Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Book - 1995
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Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 1995
ISBN: 9780241135358
Branch Call Number: MYS F DUN
Characteristics: 248 p


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Aug 07, 2013

I'm a fan of Dunant, and this is a definite departure from her historical novels. Hannah Wolfe has a fantastic voice- part cynic, part perfectionist, and not fully in control all the time. She's the kind of flawed character that you love and admire, even when the things she says or does make you cringe. In short, she's very noir-detective.

The plot is fun, with plenty of snark and asides about modern cultural concepts of beauty. The strength here is less the twists and turns, and more the diversity of characters within it, all of whom are real and intriguing.

The only flaw is that sometimes Hannah's statements come out of nowhere, and I have to struggle to catch up (and break out of the plot to figure out what she is referencing). That could be a flaw in the writing, OR (most likely) it's indicative of a lack of sharp wit on my end. Either way, this is a fun read and one I recommend to anyone who enjoys mystery, character-driven stories, strong female main characters, noir-style stories, and British culture.

Jun 15, 2012

A Hannah Wolfe Crime Novel:
Health farms, cosmetic surgery and women`s views of their bodies.

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