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Published by Avon, 5 October 2017. ISBN:
and lies are always a sure-fire winner when it comes to psychological suspense
and, my goodness, does Caroline England’s domestic noir novel Beneath the Skin have plenty of both.
The book revolves around four couples
who live in the fertile heartland of the Cheshire countryside, four couples
whose histories weave and collide, eight people all with secrets that could
blow their lives apart.
To the outside world, Antonia is
perfect - beautiful, happily married, flawless. So why does she cut her arms
with a razor blade? Her friend Sophie is fun, smart. She likes a drink - who
doesn’t? She is married to the best-looking man in town, Sami. Sami is one of
the good guys - isn't he? Then there’s Antonia’s husband David. He would never
do anything wrong - would he? And Mike and Olivia and Charlie and Helen. Their
lives are normal, no secrets behind their closed doors. Surely?
Little by little, Caroline England’s
delicious writing peels away the layers of the four couples’ lives to reveal
their rotten cores in this slow-burning and ultimately rewarding novel. The
characters shine and leap off the page and we become completely immersed in their
deception and lies. Some will have their lives changed irrevocably, others less
so. But all will be changed. And it is fascinating to see who emerges the least
The Skin doesn't follow the classical
psychological suspense/thriller template (if there is such a thing), but
surprises us in so many ways, with its interwoven threads, multiple viewpoints
and believable characters. Caroline England has a great insight into human
behaviour with all its frailties, making this a very intelligent book indeed.
born in Yorkshire. She studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed
over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer and
instigated her jottings when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely
daughters. In addition to the publication of her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by
ACHUKAbooks, Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of
literary publications and anthologies. She was shortlisted for the Impress
Prize 2015, in the Pulp Idol 2016 finals and long listed for the UK Novel
Writing Competition 2017. Her debut novel, Beneath
the Skin, will be published by Avon HarperCollins on 5 October 2017.
Mary-Jane Riley wrote
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It
was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but she
soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote
about the Wild West instead. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and
became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many
life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two
decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get
in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines
and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help
charities get their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing
psychological suspense, drawing on her experiences in journalism. The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley was
published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads. Her second book, After She Fell, also published by Killer Reads in April 2016. To read the review of Killer reads click here http://promotingcrime.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/after-she-fell-by-mary-jane-riley.html