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Só a perseguição genial e aterradora de um psicopata revelou quão sós, impotentes e desprotegidos podemos estar. «Este é mais um livro da autoria do par Nicci French (...) (que) publicam policiais com esse pseudónimo e têm um êxito assinalável. A Quetzal já vai no quarto livro traduzido, e é o melhor (...) (nele) a observação antropológica de Londres e dos londrinos é vivaSó a perseguição genial e aterradora de um psicopata revelou quão sós, impotentes e desprotegidos podemos estar. «Este é mais um livro da autoria do par Nicci French (...) (que) publicam policiais com esse pseudónimo e têm um êxito assinalável. A Quetzal já vai no quarto livro traduzido, e é o melhor (...) (nele) a observação antropológica de Londres e dos londrinos é viva e interessante.» (in (livros) Nº 24, em 20-9-2001)...

Title : À Flor da Pele
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ISBN : 9789725644867
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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À Flor da Pele Reviews

  • Delee
    2019-04-25 05:21

    For some reason I always thought Nicci French was a female romance writer, so I always passed her books by when I saw them. Not only was I wrong about the genre, but I recently learned what I thought was a "she" is actually a husband and a wife writing team. Who knew? -(apparently everyone else but me). BENEATH THE SKIN is a British suspense thriller told from three different points of view:Part 1 Zoe's story- Zoe is a young teacher in her 20s, and has become a bit of a hero after she stopped a mugger by bashing him with a watermelon. She has a new boyfriend- Fred- and lives in a flat she detests.Part 2 Jenny's story- Jenny is a well-to-do mother of three boys, and devoted wife to Clive- an undeserving husband with a wandering eye. She also is in the middle of a huge renovation of a newly purchased property.Part 3 Nadia's story- Nadia is a newly single, charming, fun loving, unorganized, slob, who has no idea what she wants to do with her life. For now to make ends meet she uses her somewhat limited magician skills to entertain at children's parties.Three very different woman, with one thing in common. They have all received letters from someone who wants them dead.This book kind of creeped me out...but in a good way. It had me checking and re-checking my doors and windows to make sure they were locked tight, and as soon as I was safe and sound tucked under my snuggly blanket, I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning.

  • Jen
    2019-04-29 06:20

    What made (makes) this book so beautiful to me is twofold.1. The casual elegance of the writing. Nicci French (for the purpose of just plain not feeling like typing out two names, I will ignore that this is a pseudonym and just pretend it's one author) is brilliant at sketching characters that feel like real people and for using spare, simple and yet beautiful prose. I really love her style and always have. It's especially evident in her earlier works and now in the Frieda Klein series.2. The relationship between the three women, invisible, like a thread - but so strong that not even death shakes it. I thought this was a haunting river through the novel.Beneath the Skin is not my favourite of French's novels (that award goes to Land of the Living, but it is one of her best, in my opinion.Zoe, Jenny and Nadia are three women with a horrible connection. Each have been targeted by a killer - he sends them notes telling them what he's going to do to them. The tale begins with Zoe, a tiny, blonde schoolteacher with a suffocating flat she can't get rid of, an army of friends and a spot of fame after stopping a thief with a gigantic watermelon. Zoe is (view spoiler)[eventually murdered in the first act of the book - a twist I didn't see coming initially. It's unbelievably sad, because Zoe seems like such a nice person - and this is confirmed later on when Nadia meets her friend and she reminisces about how happy Zoe was right before her murder, and how she looked "like a little kid" in her GAP Kids t-shirt and skirt. I think the moment that Zoe is strangled is the moment the innocence is gone from the book. It's the moment the authors show you that anything is possible. (hide spoiler)]The second act of the novel begins with Jenny, a rich and very polished woman having her house completely gutted and remodeled, sending her normally very organized life into chaos. When the killer begins sending her obscene notes, she doesn't think very much of it. Until the police arrive. Jenny (view spoiler)[is also murdered, and in a much crueler and more sadistic way than Zoe. French is skilled at only alluding to horror, but it's evident that Jenny is raped with an iron bar and garrotted. It's an ending made even worse because of Jenny's focus on perfection and her need to always seem presentable. In the moment of death and terror, she loses herself and it's extremely upsetting to me. It's interesting how grief-stricken I felt for Jenny - she wasn't exactly a lovely person, but you can see how she came to be that way, with an absent (cheating) husband and the pressure each day to be perfect. When you find out later on that her husband has moved in with his girlfriend and taken their son with him (who desperately misses his Mum) it's devastating. (hide spoiler)]Finally, the third act is Nadia. Nadia was my favourite character in the book - I think because she's so normal and doesn't take any BS and she works as a Clown. I mean, how cool. Nadia becomes involved (view spoiler)[with the Chief Detective on the case, before she realizes there have been two women before her (hide spoiler)] and begins to look suspiciously at every person in her life - she knows the killer is close, but who? And why?Beneath the Skin eloquently and skillfully explores the very nature of fear and how alone a person can feel in the midst of such chaos. It's not really about WHO the murderer is (this is evident by the middle of the book) it's the relationships, the sourness of disappointment, the suffocation of environment and the heartbreaking ache of grief.

