Taboo – Casey Hill – 9/10

ReillySteel (although in my copy she was called Riley) is one of the FBI’s finest forensic staff, on loan to the Irish forensic unit, GDU, for training purposes. Unfortunately, she’s not long been there when a gruesome double suicide/murder is discovered. And the police aren’t certain that a suicide from the week before is actually a suicide. Riley has to put together the clues before the killer makes it personal…

I have to say, I really enjoyed this. It was a little overly gruesome at times, with dead bodies turning up in all sorts of places and states, but Riley is a fun character – she reminded me not a little of Dr Temperance Brennan of Kathy Reichs’ books (and the Bones TV series) – highly intelligent, a bit emotionally absent, and with ALL SORTS of personal issues going on. Chris Delaney is a bit dishy (of course he is, the male lead always is), but the other characters are a good mix too – grumpy old policemen who want nothing to do with a young American, Riley’s mentor Daniel, who is a bit ivory-tower-ish.

Casey Hill writes a cracking plot, drops out the clues at almost the right rate (I figured it out a bit early, but not too early), and shows real potential when it comes to characters. I’m looking forward to reading more about Riley!

This came to me in the same packet as Snapshot and I was really relieved to find this book so enjoyable after that was so dire.

The cover I’ve shown is not the cover of the copy I received (which was an uncorrected ARC – and it did still want for a spot of proofreading), but the cover of mine was rather amusing – and the scalpel image made a bit more sense (click to enlarge).

Obviously not appropriate for general release – but a nice touch for an ARC!


I’ll be giving away my ARC of this book (in fact I’ll be giving away two copies, as I have two copies lying around here), along with another review copy I received, next week, so look out for that.

Additional info:
This was a review copy sent by the publisher.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 432 pages (paperback)
Order this from Amazon*
* this is an affiliate link – I will be paid a small percentage of your purchase price if you use this link, which goes towards giveaways.

6 thoughts on “Taboo – Casey Hill – 9/10

  1. Giveaway! | Reading Fuelled By Tea 6 July 2011 at 5:18 pm Reply

    […] This is a special ARC cover – the official one is shown on my review. […]

  2. The Book Whisperer 20 July 2011 at 10:09 am Reply

    I like the sound of this book – I do love me a good crime fic book! Thanks for the review 🙂

    • readingwithtea 20 July 2011 at 2:30 pm Reply

      Apparently it’s just been picked up for a film/TV series by a British company… quite exciting, really!

  3. The Best of 2011 | Reading Fuelled By Tea 27 December 2011 at 9:34 pm Reply

    […] Carter’s The Goddess Test, Jane Green’s The Love Verb, Casey Hill’s Taboo, Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger, Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree, David […]

  4. The Best of 2011 | Reading With Tea 1 January 2012 at 5:06 pm Reply

    […] Carter’s The Goddess Test, Jane Green’s The Love Verb, Casey Hill’s Taboo, Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger, Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree, David […]

  5. Some recent DNFs | Reading With Tea 21 October 2014 at 5:03 pm Reply

    […] by Casey Hill. I really enjoyed Taboo, but something in the writing here just irritated me too […]

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