Friday book review – Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Friday book review – Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Much to my surprise, I’ve become a big fan of crime fiction. Considering that I’m an out and out coward and hate anything gory, I can’t quite believe that I count the likes of Nicci French, Sophie Hannah and Mark Billingham among my favourite authors.

It all started when I started reviewing books for a national newspaper and found that I looked forward to the crime thrillers most of all. Why? Because they tend to be pacy, brilliantly plotted and keep me on the edge of the seat. Best of all, they generally have lead characters who are flawed and real and leap off the page.

Now I’ve added Sarah Hilary to my list. Her debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin, features the very impressive DI Marnie Rome, a rising star with a shocking back story. Marnie’s day to day police life (gritty to say the least) is interlaced with visits to her adopted brother Stephen, who’s serving a life sentence for the murder of their parents. Five years after their deaths she still has no idea what provoked him to commit such an appalling...

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