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.
So, DI Marnie Rome book five, it still doesn’t feel very long ago when I read Sarah Hilary’s debut Someone Else’s Skin which for me really began my passion for crime fiction. Sarah’s writing is utterly absorbing, her characters are authentic, and I have been hooked on Marnie and her backstory since I read her debut. I was left reeling at the end of this book which was a powerful and a very emotional piece of writing in many ways. All I can say is, the moment you get your hands on Come and Find Me, put everything else aside and read it! And if you haven’t yet read the previous books in the series, I implore you to read them all.
Sarah opens book five with a prison riot in HMP Cloverton, where Marnie’s foster brother, Stephen Keele is currently serving his time for murdering her parents six years ago. Stephen has been rushed to hospital after sustaining injuries during the violence, but the main focus is on prisoner, Michael Vokey, who has managed to escape during the rioting. Marnie and her team launch a manhunt to apprehend him and send him back to prison as soon as possible. How could a man, as dangerous as Michael Vokey, been allowed to slip out, unseen and unheard? As the investigation to track him down progresses, we hear that several women, outside of the prison have been writing to him, sharing with him intimate details about themselves, including their addresses. Marnie beings to realise they may be in danger from Vokey or an even more disturbing realisation is that one of them may be hiding him. And what about Michael Vokey’s victim who put him in prison?
Sarah Hilary’s novels are always smart and impeccably researched, and there is always a strong sense of realism in her plots. Whenever I read one of her Marnie Rome novels, I can never quite pin down who the culprit is, and this is one of the aspects about her books that I find really enjoyable, that she always manages to surprise me, and that she always keeps me guessing. The subject of the prison riot in her latest novel is a very topical issue at the moment. I’ve seen a couple of cases in the news recently where prisons in this country have been subjected to such riots so I could easily picture the scenes in my mind.
Now that I’ve finished reading Come and Find Me, I really can’t wait to find out how the series will progress from here. This comes highly recommended from me. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book to read.
Publication date: 22nd March 2018
Print length: 368 pages