Inside we are all monsters…
Chloe was once a normal girl. Until the night of the car crash that nearly claimed her life. Now Chloe’s mother is dead, her father is a shell of the man he used to be and the secrets that had so carefully kept their family together are falling apart.
A new start is all Chloe and her father can hope for, but when you think you’re no longer human how can you ever start pretending?
Under My Skin is the story of Chloe, a seventeen year old with a secret. She is different from other girls her age and it is this difference that means that she lives hidden in the shadows of a regular life. She doesn’t go to school, have a boyfriend or heck even have any friends. She lives under the rules and guidance of her overprotective scientist of a father.
Finally, after months of living a cloak and dagger life Chloe convinces her father to allow her to go back to school. However, when things start to go awry for Chloe she has to concede that maybe her father was right to be worried.
So Under My Skin could be described as a modern day Frankenstein story. It has elements of fantasy and science fiction blended with YA fiction. You cannot help but feel sorry for Chloe who is almost suffocating under her father’s almost militant regime. You spend the majority of the book thinking that he is the bad guy, stifling her every move. Yet you also become suspicious of every other character in the book. His caution wears off on you. It is the heightened levels of suspicion that makes Under My Skin a compelling read.
My one bug bear with the book is that initially the pacing was too slow. It takes five chapters before I felt like anything had happened. Whilst I understand that was to build mystery and intrigue I did find myself asking ‘where is this going?’ and ‘what is the point?’ Under My Skin does get so much better so please stick with it. Once those first five chapters are out of the way the rest of the book is a high speed dramarama.
Under My Skin by Zoe Markham is available now.
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