Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary. Read March 2016.

 This is the third book in the DI Marnie Rome series. And it’s a cracker.

“D.I. Marnie Rome has faced many dangerous criminals but she has never come up against a man like Harm. She thinks that she knows families, their secrets and their fault lines. But…nothing can prepare her for what she’s about to face.”

I savoured every word of this story. The author’s writing style, with its almost poetic language at times, drew me in and kept me hooked throughout. The structure of the book contributes to the mystery. The stories of each character, entwined with the police investigation, give the reader several different viewpoints, each adding to a gripping plot.

As in the previous books in the series all the characters are well developed and realistic. This was definitely the book I’ve enjoyed most so far this year and I recommend it to all crime fiction fans. However, as usual with a crime series, I think you need to read the previous books (Someone Else’s Skin and No Other Darkness) first in order to appreciate the main characters’ back stories.

Just one more thing – no spoilers but do you know where your teenage kid is tonight?

Thank you to the author and publisher for the proof copy to review.



Can Anybody Help Me? by SinĂ©ad Crowley. Read March 2016.

An enthralling mystery that drew me into the world of a network of mums and made me fear for their safety and shout out loud at their naivety.

“Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself. 
When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman?”

This is Book 1 in a series featuring Sergeant Claire Boyle of the Garda based in Dublin. Claire is a fascinating character with heaps of future potential. The book is cleverly plotted with just enough hints scattered around to give keen crime fans a chance to spot the villain.

The author’s writing style is perfect for me. The characters felt like people I know and I cared about what happened to them. This was quite stress-inducing at times but made for an emotional and gripping read.

I’d recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, “Are You Watching Me?” In the near future.

My copy was purchased from Amazon Kindle Store.


TBR Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Book Boodle and decided to tag myself.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I put any book I like the look of on my “Want to read” shelf on Goodreads. It also goes on my wish-list shelf until I’ve got my hands on a copy (paper or e-book). 

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

About 70% e-books on my Kindle Paperwhite, which I love. We’re short of book shelves so mine are filled with my signed (and already read) books. TBR print books are piled up precariously in a cupboard over my bed đŸ˜³


How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

A while ago (when I had far too much time on my hands) I organised my TBR into the order I intend to read them, and I keep this list up to date on my blog (though I haven’t dared publish it).

ARCs jump the queue and are read in order of publication date.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

In 2013 I won a huge box full of books in a competition run by Theakstons Crime Festival. I’m embarrassed to say that some are still unread (but I’m not naming names!)


A book you recently added to your TBR?

My most recent addition is My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry which I requested from Netgalley because it sounds like exactly my kind of book.

A book that’s strictly on your TBR because of the cover? 

I love a nice cover but I can honestly say I’ve never chosen a book strictly for its cover.

A book on your TBR that you never planned on reading…

My TBR is 90+% crime/psychological thrillers but I have one or two lighter reads sitting in my Kindle in case I ever fancy a change. One of these is Secrets and Rain by Cally Taylor.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you…

At the moment everyone’s talking about In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings but I have about 10 ARCs to read before I can get to it.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you…

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. I bought the paperback ages ago but it keeps being pushed back in the queue.

A book on your TBR you are dying to read…

All of them! But at the moment I’m most looking forward to Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR?

Thanks to my obsessive TBR tracking this one’s easy! My TBR had 110 books but 27 are still on my wish-list so I actually have 83.

If you fancy completing this tag yourself, please leave a link in the comments below!