“The DI Marnie Rome series [is] one to watch.” —Shelf Awareness
The gripping follow-up to Sarah Hilary’s acclaimed debut Someone Else’s Skin, No Other Darkness finds mystery’s “impressive new cop-heroine” (The Times, London) on a case that hauntingly echoes her own family tragedy. Detective InspectorMarnie Rome and her partner Detective Sergeant Noah Jake are investigating the recent discovery of two dead boys in a bunker beneath a London garden. Terry and Beth, under whose garden the bodies were discovered, have two children of their own, and are also fostering a difficult boy named Clancy. Clancy reminds Marnie of her foster brother Stephen, who murdered her parents. Is Marnie’s past blinding her to the truth? Only one thing is certain: when Terry and Beth’s biological children vanish, Marnie can’t waste a moment finding them.
Both victims and villains abound in Hilary's searing, intricately plotted police procedural, the sequel to 2014's Someone Else's Skin. Det. Insp. Marnie Rome and her partner, Det. Sgt. Jake Noah, get on the case after Terry Doyle, who lives in a new development on the outskirts of London, finds the bodies of two little boys in an old bunker under his garden. Terry and his wife have two small children and are also fostering a troubled teen, Clancy. Clancy brings back unpleasant memories for Marnie, who has not yet completely dealt with her parents' murders years earlier by her 14-year-old foster brother. The subsequent disappearance of the Doyle's two biological children raises the stakes. Hilary provides insights into the over-the-edge survivalist movement responsible for London's secret underground refuges, built by sleazy opportunistic contractors for quick gain, as well as the psyches of police officers who must cope with the unthinkable.