Series: Marnie Rome
DI Marnie Rome knows the dangerous secrets that families can hide. She’s still trying to uncover the truth of what drove her foster brother to murder her parents five years ago, and he’s equally determined to keep her in the dark. But this new case surprises even her.
Surely the corpses of two small boys, buried in a bunker in a London garden, should be claimed by someone – grieved by someone? The skeletons are found by a young family who are fostering an angry fourteen year old boy, Clancy Brand. Marnie can’t help seeing the shadow of her foster brother in Clancy; his fascination with the gruesome discovery in the garden seems unhealthy, to say the least. Terry and Beth, his foster parents, are trying their hardest to help Clancy adjust to family life after years of neglect. Marnie doesn’t know if they’re wasting their time, but she suspects the family is in serious danger.
The discovery of a stash of drugs for the treatment of post-partum psychosis makes her look afresh at the relationships in the house. Nothing, she realises, is what it seems here. Not to mention the mystery of who is leaving gifts for the dead boys. Gifts that lead her back to Stephen, her foster brother.
Is Marnie in danger of letting her own family’s horror blind her? One thing’s certain: when the couple’s birth children go missing, she knows she can’t waste any time finding them.
NO OTHER DARKNESS is a compelling journey to the toxic edge of society, a place where people fall between cracks and go unmissed, perhaps forever. A place where DI Marnie Rome fights to protect those in danger. Twisty, powerful and clever, Sarah Hilary delivers a stunning follow- up to SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN.
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