This book is well named as it’s dark, dark, DARK! And I’m not going to lie, it is a bleak, sad theme but it’s told with a compassionate tone that makes this a compelling read.No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary
Published by Headline on 1 April 2015
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Psychological, Thriller, Women Sleuths
Source: Received from Publisher
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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.
First Line of No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary:
“Fred’s crying again, a snotty noise with a whine in it, like the puppy when she’s shut outside.”
My Thoughts on No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary:
The first line puts a knot of tension into my stomach knowing now exactly what happened to Fred and Archie. Fred is five and Archie is eight when they are shut up in an underground bunker and left to die. This book starts with a flashback to that time and then forward to the day their bodies are found. It is just so horrible to think about – anything to do with the deaths of children always is – but the circumstances here are shocking.
This is the second book in this London based police detective series and it picks up where Someone Else’s Skin leaves off. I would recommend reading them in order as otherwise you will lose out on the details of the detectives personal lives which is a huge part of the stories.
Marnie is the lead detective and I love how she is both fierce and broken all at the same time. She is tough as nails but also has a huge empathy for the victims of the crimes that she investigates. And most of all she is quick-witted and considers every angle of the cases she is working on. I love how her mind works and I love how she gets under the skin of her victims and the perpetrators.
The story very quickly works its way forward and backwards to a dreadful climax. It’s the very definition of gripping and there are definitely no issues with pacing in this book. I flew through it. The writing is also very provocative and it makes you consider issues that you might never have come across before.
It also kept me guessing for a large part of the book and the foreshadowing is skilfully done. Just enough to keep you on the edge of the loop making reasonable guesses but not so overdone that you are certain of the accuracy of your theories.
Overall huge thumbs up and Sarah Hillary has found her place on to my auto-buy list.
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Who should read No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary?
If you were a fan of Someone Else’s Skin then I think you’ll be delighted to catch up with DI Marnie. Fans of psychological domestic thrillers who like intelligent characters and dark storylines should also really enjoy. And I’d also strongly recommend this to fans of authors such as Colette McBeth, Lisa Scottoline and Linwood Barclay.
Thanks to Headline and Sarah Hilary for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.