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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....

©2014 Sarah Hilary (P)2014 Headline Digital

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I Love Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 April 2015
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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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 April 2015
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A terrible crime has been committed, a man left for dead. DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are determined to put away the culprit for good and to do that they need the support of his sister, a young woman now recovering in a women's refuge from a violent assault. But Rome and Jake arrive at the refuge just in time to prevent an assault from becoming murder. A man has been stabbed by his wife. Violence has once again found these women and the repercussions will be shocking. However, Marnie Rome knows all about bloody crime. Five years ago an act took place that changed her entire life for good and its ramifications are still keenly felt and can't help but affect her handling of this case, perhaps even helping her.

Recently, I had the good fortune to read No Other Darkness, the second Rome novel by Sarah Hilary which is published later this April (review to follow). I loved it and was glad of the opportunity to work backwards and read Sarah's highly acclaimed debut Someone Else's Skin. My initial reluctance to read this novel had been because of its subject matter - domestic violence. This is one of those themes that I prefer to avoid. But having discovered how fine a writer Sarah Hilary is and wanting to learn more about DI Marnie Rome, I was ready to put this stumbling block behind me. I'm so glad I did.

For half of Someone Else's Skin we may well believe that we know where it is heading. We have been drawn into the stories of the women in the refuge and we care deeply for Marnie Rome as she works through her feelings for the tragedy in her own life, finally establishing some kind of relationship with those around her who care for her.
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