Under Your Skin

  • by Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by Tracy-Ann Oberman
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A woman finds a body, and her life is overturned....
Under Your Skin is a gripping psychological thriller in which nothing can be assumed and no one should be trusted. "This morning, I found a body. Soon the police will arrest me for murder. And after that my life will fall apart."
Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. Because the evidence keeps leading back to her. And the police seem sure she's guilty....
Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything: Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything.

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What the Critics Say

An emotionally tense sprint of a read...I was left breathless at the end' - Penny Hancock, author of Tideline
'Durrant's fluid, easy style and deliciously detailed characterisations keep you glued to the page. A twisty, clever murder story, peppered with suspicious characters and topped with a satisfyingly unexpected ending.' - Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls
'Sabine Durrant writes beautifully and with such a light touch that the twists were truly shocking' - Jane Casey, author of The Missing
'I was hooked from the gruesome discovery to the last page with its unpredictable but brilliantly satisfying conclusion... I don't often say this about a book, but I thought it was perfect in every way.' - Bookbag

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Absolutely gripping

I read and enjoyed Sabine Durrant's previous novels a few years ago so was pleased to see she had finally written another. This is quite different to her previous books and even better. I was so absolutely gripped by this, I listened over 2 days and want to listen all over again! Like all the best thrillers the plot twists and turns so many times that you are never sure who to believe and who to suspect. The characterisation is excellent and believable, it's very tightly plotted and there's some humour there too. Tracy-Ann Oberman's

narration is perfect. She has a wonderfully rich voice that really draws you into this novel.
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- Saffy

Female Take on the Psychological Whodunnit

I bought this book on a whim with a refunded credit; I really cannot say why. What I can say, with total certainty, is that I'm extremely glad that I did.

It is a psychological whodunnit, centred on the inexplicable murder of a Polish nanny, whose corpse is discovered in a fairly public place by the female presenter of a daytime magazine-type programme. Naturally, the police become involved and the plot twists and turns from this point onwards. The quasi-psychological denouement is built up, not gradually as most novels of this type are apt to do, but in steps and plateaux. This is refreshingly different, although I cannot say much more without spoiling the story for others.

The story is written in the first person and the narration is a perfect rendition of the main character's thoughts, actions and, more than anything, her feelings and emotions. The other main characters are the cliche'd personae of the high-flying city lawyer, the Eastern European nanny, the world-weary Met police inspector, the newspaper hack and the upper middle class Home Counties best friend. Whilst they might be cliche'd characters, they are expertly cracked open and their quirks, foibles and flaws are laid bare and dissected.

In conclusion, I really cannot recommend this book highly enough, but with the caveat that it is not really suited to anyone without a fondness for fictional crime/detective novels. I have awarded the full five starts, both over all and for the superb narration. I have, perhaps, been a touch harsh on the plot and marked it down to four stars. The reason for this is that there are not only a small number of non sequiturs in the peripheral story line, but also the occasional poor construction of language; this broke the rhythm of the prose. As I have said in many previous reviews, this is my review and I dare say that this small criticism is purely subjective and is the direct result of my own "taste and fancy".
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- Michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton