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Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi's identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

293 pages, Hardcover

First published April 17, 2018

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Kim Savage

3 books355 followers
KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods (Kirkus, Booklist starred), Beautiful Broken Girls (Kirkus star, Kirkus 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (YALSA Best YA 2019), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR, Herald Radio, and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Kim's stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family near Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Kim and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn't.  

You can follow Kim on Insta (kimsavagewrites) and Twitter (khsavage), and visit her at kimsavage.me. 

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To request an interview or an appearance at an event, please e-mail her publicist Morgan Dubin at Morgan.Dubin@macmillan.com.

For all other inquiries, please contact Kim’s literary agent, Sara Crowe, scrowe@pippinproperties.com

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Profile Image for Elle (ellexamines).
1,079 reviews17.2k followers
August 25, 2018
Let me try to explain what reading this book is like - it’s like throwing your mind into a fucked-up, manipulative, scary world, and not knowing which character to empathize with. But knowing all the while that you can’t put it down, that you’re totally engaged in the writing and the narrative.

The compelling thing about this story is that it is about a girl who has lied to an entire family, saying she’s their long-lost child, but you still can’t help but hope she won’t be caught. Jo is a character who we should by all means despise, but through it all, she is so hard not to empathize with.

Because the thing is that every character in this book is both awful and interesting. Yes, I’m referring to one of the most terrifying-but-compelling antivillains of all time. The whole crafting of this narrative and the casting of every character as dimensional creates an incredibly engaging book.

Look, In Her Skin is a thriller, and I can’t actually say much about it. I can only say that this book was weird, and mournful, and chilling , all at once, and I enjoyed it so much.

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1,781 reviews42.7k followers
January 23, 2018
I read this book in one sitting on a train ride. And that’s about all I can definitively say at this point.

That train ride took place in November, which is to say two months ago. As I’ve said before, kids: Learn from my mistakes!!! Don’t tell yourself you can write a review later when you haven’t taken notes!!!!! Because then you’ll be forcing yourself to write about a book you can’t remember after sixty-plus calendar days have passed!!!!

I had pretty high expectations for this. It’s got a 4.52 average rating as I write this, for one thing. It follows a teenage female con artist, and if you wanted me to sum up my aesthetic in four words it would also be that. And it’s a YA thriller. I love YA (kinda); I love thrillers.

So. Where did we go wrong here?

This book isn’t creepy or thrilling or scary so much as unsettling. A lot of that stems from my number one central massive biggest disappointment of this book: that teenage con artist isn’t so much a con artist as a desperate, lonely girl who wants a family.

A lot less fun that a (Michael Jackson voice) smooth criminal.

She’s soooo damaged and broken, and that’s done really well. So again: unsettling. But I wasn’t really out here for unsettling.

There’s also much more emotional manipulation in this book than there is, like, things that are scary or jumpy or bad. There’s one major plot twist, and it’s a great one, but it comes smack dab in the middle and the book only gets less thrilling from there.

We covered Jo, the broken lonely main character. There’s also Temple, who could have been the teenage mastermind I was looking for but was instead a complete emotionally manipulative brat. And not the fun-to-read-about kind. The parents were blah, and Jo’s boy-prostitute ex-luuuuuhvah, Wolf, is also a bit o’ a bore.

But there are some good things. That twist, for one. Plus, that aforementioned train ride was to Boston, which was a blast because that’s where this book takes place. The setting was pretty good, I thought. Felt Boston-y. Fun insider-y things.

It was a quick read, and it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, which seems kind of crazy since the average ratings for Kim Savage’s other books are 3.26 and 2.85 (ouch). It’s even really well-written.

But the synopsis is misleading. If you’re looking for a genius protagonist, a great con, a twisty thrill ride - you’re in the wrong place. If you want a story of a broken girl and the emotional manipulation she falls prey to, with one great twist, then you’d probably be veryyyyy into this.

Still, that isn’t what I wanted. And it’s not really what I like. So even though this book isn’t bad, the reading experience kinda was.

