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Publisher's Summary

Introducing DI Marnie Rome, Someone Else's Skin will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. Devastating, brilliant and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, this is the crime debut of the year.

Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you...

Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone knows how Marnie fought to come back from the murder of her parents, but very few know what is going on below the surface. Because Marnie has secrets she won't share with anyone. But then so does everyone. Certainly those in the women's shelter Marnie and Detective Sergeant Noah Jake visit on that fateful day. The day when they arrive to interview a resident, only to find one of the women's husbands, who shouldn't have been there, lying stabbed on the floor.

As Marnie and Noah investigate the crime further, events begin to spiral and the violence escalates. Everyone is keeping secrets, some for survival and some, they suspect, to disguise who they really are under their skin. Now, if Marnie is going to find the truth she will have to face her own demons head on. Because the time has come for secrets to be revealed...

©2014 Sarah Hilary (P)2014 Headline Digital

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  • George A Bear
  • 05-29-15

I enjoyed this book

Not sure that the story was really believable but I enjoyed the story
anyway.
A new detective with an interesting family history, a dark secret that wasn't dark, and an interesting sidekick.
Despite this sounding negative, I really enjoyed the book and will be looking out for more Sarah Hilary books.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 05-17-16

Thought provoking

This book is well written and well performed. It challenges our misconceptions about domestic violence.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Janette
  • 04-19-16

Excellent

Great. Fab ending good all round storytelling and different look forward to the next book

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  • Andy
  • 12-19-16

just couldn't get into it at all

literally spent first 6 hours wondering what was going on.

then when I started understanding it, the story didn't engage me at all. listened to the end just incase it changed but it didn't.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • margaret robinson
  • 07-24-15

Very Good listen

What did you like most about Someone Else's Skin?

The story was very good and and I found the main character DI Marnie Rome very believable along with her gay partner Noah.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Someone Else's Skin?

The asian girl having bleach poured into her eyes.

Have you listened to any of Abigail Thaw’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was my first Abigail Thaw but it will not be my last

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

the domestic abuse and control and the need to inflict pain saddened me.

Any additional comments?

The subject matter makes for some depressingly realistic reading but the story is very engaging and I couldn't find fault with anything

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Teabag
  • 05-30-14

excellent narration, realistic plot.

Would you consider the audio edition of Someone Else's Skin to be better than the print version?

yes because of the narrator, i could never put the voices in my head as eloquently.

What other book might you compare Someone Else's Skin to, and why?

Harry Binghams series.

Which character – as performed by Abigail Thaw – was your favourite?

I enjoyed them all.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes it was quite moving in parts.

Any additional comments?

Excellent narration and book, no more on audible of this author or narrator but hopefully there will be more.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 07-20-15

Gripping from start to finish

I was recommended to this book by a friend and was not disappointed, it well deserves the Theakston's prize. Well rounded characters and a plot full of intrigue, I look forward to Sarah's next novel.

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  • Jaye
  • 07-06-16

Compelling Read

I was gripped and intrigued by the main character DI Marnie Rome. This is book number one of a trilogy based on Marnie and serves as an introduction to her and how she works as a police officer and as always with a female lead something terrible and horrific happened in her past. The difference here is It shapes her and consumes her to the point that it interferes with her case. She seems intent on trying to get into the mind of the person who committed this terrible past crime and she almost misses vital information and kicks herself for arriving late at the answer of her current investigation which leads to a gripping finale towards the end of the book. Sarah Hilary's writing made me imagine it as a film but wonder how it would translate. Sarah does not gloss over some of the violent scenes she describes it as if it were happening as you can imagine. Brilliant read, I will be reading book two and wonder if this past character will show up as Marnie does not seem done with him yet!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-30-17

Overlong & Dull

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Reduce the length by about a third. Seemed to go on forever.

What could Sarah Hilary have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Different narrator. Plot more tightly, Characters more depth and personality.

How could the performance have been better?

Less plummy Home Counties narration. Flat and lifeless.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. Gave up after 4 hours' listening, should have done earlier, but I'd paid for it.

Any additional comments?

I listen to lots of thrillers and procedurals. Some I like and follow the author's other work. This wasn't one of them.

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  • JPH
  • 12-23-16

Excruciatingly long

I couldn't wait for this to finish. The story was long & drawn out & very frustrating. I just wanted it to conclude. I could not warm to any of the characters. I always like to purchase unabridged books but after listening to this I wish it had been abridged, thankfully it was an Audible daily deal so I'm only out by £1.99. The narration was OK but I won't be trying any other books by this author.

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  • Gillian
  • 09-04-18

I really enjoyed this one....

This was an excellent listen...the story was a variation of the 'men beat up women' theme and turned it on its head. I got a little exasperated with Abigail Thaw as narrator though...she kept swallowing between lines and after a while, this g became a little annoying. However, that wasn't enough to dampen the book's pace and mystery. I couldn't wait to walk my dog so that I could listen to the end and she was walked for much further than she was expecting!!!