The Resource Beneath the skin, Nicci French

Beneath the skin, Nicci French

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Beneath the skin
Title
Beneath the skin
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Nicci French
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eng
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Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ After an outstanding American debut with Killing Me Softly, French returns with a very different but equally compelling novel. This time she offers a new take on an old theme. While most novels about serial killers focus on finding the killer after the victims are dead, French writes from the victim's perspective, dividing up the story into thirds to present the viewpoints of the three female victims. The killer also is heard from, mostly through his disturbing letters to the three women, but occasionally--and chillingly--he speaks in the first person. Since only a third of the book is devoted to each woman, French must hook the reader early on, which she does as brilliantly here as she did in her previous novel. Female readers probably will be able to identify strongly with at least one of the victims: Zoe, a teacher in her early 20s, Jennifer, a wealthy stay-at-home mother who is reluctantly approaching 40, and Nadia, a free-spirited children's-party performer in her late 20s. The bond readers feel with the victims makes their fate that much more tragic. An absolutely first-rate thriller from a writer who deserves more recognition. ((Reviewed April 1, 2000)) -- Jenny McLarin
  • Three women fear the same deadly stalker in this accomplished followup to French's elegant debut, Killing Me Softly (1999). Zoe, Jenny, and Nadia are all small and blond, attractive without being in the least bit beautiful, and live in north London. On the surface, that's where the similarities end. Their stalker, however, tells them he sees "beneath the skin." He knows their thoughts, he knows their lives, and he both loves and hates them for what he knows. The sequence begins with Zoe, who sets it in motion when she interrupts a pursesnatching by whacking the thief with the oversized watermelon she happens to be carrying. The escapade piques public attention, and among the flood of mail Zoe receives is a letter that reads in part, "when does someone like you . . . come frightened of dying?" As the letters keep on, Zoe begins to recognize the handwriting and to shudder at their intensifying menace. She takes her worries to the police, who shrug them off. By the time that decision is reversed, it's Jenny's turn to shudder. And then Nadia's, which means it's much too late. The shaky plotting isn't up to Killing Me Softly, but in terms of writing and characterization this is as strong as all but the very best. (BookoftheMonth Club main selection) (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2000)
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French, Nicci
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fiction
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  • Threats
  • Victims
  • Women
  • Anonymous letters
  • London (England)
  • Suspense fiction
Label
Beneath the skin, Nicci French
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Publication
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
370 p.
Isbn
9780892967261
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) 765921
Label
Beneath the skin, Nicci French
Publication
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
370 p.
Isbn
9780892967261
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) 765921

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