Beneath The Skin
Zoe, a pretty blond schoolteacher. Je...more
BENEATH THE SKIN is a British suspense thriller told from three different points of view:
Part 1 Zoe's story- Zoe is a young teacher in her 20s, and has become a bit of a hero after she stopped a ...more
1. The casual elegance of the writing. Nicci French (for the purpose of just plain not feeling like typing out two names, I will ignore that this is a pseudonym and just pretend it's one author) is brilliant at sketching characters that feel like real people and for using spare, simple and yet beautiful prose. I really love her style and always have. It's especially evident in her earlier works and now in the Frieda Klein series.
2. The re ...more
Three different women, three different viewpoints, each with growing tension from a series of threatening letters with some comedy and sex thrown in. What more do you want? B ...more
You want to shout at the women: "look out", such is your own level of tension. Creepy to the max but not a spooky creepy - a hair standing up on your arms in alarm creepy. Read this if you dare but make sure you lock the doors and have a big brawny man with you but then again, can you really trust that man????? He may well turn out to be like one of the men in this book. Read this, you'll see what I mean. 4 ...more
Think of Nicci French as the darker, rougher side of Judith Michael--a collaboration between two folks, one male, one female, on some very nasty mysteries. In this case, the main character (though he gets relatively little screen time) is a serial killer who enjoys stalking his victims, leaving them love notes, outwitting the police, that sort of thing. Your typical above-average-intelligence serial killer. We see him, and the police trying to catch h ...more
This is not your typical serial killer book because the focus is on the victims and written from each of their points of view.
It made a nice change to see and feel what they did rather than following a detective with his/her own problems and agenda chasing after an elusive killer.
The women were very different and the author captured the different voices perfectly.
Instead of coming away th ...more
Das macht die Geschichte so unheimlich spannend. Der "Sommermörder" hält sich immer in der Nähe ...more
It was published a long time ago, 2000 I think, and I don't think there was much lacking in the story. It was just a little less polished than some of the other books by these two authors.
I liked the character of Zoe best. I did not like Jennifer, not at all, and I know that sounds a bit mean but it's how I felt while reading.
I did find the premise a little unner ...more
In a lot of ways it wasn't a novel about a murderer and his victims, it was a novel about the police completely bungling everything up. TOTALLY failing to do anything useful or to protect the women who contacted them for help, because they were too busy trying to cover up how useless they were. That, to me, was the scariest part of the whole thing. I can only hope no police department in real ...more
Three separate women are stalked by a psychopath who wants to get to know them better by killing them and enjoys the process of watching them unravel as he plays with them - a real crime thriller. I was definitely creeped out and I had to put it down a few times. I am pleased I persevered as it was worth getting through the goose bump stuff. The conclusion was well thought through and ended up being a story that I couldn't wait to get back to.
Due to the nature of the story the ...more
I have to say, I normally get incredibly frustrated with inaccurate descriptions of police procedure, poorly constructed characters and lame or unimaginative endings, so I am very pleased to say to anyone willing to listen to my humble ramb ...more
- Great storyline. I liked the splitting up of stories, and found that each character (Zoe, Jenny and Nadia) was interesting and different, aside from their short statures. Jenny was a bit annoying at times though, with how lightly she took the idea of somebody threatening her life.
- Pacing. Just as everything seemed to be dying down, the creep shows up and the part ends. And then we're introduced to the next victim. This worked excellently.
- Creepiness level. Probably because I was readi ...more
This story is about 3 very different women who are all targeted by the same sick individual who is sending out threatening notes, describing how he is going to kill them. Which is a great foundation for a thriller. I really enjoyed how Nicci French has divided the book into 3 parts, each one telling the story of one of the women on a first hand basis. This allows you to be more in touch with the woman's feelings and thoughts. You really ...more
For me the novel was flat and lacked depth , the characters didn't ring true and as a result I felt no empathy with them. I didn't hate it,but neither did I like it.
i loved nicci french's first book the memory game and found the next two a little disappointing. i think this was mainly because i expected to have my head messed with in a way that i didn't expect to happen, or at least that i didn't foresee, in the first book i read. so in a way i'm expecting to be disappointed in this book.
and i was. the plot was definitely the weakest yet. there were good bits in this book, and for about thirty pages near the end it really got going and had the makings of a...more
Zoe. Jenny. Nadia. Three women of varying ages and backgrounds with little else in common but for one thing: Someone has sent them each a note informing them that they will be killed. A cruel joke? A hoax? The police don't seem to think so. Now, with no clear suspect and amid the growing threat of violence, the victims become the accused as authorities dig into their backgrounds for clues as to why they might have attracted the unrelenting attention of a ki ...more
It wasn't obviously a "whodunnit" cause that was easy too easy to figure out. I was truly disappointed with the stalker's first pt of view, it just ...more
It's not neurophysiology, but it is a satisfying read. Nicci French holds her reader and endears you to her characters in such a way it's a shame to see them die sometimes, sometimes you want to see them go!
I'd recommend this as a holida ...more
Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield. In that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.
In the early eighties she taught English Literature ...more