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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 . . .

©2000 Nicci French (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • Natalie
  • 11-30-14

Chilling and captivating read!

Where does Beneath the Skin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very highly. The reader had an excellent skill for differentiating her voices between each of the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beneath the Skin?

Not giving too much away but the last of Jenny's chapters. Absolutely chilling, cleverly planned out and written. Highly effective psychological thriller.

Which character – as performed by Julie Maisey – was your favourite?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I couldn't wait to listen to it again, it had me on the edge of my seat and I absolutely devoured it!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Tessa
  • 12-05-14

Quirky and a little disturbing.

If you could sum up Beneath the Skin in three words, what would they be?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The last "victim" is the best for obvious reasons once you have read the book.

What does Julie Maisey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She made me feel engaged with the characters, even when you weren't meant to like them much.

Any additional comments?

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?<br/>I enjoyed it but I wouldn't read it again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Burchell
  • 03-13-16

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.

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  • ali
  • 03-08-15

Excellent

Where does Beneath the Skin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Gripping story

What did you like best about this story?

You always want to know what happens next

What does Julie Maisey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Well narrated

Any additional comments?

I recommend it to anybody who enjoys a good book well narrated

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Macwoman
  • 03-07-15

Novel take on the crazed killer of women theme

Would you consider the audio edition of Beneath the Skin to be better than the print version?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me sad and thoughtful too, and for that I am always grateful.

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Jonathan Colam-French
  • 02-25-15

A gripping book that gave me the shivers

What made the experience of listening to Beneath the Skin the most enjoyable?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Julie Maisey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

If Carlsberg wrote books ....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • 01-01-15

Love Nicci French

As ever, a really good listen. Cleverly written leaving me wondering where story was going. Enjoyed.

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  • Maggie.
  • 10-20-17

Disappointing

I didn’t like this as much as the Frieda Klein series. I found the police unconvincing and the story came to a rather abrupt end with little explanation as to how the storyteller had reached the conclusion she did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-17

Masterpiece!

I read all Frieda Klein saga. Over 6 years It felt as Frieda was a part of my life. I was very sad once I finished last book. Then I decided to try some other novels of Nicci French. Oh, god almighty! They are good. They are really really good. I was listening before going to sleep and first thing I woke up and over my lunch break and when walking dogs. Absolutely irresistible! Narrator has most pleasant voice. I am going to download next book "Land of living". Thank you Nicci French and Julie Maisey. Xx

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  • JCD
  • 02-26-17

Easy listening

This is a well told story about women and their resilience. It is not complicated or very profound but we'll drawn characters make for an engaging listen alongside a fast moving plot.