The Blonde Bookworm: In Her Skin by Kim Savage -- Review

In Her Skin by Kim Savage -- Review

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Title: In Her Skin
Author: Kim Savage
Pages: 304
Publishing: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 17, 2018)
ISBN: 0374308004


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 fraud 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.


This is my first Kim Savage novel, so I went into it pretty open minded without too many expectations. It was definitely intriguing, but it ended up reading a little differently than I was expecting. For starters, I thought there would be more suspense. Instead, it was just a little creepy. I was hoping the main character would live up to her "con-artist" attitude, but in all reality she was just a really sad and lonely girl who wanted a family. 

The story was interesting and caught my attention, but I just felt like there could have been so much more to the novel. I wanted more from the ending and I also wanted a little more suspense and a little less creepy. Does that make sense? All in all, it was an entertaining novel, but nothing really stood out to me. I did enjoy the read, but it wasn't one that I will be raving about to others. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the FSG for Young Readers for sharing this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a novel I read last year called Pretending to be Erica. It has at a similar premise with a con artist pretending to be a missing girl. It sure is an intriguing concept.


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