‘Under Your Skin‘ really captures the strength of abuse victims, demonstrating how they can regain control and power.
When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.
Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case, but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.
Local Belfast resident, Julia Matthews, joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could.
Julia was only trying to help but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?
Trigger warning: domestic violence, some sexual scenes and swear words
When we are first introduced to Julia it is clear that she is going through a difficult time in her life. For this reason I automatically assumed she could potentially fall victim of abuse. I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is that I enjoyed her journey.
Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor’s relationship is flirtatious and this did anger me at times due to Simon being a married man. McClelland deliberately highlights the chemistry between the characters to keep you guessing whether their relationship is platonic or not. Rest assured, all does become clear – no spoilers here!
The domestic violence within ‘Under Your Skin‘ definitely means it is not for everyone as some people may find it a difficult read. I found myself getting very frustrated with Hannah and willing her to be stronger but the story very much captures what is going through her mind and you do begin to fully appreciate how abuse victims are made to feel. McClelland has clearly done her research!
As much as I enjoyed McClelland’s debut psychological thriller, I do have to admit that I found it quite predictable, something that is very unusual for me. That being said, it did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. I look forward to reading what McClelland writes next!
About the Author
“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!
Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.
She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.
She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/RoseMcClelland1
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rosiegirl2000/
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Publication day: 21st May 2020
Genres: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers, Contemporary