Come And Find Me by Sarah Hilary
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.
This is the 5th novel in the DI Marnie Rome series. I am a huge fan of the series and I am completely hooked on the background theme within the novels. I always feel as though we are slowly moving towards uncovering what took place the day Marnie’s foster brother Stephen killed their parents.
Each novel in the series offers up small revelations in the story. It has kept me absolutely hooked! Although this novel could be read as a stand-alone. I feel that for it to be fully enjoyed, readers would benefit from the depth and build-up of previous novels.
Come And Find Me opens with a prisoner at HMP Cloverton writing a letter. There has been a recent riot at the category B prison.
Which has left several inmates hospitalised and one on the run. . .
‘To look at me, I’m alright.
But I’m not. I’m Not. None of us are’
Mickey Vokey is the prisoner on the run. He is a violent and notorious inmate, in jail for a brutal assault on a young mum. I found the portrayal of a vicious inmate and prison life to be fascinating. The themes of rehabilitation, making amends and prison cuts are explored in their relation to the plot and as it evolves. Is detention truly effective? Or does prison simply enhance a convict’s criminal skillset?
‘On a scale of one to Dennis Nilsen. . .’
‘I’m giving this a high five’
The police officers follow the clues to a derelict house. The former home of Mickey’s (now deceased) mother. They find a room covered in hundreds of polaroid photos and an open grave in the cellar. What is Mickey planning? Who is his intended victim?
There is also the backstory of DS Noah and his younger brother Sol. Sol is currently on remand in another jail and has recently become part of a local gang. With Noah desperate to keep him on the straight and narrow.
How do you protect your younger siblings, when you sit on opposite sides of the law?
The police investigate the prison officers too. Which leads them to question Darren Quayle, a baby-faced, immature and out of his depth prison officer. He offers the police an insight into life at the jail and the personalities of the inmates. Mickey’s cellmate Ted Elms also offers his thoughts and a profile of Mickey is formed.
‘He wasn’t in prison, it was in him’ – Ted Elms
The profile portrays Mickey to be highly manipulative and aggressive.
Life inside an overcrowded prison with a high rate of suicide is the perfect environment to fuel his rage.
‘Prison was the perfect place for him to escalate to full-blown murder’
The novel has various themes of prison pen pals, living conditions and young men overwhelmed with anger in their lives. For me personally, I was engrossed in the theme of brotherhood. Noah and Sol and their situation with police officer and suspect. Mickey and his sister Alyson and their disagreements regarding their mother’s property. Marnie and Stephen with their shared past and the murders of their parents.
We learn some more information about Stephen’s past, cleverly drip fed through the plot. With Stephen one of the victims of the riot’s violence, I was so desperate for Marnie to visit him at the hospital, so I could learn more. Does Marnie have the courage to ask the questions about her parent’s murder? What will she uncover?
A complex plot in a unique setting. The theme of prison riots being very accurate in the UK currently. The financial cuts in the prison system and youth detention; the plight of young men in Britain today, all real issues in the UK in 2018, sadly. The author has done a fantastic job of weaving the fact and the fiction together.
A cracking edition to the Marnie Rome series.
***Come And Find Me is released in the UK on the 22nd March & is currently available for pre-order***