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Under Your Skin

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  5,108 ratings  ·  531 reviews
In this page-turning debut from talented crime writer Sabine Durrant, a woman makes a chilling discovery in the woods that changes her life forever.

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 la
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kylie D
Wow, what a book. It starts off with a bang, Gaby, a TV personality finding the body of a young woman while out for her morning run, then the rollercoaster really gains momentum when she is questioned by the police and arrested for murder. All the evidence is pointing to Gaby, so she resorts to desperate measures by enlisting a journalist to help clear her name. I found myself rivetted to this book, racing through to find out what happened to the girl. I did work out part of it, but as to the bi ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Another good novel by author Sabine Durrant however not quite fulfilling the standard of the previous books I have read of hers, 'Lie to Me' and 'Take me in' are well worth a read.
Gaby Mortimer finds a body on the common near her home and is frightened that the killer could strike again. But things get worse for TV star Gaby when she becomes the prime suspect and is forced to prove her innocence.
This is a decent psychological thriller full of the normal twists and turns but not Sabine's best wo
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Well that ending was unexpected!! I listened to this on audible ,read by Tracey Ann Oberman and really enjoyed it. Great story, so many red herrings!
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was just okay. I didn't have the killer figured out, which is always a good thing. I just couldn't get past that there were so many useless words and not enough content with the mystery and investigation. I found myself skipping paragraphs a few times because what was being said didn't matter to the story or the mystery. It just seemed like filler. ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
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Tracy Fenton
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book on audible and have to say first that Tracy-Ann Oberman nailed it. She was absolutely brilliant.
This is a twisty psychological thriller which is told through Gabby Mortimer, a daytime TV star who stumbles upon a dead woman whilst having her morning run. Suddenly finding herself as the main suspect in the murder, she is determined to prove her innocence, but the evidence keeps pointing back to her. Perfect for fans of dark, twisty thrillers.
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Gaby Mortimer truly has a cushy life. A beautiful woman herself, good looking husband and daughter, along with all the spoils that accompany a posh job and she's got it all. Until she she happens across a dead body. What starts as an ordinary witness helping the police turns into a ticking clock pushing Gaby to turn suspicions off of her and for the police to find the real killer.

Even though I had guessed the ending from early on, it was still a fun read. I found myself questioning my guesses a
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a book that I read at breakneck speed, mouth open, pages scorching at the edges, etc., only to find myself slamming at full velocity into an ending that disappointed and infuriated me. I spent the last fifteen pages or so murmuring to myself "no, no, no" and wondering if I should throw the book at the wall. I'm all for authors pulling the wool over our eyes, but here I felt I'd been not so much part of an intellectual game as just lied to -- the way I'd feel about a TV conjurer whose stu ...more
Bill Kupersmith
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Do you want to know what gets "Under my skin"? Books like this that has no direction or plot. Just a bunch of sentences on top of each other, refusing to give the reader any reason to continue reading. I have said numerous of times in the past that I am extremely picky rater of thrillers. There is only a selected number that I love, due to the suspense and how fast paced the story was. I look for the book to get me from the first page, or at least have my intrigued. This on the other hand was aw ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I'm not reading any more books that claim to be for fans of "Gone Girl." ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Diane S ☔
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Paul Pessolano
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, bought-own
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I read her other book Remember Me This Way and really enjoyed it but this one left me disappointed. I read the first 100 pages and then skimmed my way to the end and what a disastrous end it was. Such a shame.
Maggie Boyd
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gaby is out on a run when she discovers the body of a young woman in the woods. She calls the police, answers their questions, goes to work (she's on a show like Regis and Kelly), discusses the horror of it all with friends and colleagues. The police come back. More questions. Gaby starts to get a slight sense that things may not be all they seem.

While the cover tells us that Gaby "has it all" any grown woman knows there is no such thing. Your husband may be perfect to strangers but at home he
Linda Strong
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Reading the book's blurb, I was eager to get my hands on this one. Sad to day, it did not quite live up to my expectations.

Blurb .. Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all.

Hmmm.. that's not how I see it. Yes, she's successful in her work. Yes, she has a husband, but it is soon apparent that he's got another life going on.

One day, while out walking, she comes across the body of a young woman. She finds herself the prime suspect. She seems to take the whole investigation as a joke. Even her husb
Alma Marta
I'm on page 206 and still waiting for something to happen. There's only 300 pages in the book. Not impressed especially after just reading The Fourth Monkey. I've been told there is a twist at the end so I'm hoping it won't let me down. I don't particularly like the protagonist. From the outside she appears to have everything but has too little time to enjoy it. Her husband is drifting away from her and her life is very superficial, everything is about appearances as in so many peoples lives now ...more
No. Just, no. This book was not for me, at all. It was boring and just full of the main characters ranting about every day life. Not exciting, not clever, and the ending just felt so illogical that I can't even. And it's sad, because I really thought it would be great. ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely more from this author!
Ludwig Reads
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
At first, I was very intrigued by the plot: a woman who goes for a run early in the morning only to discover the body of a woman who looks just like her. I loved the mystery aspect, but then came the uninteresting dialogue and periods of time where nothing happened. By the end, I was very underwhelmed. If you’re an avid thriller reader, I think you’ll figure out what happened very early on.
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I won this book a few months ago thru a contest on here and had finally gotten to it. Unfortunately, I didn't really get into it at all. The first hundred pages or so were especially boring to me. Discounting the murder and the whole prime suspect trying to clear her name thing, nothing happens.

One morning while out for a run Gaby discovers the body of a girl. Initially she is just the person who found her, but soon enough she becomes the prime suspect and the cop in charge is totally out to ge
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 in both places bu
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Meh. It was entertaining enough, but nothing special. I really dislike me some unreliable narrator. And my red flags were flying early when Gaby lies to the police about touching the body. Of course, one was suspicious of Phillip immediately and all the arrows (clothes, credit card receipt, soil) point to him; Gaby's insistence of his innocence was just unbelievable. I think the whole Marta selling clothes on ebay twist was my favorite; it did throw a wrench into my thoughts for a few pages. Ult ...more
Cleopatra  Pullen
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
Barbara Elsborg
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm right on the fence with this one. I liked it and didn't like it at the same time. Not very useful. I'll say nothing about the twist. I think the issue with the story for me was that it was slow up until Jack came into it. At that point I really wished it hadn't been written in the first person. I desperately wanted to hear someone else's point of view but we are stuck with a rather whiny narrator who's not that reliable. I think if we'd had Jack's POV too, I'd have loved this a whole lot mor ...more
Paige Abergel
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Durant's book "remember me this way" so this seemed like a great one to try. I loved it, not as much as remember me this way, but I loved it in a different way.

This book is a solid 3 stars but earned the 4th due to the shock of the ending.

The twist makes me want to go retread the beginning. I was really shocked and slightly confused. Mostly, I think this could've been pulled off better if we had heard more than one voice (Gaby's) throughout. Although I see why Durant did it this way. V
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