Skin by Mo Hayder

Genre: Thriller/ Mystery/ Crime

Published on: 26th March 2009

Print length: 384

Rating: 3.4/5

About the Author:

Mo Hayder left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in film from The American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University UK.

Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.

About the Book:

When the decomposed body of a young woman is found by near railway tracks just outside Bristol one hot May morning, all indications are that she’s committed suicide. That’s how the police want it too: all neatly squared and tidied away.

But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He is on the trail of someone predatory, someone who hides in the shadows and can slip into houses unseen.

And for the first time in a very long time, he feels scared.

Police Diver Flea Marley is working alongside Caffery. Having come to terms with the loss of her parents, and with the traumas of her past safely behind her, she’s beginning to wonder whether their relationship could go beyond the professional.

And then she finds something that changes everything. Not only is it far too close to home for comfort – but it’s so horrifying that she knows that nothing will ever be the same again.

And that this time, no one – not even Caffery – can help her …


Have you ever felt like you were let down by a book but at the same time WERE NOT? Like the book was meant to be read by you, it was YOUR FAVORITE genre, but it was disappointing in several ways. Despite being all that, you still like it based on the principle alone that it’s your cup of tea.

This was my situation throughout reading Skin by Mo Hayder. There were pros and cons to this book. And somehow they balanced each other enough to make this book an “okay” read.


• It was a good thriller bordering on creepy which I loved.

• One of the main characters, the woman, was a take-no-shit-do-whatever-you-want-cause-you-are-the-boss kinda woman and I was ALL FOR IT.

• The storyline was good. The dialogue was flowing in a way that it wasn’t very hard to take in all the information but it wasn’t very simple either like some kids book.


• THE BLURB PROMISED ME SOME ROMANCE. If you read the blurb it hints at a budding relationship between the main characters. But guys, there was none. Nada. That was very disappointing.

• The killer was not whom I expected. And I’m not saying it in a good way. When the person was revealed, I thought, “Really? This guy? REALLY? Was kind of rooting for the other guy to be the murdering psychopath..”

• The ending could have been better with a better closure.

So will I read the other books in this series? Maybe. Who knows? Maybe I’ll enjoy them. But not getting my hopes up.

Anywho, Happy Reading! – R

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