Review: Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

SeS-SHPublished by: Headline
ISBN: 1472207688
ISBN 13: 9781472207685
Published: February 2014
Pages: 416
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Three out of Five

Detective Inspector Marnie Rome and Detective Sergeant Noah Jake are investigating a case, when it suddenly turns into something much larger than they were expecting. An interview for a case has them discover a stabbed man lying on the floor, and things only get much more violent from there in, as they investigate the crime further. Deceit and secrets surround them, which only make it that much harder to get to the truth of the matter, all the while dealing with trials of their own – Rome’s tragic past, and Jake’s fight against prejudice and discrimination. 

Of course, in order to solve the crime both will have to deal with their own demons head on, and hopefully they’ll be able to do it in time.

This is Hilary’s first crime novel, and though it’s excellent as a debut as a whole, there are moment which make you notice that this is a debut. Lines such as Broken things were like bad mirrors; they gave out a peculiar light, like….catching sight of your face in a pail of milk spoiled by a thunderstorm.’ left me cold, and the start is slow and took me a while to get into – but thankfully it picks up to be a strong read, which is the most important factor. A good ending will save most books.

There are many different stories running along within the novel, which keep the pace fast and the reader enthralled easily. It’s a hard book to put down, a quick read, and a little too good to be considered an airport crime book, so it’s good on all counts.

Trigger warnings for domestic violence are something to note. Some will find parts a hard read. Overall it is handled well, and the violence is not gratuitous.

So far there doesn’t seem to be any information on the second in the series, but from the way its written, it seems like there’s more in store here. Hilary’s writing voice is strong, and can only get better from here – I’m sure the next in this series will be a great read, start to finish.


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