Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary REVIEW


TITLE: Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary
EDITION: Hardback
RELEASE DATE: 7 April 2016
PAGES: 416
SOURCE: Library





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…


Noah Jake was running late. He grabbed a bagel for breakfast, leaving the house with it held between his teeth, hands free to search for his Oyster card and keys and his phone, which was playing the theme from The Sweeney.


Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin was one of my favourite books last year. I have her second novel, No Other Darkness on my Kindle but haven’t got round to reading it yet. When I saw, Tastes like Fear at the library I had to read it.

Tastes like Fear is another brilliant crime novel from Hilary. I started the book over a week ago but didn’t get time to really get into it until tonight and once I opened the book I couldn’t stop. I really like Marnie as a recurring character. She’s feisty but has a vulnerable side as well. Her foster-brother, who murdered her parents, makes an appearance in this book as well. There are hints of further darkness he will bring to Marnie’s life and I look forward to seeing where this goes. Harm is a brilliant villain. He’s so real he’s terrifying. There are probably men just like him in the world. I got chills every time I read a scene he was in. I really liked the way the story developed in Tastes like Fear. The pace is pretty relentless and the tension builds and builds until the mind-blowing conclusion. I didn’t really have time to pause for breath. Tastes like Fear is a page-turning thriller in every sense of the word.

I’d highly recommend Tastes like Fear. I look forward to Marnie’s next case and really must read No Other Darkness soon.




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