11 April 2015

Books// Taboo and Torn by Casey Hill

I'm back from Devon and had such an amazing time & have so many posts I need to write up for you and I also decided to rearrange the house so whilst I pretend I'm wonder woman here's a post about so amazing new books I discovered

I recently went into a Charity shop to see if they had any decent books when I saw Taboo by Casey Hill. The cover instantly drew me in and I know, don't judge a book by its cover but I couldn't help it, and I'm so glad I picked it up. I read it stupidly quickly whilst procrastinating and then bought the next 2 in the series.


"Forensic investigator Reilly Steel, Quantico-trained and California-born and bred, imagined Dublin to be a far cry from bustling San Francisco, a sleepy backwater where she can lay past ghosts to rest and start anew. She's arrived in Ireland to drag the Irish crime lab into the 21st century, plus keep tabs on her Irish-born father who's increasingly seeking solace in the bottle after a past family tragedy. 

But a brutal serial killer soon puts paid to that. When a young man and woman are found dead in an apartment, the gunshot wounds on their naked bodies suggest a suicide pact. But Reilly's instincts are screaming that something's seriously amiss, and as more bodies are discovered, the team soon realises that a twisted murderer is at work, one who seeks to upset society's norms in the most sickening way imaginable.."

I love the fact that this series has a badass female as the main character - Reilly. She makes really good friends with the 2 detectives one of which is typical miserable cop and hates that an american women has come over to get the Irish forensic department up to date. They have such good chemistry and the friendship really works. They also work with profilers and there is a lot of trying to piece together abstract evidence that you're not quite sure is part of it.

This book keeps you gripped until the very last page and the twist in it is really good. I did work it out with the finding of one piece of evidence but learning why is just as interesting as the who. I love that this series follows the forensic department as well as the police investigation because you get to see both sides plus I'm so interested in forensics and the different technology they use.   


"Read the clues. Decode the science. Reveal the murderer. That's Reilly Steel's mantra. Find the answers, solve the crime. But the Quantico-trained forensic investigator is finding her skills aren't enough when a ferociously intelligent killer strikes Dublin. The modus operandi is as perplexing as it is macabre. What connects the two seemingly disparate, high-profile victims? Their corpses refuse to give up their secrets and the crime scenes prove a forensic investigator's worst nightmare. 

A journalist drowned in a septic tank. A priest crucified on a tree. The modus operandi is as perplexing as it is gruesome. What connects the high profile victims?

Reilly soon suspects that she may be dealing with a killer - or killers - who know all about crime scene investigation. The police are just as frustrated by the crimes' impenetrable nature and it's only when a third murder occurs - equally graphic and elaborate in its execution - that they discover that this particular killer is using a very specific blueprint for his crimes. Who is the killer's next victim, the real target? And what's his endgame?"

Okay I was not expecting the killer to be who it was in this book and I usually have a pretty good idea. Even thought I had worked it out. The murders in this book are pretty weird and a little bit disturbing but so interesting. The build up of trying to get one step ahead of the killer in order to catch them keeps you on your toes and the ending is just as tense as the first book.  

It's also interesting to follow the main characters lives and see where they go after the ending of the first book. I love Reilly and Chris' friendship and am intrigued to see whether it will go further. I also love that you get to learn about the other people working in the forensic department and their jobs. They get a pretty fabulous profiler to help out with the case and he sounds magical and just makes me laugh. 

I have the next book in the series which I am currently reading and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to buy the 4th one. I love a good crime series and I'm seriously hooked on these. I love the way the Author's write (Husband/wife team) and I highly recommend them if you love the crime genre. 

Have you read any of them?
Who's your favourite crime author?


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