Tuesday, 26 May 2015

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

No Other Darkness (DI Marnie Rome 2)
By Sarah Hilary
Published by Headline (23rd April 2015)
ISBN: 978-1472207722

Publisher's description
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...

My verdict
No Other Darkness is a gripping police procedural. Sarah Hilary isn't afraid to tackle dark story lines and complex relationships. The book explores the impact that violent crime and murder have on people's families and relationships - and the difficulties associated with moving on with life afterwards.

The plot is a sensitive story involving the discovery of the bodies of two young children, who were abandoned in an underground bunker five years earlier. The children's bodies were found in the garden of Terry and Beth Doyle who have a young family themselves, as well as a teenage foster son. DI Marnie Rome and her team need to establish the murdered children's identities before they can look for the perpetrator of this terrible crime.

This fast-moving page turner draws you in from the disturbing prologue. The short chapters keep you reading; it's easy to say just one more chapter and then discover that you have read three or four. The twists and turns keep on coming right until the end, with plenty of surprises for the reader.

Sarah Hilary writes in a highly emotive way; you don't just read what's happening - you can feel it too. DI Rome and her team feel strong emotions for their victims, and their humanity is a central part of the story. The main characters have complicated backgrounds, but they remain realistic and believable.

This is the second in Sarah Hilary's Marnie Rome series. I haven't yet read the first book (although I had already bought it before I received this one). I had no problems understanding the characters or story, and this can easily be read as a standalone.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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