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Someone Else's Skin

by Sarah Hilary

Part of the D.I. Marnie Rome Series

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LoveReading View on Someone Else's Skin

March 2014 Debut of the Month.

Do not be fooled into thinking that this will be ‘just another Detective story’; this is clever, shockingly impactive and successfully erases any presuppositions. The author reveals information gradually, building the intrigue and allowing you to question and probe the evidence alongside the investigating team.  The achingly sad picture that starts to emerge, tugs at your heart strings without sentimentality, helping to make the story powerfully arresting. Secrets are set to be shattered, no matter who they belong to. Can it be detrimental or even dangerous to empathise, to imagine the torture that some of the characters have faced? The author has the ability to describe horrifying brutality, without glorifying it. The simple stark descriptions of lives created from fear and violence, lead you to question the path that broken and mutilated minds can take. A penetrating and riveting read, tension continues to intensify before it ultimately and devastatingly snaps. This is an impressive debut novel that will leave you yearning for a sequel. 

Books in the D.I. Marnie Rome Series:

1. Someone Else's Skin

2. No Other Darkness

3. Tastes Like Fear

4. Quieter Than Killing

5. Come and Find Me

6. Never Be Broken

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Someone Else's Skin Synopsis

Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone knows how Marnie fought to come back from the murder of her parents, but very few know what is going on below the surface. Because Marnie has secrets she won't share with anyone. But then so does everyone. Certainly those in the women's shelter Marnie and Detective Sergeant Noah Jake visit on that fateful day. The day when they arrive to interview a resident, only to find one of the women's husbands, who shouldn't have been there, lying stabbed on the floor. As Marnie and Noah investigate the crime further, events begin to spiral and the violence escalates. Everyone is keeping secrets, some for survival and some, they suspect, to disguise who they really are under their skin. Now, if Marnie is going to find the truth she will have to face her own demons head on. Because the time has come for secrets to be revealed...

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Someone Else's Skin Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'Someone Else's Skin is a thrilling debut...As a big fan of thrillers, I'm always on the look out for exciting new authors in this genre, and Sarah Hilary is definitely one to watch out for.'
  • Reba Khatun - 'I would love to read more about DI Rome!  Sarah Hilary has a real talent and should carry on writing.'
  • Amrita Dasgupta - 'A bone-chilling debut novel with unexpected twists. Sarah Hilary has opened new possibilities and perspectives in the realm of crime fiction with her novel Someone Else's Skin.'
  • Joan Hill - 'The description on the back cover ‘The crime debut of the year’ says it all and justly so. This is a must-read for lovers of this genre. It’s a real gem, taut and utterly thrilling.'
  • Beth Kemp - 'All the key ingredients of a great British crime series are in place in this stunning debut. Engaging characters, a surprising plot and some gorgeous writing.'
  • Cleo Bannister - 'A great new detective is policing London starting with a stabbing at a woman's refuge.'
  • Sally Welham - 'This is an excellent debut novel all about secrets.  It has twists and turns and it makes you realise how easy it is to judge by a popular concept.'
  • Debbie Wood - 'A real page turner with some twists and surprises. Loved this debut book by Sarah Hilary.'
  • Joan Sidwell  - 'there are many twists and turns, everyone has secrets and slowly the secrets are revealed, with devastating results...Is this book a one off or will there be a sequel or further books with DI Marnie Rome? I certainly hope so.'
  • Mary Gibson - 'I enjoyed this novel very much, though found some scenes quite shocking.  The pace of the novel keeps the reader hooked to the end.'
  • Rachel Hall - 'Fast paced, punchy chapters keep you gripped from start to finish.  Needless to say I loved every moment of it!  I am salivating ahead of the next Marnie Rome novel by Sarah Hilary and all I can say it thank goodness this author has been discovered!'
  • Alan Gee - 'Unfortunately I didn't enjoy Someone Else’s Skin all that much.  I did, though, finish it and by the end did want to find out how it all turned out.'
  • Tracey Poulter - 'This is a debut novel but has the tone and feel of an established writer and makes you hope that it is the start of a series.'

Someone Else's Skin Press Reviews

Further Praise for Someone Else's Skin.

 

'It's meaty, dark and terrifying. Unflinchingly violent and beautifully big-hearted in equal measure. And Sarah's writing is glorious - she tells us things in new ways, gives us a fully fleshed, sensual world to inhabit for the novel' -- Julia Crouch

 

'I think it must be one of the debut novels of next year, if not THE debut novel... (It will be if there is any justice in the world!)' -- Caro Ramsay

 

'Intelligently and fluently written with a clever plot and an energetic pace, dealing with harrowing topics and shot through with humanity, I think Sarah's onto a winning series and I really look forward to reading the next instalment' -- Cath Staincliffe

 

'It's written with the verve and assurance of a future star and deserves to be a big hit -- Steven Dunne It has such pace and force. It's very disturbing and builds up to a terrific climax' -- Helen Dunmore

 

'I finished it today and it's completely brilliant, complex, thrilling, brutal, tender, scary and intriguing. What a great book. The pacing is superb, the plot is compelling, the characters are so well drawn. The ending is ingenious' -- Richard Jones of Bristol Review of Books

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781472207685
Publication date: 27/02/2014
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472207685
Publication date: 27th February 2014
Author: Sarah Hilary
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary's debut novel SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015. It was the Observer's Book of the Month ('superbly disturbing'), a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, and has been published worldwide. NO OTHER DARKNESS and TASTES LIKE FEAR continue the DI Marnie Rome series with QUIETER THAN KILLING to follow in early 2017. Sarah lives in Bath. Sarah lives in Bath. Sarah Hilary is our Putting Authors in the Picture feature for October 2018. Click here to read more about her author journey on our blog.   Author photo © Linda Nylind

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