Saturday, February 6, 2016

Suicide Reviews: Under the Skin by Michel Faber

 Under The Skin 

Synopsis: This novel introduces Isserley, a mysterious female who drives around the Scottish Highlands picking up well-muscled hitchhikers. Scarcely big enough to peer over her steering wheel, scarred and vulnerable yet strangely erotic and threatening, Isserley makes the hitchhikers open up to her and reveal clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin is a heart-thumping ride through the dangerous territory where moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion collide.

Date Published: 2000
Published By: Harcourt
Number of Pages: 296
Rating: 5/5

Under the Skin is one mind-fuck of a novel, in the best possible way. Most people might know the basic premise from the 2013 film adaptation but, let me tell you, there is so much more to the book. 

This book is just layered with all sorts of though-provoking themes. Rape, animal cruelty, what it means to be human - it's all very heavy stuff but this is one of those books that needs to be read - because it just might change your perspective on everything. 

It is beautifully written, crammed with lyrical sentences that you want to pluck out and hold to the light. And while the book is not graphic, there are definitely some unsettling moments that will make you squirm. 

I can't really go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil the book. I'll just say that this is one of the best sci-fi books I've ever read and if you think you know the story because you've seen the movie, YOU DON'T! 

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