I’m over the moon, to be joining this tour today organised by Penguin to celebrate the paperback launch of Skin Deep by Liz Nugent. Liz’s claim to fame is her twisty dark writing and I’ve been fan-girling since her first book Unravelling Oliver. I’m also giving away a copy on Between My Lines Facebook page, so make sure and enter there. Believe me you want to read it!Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Published by Penguin on November 15, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Source: Blog Tour
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'I could probably have been an actress.It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else.Isn't that what I've been doing for most of my life?'
Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.
The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .
First Line of Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
“I wondered when the rigor mortis would set in, or if it already had.”
My Thoughts on Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Sometimes you read a book, and fall in love with the characters. Skip Deep is not that book. The main character Cordelia is magnificently awful, and I loved to hated her. Her every decision felt alien to me, but I adored her complexity and darkness.
The format of the book works so well too. Mostly it is first person perspective, but we also get the odd insight from various other characters whose life has been touched (aka ruined) by Cordelia. And there are also legends, or dark fairy tales from the Island where Cordelia spent her not so idyllic childhood.
It all amounts to a sinister story of obsession, detachment and violence with a very high shock factor. I loved every lurid moment of it and can’t recommend it enough.
Who should read Skin Deep by Liz Nugent?
If you love dark tales with complex characters, then you need to add this to your to-read right now! Fans of Liz’s previous books – Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait – should also love this one. I’d also recommend to fans of Lucy Dawson, Stephen King and Catherine Ryan Howard.
Thanks to Penguin for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.
There are lots of other interesting stops on this blog tour featuring reviews, etc. Check out the poster below for further details.