Blog Tour: In Her Skin | Review + Giveaway

In Her SkinIn Her Skin By Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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A dark, suspenseful young adult novel about crime, identity, and two girls with everything to lose.

Fifteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain takes on her biggest heist yet—impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and she hopes to cash in on a little safety, some security. She finds her opportunity with the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family tied 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 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. When hidden crimes come to the surface and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold on to an illusion of safety or escape the danger around her before it’s too late. In Her Skin is Kim Savage at her most suspenseful yet.

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 KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (releasing March 27, 2018), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR, Herald Radio, and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Kim’s stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family near Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Kim and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn’t.

My Review: I was so excited when I received this book from a giveaway. I don’t get arcs from publishers so it was an exciting win. The moment I saw this book it reminded me of Genuine fraud. The covers are very similar and both books tell a similar story. I guess that’s probably part of the reason they changed the cover for this book. However I ended up enjoying this one a lot more.

The story is about Jo. She’s a homeless girl whose lost her mother. She decides she’s going to pull a con of impersonating this missing girl. She wants that sense of security. When she enters the Lovecrafts life as Vivienne Weir she becomes to learn not everything is as it seems. Everyone has their secrets. She begins to wonder if staying in this home is worth it. Does she stay or escape before it ends up being too late?

Right away I was drawn to the writing in this book. Even though this book was only divided into three parts I felt myself breezing through them. Kim knows how to keep you hooked. I didn’t want to stop reading because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I usually have a problem with long chapters. If I’m not into a book I always find myself looking away. I need to know how long until the next chapter. This was not the case with this book. I found myself shocked to see how much I got through.

Another thing I liked about the book was the perspective. The whole book Jo is directly talking towards Temple. She has this almost obsessive fascination with her. She is always using you to talk about Temple even when she isn’t with her. I thought that was an interesting way to go with the story.

Another thing I liked were the twists. This book had so many unexpected twists and turns. I had some theories as I started reading the book. I was off which is always nice. I liked being surprised by a book. It does make me excited when I do figure out certain things but I also don’t like when it’s too obvious. Kim does a great job of surprising you.

The only thing I feel like I didn’t really like in this book were the characters. I wasn’t a huge fan of Jo. I did feel bad for her and I was happy she finally had this family that cared about her but that’s really it. Temple was very multiplicative and I felt Jo had to put up with her. The Lovecrafts were very loving and caring towards Jo. They accepted her which made me happy but there was more to it. There honestly was only one character I liked and they didn’t come until later in the story. Thankfully the story was interesting and kept me wanting more that I was unfazed by the characters.

Overall I enjoyed this story. It kept me engaged the whole time. When I did have time to read the book I breezed right through it. It had a lot of nice twists which I wasn’t expecting. I have another Kim Savage book on my TBR and I can’t wait to check that out.

  • 1 Finished copy of In Her Skin By Kim Savage
  • US Only
  • Starts: 4/10
  • Ends: 4/24

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10 thoughts on “Blog Tour: In Her Skin | Review + Giveaway

  1. I’ve been dying to pick this book up every since I heard about it! It also reminded me a of Genuine Fraud when I first read the synopsis and i’m so happy to hear you liked it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy 🙂
    Great review!

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