Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for In Her Skin by Kim Savage!! I am so excited to share my thoughts on the book, as well as a fabulous giveaway!!

In Her Skin by Kim Savage
Published by FSG on April 17, 2018
Pages: 304
Source:Copy provided by author for review, Copy provided by publisher for review

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi's identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

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Well, well, this was a deliciously messed up book! And (thanks to the lovely Rashika for the idea) I am going to give you a list of reasons why you too would like this book! (Because look, reviews for mystery/thrillers are hard, because spoilers, and you definitely want to go into this one blind!)

  • It’s a quick, addictive read. I read it in just a couple hours, in one sitting in fact. It isn’t even super short (nor is it long, but it’s just… regular) but I flew through it, so eager I was to figure out what was going on. The mystery definitely kept me turning the pages, is what I am saying.
  • I definitely did not see most of the twists coming, yay! I love when this happens, and frankly, it doesn’t happen nearly enough so kudos to the author for keeping me on my toes.
  • I somehow was convinced to feel for, and even kind of like the con artist main character. I mean, I knew from the start that Jo was going to be doing some really crappy, manipulative shit to a family who had lost their damn kid…. and yet still, she was somehow not wholly unlikable? It’s impressive, really.
  • This story, these characters, are such messes! In a good way- the kind of mess that keeps you reading, the kind of mess that you can’t look away from. If you’re looking for a darker sort of mystery with some people who need a moral overhaul, look no further, friends!

Bottom Line: If you like your books darker, if you’re down with characters who are not entirely likable, and if you like your mysteries with a side of “holy crap”, In Her Skin is one you definitely don’t want to miss!

About Kim Savage

KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (releasing March 27, 2018), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR, Herald Radio, and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Kim's stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family near Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Kim and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn't.

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Posted April 11, 2018 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 10 Comments


10 responses to “In Her Skin by Kim Savage: Review & Giveaway

  1. Kara S

    In Her Skin is a must-read for me as I am a fan of Kim Savage’s previous work. indeed I would count it among the most anticipated titles of the year in young adult fiction (and I spend a lot of time reading and reading about books 😉 I am so glad I found this opportunity to win a copy here. Thank you! –Kara S

  2. John Smith

    “What do you think about IN HER SKIN? Will you be adding it to your TBR?” It sounds like an intriguing story of a 16-year-old con artist and I have added it to my TBR!

  3. this was a darker read for me, but the plot kept me reading. It was so wonderfully twisted! I also liked the delivery. It was an interesting choice to tell the story in that way.

  4. Ooh I like the premise of this one- because her imprsonating a dead girl is pretty effed up? And “deliciously messed up”- yay! I felt the same way about Bad Girl With Perfect Faces- it was messed up enough that I liked it moire and more as I read! This sounds like a similar deal. Also, I love twists that you can’t see coming

  5. Ahhh I want to read this!! It sounds like Here Lies Daniel Tate by Kristin Terrill?!? Which I freaking adored. And WOOO to books that actually still surprise us old gnarly unsurprisable bookworms.?That’s the only problem with reading too much I swear haha.

  6. You know a book is doing a good job when you start to like characters you would have previously decided should be unlikeable! I am curious about the con artist as well. I am all for addictive reads because I love flying through my books. I have seen this one around but haven’t really thought about picking it up yet. Hmmm… still a maybe for me 🙂 Great review!!

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