Here are some more rapid reviews.
Tastes Like Fear, by Sarah Hilary
Children are missing. Teenagers disappear. DI Marnie Rome returns to investigate in Tastes Like Fear.
The fragile young girl who causes the fatal car crash disappears from the scene. A runaway who doesn’t want to be found, she only wants to return to the man who understands her and offers her warmth, comfort, a home. He gives 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.
D.I. 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.
Yes, this is another series I just keep coming back for! The plots are always compelling, and this one especially had so many shocking twists. As always, strong characters who you care about. I borrowed this from the library, and gave it 4*. This was book 14 of the #20BooksofSummer project.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
‘Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can’t afford to stay silent. This book is an attempt to speak’
The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
Oh my. This book. It is so powerful. I was sad, I was shocked and I was angry. And so many other emotions. I learned a lot. Everyone should read it. It is a book I will be recommending for years to come. I had no hesitation in giving this 5*. This only counts towards my Goodreads goal as I bought it during lockdown.
The Merchant’s House, by Kate Ellis
Kate Ellis’s wonderfully addictive series of West Country-set crime novels feature Wesley Peterson, one of Devon’s first black detectives
A black policeman from the Met might expect to meet some resistance, when he’s transferred to a West Country seaside town – but, for DS Wesley Peterson, it’s like coming home.
One of the first people he bumps into is an old friend – Neil is heading an archaeological dig at a Tudor merchant’s house, and Wesley has to tear himself away to become involved in a major search for a missing child.
The tension is mounting when a body is found – but to Wesley’s relief it is turned up at Neil’s dig and is more than 400 years old. It seems to be a tragic murder nonetheless, for the bones are those of a strangled young woman and a newborn baby.
When another, more recent body is found, the circumstances surrounding the child’s disappearance become more complex, and Wesley is increasingly convinced that the age-old motives of jealousy, sexual obsession, and desperate longing for a child are behind the crimes – ancient and modern – that he must solve soon if further tragedy is to be averted.
This was a lovely, light, quick read. The plot was very well written, as were the characters. I kind of felt there was something missing (but I’m not sure what!) – but it could just be it was a very similar style to Elly Griffiths. I raced through it in 2 sittings. This was borrowed from the in-laws, and I gave it 4*.