- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2706 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (31 Mar. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TOR142I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Under My Skin is a loose re-imagining of Frankenstein. Markham has taken the classic story – itself a groundbreaking tale of scientific caution – and reworked it into a contemporary young-adult thriller, heavy on elements of romance and suspense. The result is the story of a young girl, killed in a car crash along with her mother, brought back to life by her brilliant scientist father. The process has changed her though, and left her with a strange body and a ravenous need for protein. No feasting on the flesh of the living however, a big plate of bacon rashers or succulent chicken breast will do the job nicely.
As Chloe's father works secretly to secure her long-term future at the local hospital, Chloe begins to tire of her isolation. She wants to get out of the house and do normal teenage things and this is where the book steps up a gear. As Chloe re-enters the real world suspicion creeps in (there are bad people after such a scientific marvel), but so too do normal teenage girl concerns like boys and fitting in.
At the heart of this book is the troubled relationship between Chloe and her father. Chloe’s father clearly loves her, but he’s done so many terrible things. How can Chloe ever forgive him? It's a wonderful take on the often fractious relationship between teens and their parents, beautifully transmitted by Markham.
Chloe is such a personable character, telling her story from the first person perspective it is like getting a sneak peek into her diary at times. Whilst she deals with life after death, constant pain, a changed life, losing her Mother and rebuilding a relationship with her Father you also see her tackle anxiety and normal teenage growing pains.
Information about what happened to Chloe, why her Dad does what he does for her is drip fed through the book making it almost impossible to guess what is happening in the bigger picture, why it is happening and what will happen. It makes reading the book an absolute pleasure and makes some of the plot twists you are hit with absolutely shocking.
Under My Skin was such a pleasure to read and I finished wanting to know what happens next in Chloe’s story. There were so many potential path’s she could go down, so many possible plot twists I do hope there will be a second book because this was a character who was a delight to follow, even during her hard times!
Thank you to Neverland Book Tours and Zoë Markham for the ARC in return for my review.
Meet Chloe Jones, a.k.a. Chloe Gardner, who, with not only a change of identity, resembles someone else entirely, from what seems to be another lifetime ago.
Following a fatal car accident in which her mother perished, Chloe and her scientist father are in hiding. He’s constantly striving to keep her alive and to do that he must keep her hidden from the world.
In spite of her unusual circumstances, and chronic mental and physical pain, Chloe, being a typical teenager, has other ideas and craves the world outside the ‘prison’ her father has confined her to – a remote house they rent off the beaten track. Little does she know, the isolation is for her own good in more ways than one. The threat of the world outside could easily become a race to survive.
Her father is constantly looking over his shoulder, whilst trying to make life as ‘normal’ as possible. But what is normal anymore? And who exactly are the monsters hunting them both? It’s often difficult to separate a monster from the person standing behind you in a queue – sometimes, they’re much closer than you think, until you just don’t know who to trust anymore.
Under My Skin is an edgy, dark story of how we are perceived to those around us. The possibility of being different and how that affects our relationships is brought stunningly to the fore. It’s a gripping tale of isolation, friendship, and learning to accept yourself for you who really are. It’s told with honesty, from the point of view of a vulnerable girl who will question her existence every single day. And it raises the question: how do you expect anyone to love you, when you can’t love yourself?
Complete with contemporary dilemmas, the morals of Chloe’s father and the project he’s been working to create provides a whole new spin on a ‘Mary Shelley’ horror. Feeding just enough detail to keep a hook in you ’til the end, it brews to a rather satisfying conclusion. Excellent stuff.
Would love to see a sequel…
(My thanks to the publisher, book tour organiser and the author for providing a copy of this book for review)
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