I’ve Got You Under My Skin
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!