Bottom line: THEY SHOULD LET ME REWRITE THE SYNOPSIS FOR THIS BOOK. I’ll try to be nice. Pinky promise.

Thanks to Fierce Reads for the ARC!
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Author 3 books185 followers
October 18, 2017
Okay, this is dark. Really dark. The thing is, I *love* dark YA so page one felt like coming home for me. I suspect I didn't breathe during the short time it took me to inhale this book. I guess I did, sure, but my inhales were jagged, ragged things because THIS BOOK. Not only are the mystery and con brilliantly executed, but the writing is spectacular. The voice is so damaged and beautiful it made me ache. The story is rich and layered and so filled with the ache of existence. Oof.

Unexpectedly, Savage took me on a walking tour of Boston, which I loved with my whole heart. Characters live within the elite neighborhoods and all that wealth can access, as well as the darker, colder side of this old city--the place where people live in tents, doing the unthinkable to survive every day. Like I said, DARK. Twisting and bending to the point that people lose sight of humanity and darkness reigns. People become marks, pawns; everyone shuffling to get the upper hand. There is love in this book but Savage keeps it unattainable--or maybe a fabrication. At any rate, it's pretty twisted. Think sociopaths.

Savage gives you a con artist in the main character, but she delivers a book wherein you're never really sure who's conning who. This is intentional, of course, and makes the tension delicious and despicable and gloriously...(you guessed it) DARK.

I can't recommend this story enough. Other reviewers are comparing it to Here Lies Daniel Tate, which I now have to read since IN HER SKIN was just so beyond brilliant.

I am in love with this story. I am in love with this story. I am in love.
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Author 3 books65 followers
August 29, 2017
IN HER SKIN is Savage’s third novel and she just gets better and better at dark suspense. Jo Chastain has an identity disorder of her own making. She is trying to morph into a girl who was lost at the age of nine. When she thinks she’s succeeded in integrating herself into that girl’s seemingly lovely life, everything starts to spin off course. The reader knows that things are not as they seem, but all my guesses were wrong. It’s not until the very end when we figure out that Jo has one more card up her sleeve. Great for folks who aren’t looking over their shoulder already and don’t mind a scary dream if they read late at night.

I received a free ARC of this March 2018 release. So glad I did!
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1 review
November 3, 2017
I absolutely loved this book! The plot twist really caught me by surprise and wasn't something I was expecting. The story kept me so on edge that I couldn't put it down (I read it in one afternoon!).
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Author 3 books81 followers
November 28, 2017
Five stars, for a read that kept me up late to finish, then kept me awake after the light was out! Unforgettable characters and shocking twists to satisfy the most jaded thriller addict!
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Author 11 books96 followers
September 5, 2017
WOW! I could not put this book down. Kim Savage's masterful story IN HER SKIN is creepy in the most delicious ways. Highly recommend for mature readers.

I received an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Erin Dunn.
Author 2 books87 followers
February 1, 2018
Thank you to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for provding a free copy of In Her Skin By: Kim Savage in exchange for an honest review.


Omg, I loved In Her Skin! This is my favorite Kim Savage book so far. Everything about this book is so well done. The story, the characters (Especially Jo and Temple), the writing, and THAT ENDING! The entire book is fast-paced and the pages just flew by as I raced to the end to see what would happen. I definitely recommend this one if you like dark and twisted novels like I do. I have to say I was not expecting In Her Skin to be so disturbing (Um, all of the characters are a bit creepy lol!), but I am certainly not disappointed! I highly recommend giving this one a read if you are looking for a gripping novel that is a bit sinister. If you liked After the Woods then you HAVE to read this one also. I can NOT wait for the next novel by Kim Savage.

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Author 3 books355 followers
April 16, 2018
Lots of stars, because: mine.

But really, if you liked In Her Skin, I'm here to tell you where you can find out other cool stuff about the world of Jo, Vivi, and Temple.

