Tastes Like Fear

by Sarah Hilary

Part of the D.I. Marnie Rome Series

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LoveReading View on Tastes Like Fear

April 2016 eBook of the Month.

This is the third in the ‘DI Marnie Rome’ series, and is just as distinctive, powerful and enthralling as the first two (Sarah Hilary’s debut won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year). In a detached and indifferent London, an offer of shelter, food and warmth for those in need may not be all that it seems. Marnie and Noah find themselves thrust into an investigation where a series of events start to merge into the perfect nightmare. The writing ensures that you invest in these people, care about them, and in just a few perfectly chosen words you can catch an emotion, see their surroundings, feel their fear. Sarah Hilary has a knack of being able to knock your thoughts off balance, and she’s particularly sneaky about it too! I’ve been a dedicated follower of DI Rome since ‘Someone Else’s Skin’, and having snatched ‘Tastes Like Fear’ up the moment it appeared in the office, was immediately captivated. I couldn't put this particularly riveting tale down until I had reached the final, shiver inducing page. Sarah Hilary, you rock!

 

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'TASTES LIKE FEAR, Sarah Hilary’s fantastic new novel is the third in the DI Marnie Rome series and is equally as brilliant as Sarah’s debut SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN and her second novel NO OTHER DARKNESS. In this novel Marnie and her sidekick Noah Jake are searching for a young girl who causes a car accident, believing she may be linked to another young girl who disappeared a few weeks before. As with her previous novels, Sarah explores devastating issues with care and sensitivity and, at its heart, this is a story about identity and how it can be eroded. It’s about being homeless, and how hopelessness and loneliness can dominate your life. It’s about control and what happens when you let someone into your life who doesn’t respect your independence. Above all, it’s frightening and tense and gripping. Sarah has an innate talent for characterisation and pace and this novel shows an author who is honing all her skills to become someone absolutely standout in the crime and thriller genre, and beyond.


I absolutely loved working with her on this novel and urge you all to read it.' ~ Vicki Mellor, Editor, Headline

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Tastes Like Fear Synopsis

Sarah Hilary won the 2015 Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year with her debut, the 2014 Richard and Judy pick SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN. She followed up with NO OTHER DARKNESS, proclaimed as 'riveting' by Lisa Gardner and 'truly mesmerising' by David Mark. Now D.I. Marnie Rome returns in her third novel. Home is where Harm lies...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. And when Harm's family is threatened, Marnie Rome is about to find out that everything tastes like fear...

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Tastes Like Fear Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Joan Hill - 'DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake team up again in this exciting third novel in the series. It’s unmissable, thrilling, and utterly absorbing: an underworld of crime, vulnerability and depravity.'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'The plot was faultless and fast paced. Plenty of action, and a rather unexpected twist that you most certainly will not guess.'
  • Sue Burton - 'Marnie is back with another case.  This book will not disappoint.'
  • Hannah Ward - 'I found this book gripping and intense. There were a few twists and some very interesting and intriguing characters. I now want to read more of Sarah Hilary's books.'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'A very good read would highly recommend.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'This novel is seriously creepy. I loved it.'
  • Jane Macleod - 'This book will hook you from the word go, it’s fast paced, edgy, mildly creepy and modern.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This is a hard hitting thriller focused on one of the key challenges of the modern world, homelessness and why young people select this over remaining in their family homes.'
  • Nicola Underwood - 'One of the best mystery, thriller books that I've read in a long time. This is the first Marnie Rome book that I have read… I didn't know what I was missing out on.'
  • Linda Birt - 'I would have no hesitation in recommending this novel, Sarah Hilary sets the standard higher and higher.'
  • Reba Khatun - 'Sarah Hilary's writing is gripping and precise. I was absorbed by the case until the very end.'
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'and having thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series, and this one as well, sincerely hope there will be further entries in the Marnie Rose log book!'
  • Kim Feasey - 'A really chilling page turner. You will be drawn in to the dark, right from page one.'
  • Melanie Kane - 'Superbly written, I thoroughly enjoyed this dark psychological novel, the characters were all portrayed so cleverly and realistically.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The plot was very good, the descriptions of the situations heart-breaking and the characters very memorable. I would recommend this to all thriller fans.'
  • Tracey Poulter - 'This is an absorbing story...Sarah Hilary’s skill lies in writing believable characters that all have three-dimensional lives with hidden problems and in showing us that the truth is not simply black and white.'
  • Sheila Dale - 'Good plot, surprising ending and well-drawn characters.'
  • Mary Gibson - 'Set amongst the menacing landscape of the old Battersea Power Station, this is a satisfying and emotional read and I look forward to reading more in this series.'

Tastes Like Fear Press Reviews

'It's meaty, dark and terrifying. Unflinchingly violent and beautifully big-hearted in equal measure. And Sarah's writing is glorious - she tells us things in new ways, gives us a fully fleshed, sensual world to inhabit for the novel' -- Julia Crouch

'I think it must be one of the debut novels of next year, if not THE debut novel... (It will be if there is any justice in the world!)' -- Caro Ramsay

'Intelligently and fluently written with a clever plot and an energetic pace, dealing with harrowing topics and shot through with humanity, I think Sarah's onto a winning series and I really look forward to reading the next instalment' -- Cath Staincliffe

'It's written with the verve and assurance of a future star and deserves to be a big hit' -- Steven Dunne

'It has such pace and force. It's very disturbing and builds up to a terrific climax' -- Helen Dunmore

'I finished it today and it's completely brilliant, complex, thrilling, brutal, tender, scary and intriguing. What a great book. The pacing is superb, the plot is compelling, the characters are so well drawn. The ending is ingenious' -- Richard Jones of Bristol Review of Books

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ISBN: 9781472236838
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472236838
Publication date: 7th April 2016
Author: Sarah Hilary
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary's debut novel SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015. It was the Observer's Book of the Month ('superbly disturbing'), a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, and has been published worldwide. NO OTHER DARKNESS and TASTES LIKE FEAR continue the DI Marnie Rome series with QUIETER THAN KILLING to follow in early 2017. Sarah lives in Bath. Sarah lives in Bath.   Author photo © Linda Nylind

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