I was sent this one for review via bookbridgr and the publisher, Headline.
Horror is not one of regular genres, but this one is about some weird virus thing that is wiping out the population – totally up my alley! It sounds like a perfect scary October read and is published on 8 October 2015. Watch out for a review coming soon!
Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary Published by Headline on 28 August 2014 Copy received for review from the publisher via bookbridgr.com
From Goodreads: 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…
First of all, let it be known that I am a huge fan of the Crime Fiction drama. If I could only read one genre for the rest of my life, I would probably choose Crime Fiction. So it was with some excitement that I received this novel for review, the first in what will hopefully be a long and thrilling series by Sarah Hilary!
It is quite difficult to say much about this book without giving away the plot. It is a gritty and cruel piece of fiction with a believable twist (take note Gone Girl fans!) that I did not see coming. The women in the refuge are a sad and desperate group screaming out for your empathy. DI Rome herself is a woman struggling to come to terms with a tragic past and at times I just wanted to give her a hug (though I’m not sure she would appreciate it!). My one little niggle is something silly … it really annoys me when police officers go off on their own, putting themselves into situations you just know are not going to end well. Don’t they ever learn?!
The book contains some fairly graphic and descriptively gruesome violent scenes, but this just adds to the grittiness of the novel. Several different plot lines weave together to create an intriguing and memorable debut and I am waiting impatiently for the second instalment in this series. Hurry up Sarah Hilary! A glowing 4 stars.