Sunday, October 16, 2011

Review of Taboo by Casey Hill - 5 stars!

Author: Casey Hill

Title: Taboo
Series: Reilly Steel #1
Release date: 7th of July 2011
Published by: Simon & Schuster UK
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 409 in ARC
Source: ARC copy provided by Simon & Schuster UK for reviewing

Summary from Goodreads:

A first thriller co-written by Melissa Hill and her husband Kevin.

The story is set in Dublin and features forensic investigator Riley Steel who has moved from the US to Dublin to be close to her father.
But what should have been a quiet period filled with training and Irish forensics team turns sinister and violent when body after body is found of people killed in what appears to be a twisted game.

My review:

I loved this book! It kept me reading until 5 am and since I had to get some sleep I simply had to put Taboo away to get couple of hours to sleep and then to continue reading it. I have to admit, that this book freaked me out during the night. It was so well written, so it played on my emotions while reading – suddenly my cozy house seemed to be big and dark and all the shadows seemed to move, I could feel my hair raise and I was chilled to the bone. It was that good!

I really enjoyed how the authors used both psychological and scientific forensic approaches to the story and combined them to create a thrilling story!

Regarding the plot:

Thoroughly well written, Taboo takes you to Ireland, to the forensic investigator Reilly Steel. Reilly has moved from the sunny California to Dublin to modernize forensic lab. Her task is to train the forensic team and while doing that, bizarre murders start to happen. Reilly is the only person believing that these murders are connected to each other and she needs to fight the skepticism from the police and from the investigating detectives. Murders keep piling up and Reilly needs to use all her instincts and knowledge to prove her suspicions. Step by step she is coming closer to terrible truth about who is standing behind these murders.

The murders are macabre – the murderer is using quite awful methods of killing the victims and besides the killings, the murderer is also using psychological clues, leaving them behind for Reilly to discover. I enjoyed how Freud was brought into the story and I think that the idea of taboos was excellent!

Regarding characters:

Characters of the story were well-written: they were believable, likable and fascinating! The authors put a lot of effort to both main and the supportive characters, so they all had a story to tell.

I loved Reilly's character! She was a strong, intelligent, courageous woman. Despite the skepticism she is meeting she keeps doing what she is good at – finding evidence to prove her thoughts and instincts. She was not afraid of using her instincts and like written in the book her “touchy-feely” approach to finding even the smallest details on the murder scenes. I think the authors did a brilliant job with her character. Reilly was at the same time strong and also fragile character – due to her family’s tragic history.

I really liked the characters of the detectives Delaney and Kennedy and they balanced each other so well. While Chris Delaney is open to the theories provided by Reilly, Kennedy is more than skeptical. It was lot of fun to see Kennedy melting towards Riley’s methods and theories – it made him very likable!

All the other characters were believable and likeable, even Jess. I could feel the sympathy towards her, even though her actions and reasons were beyond horrible. One of my favorite supportive characters was forensic psychologist agent Daniel Forrest who flew in from US to help and support and protect Reilly.


It’s a must read in case you love suspense and thrillers. Plot was very good and the storytelling was excellent! Characters were solid and interesting. It was a thrilling book to read and I can’t wait until the next Reilly Steel book is out!

5 Flowers!

5 stars out of 5.

Thanks goes to Simon & Schuster UK for the ARC copy.
Happy reading!


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