September's title was "Under you skin" by Sabine Durrant. Fifteen Whodunit members attended and the average score out of ten was 7.64 with only half of the members saying they would read another novel by this author. Interestingly, the voting was polarized with people voting either very high or very low. Few members were ambivalent.
Durrant’s latest novel is set in London, England where we
enter the life of morning television co-host, Gaby Mortimer. Gaby has
it all, or seems to. A wonderful high-profile job, a handsome and very
successful husband, a darling eight-year-old daughter, a ritzy South
London address, and live-in help.
Then, one pre-dawn morning in early spring Gaby goes out to the
common near her house for her daily run. When during her run she
discovers the body of a dead young woman – her life is irrevocably
changed. In her shock she touches the girls hair and clothing. A few
days later these factors and other physical evidence lead the detectives
to arrest her! Gaby’s shock, dismay and panic at being arrested are
palpable. With her husband in Singapore on a business trip she has no
one to support her during this trying time. After thirty-six hours
pass, with nothing other than circumstantial evidence the police have to
release her. One would think that was the end of Gaby’s nightmare, but
no…. her nightmare is only just beginning. It turns out that the dead
woman (who resembles Gaby physically) has been wearing Gaby’s
clothes! The police said that she was at Gaby’s house to interview for
the position of nanny – but Gaby has no recollection of such an
interview. And the nightmare goes on….
The novel was full of twists and red herrings and included a surprise ending that took most of us by surprise. Cleverly written, the novel was a true page-turner.
The members who did not care for "Under your skin" professed to dislike the protagonist so much that it ruined their enjoyment of the novel. They called her narcissistic and cold.
Those who really enjoyed the novel loved the ending and the empathy they experienced for Gaby during her 'ordeal'. A few felt 'duped' by the clever plot twist at the end.
The moral of the story - if there was one - would be "assume nothing".
Personally I loved the book and wrote a review of it on my blog "Fictionophile".
Winners of September's book giveaways were:
At our next meeting on October 28th we will discuss the British police procedural "Now you see me" by S.J. Bolton.