Liz Nugent

Skin Deep
  • Skin Deep

  • Liz Nugent

    'Perfect summer read for those who like their escapism on the darker side' Ian Rankin

    The deliciously sinister new novel from the No 1 bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Lying in Wait'

    '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?'

    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 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 the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .

    'Unspools with many an unexpected shock ... sly humour and dazzling originality' The Times & Sunday Times Crime Club

    'Bloody brilliant!' Denise Mina

    'An extraordinary writer - Liz Nugent maps the human mind as a cartographer charts new worlds: She's boundlessly curious and totally unflinching' A.J. Finn

    'While the likes of Paula (The Girl On The Train) Hawkins have been getting all the plaudits in the ill-named domestic suspense genre, Liz Nugent has been quietly beavering away, producing dark, mythical thrillers of Shakespearean proportions. There are unreliable heroines, and then there's Delia' The Pool

    'It took me two sittings to gobble it up - a page turner. You'll just snap it up and you'll love it. A cracking read' Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ

    'The finest psychological thriller writer currently at work - no one gets under the skin of monstrous characters like she does' Tammy Cohen

    'A wonderful feat of imagination, totally gripping, with a fascinating character at its heart' Sabine Durrant

    'Dark, brutal and brilliant' Colette McBeth

    'A triumph, from first page to last!' Sarah Hilary

    'Monumentally good. Liz Nugent is a beautiful writer and among the very best storytellers in the world' Donal Ryan

    'I loved, loved, loved Skin Deep - the compassion of it, the beauty of the language, how glamour and horror intersect, how the tension twists tighter and tighter and is brilliantly done' Marian Keyes

    'Beautifully written and completely gripping' Sunday Mirror

    'Dazzling ... chilling, mesmerising and, ultimately, devastating. Pure storytelling genius' Mark Edwards

    'Her darkest book yet - a compelling one-sitting read' Sinéad Crowley

    'Utterly gripping, fast paced, and featuring my favourite sociopathic female character since Lady Macbeth' Louise O'Neill

    'Incredibly dark, twisting and utterly mesmerising - you will not be able to put this down' Sinéad Moriarty

    'Pitch dark and thrillingly original' Jane Casey

    'Skin Deep will keep you completely gripped' Sunday People

Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number One bestseller and won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA. She lives in Dublin with her husband.