The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 19

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2018 

My nineteenth #bookvent selection is one which is part of a long running series with a strong female detective lead. She is someone who has struggled with a troubled past, one that keeps coming back to haunt her. This story sees her on the hunt for an escaped criminal, a man who is dangerous and potentially deadly. I love this series, love the central protagonist and her DS, a man with his own set of woes which come to a dramatic head in this book. Captivating and emotive, my day nineteen #bookvent choice is …

Come And Find Me

by Sarah Hilary

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.

I found it very hard to talk about why I loved this book the first time around, and I’m not sure it’s getting any easier now. I can’t say much about the plot beyond what is contained within the blurb so if you want to know more, then you’ll need to read the flipping book. Simple. What I can say is that Sarah Hilary is a master of capturing emotion on the page, of putting the reader in the mind and heart of the protagonists while she tackles some meaty and important subjects. She never shies away from a social commentary of sorts, painting modern life in glorious technicolour, and never fails to convey the tension and anxiety or emotion of her characters or those around them. Her depiction of London, both the landscape and the society is spot on, and the way in which she puts DI Marnie Rome in some difficult situations, never making her out to be a super-hero, but getting the reader to believe in her empowerment and sense of justice none the less. And Noah Jake. You just want to warp the poor soul up. I am both excited about and completely dreading reading the next book in the series as the poor chap really needs a break that I’m not sure he’s going to get. This story is full of blind alleys, misdirection and deflection. Just when you think you know, it is proven that you really don’t. It is a book which will make you question the whole idea of perception, of how what we see on the surface is seldom even a percentage of the whole truth. It will hook you on page one and not let you go. Marvellous stuff.

If you would like to read my full review of Come and Find Me you can go and find it here. The book is available from the following retailers:

Amazon UK ~ Kobo ~ Waterstones ~ Amazon US

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL