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No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

No Other Darkness

Part of the D.I. Marnie Rome Series
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May 2015 eBook of the Month.

An amazingly touching and immensely sad tale, we have DI Marnie Rome of Someone Else’s Skin investigating her second case after the bodies of two boys are found in a bunker. This is a brilliant story, beautifully written and near impossible to put down, the tale though gets very sinister indeed. Excellent stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'Sarah Hilary is exceptional. She’s a crime author who understands that darkness can lie at the heart of us all. An author who’s compassionate about the world in which we live and wants to reveal the broken reality that sadly exists for some of us. I was thrilled with the amazing reaction to Sarah’s first novel, Someone Else's Skin, and with No Other Darkness I feel that Sarah has surpassed herself.

It’s the intricate tale of two young boys and how their bodies came to be found in a London garden. It’s about the love that binds families, revenge and how everyone has choices to make. From the first page it’s harrowing and emotional – I cry every time that I read the final chapters of the novel such is the power of Sarah’s words and her ability to make you care about her characters – but it’s ultimately redemptive. I urge you all to read it, I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do.' - Vicki Mellor, Deputy Publishing Director at Headline

If you like Sarah Hilary you might also like to read books by Helen Fitzgerald, Cath Staincliffe and Alex Marwood.

Reader Reviews

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

  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'Heartbreaking, gripping...DI Marnie Rome is one to watch. She will take her place among the great fictional detectives.'
  • Rachel Aygin - 'Eerily creepy but totally riveting, the plot had me hooked right from the start...The characterisation is outstanding, giving the reader a tantalising insight into the minds of the main characters.'
  • Linda Benner - 'An enthralling novel. I read it with bated breath...This is a truly readable book for crime fans, though, with the author's excellent research and descriptive talent, it may not suit more sensitive readers.'
  • Melanie Rose - 'Thrilling page-turner...Nice to have short chapters but "I'll just read one more chapter" turns into several as this is definitely a book you don't want to put down.'
  • Lindsey Whittle - 'This is really good. Tightly plotted, with a couple of twists I didn’t expect after the resolution of the crime.  Chapters are short, but each one moves the story along.'
  • Brigitte Colwell - ' Filled with all the ingredients of a great crime novel...An excellent read, complex, intelligent and thought provoking, this author is definitely one to follow.'
  • Joan Hill - 'Sarah Hilary has a terrific talent in this genre. She portrays the truth of families torn apart by secrets with a gritty reality, exposing the very core of their torture and trauma.'
  • Suzanne Bellingham - 'This is the second case...after Someone Else's Skin and is just as good, you don't need to have read her first case but it helps explain a few things in her second.'
  • Arlene Davidson - 'I really enjoyed this book! Gripping storyline with lots of twists and turns!...At times the story is grim and can be quite graphic.'
  • Reba Khatun - 'A gripping thriller from the very first page. The short chapters are easy and quick to read.  It was hard to put this book down.'
  • Tracey Poulter - '. It is not a book for the faint-hearted. Marnie is a three dimensional detective and her past helps her to identify with victims as well as having the determination to see a case through.'
  • Linda Birt - 'We have a new crime writer who is in a league of her own.'
  • Celeste McCreesh - 'I think it's even better than Sarah Hilary's debut. I didn't just like it, I absolutely LOVED it.'
  • Marion McCaffery - 'The author has pulled together a story that is not only intriguing but has well rounded characters that you can empathise with or, in some cases, complete despise.'
  • Andrea Dean - 'a thoroughly enthralling book...Please do not miss out on this new series of crime fiction.'
  • Cherrill Deans - 'This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, one that investigates tortured minds and the darker side of human nature.'
  • Judi Davies - 'A very different kind of thriller. Great plot, believable characters and quite a few twists and turns. Disturbing themes, particularly as the plot involves children, but a great read!'
  • Nicola Cooper - 'This book was a great thriller with lots of twists and each subject handled delicately covering murder, relationships, mental health and new identities.  Highly recommended!!  Superb.'

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

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No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

From the Richard and Judy bestselling author Sarah Hilary. The phenomenal Marnie Rome returns in the outstanding follow up to the critically acclaimed SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN. 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...


'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


'A stunning debut' Mark Billingham

'A slick, stylish debut. And one that certainly got under my skin' Sharon Bolton 'A truly engrossing read from an exceptional new talent. Hilary writes with a beguiling immediacy that pulls you straight into her world on the first page and leaves you bereft when you finish. Intelligent, emotional and totally unexpected in terms of where it goes. I truly loved this book' Alex Marwood

About the Author

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.

Author photo © Linda Nylind

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23rd April 2015


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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


432 pages


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