Review: No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

Posted March 14, 2015

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary
Series: DI Marnie Rome #2
Published by Headline on 23rd April 2015
Genres: Crime, Thriller
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Two young boys.
Trapped underground in a bunker.
Unable to understand why they are there.
Desperate for someone to find them.
Slowly realising that no-one will...

Five years later, the boys' bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome's career begins.

Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them.

For Marnie, there is no other darkness than this...


In Brief

5 words


Things I liked

 * the writing style

* the emotion

* the twists and turns

* the bravery of the subject matter

* the continuation of the Marnie Rome series

Didn't Like

* NOTHING! I honestly can’t think of anything.

Who Should Read It

* Anyone that likes a gripping, dark story

* Fans of crime & thrillers

* Fans of Someone Else’s Skin

Rest of the series

Definitely. I can’t wait for book three!

My Thoughts

Sarah Hilary’s new book No Other Darkness is out next month and thanks to BookBridgr I’ve been able to read an ARC.

Last year I reviewed Hilary’s debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin (see here). I thoroughly enjoyed it and have been waiting patiently (sort of) to get my hands on her second.

No Other Darkness sees the return of the brilliant DI Marnie Rome. She has a new case to solve; identifying the bodies of two young boys, as well as discovering exactly how they died.

Through her investigations she comes across some links to the death of her parents, a crime for which she is still searching for answers from Stephen Keele, their murderer.

Hilary bravely (and brilliantly) tackled the issue of domestic abuse in Someone Else’s Skin. No Other Darkness sees her confront another sensitive issue… one which I’m not going to tell you about here for fear of spoilers, but it’s an issue which I admire Hilary for bringing into the forefronts of our minds in this novel. I found myself not only consumed by the enthralling mystery of the book, but also being educated.

Hilary has a way of writing that sucks me in. I truly never know what to expect next. Once again I find her delivering unforeseen twists and turns in No Other Darkness.

Before I picked up the book I was a bit worried that it might not live up to the high standards of Someone Else’s Skin. My worry was unfounded. This is a spectacular read that will absorb you from page one and release you onto an emotional rollercoaster ride.

I thoroughly admire Hilary for the subjects she has tackled in her first two books, and for the style in which she has broached the subjects. What’s more I love her writing style. I love how she intersperses the odd chapter told in the first person to enhance the mystery – plus it really creeps me out!

I genuinely cannot wait to embark on more journeys with the brilliant DI Marnie Rome. I highly recommend No Other Darkness, but if you haven’t read Someone Else’s Skin then make sure you read it first to get the most from this book.

about the author

About Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary lives in Bath, where she writes quirky copy for a well-loved travel publisher. She's also worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy.

An award-winning short story writer, Sarah won the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012.

She is currently working on her third Marnie Rome novel. Her first novel, SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN, was published in 2014 and was a Richard & Judy Autumn 2014 Book Club pick. Her second, NO OTHER DARKNESS, will be published in early 2015.