Want a guided tour of the locations in In Her Skin? Check out my video on http://www.andiabcs.com and I'll show you the Boston Public Library, the Public Garden, and King's Chapel Burial ground, among other creepy/cool places!

Want a peek at the images I used to ground me while I was writing? Check out my In Her Skin board on Pinterest, and tell me if that's how you envision Wolf: https://www.pinterest.com/kimsavagewr...

Want to know my thoughts on class and power in In Her Skin? My guest post on Hypable is here: https://www.hypable.com/in-her-skin-b...

Want recs on awesome vengeance-themed YA? Here you go: https://www.bookish.com/articles/kim-...

Finally, follow @FierceReads for an awesome giveaway of some KILLER In Her Skin swag (think: lips, booklights, and lithographs) in the weeks following In Her Skin's release on April 17.

And stay tuned to my Goodreads page for some HUGE In Her Skin news. Thanks for stopping here to review In Her Skin: reviews mean everything to authors. Happy reading! xo!
Profile Image for Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library).
610 reviews302 followers
February 24, 2018
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

In Her Skin is the third novel from YA author Kim Savage, and centres on the story of a young homeless girl who takes on the identity of a missing schoolgirl in order to live with ‘family friends’ and get off the street. But her new home life may be more complicated than she imagined.

At first I thought In Her Skin was going to be a magical realism book, because it opened with the suggestion that Jo, our homeless con, could ‘take on’ the persona and characteristics of those she was imitating. For example, when she played a blind girl it actually affected her vision. This suggestion seemed to have been abandoned pretty early on in the book as Jo wasn’t any better at pretending to be missing girl Vivi than anyone else would have been. Pretty early on there were hints dropped that maybe Vivi’s disappearance wasn’t the way it was sold to the authorities, comparing her with the real-life case of Madeleine McCann, who allegedly also disappeared from an unsupervised room while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. This meant that not only was the major conflict the fact that Jo was conning everyone into believing she was Vivi, but the second major conflict was ‘what actually happened to Vivi?’

I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters in this book. Jo seemed really bland, almost lacking in personality. For someone who was living on the streets and stealing identities, she was the good girl foil to reckless, heartless, manipulative Temple, Jo’s now adopted sister. It was almost like it might have been hard enough to get the audience to like a homeless con pretending to be a missing girl with dead parents, so Savage made her a ‘good girl’ who was afraid to break the rules. Of course, Jo’s biggest fear was that she would be found out and made homeless again, so she left behind her prostitute boyfriend Wolf without even a goodbye. My biggest issue was the fact that Jo was still living in the same city where she had already established herself as Jo, so not only could Wolf identify her, but so could people like the cops or welfare workers, but that was never a real concern.

I sound like I didn’t enjoy this book, but that’s not true. In truth, the book was just kind of blah. I certainly didn’t hate it or find it frustrating like Beautiful Broken Girls, and Temple was a fun, unhinged character to read about, but I really couldn’t say that I liked the book, even though I did enjoy Jo’s realisation that maybe her life was in danger. I also really liked reading about Temple’s parents but I think it might even be more enjoyable to re-read once the plot twist is discovered.

I think part of my frustration largely stems from reading an ARC that was nowhere near ready to be released to a reviewing audience, because there were so many words that should have been deleted to help a basic understanding. I won’t take any direct quotes because I did read an ARC but they were, for example, along the lines of ‘I walked rain down the street’ or ‘The small room right was painted purple’ or weird stuff like that, just random words in the middle of sentences that left me struggling to find the meaning. The editing clearly still had a long way to go, including proper nouns in some cases. It wasn’t on every page, or even every chapter, but enough to notice and get frustrated at.

I really loved Savage’s After the Woods, I was disenchanted with Beautiful Broken Girls, and I haven’t been convinced by In Her Skin, although I do think there is an audience for this book that maybe I’m just not a part of.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Profile Image for Shannon (It Starts At Midnight).
1,084 reviews1,011 followers
April 11, 2018
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Well, well, this was a deliciously messed up book! And I am going to give you a list of reasons why you too would like this book! (Because look, reviews for mystery/thrillers are hard, because spoilers, and you definitely want to go into this one blind!)

