In Her Skin
Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties 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 back 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. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

In Her Skin Details

TitleIn Her Skin
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherFSG
ISBN-139780374308001
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Mystery

In Her Skin Review

  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in one sitting on a train ride. And that’s about all I can definitively say at this point. That train ride took place in November, which is to say two months ago. As I’ve said before, kids: Learn from my mistakes!!! Don’t tell yourself you can write a review later when you haven’t taken notes!!!!! Because then you’ll be forcing yourself to write about a book you can’t remember after sixty-plus calendar days have passed!!!!I had pretty high expectations for this. It’s got a 4.52 I read this book in one sitting on a train ride. And that’s about all I can definitively say at this point. That train ride took place in November, which is to say two months ago. As I’ve said before, kids: Learn from my mistakes!!! Don’t tell yourself you can write a review later when you haven’t taken notes!!!!! Because then you’ll be forcing yourself to write about a book you can’t remember after sixty-plus calendar days have passed!!!!I had pretty high expectations for this. It’s got a 4.52 average rating as I write this, for one thing. It follows a teenage female con artist, and if you wanted me to sum up my aesthetic in four words it would also be that. And it’s a YA thriller. I love YA (kinda); I love thrillers.So. Where did we go wrong here?This book isn’t creepy or thrilling or scary so much as unsettling. A lot of that stems from my number one central massive biggest disappointment of this book: that teenage con artist isn’t so much a con artist as a desperate, lonely girl who wants a family.A lot less fun that a (Michael Jackson voice) smooth criminal.She’s soooo damaged and broken, and that’s done really well. So again: unsettling. But I wasn’t really out here for unsettling. There’s also much more emotional manipulation in this book than there is, like, things that are scary or jumpy or bad. There’s one major plot twist, and it’s a great one, but it comes smack dab in the middle and the book only gets less thrilling from there.We covered Jo, the broken lonely main character. There’s also Temple, who could have been the teenage mastermind I was looking for but was instead a complete emotionally manipulative brat. And not the fun-to-read-about kind. The parents were blah, and Jo’s boy-prostitute ex-luuuuuhvah, Wolf, is also a bit o’ a bore.But there are some good things. That twist, for one. Plus, that aforementioned train ride was to Boston, which was a blast because that’s where this book takes place. The setting was pretty good, I thought. Felt Boston-y. Fun insider-y things.It was a quick read, and it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, which seems kind of crazy since the average ratings for Kim Savage’s other books are 3.26 and 2.85 (ouch). It’s even really well-written. But the synopsis is misleading. If you’re looking for a genius protagonist, a great con, a twisty thrill ride - you’re in the wrong place. If you want a story of a broken girl and the emotional manipulation she falls prey to, with one great twist, then you’d probably be veryyyyy into this.Still, that isn’t what I wanted. And it’s not really what I like. So even though this book isn’t bad, the reading experience kinda was.Bottom line: THEY SHOULD LET ME REWRITE THE SYNOPSIS FOR THIS BOOK. I’ll try to be nice. Pinky promise.Thanks to Fierce Reads for the ARC!
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  • S.M. Parker
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, this is dark. Really dark. The thing is, I *love* dark YA so page one felt like coming home for me. I suspect I didn't breathe during the short time it took me to inhale this book. I guess I did, sure, but my inhales were jagged, ragged things because THIS BOOK. Not only are the mystery and con brilliantly executed, but the writing is spectacular. The voice is so damaged and beautiful it made me ache. The story is rich and layered and so filled with the ache of existence. Oof. Unexpectedly Okay, this is dark. Really dark. The thing is, I *love* dark YA so page one felt like coming home for me. I suspect I didn't breathe during the short time it took me to inhale this book. I guess I did, sure, but my inhales were jagged, ragged things because THIS BOOK. Not only are the mystery and con brilliantly executed, but the writing is spectacular. The voice is so damaged and beautiful it made me ache. The story is rich and layered and so filled with the ache of existence. Oof. Unexpectedly, Savage took me on a walking tour of Boston, which I loved with my whole heart. Characters live within the elite neighborhoods and all that wealth can access, as well as the darker, colder side of this old city--the place where people live in tents, doing the unthinkable to survive every day. Like I said, DARK. Twisting and bending to the point that people lose sight of humanity and darkness reigns. People become marks, pawns; everyone shuffling to get the upper hand. There is love in this book but Savage keeps it unattainable--or maybe a fabrication. At any rate, it's pretty twisted. Think sociopaths. Savage gives you a con artist in the main character, but she delivers a book wherein you're never really sure who's conning who. This is intentional, of course, and makes the tension delicious and despicable and gloriously...(you guessed it) DARK.I can't recommend this story enough. Other reviewers are comparing it to Here Lies Daniel Tate, which I now have to read since IN HER SKIN was just so beyond brilliant. I am in love with this story. I am in love with this story. I am in love.
