Review & Giveaway: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

November 18, 2018 Book review 2 ★★★★★

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!

Review & Giveaway: Skin Deep by Liz NugentSkin Deep by Liz Nugent
Published by Penguin on November 15, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Format: Paperback
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 . . .

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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.



About Liz Nugent

In her early career Liz Nugent worked as a stage manager in theatres in Ireland and toured internationally.

Liz’s first novel Unravelling Oliver was published to critical and popular acclaim in Ireland in March 2014. It quickly became a firm favourite with book clubs and reader’s groups. In November of that year, it went on to win the Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was long listed for the International Dublin Literature Prize 2016. She was also the winner of the inaugural Jack Harte Bursary provided by the Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Dec 2014.

Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was released in July 2016. It went straight to number 1 in the Irish Bestseller lists, remaining there for nine weeks and spent eight months in the top ten.

Liz was born in Dublin, where she now lives with her husband, musician and sound engineer Richard McCullough.



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