It's a quick, addictive read. I read it in just a couple hours, in one sitting in fact. It isn't even super short (nor is it long, but it's just... regular) but I flew through it, so eager I was to figure out what was going on. The mystery definitely kept me turning the pages, is what I am saying.

I definitely did not see most of the twists coming, yay! I love when this happens, and frankly, it doesn't happen nearly enough so kudos to the author for keeping me on my toes.

I somehow was convinced to feel for, and even kind of like the con artist main character. I mean, I knew from the start that Jo was going to be doing some really crappy, manipulative shit to a family who had lost their damn kid.... and yet still, she was somehow not wholly unlikable? It's impressive, really.

This story, these characters, are such messes! In a good way- the kind of mess that keeps you reading, the kind of mess that you can't look away from. If you're looking for a darker sort of mystery with some people who need a moral overhaul, look no further, friends!

Bottom Line: If you like your books darker, if you're down with characters who are not entirely likable, and if you like your mysteries with a side of "holy crap", In Her Skin is one you definitely don't want to miss!

*Copy provided for review
Profile Image for Julie Kingsley.
4 reviews107 followers
November 13, 2017
I fell into this book headfirst, and it was a good long time before I came up for air. Kim Savage, vividly and wickedly, takes the reader on a wild ride, where nothing is as it seems, and the divide between good and evil is as thin as a gossamer curtain flickering in the wind.
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82 reviews50 followers
May 27, 2018
3.5 stars

In Her Skin is a kinda dark book with almost all the characters trying to emotionally manipulate each other.

I went in thinking Jo, our protagonist, would be a genius con artist but she wasn't exactly that. Jo is a damaged and broken 16yo girl who used to help her mother con people, and she's been on her own for the last year since her mom died. Jo lies to a family and pretends to be someone she's not and yet you can't help but root for her and pray that she doesn't get caught. I didn't like Jo but I also didn't not like her, I should probably just leave it at "It's complicated!"

The Lovecrafts were so fucking willing to accept Jo as Vivi that it literally screamed "Guilty!!" in huge glittery letters, I'm not saying if they actually were or weren't guilty of anything, but as someone who loves thrillers and is suspicious about everyone, especially people who seem too good to be true, I didn't like how Jo didn't suspect them to be a part of some sort of foul play even for a minute. I mean you expect that much from a con, right?
or maybe they just trust random rich people
what do I know, I'm no 16yo con
Temple Lovecraft. Temple was a very interesting character, I really really would've liked to know more about her.

I love thrillers especially that mindfuck the reader and this book did that on some level, it could've totally been a solid 4-star but... t h e e n d i n g
What the fuck was that?? (and I don't mean it in a good way)
I did not like the ending. It felt kinda incomplete?

In Her Skin is a novel about the danger of forgetting who you are. It is interesting and engaging but it could've been a lot better.


okay, the blurb sounds quite similar to that of Here Lies Daniel Tate and yeah, that book was interesting and I liked it but it was also kinda hella predictable
So, please pleeease pleeeeaase be good and idk, not predictable?
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2,257 reviews214 followers
January 22, 2021

Jolene Chastain is homeless since her mother’s murder at hands of her boyfriend. She decides to become Vivienne Weir, a girl kidnapped at age nine. Jo, now Vivi, can’t believe how easily she fits in with the Lovecrafts, almost too easily. Something isn’t right. New sister Temple cryptically let’s Vivi know something is very wrong.

I held my breath the entire time while reading IN HER SKIN. Jo/Vivi was easy to embrace as an imperfect heroine. I didn’t blame her for wanting off the streets and into the comforts of a wealthy, seemingly loving family. Right from the start the Lovecrafts reminded me of a Stepford family, too perfect to be real, which heightened the sense of suspense. And daughter Temple, I did not trust her one bit. She had to know more than she was saying.

