Skin Deep by Michelle Hanson is a truly gripping crime novel/murder mystery/horror story that readers of those genres will love. The shocking tale grabs you from the first page of the prologue and won’t let you go until the very last page.
The novel is told in the first person through the eyes of the main character, Detective Sergeant Lena Evans, an officer with a horrific past who suffers from PTSD so badly it affects every part of her life. The crimes she must solve in this story will not make her life any easier either. She is faced with catching a soulless murderer who enjoys killing his victims with extreme gruesomeness. The story is well told with surprises throughout and holds your interest until the very end.
I had no problem with the story itself. My biggest problem came with an element that usually is a must for a story told in first person narrative. The problem I had was the excessive descriptions. The author went to great lengths to show the reader what Lena was thinking, feeling, seeing, hearing, and tasting. In places in the story, the descriptions became almost too much. They overwhelmed the plot, at least for me. I actually found myself skimming in places which I hate doing, especially in a mystery. I was afraid I would miss elements I needed to know. It became a distraction from the story for me and is the reason I gave the story three stars instead of four, which I believe the story itself deserves.
If you like gory murder mysteries and want a lot of descriptions in your tale, this is the book for you. I will mention if you suffer from PTSD or severe depression, there might be triggers in this story that could bother you.
I received an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review.