No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary #Review

From the Richard and Judy bestselling author Sarah Hilary. The phenomenal Marnie Rome returns in the outstanding follow up to the critically acclaimed SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN.

Two young boys. Trapped underground in a bunker. Unable to understand why they are there. Desperate for someone to find them. Slowly realising that no-one will…

Five years later, the boys’ bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome’s career begins. Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them.

For Marnie, there is no other darkness than this…

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Not since Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones have I read a book that has made me cry from the very first page.

The subject matter is brave, and all too real. Two young boys, a troubled mother and a grieving father… not to mention DI Marnie Rome’s past coming back to haunt her in more ways than one.

Sarah Hilary is a special kind of writer. She has the ability to transport you right into the action, using all five senses. Dark places, dark minds and a main character who is fiercely determined, yet vulnerable enough to accept help when needed. She does things right and she commands respect. Her partner, DS Noah Jake, looks up to her and learns from her, giving the two a type of professional relationship not always seen in series crime, where there can be a reliance on quirks and wisecracks to make the pairing work.

In both Someone Else’s Skin, and in this eagerly awaited follow-up, the author is not scared to tackle the sensitive and devastating types of crime that affect so many; yet she delivers it beautifully in her stunning, poetic style. Everything down to the smallest of details is just right, thanks to careful observation and effortlessly perfect turns of phrase.

Heartbreaking and mesmerising. I can’t recommend this highly enough.

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Released 30th July. Available for pre-order. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.

2 thoughts on “No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary #Review

  1. I’ve had to delay reading this book, otherwise I’ll gobble it down. Great review Susi. I know what you mean about the banter between partners – I see it more in American crime fiction – one which springs to mind is Dave Robicheaux and ex-partner-turned-PI Clete Purcell; or Jonathan Kellerman’s Milo Sturgis and his psychologist mate Alex Delaware. Although neither examples are officially partners, they inevitably end up working together to solve crimes. (I suppose there’s Dalziel and Pascoe, or Morse and Lewis, here.) Is that a clue, of sorts, in your tags (post-partum psychosis?) This is one of the books I AM most looking forward to this year (and after reading a great review for Black Wood today, it’s another!)

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