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  • Ruth Lehrer
    January 1, 1970
    IN HER SKIN is Savage’s third novel and she just gets better and better at dark suspense. Jo Chastain has an identity disorder of her own making. She is trying to morph into a girl who was lost at the age of nine. When she thinks she’s succeeded in integrating herself into that girl’s seemingly lovely life, everything starts to spin off course. The reader knows that things are not as they seem, but all my guesses were wrong. It’s not until the very end when we figure out that Jo has one more car IN HER SKIN is Savage’s third novel and she just gets better and better at dark suspense. Jo Chastain has an identity disorder of her own making. She is trying to morph into a girl who was lost at the age of nine. When she thinks she’s succeeded in integrating herself into that girl’s seemingly lovely life, everything starts to spin off course. The reader knows that things are not as they seem, but all my guesses were wrong. It’s not until the very end when we figure out that Jo has one more card up her sleeve. Great for folks who aren’t looking over their shoulder already and don’t mind a scary dream if they read late at night. I received a free ARC of this March 2018 release. So glad I did!
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  • Angel Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for provding a free copy of In Her Skin By: Kim Savage in exchange for an honest review. http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2018/02...Omg, I loved In Her Skin! This is my favorite Kim Savage book so far. Everything about this book is so well done. The story, the characters (Especially Jo and Temple), the writing, and THAT ENDING! The entire book is fast-paced and the pages just flew by as I raced to the end to see what would happen. I definitely recommend this Thank you to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for provding a free copy of In Her Skin By: Kim Savage in exchange for an honest review. http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2018/02...Omg, I loved In Her Skin! This is my favorite Kim Savage book so far. Everything about this book is so well done. The story, the characters (Especially Jo and Temple), the writing, and THAT ENDING! The entire book is fast-paced and the pages just flew by as I raced to the end to see what would happen. I definitely recommend this one if you like dark and twisted novels like I do. I have to say I was not expecting In Her Skin to be so disturbing (Um, all of the characters are a bit creepy lol!), but I am certainly not disappointed! I highly recommend giving this one a read if you are looking for a gripping novel that is a bit sinister. If you liked After the Woods then you HAVE to read this one also. I can NOT wait for the next novel by Kim Savage. #DisturbingGrippingCreepy
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  • Meaghan Shea
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! The plot twist really caught me by surprise and wasn't something I was expecting. The story kept me so on edge that I couldn't put it down (I read it in one afternoon!).
  • Bridget Hodder
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars, for a read that kept me up late to finish, then kept me awake after the light was out! Unforgettable characters and shocking twists to satisfy the most jaded thriller addict!
  • Rachael (RedRchlReads)
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!RTC
  • Julie Kingsley
    January 1, 1970
    I fell into this book headfirst, and it was a good long time before I came up for air. Kim Savage, vividly and wickedly, takes the reader on a wild ride, where nothing is as it seems, and the divide between good and evil is as thin as a gossamer curtain flickering in the wind.
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  • Victoria Coe
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! I could not put this book down. Kim Savage's masterful story IN HER SKIN is creepy in the most delicious ways. Highly recommend for mature readers. I received an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    This gives me 'Here Lies Daniel Tate' vibes!
