Title: Under Your Skin
Author: Sabine Durrant
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rating: 3 out of 5
Local television personality Gaby Mortimer is stunned when she stumbles across the body of a young woman during her daily run. She’s saddened by the tragic event, but her sorrow quickly turns to shock when the police begin focusing in on Gaby as a suspect. Though Gaby has never met the dead woman, there appear to be connections between the two of them that she can’t explain to herself, much less to the authorities.
Under Your Skin is a mix of a psychological thriller and crime novel focusing on the main character of Gaby Mortimer. Gaby appears to have it all on the surface, but underneath she’s crumbling. Her marriage isn’t really stable and she doesn’t trust her daughter’s new nanny. Durrant does a good job with her atmosphere, delivering an almost claustrophobic feeling as Gaby doesn’t know who she can turn to or trust. She is utterly and completely alone. Both major and minor characters are well-developed, and though readers may not exactly warm to Gaby’s self-satisfied personality, they will feel sorry for her as she’s targeted by the police. It’s a fun ride, though in the end, the revelation of the murderer was difficult to believe and colored my opinion of the novel in general. When it came to Under Your Skin, I must say I enjoyed the reading experience much more than the end results.