Congratulations, Caroline England! I’m thrilled to celebrate the UK publication of BENEATH THE SKIN (out in North America on November 21st). When this novel landed on my desk, I zipped through it, captivated by how such good, relatable people could live with such sinister secrets – are we all so deceptive? (And then, when I first met Caroline for lunch at St. Pancras in London, she had the sunniest smile – suspicious!)
The novel inspects the lives of four Manchester couples, and the secrets they keep – from daily omissions, to deeper betrayals – and the dark truths that will reverberate when the tightly woven stories they tell each other begin to unravel. At the heart of the story is sweet Antonia, whose past identity is about to catch up with her present.
At once a carefully observed novel about marriage and friendship, and page-turning domestic noir. You may never trust anyone again.
Gripping, immersive, horribly believable, Beneath the Skin asks can we trust our friends? Should we believe our lovers?”—Sanjida Kay, author of Bone by Bone
Set in the lush heartland of the Cheshire countryside, this is a tautly elegant psychological thriller, razor-sharp and utterly believable. I loved it.” —Sarah Jamson, author of The Summer of Secrets
I loved Beneath the Skin. It’s so beautifully written and kept me hooked right to the end. Caroline England knows her wonderful cast of characters inside out. I didn’t want this book to end.” —Libby Carpenter, author of 99 Red Balloons
I loved this book. A clever, glamorous, observational, page turning read which pulled me in right from the start until the pivotal, and most satisfying end. Beneath the Skin transcends the ordinary crime genre, taking it to another level.” —Amanda Robson, bestselling author of Obsession
Beneath the Skin is a startling debut. It slowly put me under its spell, until I was absolutely beneath its skin. With characters that pulsate off the page, complex relationships, and dark mysteries, this novel follows the lives of four couples. Their dramas are revealed slowly, patiently, and beautifully, until the breath-taking climax. I can’t recommend this enough.” —Louise Beech, How to Be Brave