Oh my god, so late to the Skin Deep party but now that I’ve attended I’m away to have a boiling hot shower with bleach to cleanse myself! This one is so off the radar dark and I bloody LOVED it!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
‘I could probably have been an actress.
It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else.
Isn’t that what I’ve been doing for most of my life?’
Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.
The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .
Skin Deep buried itself deep under my skin and I’m guessing it is going to stay there for a very long time indeed!
It’s a raw and savage character portrayal mostly told from the point of view of Cordeila Russell, who has been living the life of an English socialite in the French Rivieria for the last twenty five years. But Cordelia Russell has a secret; a dark secret; a secret that will make your skin crawl.
Told in the first person, I immediately found myself invited to stay inside of her head, whether or not that was a comfortable place to inhabit…well, you will need to read the book and find out.
God, what a character she was. I found myself completely engrossed in her life, in her thoughts and in her experiences. She intrigued me; she repelled me and she bloody well fascinated me. At times I wanted to kill her and at others I wanted to wrap her up in my arms and give her all the love and protection she needed as a child. I found myself swing from loathing to empathy and back again throughout the telling of her story. It is dark and it is unsettling but boy is it gripping! We are given a glimpse into the lives of others who are significant in her life and I have to say we come across a whole cast of deeply damaged individuals.
It raised a fascinating internal debate inside my head over nature versus nurture; culture and religion as it explores her life from past to present poking about the notion of dysfunctional families and the very real damage they can cause.
If you pick up this book looking for a high octane, thrill a minute read then you are going to be disappointed. But if you are looking for exquisite, deep and dark writing which worms its way into your head and leaves you feeling slightly disturbed then this is most definitely a book for you!
Skin Deep is a masterpiece in evil, I urge you to read it but you may never be the same again!
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