ISABEL'S SKIN is one of those books which start off well but then quickly take a tumble. The story is about a book valuer who is assigned to value the library of a recently deceased man. Whilst he is there, he stumbles across a house in a wood which is occupied by a seemingly eccentric scientist and a woman, who he keeps locked up.
Looking at the other reviews on Amazon, I decided to buy it because it was being described as gothic book with a murder mystery at its heart. Well, its isn't. There is a murder, but there is no mystery to it. Also, once you discover the secret of the woman who is locked away, there is very little to keep you reading. The main characters are quite insipid - David the book valuer spends more time telling you about his childhood and the relationship he has with his father, than actually focusing on the present and the main story. And Isabel, the lady at the centre of the story becomes more and more irritating as the book progresses. I do not feel that she was well thought-out or developed. The final nail in the coffin is that the ending to the whole book was sorely disappointing.
This is a book which I would struggle to recommend to anyone. Once read, it is one of those books you feel you don't need to return to. Such a shame; I was expecting so much more, based on the reviews I had read.