Kim Savage uses the second person as Temple in Vivi/Jo’s narration. The sixteen-year-olds has a perverse attachment to each other. In a Svengali-like manner, Temple leads and Vivi follows against her better judgment.

I guessed part of the resolution early on, which didn’t detract from my enjoyment of IN HER SKIN. The ending was the weakest part of the story, anticlimactic when I finally had a chance to exhale. Still, I strongly recommend IN HER SKIN for fans of Eileen Cooke and E Lockhart.

ETA: I loved the audiobook also.
Profile Image for Samantha (WLABB).
3,327 reviews231 followers
March 26, 2018
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I knew from the synopsis, that this was going to be a darker, grittier read, but wow! This was quite a twisted tale of a con that didn't got exactly go according to plan.

•Pro: Savage's writing in her last book was quite beautiful, but the style she employed here was very different, and perfectly fit this story being told from Jo's point of view. She was not refined or polished, and the writing reflected that, which I thought did a fantastic job of painting a complete picture of this young woman.

•Pro: Savage made an interesting choice of having Jo speak directly to Temple throughout the narration. It was different and really captured Jo's almost obsessive fascination with her.

•Pro: The book is divided into three parts - Vivi, Temple, Jo. I liked the way Savage set the focus in those parts, and it was a good way to partition the story.

•Con: This is just me, but I like breaks when I read. The Vivi section took up the majority of the book, and it did so as one continuous chunk. Though this was not something that bothered me, I have read enough reviews to know there are readers, who do not like the "telling versus showing" style. We spend a lot of time in Jo's head, but I feel it was a good choice because of the nature of this story.

•Pro: Jo was so damaged and broken, and Savage magnificently painted this picture. It helped me have some sympathy towards her BUT

•Con: There were like zero likable characters in this book. The plot was strong enough to keep me interested, but as a character driven reader, I sort of need a likable characters in a book to make it next level for me. There was one character I sort of liked, Wolf, but he had very little page time.

•Pro: The strongest thing about this book was the story. The whole concept of Jo slipping into the missing girl's skin and assuming her life had me captivated. Even the way it all started. How she picked her mark, did the research, and planned it all out. It was morbidly fascinating.

•Pro: I was surprised by the path this story took. The power struggle was interesting, and as the truth was slowly revealed, I found myself shaking my head in bewilderment.

Overall: A dark and twisted tale of a broken girl, who in a bid for survival, slowly loses pieces of herself.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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3,198 reviews142 followers
June 27, 2020
What does it take to assume a person's identity so even their family is fooled by your act? That's the question raised in this book when Jolene (Jo) Chastain, a chronically homeless teen, hits upon a scheme to lift herself out of poverty. The well-dressed teen that Jo sees at the library doesn't suspect a thing when Jo steals her identity information, but after Jo researches the details of her life, she finds potential for a deeper kind of identity theft. The Lovecraft family has a turbulent past, opening their home years ago to a young girl named Vivienne Weir. Vivienne disappeared at age nine and was never found, victim of a reported kidnapping, but Jo is ready to breathe new life into the girl. Mustering every con-artist skill her own late mother taught her, "Vivi" reaches out to the Lovecrafts, claiming she was abducted seven years ago and locked in a shed by an evil man. The police have questions, but Mr. and Mrs. Lovecraft won't look a gift horse in the mouth. They tearfully take Jo home to meet their daughter, Temple, whose information Jo stole at the library. Temple and Vivi were close friends seven years ago, and she can hardly process the fact that Vivi has returned.

Wealthy and glamorous, the Lovecrafts exude sophistication, but Jo senses something not quite right about them. Temple's latent psychotic tendencies chill Jo to the bone. Who's running this con, Jo or the Lovecrafts? Do they suspect she's not Vivi? Jo has experience living under false identities, but all the police or media need is one piece of evidence proving she can't be Vivi, and her comfortable new life will vanish. As Jo avoids the media spotlight, it becomes obvious to her that there's more to Vivi's disappearance seven years ago than the Lovecrafts want anyone to know. Is Jo walking into a trap with far worse consequences than a public shaming? Is there time for her to escape with the help of Wolf, a guy on the streets who stayed loyal to Jo through the dark days of her homelessness? People will do anything to keep the skeletons in their closet hidden, and the bones in the Lovecrafts' closet are beyond anything Jo bargained for.