  • Ola
    2019-05-21 04:11

    Wow! This is indeed a psychological thriller. One that made me think about connections people have with each other and how people can change in the blink of an eye. Someone who seems trustworthy can turn out to be unbelievably good at acting. I was thoroughly hooked while reading the book. With each part of the book, told through the point of view of 3 different women who are targets of an obsessive stalker, you become closer and closer to finding the culprit and you begin to question the efficiency of the police system. A brilliant read!Some of my favorite quotes:We'd go mad if we remembered everything and hung on to it.What do you do when you may have a week or a day to live?Men are like animals in a zoo... Women are the zookeepers. That's what marriage is.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-01 23:26

    I was about 80 pages into this book and rather enjoying it when I happened to read the jacket. It summarized that this was the story of three girls all targeted for murder with little in common. I was still on the story of the first girl and quickly realized from the jacket description that she was going to die. So, she died and then I started the story of the second girl. It was tough to get through because I felt like I was rushing through it, knowing that she would die because a third girl would come along. They also reveal the killer during the death of the second girl, so by the third girl you are just waiting for her to figure it all out. It was a decent read and I still enjoy Nicci French and her London settings, but the jacket was a spolier in this case.

  • B the BookAddict
    2019-05-12 01:21

    You want to shout at the women: "look out", such is your own level of tension. Creepy to the max but not a spooky creepy - a hair standing up on your arms in alarm creepy. Read this if you dare but make sure you lock the doors and have a big brawny man with you but then again, can you really trust that man????? He may well turn out to be like one of the men in this book. Read this, you'll see what I mean. 4★

  • Lisa
    2019-04-26 23:07

    Hahaha! 4.5 stars! Seriously loved this. What a series of surprising events!!

  • Maritza
    2019-05-02 06:10

    It is good!! but not spectacular!!

