Monday, 24 March 2014

" Someone Else's Skin " by Sarah Hilary - Review and INT Giveaway!

I received a copy of this book from in return for an honest review........

Detective Inspector Marnie Rome has seen plenty of murder and mayhem in her life, both professionally and personally.  When she is assigned a case involving an honour based crime, it brings more than she had bargained for.  Herself and DS Noah Jake find themselves at the centre of an attempted murder in a women's refuge. Someone is not telling the truth and the witnesses are all abused women with plenty of experience at keeping secrets.  Too many loose ends make for uneasy feelings for Marnie and she begins her search for answers.

This debut novel from Sarah Hilary is high class crime fiction.  DI Rome is a new character with buckets of potential for follow up novels.  Her sidekick, DS Jake, is the calmer of the two and together they are a team to be reckoned with.  The partnership works really well and the reader is not given too much backround information, paving the way for further insight at a later stage.

The writing is razor sharp and the use of short sentences, throughout the novel, gives it a snappy pace that makes you want to keep turning those pages.  Some hard-hitting topics make a great plot, with domestic violence, racism, homophobia and foster care all getting a look in.
The violence is described in depth and has a gritty feel without it seeming to be an attempt at shock tactics.  Unfortunately, we live in a world where such violence exists and we can't hide from that fact.  I did see how the story was heading fairly early on in the book, but this didn't take away any of the enjoyment.  The characters are sufficiently different to avoid the usual stereotypes of the crime thriller genre; no aging alcoholic detective with an ex wife who couldn't stand being married to the job, or young rookie cop with a plan to change the ways of the police force.  This is a modern novel, with a crisp approach.  It would be a great TV series and I have no doubt that we will hear more from DI Marnie Rome in the near future.........


Someone Else's Skin is published by Headline and is available in paperback and ebook format.

Headline have kindly supplied a copy of Someone Else's Skin as a giveaway and I am opening it Internationally.  Just enter via Rafflecopter below : a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats to @mell_61, the winner of this giveaway!!!!


  1. Great giveaway Margaret and sounds like a great book

  2. Forgot to answer the question my favourite crime author is a James Oswald

  3. It's Stieg Larsson! There was a time when I was obsessed with his Milenium series. World of literature lost so much when he passed away:( Thanks for the fab giveaway hun, would be over the moon to get a chance to read Sarah's book. XX

  4. Lisa Gardenr,Cynthia Eden :)

  5. I've heard so much about this one. Great post - thanks!

  6. Michael Connelly is my fave crime thriller author!


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