Monday 3 August 2015

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary *** BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY ***

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...

Sarah Hilary, winner of the 2015 Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year for SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN returns with the phenomenal follow-up to the critically acclaimed Richard and Judy pick. David Mark says that NO OTHER DARKNESS is 'truly mesmerising', with Eva Dolan calling it 'utterly gripping'. D.I. Marnie Rome is back with her most complex case to date.

I'm delighted to welcome you to my spot on the Blog Tour for Sarah Hilary's No Other Darkness, celebrating the paperback publication on 30 July 2015.  No Other Darkness is published by Headline and is the author's second novel.

I have three paperback copies of No Other Darkness to give away. Entry is really simple, just pop to the widget at the end of this post and follow the entering instructions.

I've already talked about this novel here on Random Things, I reviewed it back in April and I raved about it, saying:

"The opening paragraph of No Other Darkness is pretty brutal, and horrifying, and so very sad. There is no getting away from the fact that the central crime in this novel is one that going to shock the reader. Dead children, murdered slowly, left underground to die, on their own, in the dark. It's a horrible crime and even though it's clear that DI Rome is an experienced detective, with some pretty upsetting personal issues of her own, she is shocked, and upset and determined to find out who these boys were, and who did this to them.

Sarah Hilary's characterisation is pretty spot on. Here are a team of police officers who are individual and excellently formed. I kept waiting to come across the 'rogue' copper, the one that usually pops up in police procedurals, but there isn't one, and I enjoyed that. I enjoyed the sense of camaraderie shown by the team, their combined feeling of shock and the energy that they put into their investigation.

There's a theme within this story that is not often talked about. I can't talk about it either, if I did, then you'd know how and why the two boys died, so I can't do that. Lets just say that this is a damn good story with a plot that races along at a furious pace. The twists and the turns within the storyline keep the reader hooked, right up to the very dramatic closing chapters, when more shocks and surprises are exposed.

No Other Darkness is intelligently written, it deals with some emotional issues. It also has a darkness to it, it made me feel a bit grubby when I was reading it, as though I'd stumbled upon some else's secrets that I really shouldn't know about.

I'd certainly recommend this book. Sarah Hilary's writing is impressive. I will be interested to read the next chapter in DI Marnie Rome's story."

Sarah Hilary was kind enough to pop along to Random Things just last week, she answered a few questions for me .

Do check out my fellow bloggers as they continue on the Blog Tour.

Three Paperback Copies of No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary lives in Bath with her daughter, where she writes quirky copy for a well-loved travel publisher. She's also worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. An award-winning short story writer, Sarah won the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012. SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN was her first novel, NO OTHER DARKNESS is her second.
Follow Sarah on Twitter at @Sarah_Hilary     



  1. Recently bought 'Someone Else's Skin' and I would love to win this as a follow up :)

  2. Fabulous Anne, I have read Sarah Hilary before and liked her, great comp. I was sure I liked her on facebook already but I hadn't/ How do you find this comp setup rather than Rafflecopter?


  3. Reading Someone Else's Skin at the moment and I am hooked so it would be lovely to read on in the series. Great giveaway, Anne.

  4. Sound really good.....would love to read it!

  5. Thanks so much for the chance Anne x x Marie x

  6. The book sounds awesome, can't wait to read it!!

  7. This looks like a really gripping thriller!

  8. I would love to read this, it sounds like a great read!

  9. This sounds so chilling! My mum has read Someone Else's Skin and said it was amazing, so I'm really hoping I can get a chance to read this (and pass it on to Mum, of course!).

  10. Reading the description sent shivers down my spine, it sounds like a brilliant read!