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Under Your Skin

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Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. She's shaken and haunted by the image of the lifeless young woman, and frightened that the killer, still at large, could strike again.

Before long, the police have a lead. The evidence points to a very clear suspect. One Gaby never saw coming . . .

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published April 1st 2013)
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A solid four stars. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.

When viewing the description of the book, you are greeted with “If you like GONE GIRL, you’ll love… UNDER YOUR SKIN.” Look, UK

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Did someone say Gone Girl?!?!?!?! I'M IN!!!!

The storyline is not Gone Girl, but the feeling I'm left with at the end is quite similar to how Flynn made me feel. I was slapped with the crazy at the end and I'm absolutely loving this feeling!!

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So Gaby stumbles across a dead body while on her run. She phones the police...more
As regular readers of my reviews know, I will often admit to having minor quibbles with books that are usually of such a nature as to not impair my overall enjoyment of the story, but I’m afraid to admit that ‘Under Your Skin caused me many irritations- no pun intended.

Ostensibly this is a psychological thriller charting the experience of TV personality, Gaby Mortimer who according to the blurb ‘has it all’ but then stumbles upon a corpse whilst out jogging, and finds herself at the centre of th...more
Alice Of Wonderland
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

I knew it!

Sorry, I can't explain fully what I just said, but I can explain that I suspected the killer halfway through the book. Oh, the number of suspects started to rise and red herrings started popping like flowers in springtime, but I managed to figure it out. (I had two suspects. Two, and only one is...)


Under Your Skin is definitely creepy. Not as creepy as a Ghost town during Halloween, but nearly as creepy. This book is probably inspired by...more
Bill Kupersmith
Having read Claire McGowan's The Fall and Jane Casey's Missing, as well as encountering Tana French's odious Scorcher Kennedy--not to mention my favourite of all, Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls--I fully expect that the police will attempt to put you in the frame for the crime whether guilty or not if it helps their solve rate. So I knew when Gaby found the body that she'd become the number one suspect even though the evidence against her is incredibly circumstantial. (After all, anyone could wa...more
Paul Pessolano
“Under Your Skin” by Sabine Durrant, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – February 04, 2014

It is not often you come across a cozy British mystery that incorporates not only a murder mystery but one that has many twists and turns and an unexpected ending. If this is something you are looking for, “Under Your Skin” is your cup of an excellent British tea.

Gaby Mortimer is a British TV personality that is part of a morning show called,” Mornin’ All”. On an...more
Diane S.
2.5 News personality, Gaby, while jogging finds a body in the park near her house. This act will change her life, her marriage and her job. This book is marketed as psychological suspense and for me this novel did and did not deliver.

In places I felt the writing was awkward, in other places it was very good, I never warmed to or liked Gaby so it was hard to feel sorry for her or to root for a positive final outcome. I found her naiveté irritating. seriously, she works in the TV industry, yet she...more
The Crime Scene Scene
Under Your Skin is a standalone psychological thriller from author Sabine Durrant. Gaby Mortimer is a day time television presenter. One morning when she goes on a run she finds a body in the common. Seemingly there is no link between the two but after a police investigation DI Perrivale soon arrests Gaby for the murder with little evidence. Enlisting the help of a journalist she ties to fight to clear her name.

I did not really like this book, hence the low score.Read the full review here
Under Your Skin
Sabine Durrant

What it's all about...

Gaby goes for a run and discovers the very dead body of a young girl.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Gaby and Phillip lead a very posh life. He is in finance...she is a television celebrity. They have a lovely home...a young daughter and a nanny. Gaby has not had the ideal childhood...her mother was an alcoholic who recently died. She has been feeling lately as though something is missing from her life. She has also been wondering if her...more
Kimba (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)
I decided to take Under Your Skin on a date. 4.5

