Today, I’m over the moon to be taking part of the Book Tour for Under My Skin, by Zoë Markham. Please read on to discover more about the book, see my review + find an excellent giveaway at the end of this post for a £25.00 Amazon Voucher! (Giveaway now closed)
Book blurb: What if we’re all monsters, on the inside?
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…
Publisher: Carina | Publication date: 31st March 2015 | Edition: Kindle (Review Copy)
Take an ordinary teenager. Irritable. Moody. Anxious. Thinking about lads and the general trivialities of life, and yet, one teenager has less in common with others her age. Chloe is a unique individual, one the government would kill to their hands on.
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, author + tour organiser @jennymarston_xo for providing a copy of this book for review.)
Zoë writes Young Adult fiction, blending dark twistiness with urban Britishness to produce unique, unsettling tales. A full-time editor by day, Zoë writes by night, fueled by endless mugs of tea and an increasingly blurred distinction between fantasy & reality. Zoë lives in the wilds of West Oxfordshire with her husband, son, and the obligatory two cats.
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