Welcome to the In Her Skin blog tour!
Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.
When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.
Continue reading to see my review of In Her Skin
In Her Skin takes readers on a wild ride. This book has so many plot twists that are surprising and unexpected, which I really appreciated. There were many times when I thought I knew where the story would be headed, only to be completely blindsided. The ending of the book in particular was something that I would have never seen coming, which I really loved about this book. I knew that as much as I thought the story would head somewhere predictable, I was still going to be duped.
One of the things that makes In Her Skin unique is the format in which it is told. Instead of chapters, the book is told in three separate parts. These sections really divide up the book into important sections, and Jo’s understanding of things is different in each section. Another unique thing about the format is that it is told in, which is a sort of hybrid between the first and second person. It was a bit jarring at first, but given the subject matter of the book, I think that the jarring effect goes really well with the plot.
I really enjoyed In Her Skin, and it kept me flipping the pages, dying to know how it ended. I most definitely did not see Jo’s story ending the way it did, which I think a lot of readers will love. I give In Her Skin 4/5 stars.
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About the Author:
I was born and raised in Massachusetts, on the South Shore, which sounds beachy, even luxe. Think Winnebagos and chicken coops. My three brothers, 16, 10, and 8 years older, were teens by the time I became a person. Happiest around adults, who often forgot I was there, I spent days eavesdropping on gossipy moms in lawn chairs and nights listening under the table during tipsy Scrabble parties.
My dad read to me nightly. Eventually and early, I read to myself, everywhere. On top of an enormous freezer chest stuffed with meat. On drives until I grew nauseous. In bed until my eyes gave out. I read anything I could get my hands on. V.C. Andrews and Dickens. Black Beauty and the Bible. The Economist. Madeline L’Engle and Margaret Atwood. National Geographic.
I got a bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College and a Master’s in Journalism from Northeastern University. For a while, I worked as a business journalist. Instead of waiting for the Federal Reserve to release the Beige Book, I pitched story ideas along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You see where things were headed.
Today, I live with my family northwest of Boston in a town a lot like Shiverton, near the real Fells reservation of AFTER THE WOODS. Born with dysgeographica—I’m directionally challenged—the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to my skin.
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Thanks so much to RockStar Book Tours for having me on this tour! Check out the entire tour schedule below:
3/19/2018- Bookhounds YA– Interview 3/19/2018- Hauntedbybooks13– Review
3/20/2018- Falling For YA– Excerpt 3/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review
3/21/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Interview 3/21/2018- Book-Keeping– Review
3/22/2018- Nerdophiles– Review 3/22/2018- JustAddAWord– Review
3/23/2018- Literary Meanderings– Interview 3/23/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review
3/26/2018- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Excerpt 3/26/2018- Riddle’s Reviews– Review
3/27/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review 3/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review
3/28/2018- Storybook slayers– Excerpt 3/28/2018- Twinning for Books– Review
3/29/2018- Rainy Day Reviews– Review 3/29/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
3/30/2018- Bibliobibuli YA– Interview 3/30/2018- FICTION FARE– Review