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Torn (Reilly Steel #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  797 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Read the clues. Decode the science. Reveal the murderer.That's Reilly Steel's mantra. Find the answers, solve the crime. But the Quantico-trained forensic investigator is finding her skills aren't enough when a ferociously intelligent killer strikes Dublin.

The modus operandi is as perplexing as it is macabre. What connects the two seemingly disparate, high-profile victims?
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ebook, 400 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2012)
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Phrynne
Aug 25, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series about forensic specialist, Reilly Steel, and it is every bit as good as the first. There are some VERY gruesome deaths in this one and some descriptions (especially the one with the maggots) should not be read at meal times. My mother always said you should not read while you are eating and now I know why. The story is good and it races to a very exciting climax. The characters are interesting and realistic and the authors produce some good entertaining dialogue ...more
So, I Read This Book Today
Now Titled "INFERNO" “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri – The Comedy

I have found myself a little jewel in an author who has been around for a while, but I hadn’t had the good fortune to come across previously. Casey Hill’s CSI Reilly Steel is an honestly strong female character. No running around with guns or knives, kicking bad-guy’s behinds. Instead, Reilly is smart, dedicated, and determined, willing to
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So, I Read This Book Today
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis." - Dante Alighieri – The Comedy

I have found myself a little jewel in an author who has been around for a while, but I hadn’t had the good fortune to come across previously. Casey Hill’s CSI Reilly Steel is an honestly strong female character. No running around with guns or knives, kicking bad-guy’s behinds. Instead, Reilly is smart, dedicated, and determined, willing to work until she finds
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Georgie
Feb 03, 2013 Georgie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good follow up to 'Taboo', with a creepy, smart killer, a seemingly unrelated series of shocking and brutal deaths, and some cool forensic stuff. Reilly Steel is an interesting character who is smart and attractive but not perfect, and she refreshingly lacks the bitchy attitude a lot of writers seem to attribute to women working in or with the police - she's tough but she doesn't feel the need to 'prove' herself or bust the balls of the men around her (instead she deals with the difficult ones ...more
Marleen
Apr 06, 2012 Marleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reilly Steel, Quantico-trained forensic investigator working for the Garda Forensic Unit in Dublin, is very experienced at what she does and thinks she’s seen it all. But even she raises a few eye-brows when she finds herself face to face with the remains of a journalist, found in his own sceptic tank where he has apparently been left to drown “in his own shit”.
The crime-scene offers little or no clues for the investigation and a look at the journalist’s personal and professional life by Detect
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Adelaine Pek
Jan 25, 2015 Adelaine Pek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Casey Hill, you are fantastic!

This may sound inappropriate but I LOVED how gruesome—artistic even—the murders in the 2nd installment of the Reilly Steel series is. In fact, I enjoyed this book more than the first. This series just keep getting better! The plot and theme that the Punisher (the villain or the vigilante depending on your moral standing) chose was extremely interesting! It was definitely artful, to design the murders around Dante’s INFERNO. Hill’s description as usual was amazing; y
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Sean Peters
Feb 26, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reilly Steel is back in the second book in the series, but the first one that I have read. She is called to a crime scene where a man is found dead in the septic tank in his back garden, starts off the way it continues with the whole book.

My first reading from this married couple Casey Hill.

It's like reading 2-3 episodes of CSI, with some gruesome reading, with the added relationships.

This book keeps at a fast pace, as you get to know the characters alongside Reilly Steel, heart pounding stuff
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Jo Ann Reinhold
Jun 06, 2014 Jo Ann Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps getting better!
In this book the killer is using Dante's Inferno as his playbook for his form of justice!
This investigation cuts close to home for one of the detectives and is faced with a moral dilemma, his job is to stop the killer, his feelings are a different story.
I can't wait to read the next book ans see where Casey Hill takes these complicated and enjoyable characters!
Rowan
Aug 13, 2016 Rowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange that my Kindle copy is titled Inferno - A CSI Reilly Steel Thriller not Torn.

This would be a great read except for all the typos and extraneous symbols in the Kindle Edition. The story is tight and kept my interest all the way. The Hills just needs to hire a good proofreader and they will be set to go. I look forward to the next installment of the CSI Reilly Steel adventures.
Ramona
Nov 07, 2016 Ramona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great crime reading

Enjoyed the twist the author had at the end of the book. Couldn't put the book down read in one evening.
Selena Lang
Not great but not bad either. Just a middling story with no real anticipation.
Lainy
Jul 24, 2013 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 2 days

Publisher - Simon & Schuster

Blurb From Goodreads

Read the clues. Decode the science. Reveal the murderer.

