Wednesday, September 30, 2015

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary - Thoughts in ProgressWhen it comes to handling dark topics and the murder of children, authors sometimes have difficulty dealing with the issues in a manner readers find appealing.

Author Sarah Hilary does an excellent job tackling these tough issues in her latest release, NO OTHER DARKNESS. Hilary quickly draws readers in and has crafted such a story readers have to know the ending despite the darkness shadowing the events.

Detective Inspector Marnie Rome and her partner, Detective Sergeant Noah Jake, have been called in to investigate the discovery of two dead boys in a bunker beneath a London garden. The owners of the garden have two children of their own, as well as a difficult foster boy. When the biological children vanish, Marnie and her partner have to act fast to find them before it’s too late.

Hilary weaves in bits of troubling background for Marnie, as well as difficulties for Noah. Giving insight into the lives of the officers makes the characters more realistic and easier for readers to relate to. The dynamics of Marnie and the other officers and their ways of dealing with the events enhances the story and gives it depth.

Hilary’s rich descriptions and eye for detail places the reader among the characters and in the various settings. The haunting story moves at a quick pace and is filled with twists and turns. The psychological aspects of the story holds readers spellbound until the startling conclusion.

NO OTHER DARKNESS is the second installment in the Detective Inspector Marnie Rome Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone. New readers to the series aren’t left in the dark and returning fans aren’t bombarded with lots of repeat information.

This poignant thriller combines many elements to make it a story well-worth reading. The characters will remain with you as their stories touch on issues close to the heart. A riveting novel of love, family, pain, destruction and the extremes people sometimes go.

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary, A Detective Inspector Marnie Rome Mystery Book #2, Penguin Books, @2015, ISBN: 978-0143126195, Paperback, 416 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you missed author Sarah Hilary’s visit with us recently, be sure to click HERE and check it out. Do you shy away from stories that deal with the death of children? Does it depend on how the issue is handled whether you’ll read it or not?

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  1. Avoiding difficult issues doesn't make them go away. I do read them - fiction and non-fiction, but if they are sensationalised they go to the recycle bin.,

  2. That is a tough subject, but it happens in real life. As Elephant's Child said, ignoring them doesn't make them go away.

  3. I've heard some terrific things about this one, Mason. And Sarah Hilary really can build up the tension in her stories. I'm glad you enjoyed this on.

  4. That is a very tough issue--I see it on Criminal Minds all the time. They try not to make any murders of children violent. Often if children are murdered on the show, it either happens before or after whatever they're solving and we don't get to know the kids very well.

  5. No Other Darkness sounds like a good tale of suspense. I'm adding it to my Goodreads "Want to Read" list.


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