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Tastes Like Fear

The young girl who causes the fatal car crash disappears from the scene.

She’s 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.

DI 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 as she begins investigating the girl’s disappearance nothing can prepare her for what she’s about to face.

Because when Harm’s family is threatened, everything tastes like fear…


‘Contemporary, yet elegant and with a heart, it underlines the author’s place as one of Britain’s best new crime writers.’ – Daily Mail

‘Nerve-shredding.’ Woman and Home

‘Equal parts thriller, police procedural and contemporary social commentary, the story has a satisfying conclusion — but with an intriguing teaser to keep fans coming back for more.’ — The Sunday Times South Africa

‘This is a powerful piece of crime writing that builds to an emotionally charged conclusion.’ Sydney Morning Herald

 ‘The characters are so finely drawn they seem recognisable and the tension builds slowly with the clever plotting. Expect twists you won’t see coming in this engrossing thriller.’ –Choice Magazine.

 “This is crime fiction of the highest calibre… it is devious, dark, deliciously chilling. A formidable addition to an accomplished series that just keeps getting better and better.” –

‘Sarah Hilary goes from strength to strength with the Marnie Rome series, writing with great empathy and unerring psychological precision about the darkest corners of the city and the human heart. Tastes Like Fear is a truly chilling exploration of control, submission and the desire to step out of a normal life.’ –  Eva Dolan

‘Tastes Like Fear is every bit as assured and involving as its two predecessors, and Hilary is a writer who is clearly here to stay.’ – Barry Forshaw – Crime Time Round Up

 ‘Sharp, intelligent, engrossing and – above all – highly entertaining, Tastes Like Fear, is one hell of a read that is guaranteed to have you gasping for breath by its climax.’ – Writing Magazine.

‘I am a huge huge fan, Tastes Like Fear, is a triumph; brutal, honest and quite brilliant.’ – Random Things Through my Letter Box.

‘Totally and utterly recommended.’ – Northern Crime Reviews.

‘It’s fast paced, tightly plotted and well written.’ Bath Magazine, Book of the Month

‘Pacy, easy reading.’ Book Oxygen

If Tastes Like Fear was a cake – it would be one of Mary Berry’s best. Pacy, punchy and powerful, with some unusual but spectacular and unexpected flavours – The Flea blogspot

‘… an absolute mistress of the art of deception.’

Tastes like Fear travels deep into the heart of family networks.’ for Crime Scene Magazine

 ‘It’s scarily good! Sarah’s writing flawlessly flows from one chilling scene to the next, surpassing all but the very best of her contemporaries.’ –

Sarah Hilary has worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. Her debut, Someone Else's Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel...