Someone Else's Skin is a new series featuring DI Marnie Rome. After the brutal murder of her parents, Marnie Rome uses work as a means of moving on, but still suffers guilt and grief that is physical as well as emotional.
The prologue occurs five years in the past with the discovery of her murdered parents. Then the novel moves to the present and the current case to which Marnie and her partner DS Noah Jake are assigned. In following up on that case, the two arrive at a women's shelter where they find a man severely wounded lying on the floor.
Was it attempted murder or self-defense by a woman who has been terribly abused? Given what they learn about the woman's past, would it even matter? How, with all of the precautions taken to keep women in the shelter hidden and safe, did the man find her, and how did he manage to get in?
This is a story about domestic abuse in a number of different ways and about homes in which subservience and violence are accepted, even encouraged. It also deals with the effect past abuse can have on the victims, and the various ways the abused address their experiences and their abusers. Many different threads are pulled together....
Well-written with complex characters, the novel pulls you in and shakes you up. The secrets kept by individuals and by families can be deadly. There are some explorations of abuse that may challenge your original thoughts.
Crime/Psychological. June 24, 2014. Print length: 418 pages.