Skin Deep (Paperback)Liz Nugent (author)
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'Bloody brilliant!' Denise Mina
'Extraordinary' A.J. Finn
'A twisted thriller, reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith.' Ian Rankin, Guardian Books of the Year
'Absorbing, beautifully written' The Times, Crime Books of the Year
'Every bit as amazing as her first two [novels]' Lisa Jewell
IBA Crime Fiction Book of the Year Winner 2018
From the No 1 bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Lying in Wait
'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 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 . . .
'The finest psychological thriller writer currently at work' Tammy Cohen
'Dark, brutal and brilliant' Colette McBeth
'Dazzling ... chilling, mesmerising and, ultimately, devastating. Pure storytelling genius' Mark Edwards
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 497 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 27 mm
Monumentally good. Liz Nugent is a beautiful writer and among the very best storytellers in the world -- Donal Ryan
A twisted thriller, reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith. A scarred woman brings chaos to those around her, but Nemesis is coming -- Ian Rankin * Guardian Books of the Year *
The finest psychological thriller writer currently at work - no one gets under the skin of monstrous characters like she does -- Tammy Cohen
I loved, loved, loved Skin Deep - the compassion of it, the beauty of the language, how glamour and horror intersect, how the tension twists tighter and tighter and is brilliantly done -- Marian Keyes
A tour de force ... a genuinely memorable, at times terrifying central character ... will appeal to readers who enjoy an exciting, fast-paced journey of psychological extremes, which delivers a shocking final twist * Crime Club, Killer Women Book of the Month *
As one woman's singular story unspools with many an unexpected shock, Nugent skewers her targets with skill. Sly humour and dazzling originality deliver a gutsy feminist message. * The Times *
Dazzling ... chilling, mesmerising and, ultimately, devastating. Pure storytelling genius -- Mark Edwards
Wow! I am lost in admiration - Liz Nugent's storytelling is a wonderful feat of imagination, totally gripping, with a fascinating character at its heart -- Sabine Durrant
A triumph, from first page to last! -- Sarah Hilary
Her darkest book yet - a compelling one-sitting read -- Sinead Crowley
Dark, brutal and brilliant -- Colette McBeth
Utterly gripping, fast paced, and featuring my favourite sociopathic female character since Lady Macbeth -- Louise O'Neill * Twitter *
Incredibly dark, twisting and utterly mesmerising - you will not be able to put this down -- Sinead Moriarty * Twitter *
Pitch dark and thrillingly original -- Jane Casey * Twitter *
Bloody brilliant! -- Denise Mina
Perfect summer read for those who like their escapism on the darker side * Ian Rankin *
Intriguing ... well-paced ... echoes of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins -- Sunday Times
Liz Nugent is a master at exploring the dark recesses of the female mind. Dare I call her Queen of the Psychopaths? ... you will devour this dark tale. -- Vanessa Ronan * Twitter *
A tense, dark psychological study in narcissism with a suitably chilling ending * Good Housekeeping *
Utterly compelling ... Nugent displays to the full her storytelling gifts and ability to create a truly dark monster of a character * RTE Guide *
It's a blast ... Liz Nugent has done it again * Sunday Business Post *
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