Sunday 19 April 2015

Review: No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary
Publisher: Headline
Release date: 23 April 2015
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: 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 their 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...

No Other Darkness is Sarah Hilary's second novel to feature Detective Inspector Marnie Rome and Detective Sergeant Noah Jake. It's a novel that I have been looking forward to reading for a while now, and it does not disappoint.

Having said that, you do not need to have read 'Someone Else's Skin' to enjoy this, it is perfectly acceptable to read as a standalone novel. (But seriously, if you haven't read Someone Elses's Skin where have you been for the last year?!)

The opening of the No Other Darkness sets the scene beautifully despite its harrowing subject matter. 

Two little boys abadoned in an underground bunker, wondering why no one is coming for them, left alone to die.

Five years later, Terry Doyle finds an underground bunker is his back garden, and makes a gruesome discovery. The bodies of two people. Too decayed to determine age, sex, or how long they have been there, but there are estimated to be children.

We quickly learn that they are indeed the two little boys from the opening chapter. But no one has reported them missing. Their identities are unknown. Rome and Jake are affected by the tragedy and sadness of the case. The cruelty of the crime committed seems incomprehensible.

Just when you think the pieces of this complex puzzle are beginning to fit together to be solved, then Hilary goes and throws a spanner in the works, the introduction of new characters brings new scenarios an even worse crime than initially thought.

It is hard to explain the rest of the novel without giving too much of the plot away. But No Other Darkness is an excellent crime novel, which plenty of twists, turns and surprises to keep even the most avid crime reader gripped until its very end.

No Other Darkness is available to pre-order now from Amazon online.
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A massive thank you to Headline who approved my request via Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

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