The Recently Read posts are not typical book reviews. As a writer, I do not believe I should be reviewing the hard work of other writers. These posts are simply books I have recently read and enjoyed and will share with you. They will not always be crime books as I am trying to widen my reading selection. I hope you enjoy some of these with me.
Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary
DI Marnie Rome knows this better than most. Five years ago, her family home was a shocking and bloody crimescene. Now, she’s tackling a case of domestic violence, and a different brand of victim.
Hope Proctor stabbed her husband in desperate self-defence. A crowd of witnesses saw it happen. But as the violence spirals, engulfing the residents of the women’s shelter, Marnie finds herself drawn into familiar territory. A place where the past casts long shadows and she must tread carefully to survive.
This book has not yet been released. It’s release date is 27th February 2014. I was lucky enough to get a proof copy in my Theakstons crime goody bag at Harrogate last weekend. (Yes, this should be the last you hear about that weekend!) It was the first book out of the pile of books I brought home and I’m so glad it was. I’m just sorry that I’ve finished it now and I have to wait so long for DI Marnie Rome book two.
Hilary’s style is enthralling. She captures you in the scene and holds you there effortlessly. Her words flow and her characters breath right there in front of you. The attention to detail is beautiful. I loved DI Marnie Rome and the entire team behind her. Commander Welland, though not a major character is wonderfully drawn. It’s so clear, you can picture him clearly and even feel the heat emanate from his office!
The opening scene is stunning. Set five years in the past it gives you the driver behind a lot of Rome’s emotions and actions and the repercussions continue to thrive through her life.
The here and now chapters are equally as gripping and Hilary keeps the pace moving. You can’t help but keep turning the pages. She throws in twists and shocks in such a believable manner that I couldn’t put this book down. I can’t say too much about the story without giving away plot spoilers, but what I can say, is that I really can’t wait for the next book Hilary produces.