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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,981 ratings  ·  622 reviews
A first thriller co-written by Melissa Hill and her husband Kevin.
The story is set in Dublin and features forensic investigator Reilly 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 app
Paperback, 409 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 1st 2011)
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David Romano If you like Forensic Science this is a book you will really like. Not the type where there are punches thrown or high speed car chase. Also, if you op…moreIf you like Forensic Science this is a book you will really like. Not the type where there are punches thrown or high speed car chase. Also, if you opened this book becuase you are expecting plenty of sex...this is not that type of taboo book. (less)
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Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really good first book by a husband and wife team calling themselves Casey Hill. I was amazed to see that it was 400 pages long because I raced through it in no time at all. The story was good, the characters likeable and the forensics were interesting and mostly believable. I was a bit surprised that Reilly was not able to guess for herself who the killer was, especially as she had more information than me and I knew by about half way through. Nevertheless this is a good read and I am looking ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’m probably totally out of step with other readers but I thought this was one of the most badly written and repetitive novels I have ever read and I'm not sure why I bothered to finish it. The constant repetitions made me so cross because they insulted the intelligence of the readers. The characters of Reilly Steel and Daniel Forrest grated on me. Reilly with her perfect ‘Californian’ hair (whatever that is?? ) and figure and her 'incisive' mind and the profiler from the FBI with his 'deep insi ...more
Sean Peters
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reilly Steel is an American crime scene investigator, trained at Quantico, and now living and working in Dublin trying to whip the new Garda Forensics Unit into some sort of shape. When a young couple is found dead in an apartment in an upscale part of the city, Reilly finds herself working with Detectives Chris Delaney and Pete Kennedy, and all three find themselves drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who is completely in control and, seemingly, one step ahead of the pol ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
'Taboo' is the debut novel of Wife and Husband team Melissa and Kevin Hill, writing together as 'Casey Hill'. Having been highly recommended by several other reviewers, I was quite looking forward to reading this and had hoped my expectations would be met.

And they were, to a point. 'Taboo' starts slowly but really gets going after around a 100 pages (of a total 410). There's a nice build up of pace, some nice twists and smart scenes of investigation. It's excellently researched and well written.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Taboo is a debut novel by Casey Hill, a collaborative effort by husband-and-wife team Kevin and Melissa Hill. It features FBI forensics expert Reilly Steele, recently moved to Dublin from California. Not only is she there to assist the CSI team, but also she hope to put a family tragedy behind her by returning to her father’s homeland.

What looks like the murder-suicide of a young couple may actually be something much more shocking, and soon afterward other murders seem to suggest that there is a
3.5, almost a 4; I liked Reilly and Chris, and Reilly's team. I'm just not sure this series will be worth investing time into... ...more
A.J. Davidson
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
A bit of a disappointment, thriller-writing by numbers. There is not a cliche that this husband and wife team have not included. Tragedy in the protagonist's past, troubled family members, feisty female, crime-scene investigator solving crime. Reminds me of SeVen, but the authors can't seem to decide between a cozy mystery or a edgy, gore-soaked crime thriller. ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
When I’m not busy reading Chick Lit novels (which is a very rare space of time, let me tell you), my go-to genre is crime fiction, preferably American crime fiction (I don’t know why; don’t ask). Tess Gerritsen is a favourite, with Chelsea Cain and Jilliane Hoffman being new additions. So when I heard much-loved Chick Lit author Melissa Hill was collaborating with her husband Kevin on a crime novel under the name of Casey Hill, I was thrilled and very eager to read it. I was thrilled to get an e ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 h
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘Taboo’ by Casey Hill

Reilly Steel forensic investigator California born and bred has taken a job in Dublin, to bring the Dublin police force into the forensic twenty-first century. Ireland had come as something of a shock to her. Originally Ireland had sounded magical from tales told by her Irish father Mike Steel, but the Ireland of today she has found to be a very different place, and so has her father.

