Under My Skin by Zoe Markham Review

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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…

Review

Under My Skin is an impressive debut from Zoe Markham, who manages to cleverly retell a classic horror story in a modern YA tale that will have you hooked from the beginning. This was a highly anticipated read for me and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint on any level. It explores what it means to feel and be human, with some very compelling characters and a complex, layered plot that made for very interesting reading.

Chloe is a fragile seventeen-year-old at the beginning of the book, struggling to come to terms with the car crash that changed her and her family’s lives irreparably. Her mum’s gone, her dad is distant at best and she’ll never see any of her friends again. She doesn’t even feel human anymore and is struggling to find a place for herself in the world. Will she find where she belongs and piece together her broken body and mind? I couldn’t possibly tell you 😉

This book is a belter. I enjoyed it from the moment I started to the moment I finished, with many moments making me go ‘Oh my Christ!’ or ‘Well I certainly didn’t expect that!’. Zoe Markham has created a deliciously dark and involved tale that will ensnare you and not let go. She also balances the darker tones with some lighter ones, including Chloe’s romance with Danny. I will be re-reading this book as soon as I can!

Bio

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.
Her debut novel, Under My Skin, is available now, with two further titles due for release in 2015, hotly followed by two more in 2016!

Links

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1BNRDu2

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1FRvnCA

Zoë’s website: http://www.zoemarkhamwrites.com

Zoë’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZoeMarkham

Full UMS purchase links can be found at: https://booklaunch.io/zoemarkham/551732929e2a0b804ca8e891

 

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