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Publisher's Summary

Stan Weir is mourning a tragic loss when he meets a mysterious nine-year-old girl, who claims to be the reincarnated spirit of his late wife. Marcy Keef is a single mother trying to make ends meet when her daughter Erin starts describing 'past life memories'. Neither wants to believe Erin, but as violent secrets are revealed, the truth becomes harder to deny. 

With echoes of Stephen King, Second Skin is a propulsive thriller about grief, guilt and truths better left unknown.

©2020 Christian White (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

Our favorite moments from Second Skin

"Are you feeling depressed?"
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"He thought he was beyond help."
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About the Creator

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter, whose debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the 2017 Wheeler Centre Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Rights to The Nowhere Child have been sold in 17 international territories and acquired for a major screen deal. His second novel, The Wife and the Widow, became an instant best seller and has been shortlisted for the 2020 Indie Book Awards for best fiction. Christian co-created the television series Clickbait, with Tony Ayres (The Slap), starring Zoe Kazan, Betty Gabriel, and Adrian Grenier, currently in production for Netflix. He also co-wrote the feature film Relic, a horror/drama starring Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, and Robyn Nevin, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy.

About the Performer

Ellen Archer is a 2007 Audie Award winner for her narration of For the Love of a Dog; a 2018 Audie Award finalist for The Chemist; and a 2011 Audie Award finalist for her narration of The Penny and the multicast recording of Room. She is also recognized in AudioFile’s "Best of" lists for 2016 and 2017 and a winner of several Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Ellen has performed more than 175 titles—many of them New York Times best sellers—and a number of wonderful series, including the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.

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Authors just should not put any twist they want

It was a compelling story UNTIL the author created an impossible twist that cheats the reader.

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The ending was a letdown

the plot had potential to be a really great sci-fi story, it had all the right pieces storing the climax, but the last two chapters destroyed this book. potential mystery ending up in an all too mundane and ordinary conclusion.

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Terrible twist

The last 10 per cent ruined the whole book. As a reader, I feel my general intelligence is stepped on. When the cell phone of 9 years ago can still work perfectly without charging and a nine-year-old girl can play such a game, I lost all the appetite and missed my precious time.

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bad writing, but a fun little waste of time

ok...not BAD. but hallmarky.

anyway, just trying to use up my last eleven words, period

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Don’t want to give it away but...

Overall the story is good but it became more unbelievable that a old device being able to be opened after that many years without a charger...too much

Also the author had a strange obsession with farts. Used them often in the story even at times when it couldn’t make sense “the ac worked as well as a fart in ...”

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couldn't finish

boring
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and then they got into faith and yada yada so I'm out.

also, what is the trigger for these 9 year old long lost memories to reemerge? I don't know, but I'm not giving this book another 3 hrs of my life to find out

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Another Engrossing Escape

Thank you, Audible, for for providing this story which was captivating & entertaining and provided an escape during this time of self-quarantining & social distancing.

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Fix the download issue!

This file is corrupt! Crashes my app. This is unacceptable and needs to be fixed immediately.

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Awful

Great premise, horrible implementation. Started great and was very intriguing, but the twist at the end totally ruined it. No child would ever behave this way or have the tech skills to pull off such a huge lie. No rational adult would reward the kid’s twisted behavior. No adult would ever take a cell phone off a dead body. No police dept would fail to recover said phone. Total crap. What a waste of time!!

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I listened to the whole thing in one sitting.

Once I started listening I was in for the full ride. what a great little story. It had so much, I just couldn't stop listening.

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  • 04-11-20

Engaging

Found this very good and wished in a way it was longer. I wanted more to happen, but then it is only a novella, but a good listen.

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  • Carly
  • 04-18-20

Great little listen

The story is a tragic one in many ways but it doesn't leave you feeling hopeless. It's a great look into how flawed we are but how those sometimes terrible parts of us don't make us terrible as a whole. The richness of the characters is what I enjoyed most about this book. Even though it isn't very long you get a good sense off everyone. The end leaves you with enough to imagine something better is coming...

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  • 04-20-20

Didn't enjoy the story

The storyline is not believable I enjoyed the book but not the ending. Feel quite disappointed.

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  • liz james
  • 05-30-20

Fiction

Enjoyable light listen. Some good twists. Gets you thinking . Great for a wet afternoon Recommend

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  • Kylie
  • 05-31-20

Fantastic narrative great characters fab narration

I really enjoyed this one. Great themes awesome anticipation build satisfying resolution. Highly recommended anyone looking for a short, punchy story.

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  • Tezza
  • 06-07-20

I just had to read this in one go

The twist at the end was a complete surprise.
The author had me faithfully tuned-in to the initial premise and I did not have an inkling of the truth. This is the most enjoyment I have got out of a book for a while. Recommended.

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  • Belinda
  • 04-21-20

Intriguing read

The story really drew me in right to the end. Well written and well read. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • Adilah Y.
  • 07-01-20

Started good, and then was meh

The story was great until about three-quarters off the way through, then went downhill fast. The twist ending was like, "whuuuut", and not in a good way. It's like lighting the string of a firework.. you're watching the fire reach the firework... and then PFFT.. nothing!
It's not that bad, but not that good either.
Narration was satisfactory :)

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  • Peter Zeilic
  • 05-20-20

5 Star Story

absolutely a great story, great plot and exceptionally well read. Brilliant ending. A must read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-20

I loved it.

I really love this author and the narrator was pretty good for this one, not too distracting. the only character the narrator didn't nail was Barb in my opinion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-20

Captivating

Absolutely loved it and could not stop listening. Highly recommended it and it’s a great length.

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  • Daniel
  • 01-28-21

Good for a long drive

Couple of twists and turns. Not a thriller but certainly a good glimpse into how real people are dealt tragic events.

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