I’ve Got You Un­der My Skin

NZ Today - - ON BOOKS - Mary Hig­gins Clark Si­mon & Schus­ter

Oooh, I did love this book. I am not even sure where I got it from, al­though I note it is a re­viewer’s copy. It was only pub­lished this year so it can’t be from my Good Morn­ing days. I have to as­sume that some­one sent it to me re­cently in my ca­pac­ity as the Edi­tor of NZTODAY. Thank you.

Mary Hig­gins Clark is an im­mensely suc­cess­ful crime and sus­pense writer, hav­ing sold more than 80 mil­lion copies world­wide. I was sur­prised to find out she is 84 years old and still writ­ing. If I were as wealthy as she, (she is a mi­nor­ity owner of an Amer­i­can bas­ket­ball team), I would be liv­ing in the south of France, drink­ing cham­pagne and eat­ing caviar.

I like a good thriller and this book gets un­der your skin (per­fect ti­tle) from the very first chap­ter. In it, the hero­ine’s doc­tor hus­band is mur­dered in front of their three-year old son. It is quite a shock­ing start but I guess that it is what makes a good thriller and what makes one keep read­ing.

Ac­ces­si­ble, page-turn­ing reads are what I am en­joy­ing these days. Per­haps it is the dis­trac­tion of be­ing a mother, but I can’t even get through the first chap­ter of an in­tel­lec­tual novel any­more. Gone are the days of tack­ling The Odyssey or The Iliad, let alone fin­ish­ing Eleanor Cat­ton’s very good The Lu­mi­nar­ies. Watch this space; I am de­ter­mined to get a re­view of her Booker Prize win­ner to you soon.

Back to I’ve Got You Un­der My Skin: Bereft widow, Lau­rie Mo­ran is left to pick up the pieces of her shat­tered life. She’s a TV pro­ducer who spe­cialises in re­al­ity tele­vi­sion. Hav­ing re­cently made a cou­ple of rat­ings duds she is in des­per­ate need of a win­ner so jumps at the chance to pitch a show about a mys­te­ri­ous un­solved mur­der. ! Get­ting the show of the ground is a chal­lenge but Lau­rie man­ages to ne­go­ti­ate the de­mands from all par­ties and it looks like a go. The decades old mur­der-via-re­al­ity TV-in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in­ter­twined with the pres­ence of Blue Eyes who has vowed, hav­ing dis­posed of the hus­band, to also knock off Lau­rie and her eight-year old son as well. Sin­is­ter.

If you are look­ing for a bit of es­capism and in­trigue this could be the book for you. A good hol­i­day read. Per­fect for your next trip in­spired by NZTODAY!

Sarah Bradley

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