On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention.
DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She’s finding it hard to give up her own addiction to a dangerous man: her foster brother, Stephen Keele. She wasn’t able to save her parents from Stephen. She lives with that guilt every day.
As the hunt for Vokey gathers pace, Marnie fears one of the women may have found him – and is about to pay the ultimate price.
So 3 hours and 24 minutes of reading time later and I’m done with Come and Find Me – Marnie Rome book 5 (How the heck did THAT happen, I still have my much loved little proof of a certain book called Someone Else’s Skin) and with this one Sarah Hilary has belted it out of the ballpark and all the way to the moon.
For me this was the best one yet, all the sense and the feeling that you have come to expect with an added darkness that is intriguingly gripping – I devoured it, felt it in my bones from the moment I started reading until the moment I reached the emotionally traumatic end game…
It’s not so much about who did what but about the underneath of everything – how looking at something doesn’t mean you see it, not only within the events of the novel but within the characters. A prison riot, an escapee, an obvious line to follow but even more so than the previous Marnie stories the psychology of it all comes into play with devastating results. Things also move on for our main players, in REALLY TRAUMATIC WAYS and if you are reading this Sarah Hilary we may have to have words about that bit at the end. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN don’t try and hide. I’m still slightly sobbing.
The writing is divine, having a quietly impacting resonance, the plotting is taut and somewhat terrifying, your sense of the people and the places gaining momentum with each passing chapter. It is addictive, unpredictable and criminally clever, there’s not that many writers writing at this level out there.
I don’t really want to call the Marnie Rome book police procedural’s anymore – although the series seems to generate that genre tag – if I had to describe them, in a vacuum, I’d call them psychological crime drama’s. In fact why WHY this is not a tv show already, I really can’t understand, it would lend itself so well to the screen, almost as well as it does to the page.
(As an aside, I spoke to Chris Whitaker earlier when I was concerned I couldn’t find the words to say how good Come and Find Me is. He said “Just tell Sarah I love her. That’s all she needs to know” I said I’d put that in here and now I have…)
Come and find Sarah Hilary’s novels if you have not already. And if you have and are waiting for this one then batten down the hatches. You ain’t seen nothing yet…
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