Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome Book 5) by Sarah Hilary
|Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome Book 5) by Sarah Hilary|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: The fifth book in the series concentrates on the escape of a sadistic criminal from HMP Cloverton. It's a clever plot with excellent writing.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 368/12h54m||Date: March 2018|
|External links: Author's website|
There's no reason to think that Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have anything in common, other than a rather strange infatuation with writing to Michael Vokey, a sadistic inmate of Cloverton Prison. They crave his attention and can't believe that he's as evil as his trial suggests. It might not have become important was it not for the riot at the prison, which ended up with Vokey killing two inmates, blinding and maiming more - and escaping under cover of the smoke from the fire he caused. Not surprisingly staff and inmates at Cloverton are unwilling to talk about where they think Vokey might be hiding out - they have wives, children and friends who might be at risk.
DI Marnie Rome understands all about obsession: that's how she feels about her foster brother, Steven Keele. It's six years since he murdered her parents, but she can't get him out of her mind. In a strange way, she worries about him. The Vokey / Chorley / Hull conundrum is different though: Keele is in custody, albeit seriously ill from smoke inhalation, but Vokey is at large and Marnie Rome fears that he might have one of the women. He has history in this area and the police has just found a property which he owns and there's a grave been dug in the cellar.
Sarah Hilary is an impressive writer: she's the master of the telling phrase which speaks volumes and her characterisation is excellent. We know Rome quite well now, but she's a complex character who leaves you with the feeling that we don't yet know everything. Noah Jake, the gay sargeant, is struggling with the fact that his brother is in Pentonville - and the guilt which he feels from the fact that he put him there. Jake had little choice - but will his mother ever appreciate that nicety? The plot is good too, with plenty of twists, to the point where I gave up trying to second guess what was going to happen and just enjoyed the ride.
I've one minor quibble with this series: it does seem to revolve around Marnie Rome's relationship with Steven Keele. I'd really like to see what she's capable of when she's freed from that burden.
As well as reading the book I listened to an audio download (I bought it myself) which was narrated by Imogen Church. She's impressive and a real pleasure to listen to: I particularly liked the voice of Noah Jake and his brother Sol. It's unusual for a woman to capture male voices so well and I look forward to hearing more from her in the future.
You could read Come and Find Me as a standalone, but you will lose out on the continuing story arc. Start at the beginning. You'll find the chronological list here:
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