Book Review: Taboo by Casey Hill
September 10, 2011 16 Comments
After a lot of fiction, some fantasy and chick-lit, I was very eager to pick up a thriller again. It had been too long!
And Taboo is such a satisfying read! It was exactly what I needed.
Taboo: What it is about
Riley Steel is a forensics investigator who has recently moved from California to Ireland to lead the Dublin forensics team and teach them some modern methods.
Her father, who was born in Ireland, had moved back a few years before, and Riley being near him means that she can keep an eye on her bottle-loving father. Something in his past has left him unable to cope with life and Riley herself has problems dealing with it too.
Then a young man and woman are found dead on a bed, and Riley is called in to investigate. This is the beginning of a number of horrific crimes by what’s obviously a very sick-minded serial killer. The killer is leaving clues that seem to lead to something. But what exactly?
Taboo: What I thought
This is a wonderful debut novel of a husband and wife writer team. I didn’t quite connect with Riley, although I was curious as to what could have happened in her past that was still haunting her at night.
However, I really liked Chris Delaney, a policeman who was on the case together with his partner Kennedy. Chris warmed to Riley quickly, while Kennedy was unimpressed by the American forensics expert who was hired to tell the Dubliners how to do their jobs.
Chris was a very nice person, good colleague, and he too had something bothering him, a physical problem but he didn’t want to go to the doctor. I hope to read more about it in the sequel.
The story was built up well and although I had some vague ideas about what type of person the serial killer could be, it wasn’t until just before Riley and Chris found out, that I realised how matters stood.
The setting, Dublin, made a nice change from other thrillers I’ve read although I only got a good feel for the location once the story moved to a seaside town nearby.
A fast, compelling read that completely fulfilled my need for a good thriller. A book for anyone that loves mysteries and thrillers.
Rating: 5/5 stars
I got this book: as an uncorrected proof copy from Simon & Schuster UK for review
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 409
First published: 2011 (July)
Genre: thriller, mystery
Extras: This is my first book for the R.I.P. Challenge