Someone Else’s Skin
Paperback: 352 pages
27 Feb, 2014
It is always refreshing to come across new authors, particularly when they are clearly as talented as Sarah Hilary whose first full-length novel, Someone Else’s Skin, is up there with the very best of them.
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.
As an accomplished short story writer, it isn’t difficult to see why Sarah Hilary has won so many awards, given that her prose are so tightly woven, her descriptions precise to the point of clinical and the relentless pace with which she recounts proceedings.
Added to this is the depth with which she manages to imbue in her characters so that never do they come across as stereotypical but rather as dynamically formed individuals with flaws and attributes that can be seen to be as realistic as they are disturbing. Not least of which being Marine Rome herself who, unquestionably, will soon be as well recognised as any female fictional detective currently at home on the bookshops of the world.
Gritty, thought provoking, disquieting and above all richly compelling, Someone Else’s Skin is destined to be one of the most talked about crime thrillers of the year.