That's Reilly Steel's mantra. Find the answers, solve the crime. But the Quantico-trained forensic investigator is finding her skills aren't enough when a ferociously intelligent killer strikes Dublin.

The modus operandi is as perplexing as it is macabre. What connects the two seemingly disparate, high-profile victims?
Their corpses refuse to give up their secrets
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Joshua Hart
The second novel in the Reilly Steel series, Torn is a crime/thriller novel written by the Irish couple, Kevin and Melissa Hill, under the pseudonym, Casey Hill.

Unlike most crime novels, Torn retains most of its secrets and mysteries until the end reveal. The reader is not given the correct information throughout the novel to piece together the killer’s identity. On top of this, misdirection and misconception lead the reader astray from the killer. While this keeps seat-edges warm, it takes away
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Criticalmick
With gore and forensics enough to delight readers who love the CSI-style crime thriller, Casey Hill's Torn removes the genre far from that wearisome old hack Patricia Cornball's stomping grounds- delivering a solid mystery set in Dublin, Ireland.

Potted plot: former FBI surfer chick Reilly Steel uses her scientific-know how, pure determination, fancy gadgets and superhuman sense of smell to track down a baddie called The Punisher before can cover all of post-recessionary Dublin in bizarre corpse
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Ingstje
Jan 18, 2016 Ingstje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My hard copy was called Inferno actually (original title The Punisher) but it is not about an actual inferno, although you could misjudge that like me by looking at the book cover.
But what a nice surprise this book was! Reilly Steel is a female forensic investigator at the Garda Forensic Unit in Dublin, and together with her colleagues Pete Kennedy and Chris Delaney she’s put on the investigation of a gruesome murder. Soon one murder turns into two and she believes it’s possible there is a seria
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Anna Jesse
Oct 06, 2014 Anna Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inferno is alweer het tweede deel van het Ierse echtpaar Melissa en Kevin Hill. Een verhaal dat begint met een gruwelijke moord. Er wordt een man gevonden in een beerput. Reilly en het team gaan op onderzoek uit. Al snel wordt er een volgende moord gepleegd. Wat is de bedoeling van de dader, aan Reilly om daar achter te komen.

Het is dan ook maar goed dat boeken geen geur kunnen verspreiden. Het verhaal is ronduit goor en wordt goed beeldend beschreven. Casey Hill is dan ook een ster in het besch
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Vera VB
Feb 01, 2016 Vera VB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reilly Steels is forensisch onderzoeker, ze komt uit Amerika en er is het een en ander in haar verleden waarvan ze is gaan lopen. Vandaar dat ze nu in Dublin werkt. Haar verleden houdt haar geregeld wakker.

Ze wordt geconfronteerd met gruwelijke moorden zoals niemand ze ooit al gezien heeft. Er is weinig tot geen bewijsmateriaal om mee te werken en ook de samenhang tussen de slachtoffers lijkt in eerste instantie willekeurig te zijn. Willekeurige slachtoffers zijn een nachtmerrie voor de politie
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Randy Daugherty
Feb 05, 2015 Randy Daugherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reilly Steel, formerly of the California coast now a rooted Irish forensics investigator. She has seen her fair share of death and the evil men can do, but the recent murders are strange even to her.
The first a cop found dead up to his neck in ice water, the next a well known journalist though not a popular one was found in his septic tank, he had drowned in his own, yea, this was a weird one. As Reilly and her team investigate she begins to suspect that they may have a serial killer in their ha
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Nani
Aug 23, 2015 Nani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-2015
Inferno is the follow-up to Taboo and it was a great read. I didn't expect a reference to Dates Inferno and the Divine Comedy, since a book by the same name I read at the beginning of the year was, but I loved the art references and also enjoyed comparing the way those references were used so differently. The murders were gruesome in accordance with the dark Renaissance work they take their influence e from.

