by Caroline England
No-one remembers your past. But you do.
“Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.”
It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets.
Antonia has a secret. A secret so dark and so deep that she can barely admit it to herself. Instead, she treats herself to Friday night sessions of self-harm while her husband David is at the pub, and her best friend Sophie is drinking too much wine a few doors down.
Nobody close to her knows the truth about what Antonia did all those years ago. No-one, that is, except her mother. But Candy has spent most of her life in prison, and now she’s in a care home, her mind too addled to remember the truth. Antonia is safe. Isn’t she?
The lies start small. They always do. But when the tightly woven story you’ve told yourself begins to unravel, the truth threatens to come to the surface. And then what’s going to happen?
World English Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins, October 2017
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Rachel Crawford, Wolf Literary Services
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