  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryIn Her Skin is the third novel from YA author Kim Savage, and centres on the story of a young homeless girl who takes on the identity of a missing schoolgirl in order to live with ‘family friends’ and get off the street. But her new home life may be more complicated than she imagined.At first I thought In Her Skin was going to be a magical realism book, because it opened with the suggestion that Jo, our homeless con, could ‘take on’ the p This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryIn Her Skin is the third novel from YA author Kim Savage, and centres on the story of a young homeless girl who takes on the identity of a missing schoolgirl in order to live with ‘family friends’ and get off the street. But her new home life may be more complicated than she imagined.At first I thought In Her Skin was going to be a magical realism book, because it opened with the suggestion that Jo, our homeless con, could ‘take on’ the persona and characteristics of those she was imitating. For example, when she played a blind girl it actually affected her vision. This suggestion seemed to have been abandoned pretty early on in the book as Jo wasn’t any better at pretending to be missing girl Vivi than anyone else would have been. Pretty early on there were hints dropped that maybe Vivi’s disappearance wasn’t the way it was sold to the authorities, comparing her with the real-life case of Madeleine McCann, who allegedly also disappeared from an unsupervised room while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. This meant that not only was the major conflict the fact that Jo was conning everyone into believing she was Vivi, but the second major conflict was ‘what actually happened to Vivi?’I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters in this book. Jo seemed really bland, almost lacking in personality. For someone who was living on the streets and stealing identities, she was the good girl foil to reckless, heartless, manipulative Temple, Jo’s now adopted sister. It was almost like it might have been hard enough to get the audience to like a homeless con pretending to be a missing girl with dead parents, so Savage made her a ‘good girl’ who was afraid to break the rules. Of course, Jo’s biggest fear was that she would be found out and made homeless again, so she left behind her prostitute boyfriend Wolf without even a goodbye. My biggest issue was the fact that Jo was still living in the same city where she had already established herself as Jo, so not only could Wolf identify her, but so could people like the cops or welfare workers, but that was never a real concern.I sound like I didn’t enjoy this book, but that’s not true. In truth, the book was just kind of blah. I certainly didn’t hate it or find it frustrating like Beautiful Broken Girls, and Temple was a fun, unhinged character to read about, but I really couldn’t say that I liked the book, even though I did enjoy Jo’s realisation that maybe her life was in danger. I also really liked reading about Temple’s parents but I think it might even be more enjoyable to re-read once the plot twist is discovered.I think part of my frustration largely stems from reading an ARC that was nowhere near ready to be released to a reviewing audience, because there were so many words that should have been deleted to help a basic understanding. I won’t take any direct quotes because I did read an ARC but they were, for example, along the lines of ‘I walked rain down the street’ or ‘The small room right was painted purple’ or weird stuff like that, just random words in the middle of sentences that left me struggling to find the meaning. The editing clearly still had a long way to go, including proper nouns in some cases. It wasn’t on every page, or even every chapter, but enough to notice and get frustrated at.I really loved Savage’s After the Woods, I was disenchanted with Beautiful Broken Girls, and I haven’t been convinced by In Her Skin, although I do think there is an audience for this book that maybe I’m just not a part of.I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
    January 1, 1970
    Make sure you have some time when you pick up IN HER SKIN by Kim Savage because once you enter Jo Chastain's world you will be hard-pressed to leave it. I read this book in one sitting. Dark, creepy, gripping. Savage gently navigates the reader through unfamiliar worlds -- the Tent Cities of Boston to the Brownstones of the elite. The reader experiences the lives of the cons and their targets -- only we're never quite sure which is which. Savage's writing is gorgeous and ethereal. Jo's story is Make sure you have some time when you pick up IN HER SKIN by Kim Savage because once you enter Jo Chastain's world you will be hard-pressed to leave it. I read this book in one sitting. Dark, creepy, gripping. Savage gently navigates the reader through unfamiliar worlds -- the Tent Cities of Boston to the Brownstones of the elite. The reader experiences the lives of the cons and their targets -- only we're never quite sure which is which. Savage's writing is gorgeous and ethereal. Jo's story is compelling and honest. The combination makes for a roller coaster of a read. My only regret was reaching the last page.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t want to write too much because of spoilers but I LOVE this book! Dark, very dark and although I really like Kim’s other novels - this is my favorite by far. My recommendation is for you to get your hands on this book and read it today!
