Friday 26 October 2018

#BlogTour Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary

I missed my spot on this fantastic BlogTour Come and Find Me by Sara Hilary, due to personal circumstances. here is my blog post. Better late than never, eh? Thank you to Sarah Hilary and Headline Books for being so understanding.

About the Author
Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer’s Book of the Month (‘superbly disturbing’) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, and Quieter Than Killing.

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About the book
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...
When the dangerous criminal Michael Vokey escapes, the suspicion quickly falls on the women he has been communicating with via written correspondence. Although guilty of a serious assault and abusive behaviour, he has managed to convince them of his innocence.

These women are like Charlie Manson groupies. It isn't just about saving Michael and getting justice for him, well in their minds it is, there is also some level of Hybristophilia involved. When being aroused is contingent on the object of arousal having committed some kind of atrocity. These women share something with DI Marnie Rome, they are all equally obsessed. Marnie just happens to be obsessed with the man who killed her parents and the reasons why he killed them.

Stephen is smack-bang in the middle of this story again, because he is an inmate at the prison where Michael was incarcerated. Now Michael Vokey is on the run and the police not only want to find him before he hurts someone or attacks his victim again, they also want to know how he managed to escape.

I really enjoyed the creepy occasional narrator - the voice of knowledge who sheds a light on everything and has a completely different perspective on all of the events. The other element of the story I found incredibly interesting was the focus on the criminal culpability when it comes to verbal coercion. This topic has been bandied around more in the last decade or so and legislation in the UK has taken a step forward when it comes to coercion and verbal abuse. If you tell someone suicidal to kill themselves shouldn't you be held accountable for your actions? Sometimes words are weapons and should be seen as such.

It's fair to say that Hilary has written a crime within a crime, which is hidden in the midst of a secret agenda and an unhealthy obsession. The obvious guilty party is guilty and yet innocent at the same time. There is no black or white scenario in this story, just many different shades of grey...dirty grey.

Buy Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome Book 5) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in paperback by Headline on 4th October 2018.

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