No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

No Other DarknessAfter enjoying Someone Else’s Skin so much I went straight on to read No Other Darkness, also by Sarah Hilary, and I’m glad I did as it is just as excellent.

Marnie Rome is back as our central police character and this time she is delving into an even more sinister set of people and circumstances as she tries to solve a seemingly cold case involving two dead brothers.

No Other Darkness kept me guessing all the way through as my brain tried to piece together all the little snippets about people and come up with a conclusion. There are two stories that you know will converge at some point and it is interesting trying to pin down who you think is ‘good or bad’ as the story unfolds.

Another resounding success as far as I am concerned, my only stumbling point with these books is that to me they feel more as though they are set in America than in the UK. Not really a negative point, I just had to keep reminding myself that it was in London.

Synopsis:

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…

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Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Someone Else's Skin

Oooh loving Sarah Hilary‘s writing! In fact I loved this book so much that I immediately read No Other Darkness straight afterwards!

Marnie Rome’s character is strong, she brings feistiness and inspiration to this sad tale centring around the lives of women in a refuge.

All of the women are in the refuge for different reasons and each have their own demons and secrets.

Someone Else’s Skin lifts the lid on this private world and offers many different view points while Marnie and her colleagues attempt to solve the case.

Loved the bit with the radio, very satisfying!

Synopsis: Winner of the Theakston’s 2015 Crime Novel of the Year, and a 2014 Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Devastating and brilliant, Sarah Hilary’s SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN has been acclaimed as ‘stunning’ by Mark Billingham and ‘superbly disturbing’ by the Observer.

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, knows that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most…