Skin Deep

Irish Sunday Mirror - - STAYING IN -

Liz Nu­gent Pen­guin. Out Thurs­day We meet Cordelia Rus­sell as she flees her Riviera apart­ment, leav­ing a blood­ied corpse on the bed­room floor, as she seeks obliv­ion at a party. But what has led her to such a des­per­ate act of vi­o­lence? Fol­low­ing her from her dys­func­tional child­hood, to her rack­ety mid­dle age on the Riviera, ev­ery wrong turn and mis-step of her life is de­scribed in painful de­tail. Nar­cis­sis­tic Cordelia is a fas­ci­nat­ing cre­ation and her in­creas­ingly de­luded nar­ra­tive is mor­bidly com­pelling. Beau­ti­fully writ­ten and com­pletely grip­ping – right up to the as­ton­ish­ing end­ing.

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