First Date: We meet Gaby Mortimer. At first glance, she seems to have it all. A posh home, a successful husband and a beautiful daughter. She is a successful television anchor for the local morning show and local celebrity. The woman has a live in maid and nanny for cripes sake. I was a tad jealous. We meet Gabby on a run through the park where she discovers the body of a murdered woman. The tale is told from Gabby’s perspective and at first her t...more
From the outside, one would think Gaby Mortimer had the perfect life. A successful, handsome husband, an adorable daughter, glamorous career as cohost on a morning show & a beautiful home in an affluent part of London. They'd be wrong.
The house is great & Millie is a sweetie. But Gaby & Philip are not the people they used to be & have drifted apart. And at work, Gaby has the feeling they are planning on trading her in for a younger model. She does her best to keep up the facade i...more
Cleo Bannister
A must read for 2013 for anyone out there that loves a good whodunit. Gaby Mortimer, the female half of Mornin' All's daytime television programme, finds a body on one early morning run. She calls the police, gives a statement, goes home and gets ready for work. Over the next few days more details and evidence are found by DI Perivale which appears to tie Gaby to the dead young woman, Ania Dudek, evidence that Gaby can't explain.

This book is firmly set in today's world, Gaby's job as a minor cel...more
3.5 out of 5 stars -- "Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything."

Psychological thriller with a first person stream of consciousness point of view.

Gaby Mortimer, a well-known daytime television program co-host, finds a dead body on a morning run. Soon she's hauled in for questioning by the police who consider her a suspect in the murder. The dead woman, Ania Dudek, has been strangled and it seems that she has ties to the Mortimer household.

Is Gaby being framed for this crime? And, if so,...more
Anna Jesse
Gaby Mortimer heeft een perfect leven: een mooie baan bij de tv, een succesvolle man, een prachtige dochter en een groot huis in Londen. Tot ze tijdens het hardlopen stuit op het lijk van een jonge vrouw en alle zekerheden uit haar bestaan wegvallen. Gaby belandt in een nachtmerrie.

Onder je huid is de perfecte psychologische thriller voor lezers van S.J. Watsons Voor ik ga slapen en liefhebbers van de boeken van Nicci French. Durrant beschrijft met veel gevoel hoe de hoofdpersoon verstrikt raakt...more
Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant is a murder mystery told from the point of view of Gaby Mortimer, a well known morning TV show host. Although her life looks perfect on the outside, her marriage is faltering, and she's had to cope with her mother's death from alcoholism.

The story begins when she is out for a morning run and discovers the body of a murdered young woman. The police investigation finds evidence that links the murdered woman to the Mortimer home, and eventually Gaby is suspected an...more
This book has been compared to GONE GIRL and while some of the overtones are the same, I found this book much more enjoyable and the mystery much harder to crack on my own. While I didn't particularly like any of the characters in UNDER YOUR SKIN, I didn't have the same loathing for them as I did the charterers in GINE GIRL. I've read a lot of mysteries and thrillers and have gotten pretty good at figuring out whodunit usually by the halfway point of the book. This book keep me guessing until th...more
Lisa B.
From the outside, Gaby Mortimer’s life looks pretty good - good job, successful husband, loving daughter. But the true story comes out quickly once she discovers the body of a young woman who has been murdered.

This is a “who done it” mystery at it’s best. I got sucked in immediately. And while I would not call the story fast paced, it was a page turner that I could not put down. There are so many possible suspects that the ending caught me totally off guard. I just love when that happens.

If this...more
Gaby Mortimer, a famous morning show presenter, finds the body of a woman while out jogging one day. The lead investigator, DI Perivale, is immediately suspicious of Mortimer and it isn't long before she's brought in for questioning. When connections begin to be made between Gaby and the murdered woman, Ania Dudek, Gaby wonders if someone is trying to frame her for the crime. With her marriage faltering and notes from a unknown stalker, Gaby enlists the help of a journalist to clear her name. Fo...more
Oh. This IS good. Love the misdirection!
Hannah Fullmer
Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant fits nicely into the domestic noir/psychological thriller category that has become so popular after the wild success of Gone Girl. Unfortunately, like many other novels in this genre, although Under Your Skin is adequately written, it fails to rise above the formulaic, and a few days after finishing it, I find that I am already forgetting the characters and plot.
The story is narrated in the first person by Gaby Mortimer, daytime television presenter and unhappy...more
Bonnie Plante
This book was quite interesting. It is the story of Gaby Mortimer, a morning show host who seemingly has everything. When out for her morning run, she finds the body of a young woman. As the story progresses it takes turn after turn with unexpected plot twists that leave the reader anxious to see just what else will happen. As the story deepens Gaby is pulled further and further into the dead woman's life with an ending that I didn't see coming.

