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Book Review: Beneath the Skin

Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner

[5 stars]

Beneath the Skin     Amazon US PB Amazon US HC Amazon Canada PB Amazon Canada HC
Nicci French
Class/Genre:   Mystery   Psychological Suspense   Thriller
Mysterious, May 2000, $24.95, 376 pp.

In different parts of London, several women begin receiving anonymous love-hate letters. Besides their home city, the women involved have little in common except they are petite and have been involved in a bad relationship. The women react identically by initially ignoring the correspondence, but the letter writer begins to personalize the notes. His actions frighten the women, who turn to the police for protection.

The cops place guards around the stalker’s victims, but somehow he gets through their protection and starts killing them. The police begin to investigate the targets to attempt to find a link. Relationships fray quickly as the unknown foe seems to know more about his prey than the women’s so called loved ones. The women begin to mentally unravel under his increasing pressure, knowing he could murder them any time he wants.

BENEATH THE SKIN is Nicci French’s second published American novel even though the talented author seems as if she has been around forever. Like her first tale (see the fabulous KILLING ME SOFTLY), this tale is an incredible psychological thriller that will be on everyone’s best list. Readers gain insight into the lives and motives of the victims and that allows the audience to understand why they react the way they do. In a dark, lurking manner, the stalker seems very real, adding to the overall frightening feel of the taut story line. Fans will clamor for the release of Ms. French’s other two novels not published in the States as well as more chilling thrillers.

Harriet Klausner

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