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- Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (24 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494502852
- ISBN-13: 978-1494502850
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,449,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Someone Else's Skin (Detective Inspector Marnie Rome) Audio CD – Audiobook, 24 Jun 2014
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A cracking good thriller, tense and unpredictable (Richard Madeley Richard and Judy Book Club)
This crime novel is excellent at unexpected twists (Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book Club)
A stunning debut (Mark Billingham)
A slick, stylish debut. And one that certainly got under my skin (Sharon Bolton, author of NOW YOU SEE ME)
This is a corker: twisty, tricksy and, on occasion, seriously scary (Observer)
I absolutely loved it. One of the best crime novels - not just debuts - I've read for ages (Martyn Waites)
An impressive debut... The book's central theme is domestic violence, which Hilary handles unflinchingly with force and passion. DI Rome is an appealing creation (The Times)
So brilliantly put together, unflinching without ever being gratuitous and I love the way Sarah writes - every other page has a line I wish I'd thought of myself. It's the best crime debut I've ever read and deserves to be MASSIVE (Erin Kelly)
A thrilling debut (Express magazine)
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)
It's a simply superb read - dark and thrilling (Sun)
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)
A thinking woman's whodunit (Irish Examiner)
It has such pace and force. It's very disturbing and builds up to a terrific climax (Helen Dunmore)
There's a tough new female detective on the block - Marnie Rome . . . [this] unflinching tale which will get under everyone's skin (Daily Mirror)
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)
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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Winner of the Theakston's 2015 Crime Novel of the Year, and a 2014 Richard and Judy Book Club pick. SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN has been acclaimed as 'stunning' by Mark Billingham and 'superbly disturbing' by the Observer. Introducing DI Marnie Rome, this powerful novel that will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The novel begins with Marnie and Jake visiting a women's refuge to speak to one of the women in the hope of persuading her to act as a witness in a current case. Let's just say, because I don't want to give anything away, what they discover at the refuge leads them into a series of shocking events with far reaching consequences particularly for Marnie, who already has enough demons in her past.
There are some nicely worked angles around control and manipulation highlighting how abuse works on many levels, not just the physical, and Sarah Hillary does her best to keep it real. I could believe in these women and their situation. There was a point when I understood exactly where the plot was heading but I remained gripped through to the ending.
Any negatives?. The only weakness, and this is just a personal opinion, was the involvement of a male police officer in the initial stages of coaxing the female victim of male brutality to help the police. That just didn't work for me, however; I will certainly look for this author again in the future and I'm happy to recommend.
It starts off with Marnie Rome visiting her parents house, where her parents have been killed, Wow what an opening for a book, you just know if it's kicking off with something like that, it can only get better. And Yes it does. And then Better and then some more.
I keep saying I am not giving too much away in my review, and don't believe I have given anything away as this is the opener for the book, It tells you this in the blurb.
We then Jump forward 5 years.
And DI Marnie Rome and her Partner DS Noah Jake have a case to solve, and visit a woman refuge, where what seemed like a simple straight forward speak to someone, turns out to be nothing like straight forward. We are thrown again into yet more murder, and this is when you just know you are going to struggle to put this book down.
A brilliant, gripping read. Keeps your attention all the way through.
And having only just read it, I am now so so ready for more from this author. I think she has written a fantastic book here, and I really look forward to reading more from this superb author.
I had seen quite a few great reviews on this book, and some fellow bloggers were raving about it. So I had to read it, and I'm so so glad that i did. I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a paperback copy of this book.
I have since bought the book on Kindle so my Mother could read it, as I know she will also enjoy it.
I did have a couple of gripes about the book. It was a little repetitive at times, especially with the questioning of the women in the refuge. My main thing though was the refuge itself. I don't know anything about refuges really, but I was surprised when the main member of staff there was a man, Ed. I would have thought that women arriving at a refuge would generally have been so traumatised that it would have taken a long time for them to be able to be in the company of any man, and that staff would have been female. For the same reason, I found it a bit weird that Marnie took Noah with her to the refuge, and not another female officer.
That having been said, this really is a cracking read, a complex and thought provoking tale filled with suspense and action, and I am looking forward to the author's next book.
After the first few lines, I fell into Someone Else’s Skin and down the scary rabbit hole with the willingness of a trusting child. I'm hard to scare but the author extracted enough bug-eyed moments from me to convince me that this book marks a new era in crime novel writing.
DI Marnie Rome, the main protagonist, is different. Without being a ‘maverick’ or any other kind of stereotype, frankly, she settles onto the page like someone you might know. Even her backstory, unusual & harrowing as it is, sits well on the page and you accept it. You accept her. She’s the new cop on the block and she takes no prisoners. And yet she is satisfyingly normal, with enough vulnerability to make us carry on liking her.
The setting is a women’s refuge, largely unexplored in fiction (to my knowledge) and while the author deals with the inherent issues sensitively, she pulls no punches. She touches on other horrors too, including the evil that is FGM.
This is a cleverly conceived story; the characters perfectly drawn. Marnie Rome’s relationships with her colleagues feel real. As does her empathy for the women she comes into such intimate and distressing contact with. The short chapters work brilliantly. They run like a film, each scene is a snapshot that embeds itself, urges you on, keeps you up well past the witching hour. I found it hard to put down. When the twist came it was like a knife. It came out of left field and I wanted to hate it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book took the reader through a difficult story of abuse and power. Throughout there are hints at the past Of DI Rome, something that appealed to me; as if we had joined her... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've recently heard a lot of very good things about Sarah Hilary and the DI Marnie Rome series, and as a result when I started this book I was slightly apprehensive due to the hype... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Gilbster
I started off really enjoying this book and was quite upset reading the one and two star reviews, but the more I read the less I liked it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Archie
Great start to the series....well rounded character's.
Truly moving subject.
I love it when I find a new series to really get my teeth into and delighted to find it here with DI Marnie Rome and her DS Noah Jakes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tracy Fells
This was a gritty story. The subject matter was Dark but I think Sarah Hillary handled it well. Some readers may feel uncomfortable with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer