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Someone Else's Skin: Introducing Detective Inspector Marnie Rome Audio CD – Unabridged, 24 June 2014
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Sarah Hilary writes copy for a well-known travel publisher. She has also worked as a bookseller and with the Royal Navy. An award-winning short story writer, she won the Cheshire Prize for Literature. Sarah lives in Bath, England.
Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated many audiobooks, earning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.
- ASIN : B08XZDSNM3
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (24 June 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200039234
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
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Hilary introduces us to Rome in a crime scene involving a stabbing from five years ago - one that was personal. Fast forward to present day. Rome and her partner are heading to a women's shelter to interview a witness. But when they arrive, they walk in on a murder - a stabbing. The eight women in the shelter all saw something, but none of their stories match. Who is telling the truth? Why would anyone lie? What secrets do these women have?
Great premise, great characters. Rome is a strong female lead - smart and preferring to operate on her own terms - sometimes to her detriment. The past effects her view of the present and she often makes judgement calls with those memories colouring her decisions - not always the wisest move. Rome's partner, DS Jake is a great character as well - not a cookie cutter supporting character. He has his own back story and plays a major role in this first book
I thought I had a good inkling of where Hilary was taking her story, but she offered up more than one twist that changed the direction of the story. Her exploration of domestic abuse and our perceptions and misconceptions of this crime are thought provoking. Racism and homophobia are also up for discussion.
Hilary's writing is sharp, the dialogue believable, the investigation flawed enough to keep things moving forward and the reader interested and the final chapters are an action filled finale - all adding up to a cracking good read. See for yourself - read an excerpt of Someone Else's Skin.
In the author's notes at the end of the book, Hilary thanks her agent 'who refused to let the slush pile have me." My thanks to her agent as well - I really enjoyed this character and Hilary's writing. I'll be watching for the second in the series - No Other Darkness - due out in the UK in Spring of 2015.
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After the first few lines, I fell into Someone Else’s Skin and down the scary rabbit hole with the willingness of a trusting child. I'm hard to scare but the author extracted enough bug-eyed moments from me to convince me that this book marks a new era in crime novel writing.
DI Marnie Rome, the main protagonist, is different. Without being a ‘maverick’ or any other kind of stereotype, frankly, she settles onto the page like someone you might know. Even her backstory, unusual & harrowing as it is, sits well on the page and you accept it. You accept her. She’s the new cop on the block and she takes no prisoners. And yet she is satisfyingly normal, with enough vulnerability to make us carry on liking her.
The setting is a women’s refuge, largely unexplored in fiction (to my knowledge) and while the author deals with the inherent issues sensitively, she pulls no punches. She touches on other horrors too, including the evil that is FGM.
This is a cleverly conceived story; the characters perfectly drawn. Marnie Rome’s relationships with her colleagues feel real. As does her empathy for the women she comes into such intimate and distressing contact with. The short chapters work brilliantly. They run like a film, each scene is a snapshot that embeds itself, urges you on, keeps you up well past the witching hour. I found it hard to put down. When the twist came it was like a knife. It came out of left field and I wanted to hate it. And then I got it and it was down another rabbit hole and into a brilliantly conjured, almost other story.The last scene brought me to tears and I don’t think that has ever happened to me reading a crime thriller.
Huge kudos to Sarah Hilary for not only writing a book that held me spellbound but for tackling some vital issues we have to care about.
This introduction to Marnie Rome and Noah Jake is blinking brilliant. Marnie has a hard past, a past that she can’t decide whether to embrace or destroy. She throws herself into her work as it’s the only way she can cope and on doing so forgets to let people in. Noah, man I love Noah, he is Marnie’s partner, he is Jamaican and he is gay and he is badass. He has to deal with rubbish from Carling another officer in the team, Carling who thinks he is such a macho man he misses glaringly obvious clues when faced with them.
