Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland
Publication day: 21st May 2020
Genres: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers, Contemporary
Trigger warning: domestic violence, some sexual scenes and swear words
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book had me engrossed right from the very start that I managed to read it within one day. I find mystery thrillers so fascinating and they always manage to draw me into the story, especially when authors, just like Rose McClelland, are extremely good at writing and able to keep the reader turning page after page of their book wanting to know what’s going to happen next.
This story is made up of multiple POVs, which if you’ve been reading my reviews for a while now will know that that’s one of my favourite narratives. I really liked putting the pieces together from reading over everyone’s POVs.
Julia was one of my least favourite characters. I found her very naive and sheltered, she was quite a pathetic character and I found myself rolling my eyes whenever she said or did something questionable. However, towards the end of the book I found a level of respect for her. Kyle Greer made my blood boil and he also scared me whenever he interacted with another character. Kyle is a very manipulative abuser, I found myself frowning at my book when his scenes of the book happened. Kerry was a really interesting police officer, I really enjoyed following her story in this book. Hannah. Kyle’s wife. Hannah is the character that this this story is based around and I really felt sorry for her. I connected with her somewhat, she was hopeful and brave but unfortunately she became victim to some horrible scenarios in this story.
This is one of my favourite passages from the book, not only because of McClelland’s beautiful writing which captures the passage perfectly but because I can totally relate to it as I’m a bit of a nosey person myself: I saw a young woman walk past the house. She was looking in, watching us. I understood her nosiness. I loved this time of day, when it was too light to close the blinds, but you still needed to put on a lamp. If you took a walk, it was too easy to cast a furtive glance into people’s homes, to catch a snapshot of their lives, to admire their décor and make stories about their lifestyles.
It was difficult to read parts of the book at times as there are few domestic violence and sexual scenes which can be uncomfortable to read over.
I would have to say the downside of my reading experience of Under Your Skin was the formatting of the book I received, the book missed out what seemed like a couple of lines which I’m hoping didn’t miss out anything too important.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this fast-paced mystery thriller and would definitely recommend you to pick it up today.
“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!
Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.
She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.
She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.
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