A very short review of “Skin Deep” by Liz Nugent

I finished this book yesterday and can’t stop thinking about it so I suppose that means it was good? Well it was certainly unforgettable. The problem is I didn’t like it at all. In fact I found it truly horrible. It’s about beauty inside and out, a sort of beauty and the beast idea, only the beast is inside the beauty. It’s also about obsession and its consequences.

The main character is beautiful to look at but she is totally amoral, cold, selfish, utterly self-absorbed. It’s very difficult to say much about this book without giving away the plot; enough to say that anyone who comes close to her, who really tries to love and care for her suffers for their efforts.

The settings are wonderful, from the island off the Atlantic coast of Ireland to the riviera, Nice and Monaco. I have to admit I loved them; I could see and hear and smell them.

There were many times when I wanted to throw the book over my shoulder and walk on, especially around the middle of it but the narrative drive was so strong I had to find out what happened. The other characters were believable and the pace and shape of the story was good. There were a few weak spots in the plot which I don’t want to give away.

Over all it’s a well-written book but I don’t think I will read this author again. For me is was truly horrible. Has anyone else read this book? Or others by Liz Nugent? I’d be interested to know how other readers felt about it.

If I was formally reviewing this book I would take away two stars, one for the weakness in parts of the plot, and one because it made me feel so bad.

10 thoughts on “A very short review of “Skin Deep” by Liz Nugent

  1. I’ve found in the past that many readers like happy ever after stories with characters they can relate to. If a character has an unlovable personality this tends to evoke many ‘polarised’ reviews; people either love the book or hate it.

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    1. Hi Stevie, I don’t mind an ambiguous ending in a book, or movie. I just found this particular book horrible. I looked it up on GoodReads and Liz Nugent has many, many good reviews. I might be on my own here . . .

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  2. From what you’ve said, it reminds me of The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde–a man beautiful outside, ugly inside. The twist was he had a picture of what he’d look like if he weren’t magically beautiful–and it got uglier every day.

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    1. Hi Jacqui. I quite liked Dorian Grey – you had to read the dialogue quickly because the characters were speaking so quickly! And there was one really horrific part I remember. But . . . maybe I just like Oscar Wilde; it didn’t affect me the way Skin Deep did.

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  3. Oh my! You hated this book so much that I feel like reading this one and hating it too! Just so we can hate on it together! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣 Loved this review, Em! 😍😍😍❤️❤️ Your anger at the main character gives me life! Hahahaha!! 🤣🤣

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  4. Great review, but I don’t think I will be reading it, I really struggle with truly unlikeable characters, they need to have some sort of redeeming feature or something I can relate to at least.

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