Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary
Published by Headline
28th August 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 goes on below the surface. Because Marnie has secrets she won't share with anyone.
But then so do most people 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 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 to disguise who they really are beneath their skin.
If Marnie is going to find the truth, she will have to face hr own demons head on. It's time for secrets to be revealed...
This cracking debut novel by Sarah Hilary really paces along. As the blurb says, Detectives Rome and Jake go to visit a women's refuge shelter on an interview basis, only to witness one of the residents stab her estranged husband. But how did he even get in, and where did the knife come from? What made this terrified woman attack her husband. The other women don't want to talk, and it's going to take more than detective work to figure this out.
Then a resident disappears from the shelter and no one knows what is going on. Who is sitting in the car outside the shelter at all hours of the day and night watching? Rome and Noah are going to have to pull together as a team to work this one out, despite the fact that Rome's mind isn't totally on the job as it's the five year anniversary of her parents' murder - by her foster brother!
This is a really good crime novel, with a fabulous twist at the end of part one that I didn't see coming, and it ends with a dramatic climax! If you love crime novels, then I recommend the Marnie Rome series - I'm waiting for book two already!
Sarah Hilary will be 'in conversation with' Miss Chapter very soon - and with a giveaway of this very book!