Book Review

Under My Skin – James Dawson

Under My Skin - James Dawson “‘I’m not good enough.

The spotlight shone in Sally’s face, blinding her. All she could see was dazzling, brilliant whiteness. It was entirely possible that she’d died of fright and was now glimpsing the glory of Heaven. She dug her fingernails into her palms. Saliva filled her mouth, lubricating it, ready to…

I’m going to vomit and everyone is going to see. People will talk about it for weeks. I’ll be Sally Sick, Sick Sally, or maybe even Vomgirl. Or Chunks.

Sally thinks auditioning for the school play is as scary as her life is ever going to get, but when she ends up walking out of school with the three queen bees and they witness a horrific scene its clear the school play is nothing in comparison to some of the shocking things out there. As Sally bears witness to various things she can’t explain she finds herself seeking refuge in a tattoo parlour, where she becomes entranced by the gorgeous Molly-Sue tattoo… Molly-Sue offers sally everything her heart desires, and once she’s under her skin, its clear that comes with a price.

Once again James Dawson has hit the nail on the head with what I want form a book. Something to keep me on edge, something I can sink my teeth into, and something that excites me page by page.

Under My Skin was always going to be good; a tale about a tattoo possessing a girl who clearly needs some excitement in her life, written by an author who has never once failed me. I knew it would be great and I was right, but it was even more than I imagined it would be!

The story gripped me and was just what I needed at the time of reading. Id been in a bit of a slump and I needed something to grab my attention and it did in a big way. I love tattoos and anything mysterious and related to spirits or demons so everything about Under My Skin was what I enjoyed.

I felt a connection to the character because she appeared to be just an average girl who wanted more than she had, the wish of many teenage girls I’m sure. I think Sally’s friends were great and her family was what made her need more from life. I could have gone insane in that house when I was a teenager so she was doing better than me by just wanting that little bit more.

The writing as ever flowed brilliantly and everything sat right in its place, I loved the way there was clear differences between Sally and Molly-Sue when they were talking to one another and really loved the way Molly-Sue’s Texas accent came across in the dialogue.

I definitely would recommend this and James Dawson’s other books, he really is an incredible writer who lets you fall into his world so easily that you will look up and wonder why you thought you were right there next to his characters. I loved Under My Skin as much as I’ve loved his other books and definitely didn’t want it to end.

Under My Skin was published on March 5th by Hot Key Books. My copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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