"When you accept who you are, you can tap the breaks when you feel yourself veering toward your worst tendencies."

In Her Skin, P. 288

The narrative feels distant and is difficult to follow, but In Her Skin is a concept I can imagine loving if its execution were refined. The story hides big secrets that are revealed over time, and these secrets could have had quite an impact if I felt pulled in by the action. Kim Savage's talent for plotting is clear, and while in my opinion the book doesn't measure up to its potential, it's possible I'd rate it one and a half stars, and I would read the author again. Intricately plotted novels of high society are fun, and I'm always on the lookout for the next virtuoso performance of the subgenre. I wouldn't be shocked to someday get it from Kim Savage.
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581 reviews820 followers
May 9, 2020
Akin to thrillers such as E. Lockhart's Genuine Fraud, Kim Savage's In Her Skin details a teenage con artist who impersonates a girl that went missing nine years ago.

There's always a lot of potential in these books for suspense and action, but it ended up falling a little flat for me. Although it wasn't as bad as Genuine Fraud in the sense that things actually happened and it wasn't just detailing how this girl got into the con, I couldn't help but be a little disappointed by the result.

Not a lot of things explicitly happened and a large part of this book is just people trying to emotionally manipulate each other. Jo's trying to manipulate the Lovecrafts and maybe the Lovecrafts are trying to con her too.

The entire first 2/3 of the book is honestly really slow. Although it's divided into 3 parts, the first part takes up the majority of the novel and the last two are split in the little time that remains. It felt a little unbalanced and the beginning was just kind of slow for me.

Sure, there was tension because you never know if Jo's gonna get caught and she worries about this, but then the tension turns to emotional manipulation on both parts near the 2/3 mark.

So I definitely wished that the beginning was a little condensed.

Similarly, I had other qualms about the structure, mainly that the POV was kind of really weird. It's told in first person from Jo's point of view, and although it doesn't do that weird switch like "Oops! We've been duping you. These two people are actually the same," it still was funky, mainly because it used you, but you is defined as Temple, the girl who is now Jo's adopted sister.

At first it was weird with Jo saying things like "I really missed you" as part of the narration, and it never really stopped. Jo kept thinking about Temple even at the end, and I just found this all to be kind of weird and not really fitting in with the story.

I'm sure Savage had a reason for including it, but it didn't really come across to me and I wish she executed it a little better so the reader understood why she was doing this.

One of the biggest problems was just how I didn't really connect with this main character or the book. It's not as suspenseful as Genuine Fraud, even though more things happen. Jo is just kind of a different MC and although I understand her backstory and stuff, sometimes I think about how hardcore she is and just don't connect.

She felt dissonant at times--was peeved by stealing something from the library, but wasn't peeved by conning a whole family.

Even despite all these marks against In Her Skin I did have a pretty easy time reading and finished it rather quickly. I would recommend it to fans of Genuine Fraud and similar mysteries/thrillers, but if you're looking to enter the genre, I'd recommend searching elsewhere for something to start out with.
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3 reviews
October 30, 2017
I don’t want to write too much because of spoilers but I LOVE this book! Dark, very dark and although I really like Kim’s other novels - this is my favorite by far. My recommendation is for you to get your hands on this book and read it today!
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Author 4 books100 followers
November 1, 2017
Make sure you have some time when you pick up IN HER SKIN by Kim Savage because once you enter Jo Chastain's world you will be hard-pressed to leave it. I read this book in one sitting. Dark, creepy, gripping. Savage gently navigates the reader through unfamiliar worlds -- the Tent Cities of Boston to the Brownstones of the elite. The reader experiences the lives of the cons and their targets -- only we're never quite sure which is which. Savage's writing is gorgeous and ethereal. Jo's story is compelling and honest. The combination makes for a roller coaster of a read. My only regret was reaching the last page.
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165 reviews51 followers
January 21, 2018
*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*

I thought I could trust you. You conned me. You conned me. You conned me.

