Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary (DI Marnie Rome #1)


Read January 2014 – Published Feb 2014

A Richard and Judy Book Club title.

Devastating, brilliant and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN is the crime debut of the year.

Called to a woman’s refuge to take a routine witness statement, DI Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder.

Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, Marnie finds herself confronting her own demons.

Because she, of all people, know that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most…

About the Author

Sarah Hilary lives in Bath with her husband and daughter, where she writes quirky copy for a well-loved travel publisher. She’s also worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. An award-winning short story writer, Sarah won the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012. SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN is her first novel.

Follow Sarah on Twitter at @Sarah_Hilary

My thoughts

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this fantastic book.

Marnie Rome and her partner, Noah Jake are visiting a women’s refuge to interview a victim. They become caught up in a knife attack. A man has broken into the house and his wife has stabbed him in the chest. Slowly we are drawn into the world of domestic abuse, of it’s survivors and it’s perpetrators. Sometimes it is not clear who is innocent and who is guilty. As three of the residents of the women’s refuge go missing, things become complicated for Marnie.

This book is a lovely, twisty turny crime read with a dark theme of hidden domestic abuse. It is a book about survival; Marnie’s courage with her murder of her parents, the women at the refuge surviving violence and pain at home and how survival sometimes is just keeping going. I loved the characterisation of the various women in the refuge. We really get to understand what it’s like to be in fear of everything.

Well done Sarah Hilary on a great debut crime novel. I hope we see more of Marnie soon! She is a fantastic character!

About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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7 Responses to Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary (DI Marnie Rome #1)

  1. No Other Darkness is out in April so not too long to wait for another episode from this great author.

  2. I haven’t heard of Sarah Hilary but this sounds great. I’m going to see if my library carries her books. Thanks for the great review 🙂

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