Summer reads

Today, it seems as though summer is finally here! Want some ideas for books for your holidays? Here are some criminal reviews.


Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

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At the end of this week, Harrogate Crime Festival will begin and last year, Sarah Hilary won The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year with Someone Else’s Skin. That particular book was the first in the DI Marnie Rome series and Tastes Like Fear is the third one.

Homeless girls have been disappearing off the streets. But they’re not going to the hostels. They’re with a man who promises them shelter, food and safety. But how safe are they with a man called Harm?

DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake become involved with a car accident investigation when one of the drivers claims a girl caused the accident. Could it be missing school girl May Beswick?

I don’t want to give too much away because this book is packed full of twists and turns, some of which made me gasp out loud. Sarah Hilary never shies away from traumatic themes and her ability to have several authentic narrators is breath taking. Although DI Marnie Rome is still the main protagonist, this felt to me, more like Noah’s book. We found out more about him and his life, as well as him growing in confidence as a detective.

There are a few unanswered questions which may or may not be dealt with in book 4 but as Marnie Rome as been optioned by the BBC, this is a series that is set to run and run. Simply brilliant!


The Accident by C L Taylor

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a habit of reading authors’ books out of order. I read The Lie earlier this year and that was C L Taylor’s second psychological thriller – The Accident was her first.

Susan Jackson is by the hospital bedside of her daughter, Charlotte, aged 15. Charlotte has been in a coma since being hit by a bus. Her father, Brian, a local MP, believes it was an accident. Susan isn’t so sure though. She’s found Charlotte’s diary and an entry that hints at a secret that was too difficult to bear. And Susan knows all about diaries and secrets; she kept a diary 20 years before…

C L Taylor is another writer who doesn’t shy away from difficult and traumatic themes – in this instance, domestic abuse. All too often people say, “Just leave, just walk away” but as this book shows so incredibly well, it’s not that easy. Susan is an unreliable narrator but she’s written with unrelenting insight. The tension in her diary entries builds to a crescendo and it had my heart in my mouth. I struggled to put this book down, even reading it in the middle of the night and during the day when I was supposed to be writing myself. A gripping read, perfect for sunbathing on the beach.

Five stars for both books.


I probably won’t have much time over the summer to write many blog posts (three children to entertain!) but I’ll do my best to do a couple. I’ve just started reading The Birdwatcher by William Shaw and I’m planning a giveaway to accompany that review so keeps your eyes peeled for that one! But I’ll be back in September with First Monday Crime and I’ve seen the list of authors – you definitely don’t want to miss it!


If you want to know more about Sarah Hilary and C L Taylor, then you can follow them on Twitter



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