What a dark ride this was. Kim does a fantastic job with these characters. Jo and the Lovecraft's are well developed and will surprise you with their past and present actions. Nothing about this story is convenient and that's what makes it so great.

This is the second book I've read by Kim Savage and will continue to check out her books.
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1,427 reviews131 followers
July 1, 2018
2.5 Out Of 5 "twisted af" STARS

This was really weird, it had this vibe to it…that felt very un-YA, and really rather risqué.  I feel like I both disliked and liked it…well, sorta liked it.  The premise of the con didn't seem to be believable…but as the story plays out, it becomes more believable and twisted…fairly f*cking twisted.  I flew through this, thanks to the narration.  Despite listening to the last hour of the book two times, I still feel like that ending left me confused, maybe something was missing or maybe it was just me.
~~~~~MY RATING~~~~~

Plot~ 3/5
Main Characters~ 2.5/5
Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5
The Feels~ 2/5
Pacing~ 3.5/5
Addictiveness~ 3/5
Theme or Tone~ 2/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5
Originality~ 3/5
Ending~ 2.5/5
Book Cover~ It's eye-catching…
Narration~ ☆4☆ for Sandy Rustin…she wasn't too bad, actually.
Setting~ Boston
Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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1,389 reviews284 followers
March 30, 2018
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

What a twisty ride this book was! Kim Savage knows how to take you on a journey with her books—and you’re not always sure you’re going to end up somewhere pretty. That was definitely the case with this one.

What Fed My Addiction:

Life hijack. I don’t know what it is, but I’m always fascinated by stories where the main character takes over someone else’s life. In this case, Jo sees an opportunity to pretend to be Vivienne, a girl who was kidnapped from an affluent family years ago. Since Vivi’s parents died, Jo thinks she can convince their close friends to believe that she’s Vivienne and that she’s escaped from her kidnapper after years of being hidden away.

Not so smart plan. Jo isn’t nearly as smart as she thinks she is, and things start to go wrong pretty early on. Sometimes it might bother me to have a main character who thinks she’s smarter than she really is, but I felt like it worked in this story. You sort of saw the whole world unraveling around Jo, and you couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for her, even though she brought it all on herself.

Sad background. Jo isn’t exactly a likable character, but like I said, I still felt sorry for her. She’d been through a lot in her life, and I was genuinely hoping she’d find some sort of happy ending.

Interesting POV. The book was told with an interesting mix of first and second person POV. Jo is essentially telling the story to Temple Lovecraft, her new “sister,” in her head. (She refers to Temple as “you” throughout the book.) Again, this is one of those things that might work well or might fall flat. I ended up liking it.

Super quick read. This book is made up of three parts, and the game gets changed in each of them. That keeps you flipping the pages, and I flew through the book (which is a big plus for me lately, since I’ve felt a little stuck in my reading).

What Left Me Hungry for More:

Predicted some of the twists. I figured out what was going on with the Lovecrafts pretty early on—or, at least, I had a pretty good idea. I was still a bit shocked to find out the details, but I wasn’t all that surprised at the actual reveal. After that point, I did find some of the Lovecrafts actions and plans surprising, though. And part of the ending was surprising, as well as sort of sad.

Pacing in the middle. There was a point, after the big reveal and before Jo realizes that she’s in a desperate situation, that things lagged a little. But this was pretty minor. Like I said, I flew through the book.

Overall, I’d say this was a creepy and enjoyable read. If you like twisty stories that get a little dark, this one will be perfect for you! 4/5 Stars.

***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rock Star Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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167 reviews44 followers
July 16, 2018
**My full blog tour review post can be found at http://kamoorephoto.booklikes.com

Wow. That will be the first word that comes out of my mouth (and therefore, my fingers) in response to how this book made me feel.
In the same way that this book left me feeling like the wind had been knocked out of me a few times, it also left me feeling so desperately sad. I'll get back to that..

