Under Your Skin: A Novel by Sabine Durrant

Under Your Skin: A NovelUnder Your Skin: A Novel (4 Feb 2014) by Sabine Durrant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant fits nicely into the psychological thriller category that has become so popular after the wild success of Gone Girl. Unfortunately, like many other novels in this genre, although Under Your Skin is adequately written, it fails to rise above the formulaic, and a few days after finishing it, I find that I am already forgetting the characters and plot.
The story is narrated in the first person by Gaby Mortimer, daytime television presenter and unhappy wife of the wealthy and distant Phillip. As the novel begins, she discovers the body of a strangled woman while on her morning run. In short order, Gaby becomes a murder suspect herself, and this motivates her to try to discover the identity of the real murderer.
The problem with a novel like Under Your Skin is that rather than beginning with a strong character and sense of place, it attempts to generate suspense mainly through an unlikely number of plot twists and reveals. I had no idea why Gaby, her husband, the reporter who befriended her, or the police, acted as they did. Rather than creating a sense of suspense, their inexplicable actions and reactions simply created a sense of confusion.
Because of this, Under Your Skin is a mildly entertaining read, but brings nothing new to this genre.
I received an advance review copy of Under Your Skin from the publisher through NetGalley.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beady Janet
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 23:52:44

    What a shame this didn’t live up to your hopes. I love good\psychological chillers, but gone girl has bred a glut of mediocre ones trying to jump on the bandwagon. I might still give this a try though.

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