I’d like to welcome the incredibly talented Sarah Hilary today, with a special exclusive guest post about Marnie Rome.
I’m a huge fan of her books and of Marnie Rome. ‘No Other Darkness’ is now available as a paperback in the UK. It is absolutely a must read, for all crime fans.
My review: No Other Darkness
Two young boys.
Trapped underground in a bunker.
Unable to understand why they are there.
Desperate for someone to find them.
Slowly realising that no-one will…
Five years later, the boys’ bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome’s career begins.
Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them.
For Marnie, there is no other darkness than this…
Meeting Marnie Rome
by Sarah Hilary
I first met Marnie Rome a year before I had the idea for Someone Else’s Skin.
She was undercover at a party, a detective inspector but baggage-free, the only steady presence in a story which otherwise tilted in every direction.
In essence, she was the same Marnie (see below). Perhaps because I didn’t give her a central role, she was able to walk on stage fully-formed and already real. She sprang from my subconscious; I wasn’t thinking about who she was, I just knew I needed a detective.
Later, when I realised she was my heroine for Someone Else’s Skin, I started to think about the secrets Marnie was keeping, the demons at her back—all the things that make a main character interesting. And it occurred to me, much later, that her undercover persona was not a million miles away from the rebellious girl she was when she left home—a decision which haunts her.
Here for the first time — and an exclusive for Northern Crime — is Marnie’s debut on the page.
She had the clear-skinned pallor of a redhead. Her hair was dyed black, cropped to curls that hid her forehead. Dark-blue irises, very clear sclera, spoked with mascara. Skinny clothes in a stretchy fabric, dark like everything else in the room but the whites of her eyes were bright. She had none of the sickness in her face that he could smell in the room.
She put out a hand. ‘Marnie.’ She was wearing unpolished leather boots, low-heeled, that laced to the knee. Like biker boots, but sexier.
Her hand was small, square-cut nails, palm and fingertips toughened like his. ‘You’re new, right?’ She held a shot glass to her lips and sipped. Her drink was colourless. Raw vodka? It was like an uncut diamond in the glass.
He nodded. ‘I came with…’ He glanced about. ‘Terri. Do you know her?’
She shook her head. ‘Not yet,’ she added and smiled. She was wearing coloured contact lenses; when she moved her head, he could see the reflective surface of the discs. ‘So, Sam.’ She gazed across the rim of her glass. ‘What brings you here?’
‘Terri brought me.’ He heard the evasion in his voice. He didn’t make a very good liar. That thought depressed him.
A softer smile touched her eyes. ‘You don’t look like you belong.’
She shook her head. ‘That’s a compliment, by the way.’ She was sorry for him.
‘What do I need to fit in?’ he asked. ‘Coloured contact lenses?’
There was a sharpening in her face. She nodded, ‘See you around, Sam,’ and bled back into the crowd.
To meet Marnie as she is now, you’ll have to read Someone Else’s Skin and No Other Darkness. Let me know what you think—whether Undercover Marnie changed much between then and now. And whether she kept those biker boots.
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