Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

I was pleasantly surprised with this book with twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. Stick with this, it’s better than you expect it to be.

Marnie (who has a mysterious dark past to start with) and her colleague (Noah) visit a women’s hostel to find a potential witness. They arrive just moments after a severe attack which sets the main storyline up. The hostel is full of domestic abuse ‘victims/survivors’ who are all very damaged by their pasts and therefore not very helpful for the police.

About halfway through the book it becomes clear that there is much more to the story than you first think. I was pleasantly surprised when the story developed toward the end of part one. In part two the pace picked up and the psychological thriller in the book crept out.

A number of characters are unreliable, and it’s not necessarily the characters you would expect. The story explores some very dark corners of domestic abuse with a frightening tale of manipulation and deceit.

There are parts of the story that are so uncomfortable that you can’t wait to get through it so you can escape that version of reality. At other points you really feel for certain characters, identifying with their struggle and rooting for them. It challenges your perception of good and evil and has been cleverly thought through. A great first novel!

3/5 stars

If you liked this you might also like Closer Than You Think and Crash & Burn

Get the book here Someone Else’s Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1)

I received this book in exchange for a review

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