When the bodies of a young man and woman are found in an apartment in a good part of town it
Lisa Redmond
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Taboo is a thrilling crime novel written as a collaboration between bestselling author Melissa Hill and her husband Kevin. This is the first outing for Reilly Steel a forensic investigator trained in Quantico but now relocated to Dublin to lend her expertise to the Irish crime lab and to watch over her father who has returned to his homeland but is slowing killing himself with drink. Reilly is a fantastic creation an intriguing personality; focused and calculating when she needs to be but withou ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This was a very good debut of the Reilly Steel Series and I enjoyed it very much. I thought the different taboo methods of murder were very clever and the book was a real page turner. The only problem I had with the book was that the ending seemed a little rushed and there is not enough information given to the reader for a chance to solve even part of the mystery. I will continue with the series though because I think the writers are talented.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A better title for this book would be cliche. I don't particularly like to be overly critical of any book or author but this in my opinion is dreadful. The main character is beautiful, intelligent and just the person to drag the country bumkins of Dublin! into this century. She has a "secret" about her family she keeps to herself (albeit quite a good one here) but which is revealed early on. The cop love interest seems incapable of speaking around her. All in all I will leave Reilly Steel to her ...more
Nurture Waratah
This was an interesting and thrilling story that was hard to put down. The premise of murders being committed according to society's taboos was a fascinating one. My only gripe is that the author made it a little too obvious as to the identity of the killer. Otherwise, this was a worthwile read that did not require too much thinking and I would recommend it in a pinch. ...more
Good, but underwhelming. It was exciting, sure, but not a "thinking" book. Also, I felt like there was some missed potential in terms of how exciting it was - I don't need a crime novel to be gory to enjoy it, but with a serial killer this bizarre, I rather expected it, and was a bit disappointed. It's a quick read, though, and I wouldn't rule out reading the next in the series. ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
This was a new author to me and what a brilliant one too. Great book, highly recommend!
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The husband & wife team that are the authors (Casey Hill) show promise in this novel, featuring Reilly Steel, a female forensics expert working for the Dublin police. The authors have created a good, involving plot, likeable enough characters with whom their protagonist interacts, and a series of mysteriously linked murders. For the first half of the book, the story builds momentum nicely, the serial killer or killers seemingly in control of everything, and some building relationships within the ...more
Joseph Ferguson
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Taboo, written by the husband-and-wife team Kevin and Melissa Hill is a tight, well-written police thriller.

Reilly Steel, forensic investigator par excellence, has relocated to Dublin, Ireland; largely for personal reasons, where she encounters a series of murders that may or may not be connected.

The Hills create empathetic realistic characters, and a tight plotline filled with twists, turns. Interspersing the plotline with dreams that hint at Steel’s past, the book culminates in a major surpris
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Taboo (CSI Reilly Steel, #1) by Casey Hill.

Full Review to come.
David Romano
Great if you want to learn a thing or two about forensic investigation. Just be prepared to move back and forth between past and present. There are chapters about Riley's past that pop out in the middle of nowhere.

It's a classic for those who dreamt of being a detective but never made it.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good start to the set. Enjoyed the characters
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Reilly Steel, born in Ireland, moves from California to Dublin to lead the Dublin forensics team to modernisch the lab. She is not really excepted there, only by the younger crowd walking the lab. And while trying to teach them something they have murders to investigate. Together with Detective Chris Delaney and his partner Kennedy they have to figure out the clues that were left by the killer. But they really have to do some puzzle work to try and figure this one out.

Where normally a crime nov
Kristina Smith
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-downloads
I remember the first time I read an Alex Cross novel by James Patterson. I was immediately hooked and could not wait for the next book to come out. That is the same feeling that I felt when I completed reading TABOO by Casey Hill. Her heroine, Reilly Steele, is a phenomenal female character. Strong, intelligent and well-versed in her chosen field as a forensic scientist. But she is also just a little bit damaged, and that makes her human. Reilly, trained at Quantico in Virginia, has just relocat ...more
Dru Pagliassotti
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
In Taboo, an American forensics expert with a troubled past investigates a series of strangely staged murders in Glasgow, where she's training a local team. It's a pretty familiar premise, and we see lots of old stereotypes here — the emotionally cool female coroner, the scruffy detective who doesn't like or trust Our Hero, the handsome detective who respects and develops a romantic interest in Our Hero, the backstabbing boss with an axe to grind with Our Hero, the renowned expert who serves as ...more
Sarah Suzy
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-nook
I am feeling excited at the end of the first Reilly Steel book. I guess I like the characters and feel as though the author, Casey Hill, did a good job of introducing them to us as I already feel I know them. There was enough differences to pay attention to or notice with the book being set in Dublin, Ireland, and the surrounding area. It was interesting to see some of the differences, if any, between investigating and crime scene investigation there may be in a book based in Ireland versus the ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little torn about how to rate this book. It's a solid 3.5 stars so I rounded it up because overall the story itself was outstanding and the investigative work was interesting. The problem I had was the quick ending after such a huge build up (-1 star) and also there were quite a few editing issues (-.5 stars). Normally, I never ding a book for a few here or there but this one had a bit more than I could overlook. The main characters were solid and well developed although I struggled with ...more
Lillian Christiansen
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this nicely paced suspense thriller. The characters had depth and there was good foreshadowing that allowed me to have an aha just before the characters in the book had the same aha, as in I knew just a few pages before the book revealed it. This book was good enough that I will be reading additional books in the series.

There were a few minor oddities where the character from California says, thinks, or does things that someone from the US would not do. Still the story line was engros
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It kept me interested throughout and anxious to see how it turned out. The forensic science and twists and turns of the book made for a fun read. However, as soon as it was revealed who the likely killer was, I felt the story lost something and the final confrontation felt somehow flat. The interaction with the killer seemed off considering everything we had been through, physically and emotionally, to find them. Perhaps, I needed a bit more of the killer explaining why and ...more
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