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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
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Someone Else's Skin: D.I. Marnie Rome 1: Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year Audiobook – Unabridged
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During the course of an investigation Marnie and her partner, Detective Sergeant Noah Jakes visit a women’s shelter to interview a resident and walk into an attempted murder. Hope Proctor has stabbed her husband, Leo, in self-defence. Witnessed by several of the residents, yet they have differing accounts of the attack. And the big question is, how did Leo get into the shelter in the first place, when the building was supposed to be secure at all times. It was only by chance that Marnie and Noah were there. They wanted to interview Ayana Mirza about her brother who is wanted in connection with a serious assault.
Domestic violence is at the heart of the story; between couples and families who commit appalling acts in the name of honour, with the added horrors of female genital mutilation, homophobia and racism. It makes uncomfortably dark reading in parts. There are several threads playing out simultaneously, which overlap and capture the attention as they unfold.
This is a really good, skilfully written debut novel with a compelling, believable story line, realistic dialogue and credible characters. The narrative takes several unexpected and shocking turns. The pace doesn’t slow and the plot becomes ever more complicated, the reader only finding out the plot points when they are revealed to Marnie and her team as they work through the investigation. A quintessential police procedural, chasing the truth.
Marnie Rome is a strong and complex female lead with a dark past which has a huge impact on her character and the way she works. I think there’s a lot of potential for her and much more to learn, which is how it should work with a series. I enjoyed Noah’s character too. He’s Jamaican and gay, and has obstacles of his own to overcome. A more reserved personality than Marnie, but just as dependable, and has a great deal of respect for Marnie’s experience and knowledge. They work well together. Marnie also has support and a burgeoning relationship with psychologist Ed Belloc, who is connected to the refuge.
Look forward to following up with book two.
DI Marnie Rome knows this better than most. Five years ago, her family home was the scene of a shocking and bloody crime that left her parents dead and her foster brother in prison. Marnie doesn’t talk much about her personal life, preferring to focus on work. Not even her partner, DS Noah Jake, knows much about Marnie’s past. Though as one of the few gay officers on the force and half Jamaican to boot, Noah’s not one to overshare about his private life either. Now Marnie and Noah are tackling a case of domestic violence, and a different brand of victim.
Hope Proctor stabbed her husband in desperate self-defense. A crowd of witnesses in the domestic violence shelter where she’s staying saw it happen, but none of them are telling quite the same story, and the simple question remains: how did Leo Proctor get in to the secure shelter? Marnie and Noah shouldn’t even have been there when it happened but they were interviewing another resident, Ayana Mirza. They’re trying to get Ayana to testify against her brothers for pouring bleach on her face for bringing dishonor to the family, and blinding her in one eye. But Ayana knows that her brothers are looking for her, and she has no doubt that they’ll kill her this time.
As the violence spirals, engulfing the residents of the women's shelter, Marnie finds herself drawn into familiar territory: A place where the past casts long shadows and she must tread carefully to survive.