  • Samantha
    2019-05-09 01:22

    Potverdrie. Stelt Nicci French me weer teleur. Dit boek was het echt niet voor mij.In Onderhuids krijgen 3 vrouwen een anonieme brief met daarin een doodsbedreiging. Op het eerste gezicht lijken er geen overeenkomsten tussen de vrouwen te zijn en dus tast de politie in het duister. Deze vrouwen worden continue in de gaten gehouden door de afzender van de brief en er volgen steeds meer brieven. Het leven van de vrouwen staat op zijn kop. Zijn ze echt in gevaar?Dit klinkt best interessant toch? 3 vrouwen, doodsbedreigingen en geen aanwijzingen. Ja, klonk veelbelovend. Helaas was het geen goed boek. Je begint bij vrouw een, Zoë. Je volgt haar verhaal, gaat nog prima, maar echt thrillerachtig wordt het niet. Dan volgt vrouw twee Jenny: weer een levensverhaal, het lijkt wel een roman zo.. Hier heb ik al moeite om mijn aandacht bij het verhaal te houden. Ik lees geen Nicci French voor het roman perspectief, dit ervoer ik ook al bij Wachten op woensdag. Na Jenny volgt vrouw 3, Nadia. En moet je weer een levensverhaal aanhoren. Op zich zou dit niet verkeerd zijn, als je zelf nog zou kunnen gokken naar de dader en dus zelf verbanden moet gaan zoeken en aanwijzingen opsporen, maar de dader is al bekend. Het is dus niet spannend, het is geen detectiveachtig verhaal en het voelt niet als een psychologische thriller. Je gaat gewoon met andere verwachtingen het verhaal in en deze worden niet waar gemaakt.Zoë, Jenny en Nadia zijn ook helemaal geen leuke personages. Ze zijn ontzettend oppervlakkig. Alleen bezig met zichzelf. Alle 3 behoorlijk ongelukkig. Alleen hier wordt je al ontzettend depri van. Dit paste dan ook perfect in de ABC challenge van Books Ever After: tenenkrommend(e) personage(s).Nee, dit was echt geen goed boek. Ik voel nu een behoorlijke drempel om opnieuw te starten aan een boek van Nicci French, want 2 boeken op rij teleurstellend is natuurlijk niet prettig. Dus kent iemand boeken van hen die wél spannend en echte thrillers zijn, ik hoor het graag!

  • Graham Dinton
    2019-05-18 06:22

    Usually three part novels irritate me. It takes me 50 pages to get into something, then I get to the end of Act 1, and Act 2 is a completely new story and I have to invest that start-up time again. This happened with Beneath the Skin but it was worth it, and by the time I got to Act 3, the pieces fitted together really well.Three different women, three different viewpoints, each with growing tension from a series of threatening letters with some comedy and sex thrown in. What more do you want? Bungling police work. It was all there.The jigsaw always gets solved and fits together well with Nicci French novels. Well written and keeps your interest.

  • Marie Clifton
    2019-05-12 03:14

    I really liked this, Three women, all targets of a madman stalker who sends creepy notes full of threats.Police are baffled, they can't find any links, they can't protect the victims and they make big mistakes.this book is a page turner, i loved the way it was set out, with each woman telling her own story, I felt like a friend and wanted to help. Just how a book should be, making you part of the story

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-13 02:13

  • Lisa
    2019-04-24 04:29

    A serial killer targets three women and the book is comprised of the three different stories of these women.This is not your typical serial killer book because the focus is on the victims and written from each of their points of view.It made a nice change to see and feel what they did rather than following a detective with his/her own problems and agenda chasing after an elusive killer.The women were very different and the author captured the different voices perfectly. Instead of coming away thinking 'ooooo creepy but it's only a story (yay)' as I normally would, it made me think about what being a killer actually entails and what their victims go through and have to live with afterwards...if they survive. it just gave me a little bit more to think about.

  • N
    2019-05-16 03:20

    When I wrote a story in school I finished it with 'and then I died', My Teacher was quick to point out 'so how did you write this?? ' in big red letters. It's stuck with me for 30 odd years and I HATE it when writers do it (spoiler if I go further but you will know it when you see it). Apart from that it's the usual Nicci French thriller that messes with your mind. Good

  • Carey Combe
    2019-05-18 22:34

    Totally gripping, tense and unputdownable....

  • Maggie
    2019-05-04 23:11

    A great beach or plane read. Clever plot, goes on too long...but worth reading.

  • Emma Darcy
    2019-05-09 23:12

    super good fun, reading Nicci French always feels a bit like a feverish dream to me. Everyone around the protagonist is always so unhelpful, unsympathetic, unprofessional, inappropriate. No one does what they're supposed to. There's a million red herrings to muddy the water but real clues are few and far between, dropped inconsistently or perhaps deliberately withheld. I like a good twist to make you look back and think "oh of course. I didn't think anything of that at the time but it makes sense now." With Nicci French you look back and think "What? when! there's no... huh?" and the characters in the book are totally au fait with it and say things like "ah yes, the killer did a, b and c. Classic serial killer stuff." And you go "But he only did b and c! And B stopped being mentioned after the first victim!" And Nicci French stands by their open window and the wind carries your rage and frustration to them and they are replenished.Until the next book.

