Book Review: Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

SomeoneElsesSkinWhat’s it about?BBC 2014

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…

My thoughts

Here’s another book that I’d had on my TBR pile for a long time before I finally picked it up.

The book starts off with an investigation into a guy missing his hand and the grevious assault on a young woman and the family behind these acts. As this is going on a stabbing occurs and then becomes the main focus of the book. Be aware, there are some quite detailed torture and violent scenes which might not sit well with some readers.

I found part 1 quite slow: setting all the scenes, the background and all the character’s back stories (there’s a lot going on) but the pace stepped up in part 2 but the chapters are short and sharp which I liked.

The time line is split spanning the present to 5 five years ago with various storylines running through other than the Proctor stabbing highlighting Rome’s history, Rome’s partner Noah and the plot surrounding  Ayana. Seems like all the characters will need some kind of therapy!

I didn’t really connect with Marnie, she has a harsh exterior but also an air of vulnerability about her for which I empathised with her and what happened to her parents but I couldn’t understand and get my head round her wanting to continue the relationship with Stephen. And! why oh why did she go visit Stuke on her own, I swear there must be police guidance against that sort of thing – quite a maverick and movie-esque attitude that rang untrue.

It’s a unique and different setting mostly in the women’s refuge with the main theme of domestic violence and it just goes to show you never really know what goes on behind closed doors. There’s a particularly good twist that was very cleverly constructed and I didn’t see coming.

Overall I wouldn’t have pegged it as crime debut of the year but it’s a promising start for what looks to be a new crime series starring D.I Marnie Rome. It took me 10 days to read this book which is double the time of my usual read, so what does that say…I’m just not sure if I’ll pick up the next one.

Thanks to the publishers Headline for sending me a copy via Bookbridgr.

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1 Comment

  1. October 19, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    On my tbr too Lindsay. I haven’t been in the mood for crime (it’s not something I read a lot of anyway).

    Enjoyed reading your review.

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