A brilliant killer stays one step ahead of the police, even after they put the murders to
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Nancy Silk
Jun 21, 2016 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Serial Killer Mystery"

Reilly Steel is a former forensic investigator for San Francisco PD. She's very skilled in the most modern police procedures. She is now working in Dublin, Ireland assigned to the Garda Forensic Unit. She works criminal cases with Pete Kennedy and Chris Delaney (who is an important character in Book One. They are dealing with a serial killer, one who is very crafty, slippery, and obviously following a specific plan. This mystery moves at a good pace and is well construct
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mpinvaz
Not as good as the first book in the series. Read it quicky and enjoyed it, though. The only thing I missed was having to figure out who the killer was. You can't find out who the killer is because there is hardly any mention of this character or for that matter any suspicious character before the killer is revealed. I even thought that the new profiler with his fountain pen was the killer. Strange introduction of a character. Seemed to be there to fill in. Not a whodunnit but still a good read. ...more
Sarah
Sep 16, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reilly Steel is back in the second book in the series. She is called to a crime scene where a man is found dead in the septic tank in his back garden. He was a journalist who didn't make many friends with his articles but there seem to be no obvious suspects. Soon after another body is found. The murder was clearly just as horrific but it was completely different. Reilly has to work out whether they are committed by the same killer or is it someone different.

I loved the first book in the series
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Ingo
Dec 29, 2015 Ingo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not to spoil anything, but in my view there was a major logic error with the DVD they got sent later in the book, regarding the number of crimes and victims filmed (there should have been 1 more, I paged back to see if I did remember wrong, I did not).
So, I hoped with time the writing and the books would progress and get better, but again, this is a solid 3 star if you can ignore the DVD, that would normally warrant a star less. It may be that it was explained, but I cannot remember that, it is
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C. Erani Kole
Jun 25, 2014 C. Erani Kole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is 3 stars for me, but I gave it another just because of the murder scenes. The plot and theme that the Punisher chose was extremely interesting! And the description- amazing.

Aside from the scenes, it's 3 stars because in the middle, it got very boring. The details and dialogue of the story were repetitive with the first book. It just didn't hold my attention like the first one did, and I think it's because the murders weren't as involved with the main characters as like with Taboo.

I would
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Chava
Dec 02, 2014 Chava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Initially, this was one of those edge of your seat books. However, once the killer was revealed it just dragged on and on. I felt we didn't get a clear idea of what happened to the girl who got attacked at the end and the whole medical thing with Chris...not interested. Yeah, probably not really a 3 star, more like a 2 1/2, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.
Definitely not a memorable book :(
Marilyn Groves
Apr 20, 2014 Marilyn Groves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forensic-thrillers, 2
another solid entry in the CSI Reilly series. This serial killer is very clever, but faces our Irish team. Some new characters, some surprises, all together quite an enjoyable read (if you don't mind graphic crime scenes....)

Darn - appears to only be 3 books released in this series. Putting #3 in my 'get' list!

Ceil Garrison
Apr 12, 2016 Ceil Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edge of seat thriller

Reilly Steel tries to solve an especially grizzly number of murders using her superlative forensic investigative skills. This time she is up against a murderer who duplicates scenes from Dantes Inferno. This plot kept me up into the wee hours of the night. So glad I picked up this book.
Ruth
Jun 20, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, series
Forensic Investigator Reilly Steel, Chris and Kennedy with aide of a profiler investigate various bizarre murder scenes inspired by Dante's circles of hell. The ebook I read was entitled Inferno so there was little mystery to the staging but I wasn't able to discover whodunit. Still a goodread. Like the characters.
Marie Jermy
Jan 29, 2013 Marie Jermy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a slow start, this book started to get interesting and had me hooked to the end. I didn't like the character Reuben Knight, though. He was a stuck-up git, who I thought didn't really need to be in the story. Also, sometimes, I got a bit lost with the switch in POV, but got used to it about half way in. A good who-dunnit.
Betsy
Inferno (also known as Torn) is the second book in Casey Hill's CSI Reilly Steel series. This is fast becoming one of my favorite series. I love the characters. The writing is exceptional. I really enjoy the forensic aspect as well. My buddy Sheila and I read this one as well as Taboo together. I am glad she hooked me up with this series. 5 stars
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“She settled her head back on her pillow, sighed deeply, and tried to relax, tried to let herself unwind and go back to sleep, but the harder she tried, the more sleep eluded her. Something was lurking there, hiding in a quiet corner of her mind, waiting to ambush her as soon as she started to drift off.” 1 likes
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