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  • Audio CD
  • 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)

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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.

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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.

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Someone Else's Skin was a better read than I expected. There are so many crime thrillers around and the majority run so close to formula it can feel as though you've already the book. This novel, I'm happy to say, doesn't conform to the 'usual' and has a gripping plot set around domestic violence. Sarah Hillary isn't a timid writer, she doesn't hold back on themes of violence but; she writes them well and keeps them relevant to the plot. I found the refuge situation well evoked and investigating officers DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are well thought through and mostly believable characters.

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.
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This book kicks off brilliantly and carries on that way the whole way through.
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.
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By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2014
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This is a very good read, introducing a new detective pair DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake.The story starts when the duo visit a battered women's refuge to try and persuade one of the residents to act as witness in a current case but they walk in on a very dramatic, scary situation. I don't want to say any more about the plot, so as not to spoil the read for someone else, but suffice to say that it centres around the theme of domestic violence, manipulation and control. Some way into the book I did grasp where the story was heading and as soon as my suspicions were confirmed, I was hooked completely. The characters were extremely well written and Marnie herself has a past which helped make this a detective story with a difference. The story is well paced and twists and turns with a healthy dose of shocks and surprises for the reader.

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.
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My read of choice is literary or contemporary fiction with a ghost story on the side. I love being lured though and I have a fondness for a good crime novel. Bring on the PD James and a bit of Ruth Rendell and I'm happy with a change of scene.

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.
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