Beneath the Skin is a gripping psychological thriller by the Top Ten best-selling author, Nicci French.
Zoe, Jennifer and Nadia are three women with nothing in common. Except for the man who wants to kill them. He sends them terrifying letters, full of the intimate details of their lives - and promises that he will bring those lives to a violent, horrible end. But not before he has enjoyed himself.
Invisible and apparently unstoppable, he delights in watching the women suffer, thrilled by his power to leave them utterly helpless, alone in their terror and confusion. Except they're not all as helpless as he thinks . . .
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"Quirky and a little disturbing."
Told from the victims' point of view. This makes it interesting but also quite disconcerting. I wasn't sure I was comfortable with that at some points in the story.
The last "victim" is the best for obvious reasons once you have read the book.
She made me feel engaged with the characters, even when you weren't meant to like them much.
Not the usual way these stories are told. Quite obvious at some points, puzzling at others but the ending tidies everything up without you saying "what?" but you are left feeling a bit ..... flat?
I enjoyed it but I wouldn't read it again.
"Chilling and captivating read!"
Very highly. The reader had an excellent skill for differentiating her voices between each of the characters.
Not giving too much away but the last of Jenny's chapters. Absolutely chilling, cleverly planned out and written. Highly effective psychological thriller.
I especially liked Nadia - I suppose she is the character the reader feels they spend the most time with and she both embodies and set herself apart from the other women before her.
Yes! I couldn't wait to listen to it again, it had me on the edge of my seat and I absolutely devoured it!
It is very hard not to become so involved with the characters that you regret the loss of them and the helplessness of the characters around them.
"Beneath the Skin"
Very compelling story. I recommend memorising Part One particularly, your understanding and enjoyment of the rest of the book will be greatly enhanced.
You always want to know what happens next
I recommend it to anybody who enjoys a good book well narrated
"Novel take on the crazed killer of women theme"
It's not the kind of book I would normally buy. I'd have suspected it of coming under that heading of 'chick lit' and given it a wide berth. But Audible offered me a package deal of them and so I bit. Not a bit sorry. It has held my attention comfortably for three days or more while working at other jobs, and I was keen to get back to it when I had to take a break.French's take on the killer of women theme is to tell it from the angle of the prospective victims, whom we come to know and appreciate, and whom we hope will not die.Characters well drawn and convincing, police appropriately baffled, neat tie up of plot at the end. You're not left hanging by the thoughtful TV fade-out. This is the great joy the book, I think, over most other media. What I really wanted to say was that the weight of concern and value shifts on to the victims in this book, for which reason I think it is timely and has its heart in the right place. We could do with being a lot less fascinated by killers and much more concerned and interested by their victims.
No contest about my favourite character - Nadia takes all the prizes, because she does fight back, does not play the helpless woman card, manages to remain funny and appealing amid the increasing mess her life gets into.
It made me sad and thoughtful too, and for that I am always grateful.
I thought French was perhaps trying to tell me that nobody is going to care more about my life and well-being than me! I'm glad to have this message reinforced. It's easily forgotten. As a psychotherapist, I often try to tell patients this, and it is not an easy point to get across. Women especially actually think it weird! Dependence is a normal part of the human condition - over-dependence is a good way to mess up your life big-time!
"A gripping book that gave me the shivers"
A compelling story that makes you want to stay up late and 'turn the next page'. All three lead characters were wonderfully articulated and utterly believable.
For me it was the richness of the characters that really came through, by the end of each part of the book I felt I knew the women involved and had a great sense of the level of persecution each had suffered. The evil and malice of the perpetrator builds as the book progresses and there are moments when the book send shivers down you spine.
This is definitely the sort of book that you could listen to in one sitting, that said the construction around three characters means that it would work equally well as a three parter.
If Carlsberg wrote books ....
"Love Nicci French"
As ever, a really good listen. Cleverly written leaving me wondering where story was going. Enjoyed.
I read this book a few years ago and loved it enough to read every other Nicci French novel to date. To have it read to me by such a wonderful narrator was a great pleasure. Julie Maisey captured the essence of every character but particularly the 3 main characters so well. I just LOVE this book!!
"Lost the story on chapter 13"
a book for female
after chapter 13 for it was seemingly missing, disappointed.
the part where she was attacked in her flat ended and continued about some house that had nothing to do with the story. Then later on it returned but in another vein?
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