“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…”
I have a confession to make. I requested Sarah Hilary’s third DI Rome book Tastes Like Fear from NetGalley and was approved, hoorah! Only then did it dawn on me that I haven’t read book 2, No Other Darkness. Uh oh. How could that happen?! I really enjoyed Someone Else’s Skin so I must have been having a senile moment or something similar. So I downloaded it immediately and oh boy, good job I did.
The bodies of two young boys are discovered in the bunker of a new build house. Who are they? Who could have done something like this? Leaving two small boys to die in the cold and dark on their own? DI Marnie Rome and her team are tasked with finding the truth but what they discover is both heartbreaking and terrifying in equal measures.
This is a chilling read with the subject matter handled incredibly well by Sarah Hilary. I shouldn’t think this was an easy story to write. At times, as a mum of two little people myself, I found the story distressing. But that’s the art of a good writer; to make you feel something. It drew me in from the very start to the very end, a very compelling read.
I can’t wait to make a start on Tastes Like Fear now. Four out of five stars.