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Previously published under the title: "Beneath the skin"

No-one remembers your past. But you do.

‘Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.’

It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets.

Antonia has a secret. A secret so dark and so deep that she can barely admit it to herself. Instead, she treats herself to Friday night sessions of self-harm while h

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Published October 5th 2017 by Avon Books UK
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Dash fan
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4☆ Gripping read

Beneath the skin is a book about the behaviour of a group of friends , four couples  How they relate to each other, How they come across as best friends but are willing to stab each other in the back to protect themselves. Its about betrayal, secrets, lies, family, friendship, abuse.

I just want to mention that this book is more of a psychological drama than a thriller. But don't let that put you off it still weaves a fab story of twists and turns to keep you on your toes!

This is
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AnisaAnne
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Great stories within a novel but it fell short on execution.

What are the dark secrets you bury have beneath the skin?

Four couples, intersected by friendship and work, carry the weight of secrets and lies. The opening starts off with the tease of a suspenseful thriller and creates a great hook. We meet Antonia in a bathtub taunting her body with a razor blade. We later learn of a group of friends, some married with children, fumbling through their lives with heavy psychological burdens.

The char
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Amy
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I want to start by saying that I think this book was slightly misleading only because I don’t believe it was marketed correctly, which is unfortunate. It’s billed as a psychological thriller and while I can definitely agree with the psychological aspect it’s not a true thriller by any means. It’s more of a character driven psychological drama with some unexpected developments. Despite having to adjust my expectations once I really got started with this one, I did enjoy it but I just wanted to cl ...more
Rachel Hall
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the Skin, the debut novel by Caroline England is domestic drama at its most absorbing and insightful; not only is it very well-written, engaging and incisive, it positively bristles with tension. Whilst the novel falls outside of a strict psychological thriller classification that does not mean to say that it doesn’t deliver a host of secrets, lies, deceit and manipulation, albeit with much more subtlety than the often far-fetched revelations that have become the staple of the genre. The ...more
Liz Barnsley
Beneath the Skin is a beautifully written debut - once again though I have to say I think it is slightly misleading in it's marketing I would not call it a thriller, psychological or not. If you are expecting what has become the "norm" for psychological thrillers it is possible you would be disappointed - Beneath the Skin is carefully considered, genuinely absorbing character drama. All the people in this novel have secrets, there I guess is where the tag comes from, but that is very much second ...more
Linda Strong

Relationships come in all sizes and shapes. Love, hate, anger, happiness, and a myriad of other emotions. Relationships take effort to maintain and lies and secrets don't always come to light. When they do .. the relationship will never be the same again.

Four men, good friends, married to four very different women. They all seem to have one secret or another. The women who have become friends over time don't always like each other.

Antonia is a cutter. She witnessed something awful as a young gi
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Fictionophile
My full review of "The Wife's Secret" aka "Beneath the Skin" can be found on my blog: https://wp.me/p8jpZ-55j

There were many characters in this novel and we came to know them all well. Some I liked, some I didn't, yet they all had secrets and I wondered which secrets would be divulged, and to what cost?

Due to the tangled relationships of the four couples, their story was unpredictable, with the reader wondering in which direction the author was taking us. Along the way several interesting themes
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Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
'No-one remembers your past. But you do.'

I have to be honest and say from the outset that this book did not turn out as I had expected and I mean that in a very positive way.

Beneath The Skin is marketed as a psychological thriller, but it was actually a lot more than that. I have seen it also described as a dark domestic noir and that I think, for me, would be a more apt portrayal.

Beneath The Skin is a study of human behaviour. It is an examination of marriage and how much we chose to reveal
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Susan Hampson
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is strange that extreme opposites are like walking on a tight rope and it just depends on which side you fall off as to how your life pans out. It is like that for Antonia when I first met her in the story as she was self harming. The pain and the pleasure, extremes but she has to have one to get the other. The whole story is like that really. I met 4 couples, all very different people, all connected, all individual people the world sees them as but it really isn’t who they are. What you see ...more
Donna Maguire
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I thought that this book was absolutely thrilling and haven't hesitated to give it 5 stars!!  The story centres around the lives of four couples - their lives and their deepest, darkest and potentially explosive secrets - the writing style used is excellent and the story weaves it's way around brilliantly.  You can see the thought used when writing this and for me that made it more than just another main stream psychological thriller.  The characters are c
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Francesca
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story with different characters facing the reality of life and its problems. I will read more by this author.
Rachel
*thank you to Netgalley, Caroline England and Avon Books UK for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


3 stars.

This is a bit hard to rate. Because on one hand, it was well written, I enjoyed the style and as a first novel this was impressive. On the other hand. I had been expecting more of a fast paced mystery thriller and this wasn't quite that. It focused more on telling the story of the characters and I felt the ending was a bit flat. If you don't mind something more along the l
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Charmaine Saliba
When I bought this book, I thought that it would be a psychological thriller, the title and the blurb suggested that but it is not, and at the end of part one I was somehow disappointed to find out it wasn’t what I was expecting it would be, but I continued to read it and eventually I ended up liking it. As I said, it is not a thriller but somehow it is a psychology novel. It is about the people’s characters, their bad sides, they look perfect, happy and confident but deep down are depressed, ha ...more
Siobhan
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline England’s Beneath the Skin is another example of how I need to start paying more attention when deciding which book to buy to complete one of those ‘purchase x number of books to get them for x price’ offers. You see, although this one was sitting in the mystery and thriller section, such was not what I was given. If I was going to label this as anything I would label it as a drama, not as a crime novel like those surrounding it in store.

I have no issue with dramas, I will gladly give t
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Rebecca If Only I Could Read Faster
Reading a debut novel is always like going into the unknown, unsure whether the author’s writing style will be one that you enjoy for a start. But Beneath The Skin appealed to me, the blurb, the cover and the publisher, so in I went.

