Beneath the Skin
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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
I marvel at Nicci French's attention to detail and ability to write a great thriller. I have read Killing Me Softly -- one of my favorite thrillers -- and she has managed to awe me again with Beneath the Skin.
This is the story of Zoe, Jennifer and Nadia. Three women who have only one thing in common: they are targ...more
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
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
I don't give it a higher rating because there where many things that made no sense for me, people where doing unrealistically stupid things and I practically hated almost all th...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
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
But why did the authors feel the need to give us a heads up on the perp so early on? It took all the mystery out of the book and the climax fizzled as a result. Well written and read it almost in one sitting it was so interesting but as a thriller it fell flat.
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
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
Back Cover Blurb:
Zoe, Jenny and Nadia, different ages, different walks of life, all receive anonymous notes saying they are going to be killed. The three lives are turned upside down as the police search for what has attracted the attention of a killer.
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