“There’s no going back.
‘This morning I found the body of a young woman. What I did next was the worst mistake of my life.’
Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home. She’s shaken and haunted by the image of the lifeless young woman, and frightened that the killer, still at large, could strike again.
Before long, the police have a lead. The evidence points to a very clear suspect. One Gaby never saw coming . . . “
Well this is more like it. I really enjoyed this book. A crime thriller from the pen of journalist Sabine Durrant, “Under Your Skin” is told entirely from the perspective of daytime TV host Gaby Mortimer who, whilst out running early one morning, finds the body of a young woman in a park near her home.
Having reported the body to the police Gaby is shocked to find that she is being treated as the number one suspect as a number of pieces of circumstantial evidence seem to tie her to the victim and the victim’s home.
At the same time Gaby’s husband Phillip, a high-flying financier, has to travel abroad for work. He has recently become distant and Gaby fears that he plans to leave her and their daughter Millie. The producers of her TV show drop her like a hot potato once the police interest in Gaby becomes apparent and the senior investigating officer, DI Perivale seems intent on ignoring any other leads or suspects – such as Gaby’s live-in nanny Marta, the dead girl’s boyfriend included.
Gaby reluctantly decides to give her side of the story to a journalist – on the understanding that he help her try to uncover the truth about what happened to the murder victim but before long is worried that they are perhaps getting too close to the dangerous truth.
The text contains numerous asides which I felt, together with her fears about her marriage, career and liberty, helped our main character to seem more real and sympathetic.
The climax of the book is a love / hate thing, I suspect. As a reader you will either love the twist of hate it. Initially I was in the latter camp but the more I thought about it the more I appreciated the whole thing. Definitely recommended reading…