The book is split into two parts. Part 1, you have the build-up to Hope Proctor, the victim, in a woman refuge who has stabbed her husband when he somehow got into the refuge. Ayana, a woman on the run from her family suspects something is wrong with the stabbing that took place, and then she goes missing. Then Hope goes missing with Simone another woman in the refuge. What is going on?!
Part 2 and it all goes bat shit crazy! When you have a reveal and I suspected it was coming, still rocked me. Although I suspected it, I still didn’t think it would happen! Wow! Now I am on edge, now I don’t know what to think and now I am scared for Rome and Jake!
I finally have survived the book, I am now left needing the second book straight away. I am left with an open ending but I also need to read something light and fluffy to get rid of some of that darkness that got under my skin. It is a terrific book but it’s dark and harrowing and messed up! I know I’ve read it now but it’s going down for my 2020 book contender for sure! I need to get more of Marnie in my life, I need more of her story. I need more Noah. I need more answers!!!!!!
I can’t believe I haven’t read this one before and that it’s taken me so long to get there. But I am here now and I’m carrying on my journey!
During the course of an investigation Marnie and her partner, Detective Sergeant Noah Jakes visit a women’s shelter to interview a resident and walk into an attempted murder. Hope Proctor has stabbed her husband, Leo, in self-defence. Witnessed by several of the residents, yet they have differing accounts of the attack. And the big question is, how did Leo get into the shelter in the first place, when the building was supposed to be secure at all times. It was only by chance that Marnie and Noah were there. They wanted to interview Ayana Mirza about her brother who is wanted in connection with a serious assault.
Domestic violence is at the heart of the story; between couples and families who commit appalling acts in the name of honour, with the added horrors of female genital mutilation, homophobia and racism. It makes uncomfortably dark reading in parts. There are several threads playing out simultaneously, which overlap and capture the attention as they unfold.
This is a really good, skilfully written debut novel with a compelling, believable story line, realistic dialogue and credible characters. The narrative takes several unexpected and shocking turns. The pace doesn’t slow and the plot becomes ever more complicated, the reader only finding out the plot points when they are revealed to Marnie and her team as they work through the investigation. A quintessential police procedural, chasing the truth.
Marnie Rome is a strong and complex female lead with a dark past which has a huge impact on her character and the way she works. I think there’s a lot of potential for her and much more to learn, which is how it should work with a series. I enjoyed Noah’s character too. He’s Jamaican and gay, and has obstacles of his own to overcome. A more reserved personality than Marnie, but just as dependable, and has a great deal of respect for Marnie’s experience and knowledge. They work well together. Marnie also has support and a burgeoning relationship with psychologist Ed Belloc, who is connected to the refuge.
Look forward to following up with book two.
DI Marnie Rome knows this better than most. Five years ago, her family home was the scene of a shocking and bloody crime that left her parents dead and her foster brother in prison. Marnie doesn’t talk much about her personal life, preferring to focus on work. Not even her partner, DS Noah Jake, knows much about Marnie’s past. Though as one of the few gay officers on the force and half Jamaican to boot, Noah’s not one to overshare about his private life either. Now Marnie and Noah are tackling a case of domestic violence, and a different brand of victim.
Hope Proctor stabbed her husband in desperate self-defense. A crowd of witnesses in the domestic violence shelter where she’s staying saw it happen, but none of them are telling quite the same story, and the simple question remains: how did Leo Proctor get in to the secure shelter? Marnie and Noah shouldn’t even have been there when it happened but they were interviewing another resident, Ayana Mirza. They’re trying to get Ayana to testify against her brothers for pouring bleach on her face for bringing dishonor to the family, and blinding her in one eye. But Ayana knows that her brothers are looking for her, and she has no doubt that they’ll kill her this time.
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.
The stories of domestic violence and so-called "honour" abuse are chilling in their credibility. The psychological damage as vivid and horrific as the physical for some of the victims and yet there are also surprising strengths shown too.