Reviewed by Andree Walch
Apparently Skin by Mo Hayder is the second book of a trilogy (the Walking Man series). I only found that out after I had been reading it for a while. It is not a problem if you have not read the first book, there are only two personas popping up here and there, and I was a bit perplexed at the beginning but it did not hinder me reading on.
There is DI Jack Caffery on one side and on the other we have Sergeant Flea (Phoebe) Marley, a police diver and body recovery expert. This I found quite interesting; you do not find this branch of the police force represented very often in thrillers/mystery books.
You can imagine when a corpse is recovered after having been in the water for several days, that it is not a very appealing sight and the description is quite clear; there’s not much left for your fantasy to develop – or avoid. Caffery and Marley do not work together on a regular basis. There is a series of suicides, which in fact are murders covered as suicides. And there is always a little something missing from each body… skin!
Skin is a bit macabre at moments, but all in all a good read. At one moment Marley’s brother kills somebody, while driving Flea’s car and being drunk. Marley is forced to react in a way you would never expect from a police officer. As shocking as it may be, it is believable and convincing.
I will buy book one, Ritual, to read up about these two personas and I will wait with some impatience for book three, Gone, because even if Skin could stand alone, there are some loose ends that will hopefully be tied up in the last part of this trilogy.
All in all an interesting read. I very much liked the fact that there was this so seldomly used police diver service. I would recommend the readers to wait till book three is on the market and then buy the whole trilogy and read right through from beginning to the end.
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