Come And Find Me (DI Marnie Rome #5) by @sarah_hilary ~ Police Procedural #CrimeFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Sarah Hilary

Published: March 2018 by Headline

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review

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.

Come And Find Me begins with Ted Elms, critically ill on life support, but expressing through thoughts his first hand experience of what provoked a prison riot at HMP Cloverton—how a dangerous prisoner, Mickey Vokey, escaped during the ensuing confusion and violence as a fire broke out.

Several men died and others were taken to hospital, including Vokey’s cell mate, Elms, and DI Marnie Rome’s nemesis, her foster brother Stephen Keele. His injuries are life threatening and leave Marnie trying to separate personal feelings from her professional involvement. However, she still needs to understand why Stephen did what he did and if he dies she’ll never know.

Following on from the storyline in the previous book, Noah is also struggling with his own family problems concerning his brother and the now fragile relationship with his parents. I really enjoy the continuing development of the main characters’ lives as a backdrop to the plot, and there are some shocks in this one.

It becomes apparent as the man hunt escalates that Vokey had been corresponding with two women who wrote to him regularly, and appear to harbour an obsession with him. The more Marnie and her partner, DS Noah Jake, learn about Vokey, and the letters that were exchanged, their concern for the safety of the two women grows.

‘What do you know about hybristophilia?’ 

’Too much.’ He moved his legs under the table, stretching his spine in the chair. ‘My therapist likes to talk about it, her pet subject. Sexual attraction to bad boys. Liars, thieves and much worse than that. There’s those who think they can cure us, and those who prefer not to.’ Carving a smile with his mouth. ‘The ones who like us just the way we are.’

The investigation reveals more of Stephen’s back story and uncovers several leads, including the location of Vokey’s now empty family house, but nothing is straightforward or as it seems. Unusually Vokey is only ever seen through the eyes of others which adds to the uncertainty of what really happened. The story is plausible and compelling, told mainly from Marnie and Noah’s perspective with sections from the coma patient. The twists are thought provoking and unexpected, the narrative including a real understanding of human emotions.

Sarah Hilary paints a grim and disturbing picture of life behind bars with an emphasis on manipulation between inmates and staff, and the fall out from lack of funding. It’s easy to see how things could escalate into violence. Come and Find Me is an extremely well written, fascinating police procedural with a surprising ending, as well as an insightful look into the characters’ reactions and responses as dictated by their situations.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Author

Sarah’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and was a World Book Night selection. The Observer’s Book of the Month (“superbly disturbing”) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it was a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist in the US. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear (longlisted for Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2017) and Quieter Than Killing (Observer’s Thriller of the Month). Come and Find Me was published in 2018, with Never Be Broken to come in 2019.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter

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