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...
I'd been really looking forward to reading Sarah Hilary's debut book Someone Else's Skin ever since I first heard about it last year so when I saw that it was available to download on NetGalley I immediately requested a copy to review and I wasn't disappointed.
When DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake turn up at a women's shelter to talk to one of the residents as a witness, the last thing they expected was to be caught up in a whole different situation entirely to the one they were initially investigating. But things are not quite as straightforward as they at first appear and they soon find themselves stretched to breaking point as they investigate the two crimes at the same time...
The central character, Marnie Rome, is an interesting one as she has her own demons that she is battling with but she doesn't let them stop her doing her job. She and Noah make a great team, although he too has own issues to contend with, as they both work tirelessly to get to the answers they need. They are very much a Ying and Yang partnership, two very different people with qualities that compliment each other perfectly.
Sarah Hilary certainly didn't shirk away from tackling some difficult subject matters which are often taboo in our society such as domestic violence, witness intimidation and discrimination, which is why I found this such a compelling read.
An excellent debut in what looks to be a promising new series from an exciting new author, roll on book 2 in the series next year... bring on more Marnie Rome!