Friday, May 20, 2016



Under My Skin
Published by: Carina Press (HQN)
Publication date: March 31st, 2015

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?

A contemporary reworking of a British horror classic, Under My Skin follows seventeen-year-old Chloe into an isolated world of darkness and pain, as she struggles to understand what it really means to be alive.

Set against the familiar backdrop of everyday, normal teenage worries, Chloe’s world has become anything but…

WARNING after you pick up this book and begin reading an unknown entity will not allow you to put the book down until the task is fully completed. If you finish the book unscathed as I have, you will be astounded by how much fun an experience you just had. Beware to all who do not read horror Do Not Run from this book it is not truly grotesque horror - more like old school sci-fi. Yes, the plot is unusual and bizarre yet also a bit mournful due to the sympathy I feel for what Chloe is enduring including being forced to be put through a hellish experience. I felt a bond with Chloe over our mutual love of books, but not the way she devours meat that was the only part that grossed me out.

“The texture of cold meat in my mouth, and the thick, slimy feel of a raw egg as it slides down my throat, and another, and another. I see the shells cracked and lying on the side, but I have no memory of cracking them.”
- Chloe

The prose is impeccable with superb creative wording and sentence structure. The author was full on with the mental capacity of a teenager creating remarkable characters. I loved the cool British wording & slang. This read has some foolproof twists except for one situation that is predictable. Zoe Markham, you know what part I am writing about the black man is so obvious why? Also are the schools in Britain all that strange & demented (JOKE)? I am beyond overjoyed that there is going to be a follow-up to this book!

“I get that familiar panicky sensation of ice flooding my stomach”
- Chloe

About Zoe
A full-time editor by day, Zoë writes furiously at night when her son's safely in bed and the coffee's on. She currently has two Young Adult novels published with Carina UK (Harpercollins) and two more due out late 2016 with Grimbold Books.

She likes her fiction dark and disturbing, and some of her favorite authors include Darren Shan, Stephen King, Derek Landy, Patrick Ness and Alexander Gordon Smith.

Zoë has a completely unfounded fear of mushrooms and doesn't feel at all comfortable writing about herself in the third person. She also worries about boring you here before you've had a chance to check out her Books page, but if you'd like to know more, pop over and say hello on Twitter and she'll more than likely talk your ear off.

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