Jo Chastain, a young homeless teen, who basically wants a family of her own, assumes the identity of a missing girl (who would now be a teenager), in order to live in a wealthy household. Ignoring how hard I think it would be to actually assume the identity of a missing person and start living a new life, it takes a lot of tenacity and desire to want to rid yourself of your past and get yourself into a new situation, and risk being found out.

The home that Jo comes to live in is one where she now not only has the 'parents' she never had, along with the wealth, she also has the daughter of the Lovecrafts, Temple, who becomes like a sister and best friend to her.
As Jo (now Vivi) becomes lost inside this new identity of hers, and becomes attached to Temple, she has to remind herself of her truth because she starts to realize things are not quite as 'peachy' in the Lovecraft household as she once thought, and there's definitely an ominous tone. It takes a long while for the suspense to build and it's a slow burn that creeps up on you; the book is broken up into three different parts (of which, the first is the bulk of the book), and at the end of the first part the biggest twist comes.
Suspense in a book like this spells danger for a character like Jo, and the book is turned on its heels and at the same time it made me gasp (it's blatantly obvious I can't give you spoilers), this was very cleverly written.
What I felt is so sad about all this, is that we have one young girl wanting a family so badly she is willing to go to these lengths, and within the inner workings of this novel, there's another very sad tale going on for Temple too. This intimate friendship of these two girls starts to look very dysfunctional and you can't help but feel something's not going to end well unless...well, something.
Ultimately though, Kim Savage has written a very engrossing novel about a case of stolen identity, yet it's so much more than that; I read this book from beginning to end with hardly putting it down, and I now know I need more of her writing!
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January 23, 2018
In Her Skin is a book everyone will want on their list for 2018. Kim Savage hit this one out of the park.

Jolene Chastain is a girl who has learned how to survive. She grew up conning with her mother and many boyfriends. But, after her mother’s last boyfriend killed her, Jolene had to go on the run. She finds her way to Tent City in Boston, Massachusetts where she lives with Wolf. But, Jolene has always wanted more. A family, safety, love. Jolene has been watching Temple Lovecraft at the local library, thinking of her as her perfect con. Jolene finds out that Vivienne Weir, a childhood friend of Temple’s, had gone missing when they were both nine. Jolene saw her opportunity and took it. She became Vivienne Weir, escaping from her abductor and into the perfect family with everything she could possibly want. But, as Jolene embeds herself deeper into the Lovecraft’s lives, she realizes that there are dark secrets hidden behind closed doors, secrets that could threaten her life. Jolene realizes that she must choose to stay and continue her fairytale illusion or escape before it is too late

Jolene and Temple will dazzle readers with their complexity. Temple Lovecraft is the picture perfect high school girl. She is smart, in every extracurricular possible, and likeable. From the outside, she seems extremely innocent, but inside… She has a darker side than what seems possible. Jolene, on the other hand, looks from the outside to be dark, with her background as a con. But, on the inside all she wants is to be accepted and loved. The two complement each other so well throughout the narrative of the story. The plot itself is spectacular. It has a little bit of a major thriller feel to it, with all of the aspects of a star young adult book. I highly suggest everyone marks their calendars for March 27, 2018.

In Her Skin is amazingly beautiful. In Her Skin is amazingly beautiful. In Her Skin is amazing.

Three times makes it so.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
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September 24, 2017
Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan for an E-Arc copy of this novel.
In Her Skin had an intriguing synopsis listed. I have never read Kim Savage before, but now I’m going back to read her other novels. I found this book to be a great suspenseful, strange read. Jo Chastain is a young woman posing as a missing person to gain access to the Lovecraft family. As the novel pushes forward Jo and the reader start to realize that things with the family are not what they seem. Jo finds herself in over her head with pretending to be their missing daughter. Kim Savage weaves a thrilling story while making the reader unsure if Jo is really in danger or something much worse. A definite must read for anyone who loves suspense.
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