cover image No Other Darkness: A Detective Inspector Marnie Rome Mystery

No Other Darkness: A Detective Inspector Marnie Rome Mystery

Sarah Hilary. Penguin, $16 trade paper (408p) ISBN 978-0-14-312619-5

Both victims and villains abound in Hilary’s searing, intricately plotted police procedural, the sequel to 2014’s Someone Else’s Skin. Det. Insp. Marnie Rome and her partner, Det. Sgt. Jake Noah, get on the case after Terry Doyle, who lives in a new development on the outskirts of London, finds the bodies of two little boys in an old bunker under his garden. Terry and his wife have two small children and are also fostering a troubled teen, Clancy. Clancy brings back unpleasant memories for Marnie, who has not yet completely dealt with her parents’ murders years earlier by her 14-year-old foster brother. The subsequent disappearance of the Doyle’s two biological children raises the stakes. Hilary provides insights into the over-the-edge survivalist movement responsible for London’s secret underground refuges, built by sleazy opportunistic contractors for quick gain, as well as the psyches of police officers who must cope with the unthinkable. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company Authors Agents (U.K.). (Aug.)