Sunday 8 December 2019


A couple from Sarah Hilary and the first two in her six book long Detective Inspector Marnie Rose series.

Sarah has a blog/website here

Both of these received nominations and prizes for awards:
Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015 Winner: Someone Else's Skin 
Macavity Awards Best First Book nominee (2015) : Someone Else's Skin
Barry Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2016) : No Other Darkness

For completists, the other books in her series are.....
3. Tastes Like Fear (2016)
4. Quieter Than Killing (2017)
5. Come and Find Me (2018)
6. Never Be Broken (2019)

Someone Else's Skin (2014)

Introducing DI Marnie Rome, Someone Else's Skin will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. Devastating, brilliant, and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, this is the crime debut of the year.

Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you....

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....

No Other Darkness (2015)

A mesmerising, gripping novel from the winner of the 2015 Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year for Someone Else's Skin. Perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Alex Marwood.

Two young boys. Trapped underground in a bunker.

Five years later, the boys' bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome's career begins. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them. For no-one has reported them missing - and it seems she is the only person to care.


  1. I've been wanting to read Someone Else's Skin since it came out, Col. it's been one of those books I keep meaning to try, and just...haven't yet. I'm very glad you reminded me of Hilary's writing, and I hope you'll enjoy these.

    1. Ha, something in common for us both to look forward to, Margot