned Battersea Power station, news of a young girl who may have been the cause of the accident gives them a moment of hope that they may find May Beswick. As they interview the drivers at the hospital, little do they know how close their investigations will bring them to finding the truth of May’s disappearance or how twisted and complicated their search for the mystery girl will become.
This is a complex and intriguing story, with no one quite what they appear to be. The story takes a bitter turn when a body is discovered in one of the penthouse apartments currently being built in the old power station, and another in the run down Garrett estate. They are still seeking the mystery girl from the crash site, but neither matches her description, although one of the two bears a disturbing similarity to something seen by one of the drivers.
Amongst the action we are taken into another world, one of an unconventional family, led by Harm, a man who seems determined to protect the girls in his care, as long as they stay exactly that, young girls. Just who this man is and what his connection is to the missing girl is something that Marnie and Noah need to find out and fast before any more girls die.
Set against the backdrop of an ever changing south London landscape, it is a stark contrast to the world that Harm is trying to create, one in which everything stays the same. Help comes from an unlikely and not wholly trustworthy source, and the team finally gets a break in the case, one, that with a certain amount of distraction on the Garrett estate, has a vital clue literally landing at Noah’s feet. With a key witness disappearing and the Beswick's younger daughter now missing, the need to unearth the truth has never been greater.
The pace of the story is fast, the action and dialogue both carrying the reader along as they strive to understand just what is happening with not a moment in the story which feels unnecessary. It is full of misdirection, and even though I like to think myself highly suspicious by nature and can usually see the answer coming, the plot twists, one near the middle and another right at the end, were so cleverly crafted that even with near perfect vision (for my advancing years) I didn’t see them coming until they nearly hit me in the face.
Fans of the series will not be disappointed. The narrative is crisp and the tension finely balanced. There is also the hint that Marnie’s foster brother is set to become even more of a sinister presence in her life, as he manages to make it clear to her that he is no longer the young child whose motives for murdering her parents she cannot understand.
The characterisations are strong enough to allow someone unfamiliar with the series to understand the dynamics, although do not dominate. The story is believable and the plight of the many homeless on the streets of London not trivialised or glamorised in any way, Sarah Hilary achieving just the right balance of solid story telling amidst the social commentary. It is also refreshing with Marnie Rome, to find a female protagonist who, although she has a less than everyday past, is not dominated by it, managing perfectly normal and healthy personal relationships and demonstrating clear leadership, intelligence and ultimately compassion, something often lacking when creating a strong female role.
A definite 5* read for me.
Harm is Hilary’s creepiest perpetrator to date – the book is full of danger and fear as befits a great crime thriller. It makes you hold your breath. And there’s enough backstory to inform a new reader; not too much for those of us already familiar with Marnie’s previous. So to speak.
Once again the author tackles an issue we all know about but often don’t see. She's working her way through our modern day social ills, forcing us to look with our eyes wide open, daring us to look away. In the same way she tackled domestic abuse and the tragedy of postpartum psychosis, in this third book Hilary rips apart the reality of homelessness and in particular how it impacts of the lives of children and young teens. It’s a story about lost girls and spares no one’s sensibilities – it’s Ken Loach on paper, wrapped in an extra layer of wickedness … and harm…
“ ‘I remember hearing a pregnant woman on the news … from an estate like this one. It might even have been this one. Saying how she despaired of having another daughter, knowing what was in store for her … in some ways the girls have it worst…’
… Lost girls, their identities already corroded…”
And Marnie Rome’s maturing and splendid sidekick Noah Jake gives the lie to the myth that all coppers are bastards. I believe in Jake because I believe in the rest of Ms Hilary’s fictional characters (the flawed police officers and the decent ones alike.) I can’t get enough of them. Highly recommended. Bring on book four! (Not enough stars!)
Well, don't. Buy it. It's worth every single penny. Fantastically well written, excellent characterisations and a plot that weaves differing strands together effortlessly. It's a book that manages to be a brilliant police procedural as well as a unedifying commentary on social isolation. Heroes and villains alike are multilayered. If you're already a fan of Marnie Rome, it'll be a welcome addition to the story arc. If you're not, then you'll become one. And if this is your first Marnie Rome book then I envy you as you'll get to discover the whole series for the first time.
Genuinely. This is one of the best crime novels I've read.
Hilary’s descriptive technique is first class and something she particularly excels at in her writing, she writes: “She wasn’t making a sound, not a sound, but her whole face was screaming,” and here “St Thomas’s smelt the same as always, a squeaky top layer of clean with sour base notes of bodies.”
Hilary explores a whole new level of darkness in the antagonist of her novel, a character called Harm who has been collecting girls off the street, girls who are homeless and have nowhere else to go. He houses them, feeds them and keeps the warm but there is something sinister about Harm and you certainly do not want him to turn his back.
You will not be disappointed with this book; Hilary’s writing grabs you from the first page and will certainly leave you wanting more.