Under The Skin – Michael Faber

I’ve been reading about this book in the Blogosphere for awhile now without really knowing what it is about, so decided to read it myself. I think part of its’ appeal is that the reader doesn’t actually know what it is about until you get into the story more, and even then it ponders questions as to what is actually going on in the book, so I won’t tell you too much about it!

The book opens with Isserley, a young woman, driving along remote Scottish roads looking for hitch-hikers. She will only stop and pick up those who meet a certain criteria but it isn’t until later in the book that you find out why she wants them, and yes, of course, it is grisly and she isn’t picking them up to have a nice cup of tea and biscuits with!

I did like this book and it certainly kept me interested and guessing but I do have to say that, for me, its biggest charm was the not knowing why Isserley ‘needed’ these men. Once I knew, the book didn’t have quite as tight a hold on me but it was certainly a very interesting and thought-provoking book and I look forward to reading more of this author soon.

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