May 3, 2018

SKIN DEEP, an Adult Mystery Thriller by Liz Nugent left me in a quandary. Perhaps that was the reason: to shock and make the reader think. I, on the other hand, could not get to grips with the main character, Cordelia Russell. Within the first few pages, we learn Cordelia has the body of a dead man decomposing in her flat. But who?

Over the rest of the book, we are introduced to many would-be suspects as the story begins again when Cordelia is just nine years old.

Liz Nugent is a fantastic writer who takes us on one hell of a ride. My only concern, I did not feel anything for Cordelia, not one shred of sympathy. Her character traits proved too difficult to like.

Thank you to #NetGalley for the opportunity to review #SkinDeep

I’m sorry, but I could only give this story 3.5 STARS.

‘I could probably have been an actress. It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else. Isn’t that what I’ve been doing for most of my life?’

Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.

The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her grotty flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .

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