A woman finds a body, and her life is overturned....
Under Your Skin is a gripping psychological thriller in which nothing can be assumed and no one should be trusted. "This morning, I found a body. Soon the police will arrest me for murder. And after that my life will fall apart."
Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty....
Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.
©2013 Sabine Durrant (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
An emotionally tense sprint of a read...I was left breathless at the end' - Penny Hancock, author of Tideline
'Durrant's fluid, easy style and deliciously detailed characterisations keep you glued to the page. A twisty, clever murder story, peppered with suspicious characters and topped with a satisfyingly unexpected ending.' - Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls
'Sabine Durrant writes beautifully and with such a light touch that the twists were truly shocking' - Jane Casey, author of The Missing
'I was hooked from the gruesome discovery to the last page with its unpredictable but brilliantly satisfying conclusion... I don't often say this about a book, but I thought it was perfect in every way.' - Bookbag
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
At first I wasn't sure I could listen to hours of her sort of gushy semi whispered fast speech, but it grows and grows on you until she seamlessly becomes the character and protagonist, Gaby Mortimer. By the end of the book, I could not imagine it being narrated successfully by anyone else.
I purchased this book about six months ago, and like most audiobooks I buy, I did not re-read the summary to remind myself why I purchased it. The main character, Gaby, spent a lot of time in the early ⅓ of the book doing a lot of navel gazing about herself, her career as a TV daytime host, and her love life with her husband. One day, while out running she finds the body of a murdered young woman on the common and from here the story starts to build and become really interesting. By the time I was half way through the book, I found it hard to put down, not having any idea where it was heading.
This is a first class mystery suspense story which is extremely well written; the prose, intelligent and descriptive. The main characters are very well fleshed out and totally believable. This book is so much more that just a murder mystery; it explores the relationship between a husband and wife and how it changes over time and many other themes are explored as well; friendship, loyalty and the meaning of life. I thoroughly recommend this book to those you enjoy well written prose and multilayered themes.
Don't be put off by the detached voice of the narrator, cold like that of a news reader. Hang in there, and you'll be in for a big surprise. The voice will warm up, the pace of the events increase, and you will suddenly reach a surprising finale. I did not see it coming and that's what I expect from a good thriller. Very satisfactory listening.
I read and enjoyed Sabine Durrant's previous novels a few years ago so was pleased to see she had finally written another. This is quite different to her previous books and even better. I was so absolutely gripped by this, I listened over 2 days and want to listen all over again! Like all the best thrillers the plot twists and turns so many times that you are never sure who to believe and who to suspect. The characterisation is excellent and believable, it's very tightly plotted and there's some humour there too. Tracy-Ann Oberman's
narration is perfect. She has a wonderfully rich voice that really draws you into this novel.
"Female Take on the Psychological Whodunnit"
I bought this book on a whim with a refunded credit; I really cannot say why. What I can say, with total certainty, is that I'm extremely glad that I did.
It is a psychological whodunnit, centred on the inexplicable murder of a Polish nanny, whose corpse is discovered in a fairly public place by the female presenter of a daytime magazine-type programme. Naturally, the police become involved and the plot twists and turns from this point onwards. The quasi-psychological denouement is built up, not gradually as most novels of this type are apt to do, but in steps and plateaux. This is refreshingly different, although I cannot say much more without spoiling the story for others.
The story is written in the first person and the narration is a perfect rendition of the main character's thoughts, actions and, more than anything, her feelings and emotions. The other main characters are the cliche'd personae of the high-flying city lawyer, the Eastern European nanny, the world-weary Met police inspector, the newspaper hack and the upper middle class Home Counties best friend. Whilst they might be cliche'd characters, they are expertly cracked open and their quirks, foibles and flaws are laid bare and dissected.
In conclusion, I really cannot recommend this book highly enough, but with the caveat that it is not really suited to anyone without a fondness for fictional crime/detective novels. I have awarded the full five starts, both over all and for the superb narration. I have, perhaps, been a touch harsh on the plot and marked it down to four stars. The reason for this is that there are not only a small number of non sequiturs in the peripheral story line, but also the occasional poor construction of language; this broke the rhythm of the prose. As I have said in many previous reviews, this is my review and I dare say that this small criticism is purely subjective and is the direct result of my own "taste and fancy".
"A woman's nightmare"
I didn't know what to expect with this book. Would it be a crime story? Only tangentially. A thriller? Not really more a whodunnit related in the first person by Gaby Mortimer: a well-known TV presenter who comes across a body when she is on a run in the park near her home. The book then becomes a Kafkaesque nightmare as she is then suspected of murdering the victim. Gaby's thoughts about her life, her colleagues, the world around her, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter's nanny, the trivia of daily existence, her visceral responses to being suspected of murder fill much of the narrative. I found the book a bit slow to begin with descriptions of Gaby's glamorous life before she discovered the body, however the pace then picks up and the story gathers momentum until the surprising denouement.
The narrator is good
"Very interesting story nicely revealed"
I enjoyed the book and felt the narrator was well chosen for the story. I even wanted it to last longer and was annoyed that it was only a one part download. A very enjoyable listen
"Narrator is brilliant!"
I wouldn't, because I now know who dunnit!
it was really good, bit shocked at the conclusion!
absolutely everything, she is absolutely fantastic!
The narrator kept the story flowing, I couldn't stop listening.
The twist at the end - don't want to say anymore, so as not to spoil the story
Her voice was amazing, rich and husky. Really brought the characters to life and I enjoyed the different accents.
Definitely, I only stopped listening when I fell asleep
This was an excellent book, wonderful narrator. I would definitely recommend it.
"Stick with it"
I liked this novel for a good long while but found I lost interest when it began to be a 'who done it' ... and why and how.
I stuck with it but (without wanting to give anything away) felt cheated by the ending. The final outcome felt tagged-on. I don't think the author laid the groundwork throughout the novel to justify the big revelation at the end.
"Couldn't stop listening to it."
Such a gripping book I listened all the way through in one sitting whilst poorly in bed. The story was gripping and the ending a surprise different to what I assumed it would be half way through. The narrator was very good and I will surely look out for more books by both the author and that read by this narrator :-)
"Enjoyable although at times predictable"
It was a good story set around everyday normality - or so you would think. Does make you think and wonder. I very much enjoyed the female psychology.
As a pschological thriller the books that come to mind are Robotham series - who is a master. Perhaps not at the same level but nevertheless gripping enough.
TAO did good job especially with the remote conversations and reflections.
When you think it's all over you really don't know who might get under your skin.
I hate giving bad reviews, but I'm sorry felt this was too predictable. First half dragged along, trying to leave you in suspense, and then right at the end in what seemed a matter of minutes, it all came to a close.
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