After five years entombment the bodies of two boys are found in an underground bunker. Who are they, how did they die and who put them there?
Most psychological thriller mysteries have just a few twists and turns, but not ‘No Other Darkness‘. Just when you are deep into the story, beginning to recognise the mechanisations, Sarah Hilary twists the plot completely out of your comfort zone.
Mind bogglingly raw, she cuts her way through all the suspicions and possible motives like a surgeon, leaving you, the reader, breathless.
I judge a book by how much the story haunts me, refusing to let me wander too far before making me pick up the book again, and I can say you will forsake sleep and possibly food, to get to the end.
I fell a little in love with Marnie Rome in ‘Someone Else’s Skin’ and she shines amazingly in this sequel. As in the first book, Marnie Rome’s past is intricately woven into the storyline, indicating how our lives can be mirrored in the lives of others, creating extra dimensions.
As a detective, she runs a tight ship, every detail pounced on, as she is driven to save all the vulnerable people she comes across. Possibly some kind of penance for the ones she lost and driven by the need to lay her own past to rest.
Even towards the end of the book, the tension builds like a pressure cooker, leaving you no nearer to guessing whom or what to fear.
There will be a third book in this series, ‘Tastes Like Fear’ arriving early next year. I for one, cannot wait!
Sarah Hilary has worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. Her debut novel, SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN, won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2015. It was the Observer’s Book of the Month (“superbly disturbing”), a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, and has been published worldwide. NO OTHER DARKNESS, the second in the series is out now. The Marnie Rome series is being developed for television.