While I enjoyed the book very much, I am only givi...more
Nicky Foster
Overall this is a well written, psychological thriller. I did enjoy it although it did seen to drag a little in places. The suspense is good, the possibilities of who the killer is keeps swaying from one person to another without being too forced. I wasn't entirely convinced by the police procedures or by their way of responding to a murder investigation but this didn't bother me too much. The ending comes a little abruptly and I did suss it out a couple of chapters earlier. I will definitely wa...more
To me the first half of the book gets 2 stars. For the first 18 pages Gaby, the protagonist, just blathers on and on and on. The story did not draw me in quickly and, as a matter of fact, I thought about giving up and moving on. I found Gaby to be mostly annoying, whiny and seemingly stupid. I did not like the author's narrative style...something just seemed off. Her dialog was okay. The second half of the book picked up enough so that I did give a 3 star rating but, by the end, I just wanted to...more
I have always enjoyed murder mysteries, and not having read any in a while, I was really looking forward to reading this one. At first it was kind of slow and I found it hard to get into it, but after about the first fifty pages, things started to get really interesting, and I was hooked.

The story starts with our female protagonist- Gaby Mortimer- stumbling upon the dead body of a young woman while on her daily run. Gaby informs the police about her gruesome discovery, and from that moment on he...more
Danielle Choffrey
I won this book in a giveaway. I do want to make sure everyone knows that this in no way alters what my review is. I hate it when I buy a book based on reviews that are false. The following review is my true opinion.

Sabine Durrant leads the reader on a crazy journey through this book. You follow every cue and clue she feeds you. I would be reading and discover what I thought was a hint, or a clue only to find later I was fooled. I will say the main character, Gaby, is extremely relatable and li...more
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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Sabine Durrant’s Under Your Skin is – for me, at least – one of those books that is quite hard to talk about without ruining the story and giving away too much, but I’ll try my best to find a balance.

Compared to most of the books in this genre the novel started off quite slowly and it took me some time to fully settle into the story and get used to the writing style but once I did, I could barely put it down. Contrary to what I was initially expecting, it’s not your usual...more
A really enjoyable crime thriller here. Gaby has a job on daytime TV, a wealthy husband, a well behaved daughter, lovely house and a staff of two, she is entirely respectable and something of a public figure. So when she discovers the body of a Polish woman, hidden in the bushes of a local park, she doesn't expect to swiftly become the number one suspect. The victim has been found wearing one of Gaby's old tops and has obviously been showing an interest in Gaby's life, is everything as it seems?...more
This book is compelling reading and it draws you into the story from the first page.
I really enjoyed this book and like the way it is written. It is clever and well thought out and believable. It is easy to read so much so that I couldn't wait to get to bed to find out what happened next.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

I look forward to reading the next one by this writer that is due out in July 14.
5/5 and I will read it again .
Former editor and features writer Sabine Durrant’s first foray into crime fiction, Under Your Skin had hooked me from the start.

Gaby Mortimer is a morning TV show presenter with a seemingly-perfect life. Of course that’s not really the case as she’s struggling with a difficult nanny to daughter Millie, a husband who’s equally busy and often absent and a competitive and difficult co-host.

When she comes across a body while on a morning run things become complicated and Gaby's picture-perfect life...more
A superb story, intricately woven, with characters coming to life after a little bit of slow start but well worth the wait for the setup. The intensity just creeps along until the very end! You are drawn in and get involved with the main character as she deals with finding a body and being accused of murder. But she manages amidst personal turmoil and starts on a whodunnit murder mystery trail of clues until ... I just can't explain how good the ending twists and turns are plotted and written. I...more
For a first novel by this author, I thought this one was creepy, and totally fascinating. Nothing is as it seems when the protagonist finds the body of a young woman in the woods near her house. To say that the book's story and ending is suprise does not do it justice. I could not believe how well the author pulled this story off; what a mixed up and surprise story this is. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
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