Title: Under My Skin
Author: Lisa Unger
Genre: psychological thriller
Is this part of a series? No.
Publish Date: October 2nd, 2018
Poppy lost her husband a year ago. It was called a random act of violence- he was beaten to death in a park during a morning run. There are no suspects, no one to blame. No closure. Is it any wonder she had a nervous breakdown?
Going through the motions of life in a drug-induced haze, she knows she isn’t getting anywhere. She hasn’t even unpacked her apartment- it isn’t healthy. Then there’s the hooded man. He’s everywhere, following her. Slowly things seem to be coming back from the lost time right after the funeral…. but with the amount of medication, grief and mental illness can she rely on any of it?
Could Poppy be holding the keys to understanding Jack’s death? What price would you pay for the truth?
Lisa Unger has been one of my go-to authors for years. Every time I see her name on an ARC I pray that I will get it even as I am preordering the book because I simply cannot wait. (Hardback copy coming in, two book buds already on a waiting list).
She has a flair for the slightly dramatic and deranged that lends itself well to psychological thrillers. While this one was not my favorite of hers, it’s still one of the better thrillers I have read this year. I think I have just grown to expect more from Unger, the way I do Patterson.
As with her other books, it starts a bit slow- there’s a lot of foundation to lay here- but quickly picks up and sweeps you into the grief riddled mind of our main character. I feel for Poppy even as I wanted to strangle her. Some of her choices drove me absolutely crazy, but given what she was dealing with and her mental state they seemed legitimate. I will say I loved and hated the Poppy/Layla relationship. Part of me loved how close they were, the love they shared. Part of me felt that the amount of controlling behavior was pretty toxic. Still with Poppy’s recent past and the abuse Layla watched as a kid…. it, too, made a deranged sort of sense.
The writing style was a bit choppy in the best way- playing well with the state of our main character without being too overly chaotic. I loved it for the genre. There was good character development and some great character growth. I was fenced as far as Noah for a long time, a romantic interest seeming bad timing; but I feel like he was pivotal to Poppy’s growth through the book. Plus, I just kinda loved him! For me, this is a four and a half star book.
On the adult content scale there was a lot of language, substance abuse, violence and very light sexual content. This one is definitely geared toward adults. I give it a seven.
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest review. My thanks!
The book comes out 10-2-18. Who’s ready?!?
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