Author(s): Sarah Hilary
Crime Fiction | No Category
A Richard and Judy Book Club title. Devastating, brilliant and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN is the crime debut of the year. Called to a woman's refuge to take a routine witness statement, DI Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder. Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, Marnie finds herself confronting her own demons. Because she, of all people, knows that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most ...
Introducing DI Marnie Rome, SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN is a deeply powerful novel that will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder.
Winner of Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015.
A cracking good thriller, tense and unpredictable -- Richard Madeley Richard and Judy Book Club This crime novel is excellent at unexpected twists -- Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book Club A stunning debut -- Mark Billingham A slick, stylish debut. And one that certainly got under my skin -- Sharon Bolton, author of NOW YOU SEE ME This is a corker: twisty, tricksy and, on occasion, seriously scary Observer I absolutely loved it. One of the best crime novels - not just debuts - I've read for ages -- Martyn Waites An impressive debut... The book's central theme is domestic violence, which Hilary handles unflinchingly with force and passion. DI Rome is an appealing creation The Times So brilliantly put together, unflinching without ever being gratuitous and I love the way Sarah writes - every other page has a line I wish I'd thought of myself. It's the best crime debut I've ever read and deserves to be MASSIVE -- Erin Kelly A thrilling debut Express magazine A truly engrossing read from an exceptional new talent. Hilary writes with a beguiling immediacy that pulls you straight into her world on the first page and leaves you bereft when you finish. Intelligent, emotional and totally unexpected in terms of where it goes. I truly loved this book -- Alex Marwood It's a simply superb read - dark and thrilling Sun It's meaty, dark and terrifying. Unflinchingly violent and beautifully big-hearted in equal measure. And Sarah's writing is glorious - she tells us things in new ways, gives us a fully fleshed, sensual world to inhabit for the novel -- Julia Crouch A thinking woman's whodunit Irish Examiner It has such pace and force. It's very disturbing and builds up to a terrific climax -- Helen Dunmore There's a tough new female detective on the block - Marnie Rome ... [this] unflinching tale which will get under everyone's skin Daily Mirror I think it must be one of the debut novels of next year, if not THE debut novel... (It will be if there is any justice in the world!) -- Caro Ramsay Intelligently and fluently written with a clever plot and an energetic pace, dealing with harrowing topics and shot through with humanity, I think Sarah's onto a winning series and I really look forward to reading the next instalment -- Cath Staincliffe It's written with the verve and assurance of a future star and deserves to be a big hit -- Steven Dunne I finished it today and it's completely brilliant, complex, thrilling, brutal, tender, scary and intriguing. What a great book. The pacing is superb, the plot is compelling, the characters are so well drawn. The ending is ingenious -- Richard Jones of Bristol Review of Books
Sarah Hilary lives in Bath with her husband and daughter, where she writes quirky copy for a well-loved travel publisher. She's also worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. An award-winning short story writer, Sarah won the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012. SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN is her first novel. Follow Sarah on Twitter at @Sarah_Hilary