Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Someone Else's Skin

“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…”


Thank you to Sam Eades and Headline for sending me a copy of Some One Else’s Skin to read and review.

I give * * * stars to Somone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary.

Overall, I found this crime thriller a little slow and I never connected with the main character, Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. The idea of the story of domestic violence and based in a woman’s refuge is a good one, but I felt it was a little disjointed and difficult to keep up with the ever changing situations and many characters.

Past and present are woven together as we progress and D.I. Rome deals with her own harrowing personal events of years ago which I did find interesting whilst in the present we read of two current cases weaving together and needing a resolution.  I liked Rome’s colleague, Noah, as he had his own issues and had to deal with a fairly harrowing incident whilst trying to resolve the crimes that had happened at the refuge.

A good read but sadly for me, not a great one and certainly not the Crime Debut of 2014. In my opinion, it just wasn’t thrilling enough but opinions certainly differ. I would certainly still purchase another Sarah Hilary read.

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Sarah Hilary lives in Bath, where she writes quirky copy for a well-loved travel publisher. She’s also worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. An award-winning short story writer, Sarah won the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012. She is currently working on her third Marnie Rome novel. Her first novel, SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN, was published in 2014. Her second, NO OTHER DARKNESS, will be published in early 2015.

You can find Sarah on twitter @sarah_hilary