“Beauty is only skin deep…
Evil cuts to the bone.”
This book started off great for me, a dead body and a lost soul but then it went all the way back in time to the start of Delia’s life and from there it lost me.
“I could probably have been an actress. It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else. Isn’t that what I’ve been doing for most of my life?”
Delia is an unlikeable character and that’s fine because you’re not supposed to like her, shallow, narcissistic, cold but ultimately I really just found her quite boring. I couldn’t understand everyone’s obsession with her, I didn’t see the point in pandering to her. She’s a train wreck and every decision she makes seems to lead to disaster. When things are going well she seems to find a way to destroy them, you could call it bad luck I guess.
“Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck and the kindness of strangers have run out.
The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her grotty flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to decompose so quickly.”
While the events in her life are so up and down I didn’t find them particularly gripping. The time between the discovery of the body and the conclusion as to what happened was too long for me. I felt like some of the storylines, the mob and then Freddie, were a bit odd and unnecessary and just further pushed to destroy Delia. To be fair she never had a chance in life the way her father unnaturally obsessed over her and the strange stories he told her.
There are no happy endings and it ended where I expected to, back at the beginning. The writing is good and if you enjoy a long narrative you will certainly like this but it wasn’t for me.
Many thanks to Penguin Books and Netgalley for approving an e-copy of Skin Deep for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.