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan for an E-Arc copy of this novel.In Her Skin had an intriguing synopsis listed. I have never read Kim Savage before, but now I’m going back to read her other novels. I found this book to be a great suspenseful, strange read. Jo Chastain is a young woman posing as a missing person to gain access to the Lovecraft family. As the novel pushes forward Jo and the reader start to realize that things with the family are not what they seem. Jo finds herself in over her Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan for an E-Arc copy of this novel.In Her Skin had an intriguing synopsis listed. I have never read Kim Savage before, but now I’m going back to read her other novels. I found this book to be a great suspenseful, strange read. Jo Chastain is a young woman posing as a missing person to gain access to the Lovecraft family. As the novel pushes forward Jo and the reader start to realize that things with the family are not what they seem. Jo finds herself in over her head with pretending to be their missing daughter. Kim Savage weaves a thrilling story while making the reader unsure if Jo is really in danger or something much worse. A definite must read for anyone who loves suspense.
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  • Booklover101
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it
  • Ally (book__ventures)
    January 1, 1970
    In Her Skin is a book everyone will want on their list for 2018. Kim Savage hit this one out of the park. Jolene Chastain is a girl who has learned how to survive. She grew up conning with her mother and many boyfriends. But, after her mother’s last boyfriend killed her, Jolene had to go on the run. She finds her way to Tent City in Boston, Massachusetts where she lives with Wolf. But, Jolene has always wanted more. A family, safety, love. Jolene has been watching Temple Lovecraft at the local l In Her Skin is a book everyone will want on their list for 2018. Kim Savage hit this one out of the park. Jolene Chastain is a girl who has learned how to survive. She grew up conning with her mother and many boyfriends. But, after her mother’s last boyfriend killed her, Jolene had to go on the run. She finds her way to Tent City in Boston, Massachusetts where she lives with Wolf. But, Jolene has always wanted more. A family, safety, love. Jolene has been watching Temple Lovecraft at the local library, thinking of her as her perfect con. Jolene finds out that Vivienne Weir, a childhood friend of Temple’s, had gone missing when they were both nine. Jolene saw her opportunity and took it. She became Vivienne Weir, escaping from her abductor and into the perfect family with everything she could possibly want. But, as Jolene embeds herself deeper into the Lovecraft’s lives, she realizes that there are dark secrets hidden behind closed doors, secrets that could threaten her life. Jolene realizes that she must choose to stay and continue her fairytale illusion or escape before it is too late Jolene and Temple will dazzle readers with their complexity. Temple Lovecraft is the picture perfect high school girl. She is smart, in every extracurricular possible, and likeable. From the outside, she seems extremely innocent, but inside… She has a darker side than what seems possible. Jolene, on the other hand, looks from the outside to be dark, with her background as a con. But, on the inside all she wants is to be accepted and loved. The two complement each other so well throughout the narrative of the story. The plot itself is spectacular. It has a little bit of a major thriller feel to it, with all of the aspects of a star young adult book. I highly suggest everyone marks their calendars for March 27, 2018. In Her Skin is amazingly beautiful. In Her Skin is amazingly beautiful. In Her Skin is amazing. Three times makes it so. I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
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  • Haley
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*I thought I could trust you. You conned me. You conned me. You conned me. What a dark ride this was. Kim does a fantastic job with these characters. Jo and the Lovecraft's are well developed and will surprise you with their past and present actions. Nothing about this story is convenient and that's what makes it so great. This is the second book I've read by Kim Savage and will continue to check out her books.
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  • Doctor Eric
    January 1, 1970
    Great read! Enjoyed it all the way through.