Beneath The Skin focuses on the relationships of four couples who are all linked together. At first, I wasn’t so sure as I struggled with keeping up with all the different characters that were introduced to us, especially as some of them had a present and past to kee
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Kelly Lacey
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve recently taken to watching the talked about popular television dramas such as ‘Dr Foster’ and ‘Liar’. I’m not one for watching network telly, I like to binge watch box sets on Netflix. But in the case of those shows, I really enjoyed the psychological aspect of the stories. So when I started to read Beneath the Skin and the same feel emanated from the pages I was in my glory.

This is not an action-packed express page flicking read, it’s too good for that. It’s a slow (but in no way boring) b
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Carol Peace
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books, i-own
I loved this book and feel that it was a great insight into what could be happening 'behind closed doors' in any town or village. It is about four couples who have a loosely based friendship but who knows what really goes on in someones life. These couples have their own secrets and it is interesting reading into their lives. I was a little overwhelmed with so many characters at first but then it seemed to all fall into place and I had met all the couples and some of their back stories before I ...more
Yellagirlgc
A group of married couples Antonia and David and Charlie and Helen, Mike and Olivia along with Sami and Sophie. While the husbands are all friends the wives have varying degrees of friendship. Some strong and some barely there. It's the secrets that keep you reading though.
Claudia
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the Skin bored the crap out of me. When I first read the back cover, I was definitely interested in Antonia’s story. It also made me think the book was about her. It wasn’t. There were so many main characters and I didn’t like any of them! All the characters were somehow related, but I didn’t feel that their stories intertwined well. Antonia’s “big secret” was so obvious throughout the book. Also, I didn’t like that we went through all these different characters stories, and end up just ...more
Hope
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short review...

Beneath the Skin kept me interested but didn't quite sell me on its idea completely. The individual stories where interesting but they didn't quite come together and I either guessed a few of the twists or wasn't even that blown away when they happened.
Amanda
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have heard lots of good things about this book and I was delighted to be asked if I would like to take part in the blog tour for ‘Beneath The Skin’.  This is Caroline England’s debut novel and what a debut it is.
I can’t say that I took to any of the characters as such but that isn’t such a bad thing because you can have a better overall view of events so to speak.  At first each of the ladies are nice enough but as the book continues it becomes clear that appearances can be deceptive.  Each ch
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Louise Beech
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the Skin is a startling debut. It slowly put me under its spell, until I was absolutely beneath its skin. With characters that pulsate off the page, complex relationships, and dark mysteries, this novel follows the lives of four couples. Their dramas are revealed slowly, patiently, and beautifully, until the breath-taking climax. I can’t recommend this enough.
Roxanne
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Avon and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.


Antonia has a secret, a secret she has never told anyone and it causes her to cut herself on Friday nights when her husband is at the pub and her best friend is drinking. It turns out that Antonia isn't the only that has secrets. Sophie is hiding things as well, and so is her husband David and her other friend Olivia.

David is driven to commit suicide, which leads to Antonia coming clean about the self-harm to Mike
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Melissa Rothman
Oct 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The description on this book sounds so mysterious that I had as thrilled when I received it however I was very disappointed after trying very hard to get past the first five chapters. I felt like there were way to many character point of views being told all at once and on each chapter it would have helped being told who's point of view it had changed to because in not doing so even each paragraph the character's change and it all starts getting muddled and frankly aggravating. The characters al ...more
S.D. Robertson
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great
What a beautifully crafted, intelligent and gripping debut novel. I was delighted to get my hands on an early copy of this dark, twisty tale about the interconnected lives of four intriguing couples. Beneath the Skin is brimming with complex characters and relationships, plus enough secrets and lies to keep even the keenest reader on their toes throughout. The South Manchester / Cheshire setting provides the perfect backdrop for this superior page-turner: a sumptuous serving of domestic noir tha ...more
Lainy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 362

Publisher - Avon

Blurb from Goodreads

No-one remembers your past. But you do.
‘Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.’

It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets.

Antonia has a secret. A secret so dark and so deep that she can barely admit it to herself. Instead, she treats herself to Friday night sessions of self-harm while her husband David is at the pub, and her best friend Sophie is drinking too much wine a few doors down.

Nobo
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Kerry
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wife's Secret (previously published as Beneath The Skin, which is the title of the paperback version I read) is very much a character driven story. There are several complex characters, all with their own secrets, all intertwined in one way or another. A very complicated, but enthralling, mess of emotion!
It will be difficult to review without giving too much away, but I'll try.
The story is predominantly focused on Antonia who is a quiet and seemingly broken character, but one who appears to
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Andy Thorn
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling drama about four couples, linked through friendship, work and shared history. The writing style took me a couple of chapters to get used to, jumping quickly from one narrator to another to another. Each of the narrators is given to musing on the past, the other characters, other relationships and their own motives and desires. They are all quite introspective and rather good at analysing their own psyches, scarred and battered though they all are. Several of them have conversations ...more
Julie Smith
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three women. Three secrets.

‘Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.’

It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets.

Antonia has a secret. A secret so dark and so deep that she can barely admit it to herself. Instead, she treats herself to Friday night sessions of self-harm while her husband David is at the pub, and her best friend Sophie is drinking too much wine a few doors down.

Nobody close to her knows the truth about what the teenage Antonia saw all those years ago.
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HELEN TOWILL
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping!

I was hooked from the beginning of this novel!
Just couldn't put it down!
Exposed the frailties and secrets of human nature!
Off to try and find another of Caroline England's books now!
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Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer. She turned to writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies.

Caroline writes domestic psychological thrillers
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