Skin Deep by Liz Nugent #BookReview @lizzienugent @ThPigeonholeHQ @PenguinUKBooks

skin deep

Author: Liz Nugent

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Paperback 384 pages

Release Date:  5 April 2018 

Publisher: Penguin

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read along via The Pigeonhole. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with The Pigeonhole, the concept is you pick a book from the many they have on offer and then you read along with other readers in bite-sized instalments called staves. A stave is uploaded each day and the readers have the opportunity to highlight text and make comments and ask questions to the author. This was my third read using The Pigeonhole and I throughly enjoyed it and I am already currently reading another via this way. 


‘I could probably have been an actress.

It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else.

Isn’t that what I’ve been doing for most of my life?’

Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.

The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .

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My Thoughts

The book starts with Delia as a child living in small island community where the way of life is much more insular than people who live on the mainland. She is absolutely doted on by her father, although at the beginning I really didn’t understand why as to be quite frank, she is a horrible little girl. 

As we follow Delia’s life through to her transformation into Cordelia she doesn’t get much better. I don’t think I have ever read a book where I have disliked the main character quite so much as I did Delia/Cordelia. It’s strange though because it was my dislike of her that made me keep on reading. Just when you think she can’t get any worse she stoops to new lows and I was riveted to see just how far she could really go. Is nothing off limits to her? 

I think this book is perfectly titled as although there is much mention of how beautiful the main character is and how easily she attracts male attention, her beauty really is skin deep as there is nothing I could tell from reading about her that is beautiful on the inside. 

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a dark, sinister, psychological thriller with an interesting, yet satisfying ending. 

About the Author

Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number One bestseller and won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA. She lives in Dublin with her husband.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I read this at the start of the year – so memorable due to Liz Nugent’s absolutely wicked Cordelia! 👍

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    1. She’s absolutely awful isn’t she!

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