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    January 1, 1970
    Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!*Review to come!*Actual rating: 3.5 stars
  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange #partnerprogram- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.In Her Skin by Kim SavageA dark and creepy novel. Jo Chastain is homeless and lives in Tent City. She likes going to the library where she feels more at home, when she comes across a girl that captures her interest. Jo wants to become her but once she finds out more about this mysterious girl she comes across an article that will help her get off the streets. Jo decides to become the girl she r Thanks to the @kidlitexchange #partnerprogram- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.In Her Skin by Kim SavageA dark and creepy novel. Jo Chastain is homeless and lives in Tent City. She likes going to the library where she feels more at home, when she comes across a girl that captures her interest. Jo wants to become her but once she finds out more about this mysterious girl she comes across an article that will help her get off the streets. Jo decides to become the girl she reads about in that article "saying a thing three times makes it so."A story full of secrets and twist. I stayed up late reading this riveting novel. Kim Savage's writing is extraordinary, I felt like Jo was talking to me through the whole book made my skin crawl. I definitely recommend this brilliant book.
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  • Crowinator
    January 1, 1970
    (view spoiler)[Hint: the name Lovecraft is a red herring; the story owes more to another author of macabre tales. The clues are all there. (hide spoiler)]
  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Can't rate or review here ~ stay tuned to School Library Journal for my review!
  • Mandy Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    I have been going back and forth for a couple of days trying to decide how I feel about this book. Honestly, that's a good thing. Any book that makes me think about it when I am done reading it is a treat. I read "Beautiful Broken Girls" by Kim Savage before and enjoyed it, so I was pretty excited to get to read this book early thanks to NetGalley. I think the whole not-knowing-how-to-feel about a book is just kind of Kim Savage's jam. I think it's intentional. She wants her readers to think and I have been going back and forth for a couple of days trying to decide how I feel about this book. Honestly, that's a good thing. Any book that makes me think about it when I am done reading it is a treat. I read "Beautiful Broken Girls" by Kim Savage before and enjoyed it, so I was pretty excited to get to read this book early thanks to NetGalley. I think the whole not-knowing-how-to-feel about a book is just kind of Kim Savage's jam. I think it's intentional. She wants her readers to think and be left with the book nagging at them."In Her Skin" picks up with lots of action and a main character that is really fun to get to know. Jo was taught all about the con life by her mother. Now, she cons on her own. The PERFECT con falls right into her lap, and Jo cannot resist presenting herself as the long-missing girl Vivi. And from there, everything gets twisted. I can't say too much, but holy cats. I loved the story line on this one. And the whole thing makes Jo grow so much as a person, I love it.Okay, so why am I being so cryptic? WELL, there's a major plot twist which actually explains A LOT (nice job dropping weird hints in, Kim Savage) half way through the book. Here's the part I'm not a huge fan of.... it came halfway through the book. I really felt like the rest of the book could have been more action packed and condensed down into half of the pages it was. It's just one time where I felt that the author/publisher was really aiming for page count.So, yes. Super cool, unsettling book. Very good for illustrating foreshadowing, body language, and character arcs. Also touched on many sensitive issues (sexual abuse, death of a parent, homelessness, mental illness). I will be thinking about this for quite some time.
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  • Rachel Stansel
    January 1, 1970
    A unique story about accepting who you are. Jo is a strong character and the iron in her comes through beautifully. The story is delicately woven and keeps you on your toes. I couldn't put it down! If you enjoyed Savages Beautiful Broken Girls, this is a must read. Full Disclosure - I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this sounds like Here Lies Daniel Tate I'm so here for it
  • Gwendolyn Kensinger
    January 1, 1970
    It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the story because I did but it is still in the polishing phase and in its current state it’s not as good as it can be. Yes it’s similar to Here Lies Daniel Tate but it’s very different too. You’d really have to read both to understand. I want to rate it higher but I needed to stretch that extra level.
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  • Jolie
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming 4-17-18
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I've read similar stories before, and the best part of this was the Boston setting.ARC provided by publisher.
  • Kim Savage
    January 1, 1970
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