  • Robert
    2019-05-20 03:33

    Good thriller. Nicci French never seems to disappoint

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-05-04 01:30

    Nicci French, Beneath the Skin (1999, Warner)Think of Nicci French as the darker, rougher side of Judith Michael--a collaboration between two folks, one male, one female, on some very nasty mysteries. In this case, the main character (though he gets relatively little screen time) is a serial killer who enjoys stalking his victims, leaving them love notes, outwitting the police, that sort of thing. Your typical above-average-intelligence serial killer. We see him, and the police trying to catch him, through the eyes of three of the women he stalks. It's a clever conceit, and it's pulled off quite nicely here. The use of different first-person narrators gives more insight (especially into some of the minor characters) than one normally gets in books of this type. Add in a clever twist at the end (predictable, but still clever), and you've got a bang-up novel. I'll be reading more of Nicci French in the future. ****

  • Tracy Fenton
    2019-05-06 05:30

    This is my first book by Nicci French and I listened to it via Audible. A beautifully, descriptive story which transports you into the story with each minute detail. This is a chillingly gripping tale of 3 different women stalked by an obsessive man determined to kill them. The book is divided into 3 parts, each narrated by the women being stalked. Deliciously dark and disturbing. l loved it.

  • Tina Pugh
    2019-05-04 06:14

    Really enjoyed this book. It would make a good TV series. I liked getting to know the characters and enjoyed the twist as to who was responsible. I did work out who the main killer was. That being said would thoroughly recommend.

  • Meera salah
    2019-05-19 04:36

    I had mixed feelings about this book, the format it was written in seemed smart at the beginning, but then the author made the mistake of revealing the identity of the killer halfway through the book, which I guess was kind of nerve-wracking as we went on with the other half of the book and also kind of anti-climatic toward the end, because I kept expecting that another twist would turn up, and it sort of did but still disappointing. I usually like to be kept in the dark until at least %80 of the story has proceeded, for two reasons; I want to keep guessing and looking for clues and see if I can outsmart the author, also I want something to push me to keep reading with passion. Although in this case it was one of those stories where you see the killer sitting casually ,with their victim unwittingly inviting them into their life and not knowing what is about to hit them, and you just want to climb into the story and tell them THEY ARE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. I suppose if you are writing a psychological thriller you shouldn't let the reader figure things out before the characters do. At least not on purpose.

  • Rene Ijzermans
    2019-05-05 06:10

    Zeer vlot geschreven boek waarin het Nicci French op een geweldige manier karakters weet neer te zetten en de spanning van het boek tot nagenoeg het einde wist vast te houden, een eind overigens dat verraste. Heerlijke ontspanning, met zo nu en dan treffende metaforen. Kortom, een genot om een tijdje in onder gedompeld te zijn. Enige minpuntje vond ik het ongeloofwaardige gemak waarop de uiteindelijke dader na twee eerdere moorden bij zijn toekomstige prooi binnen geraakt en daar in no time contact mee krijgt waarin al snel intimiteiten worden gedeeld. Mij te snel en te gezocht om het verhaal rond te maken. Jammer

  • Mrs Yvonne Newman
    2019-04-27 23:07

    Awesome. Unputdownable.I have loved this book. I have not read a book in days since I was a teenager! Tragically gripping read. Great end, thank god one survived!5 stars from me for any Nicci French book.

  • Jana Vandermast
    2019-05-17 22:30

    Heb mezelf enorm moeten overtuigen om verder te lezen, vooral bij het begin van het tweede verhaal. Uiteindelijk is het gelukt. Het einde is goed maar over het algemeen neemt het boek de lezer niet mee in het verhaal.

  • William Freeman
    2019-05-10 05:23

    An interesting murder mystery that had me intrigued most of the way. The problem with many books in this genre is that they throw in too many red herrings and forget to resolve them in this case the hair in the locket

  • leisy
    2019-05-05 02:15

    i enjoyed every minute of reading this book: it's intense, and dark with an unexpected plot twist, and that's what i like about detective books. i also liked the way the authors showed what the three poor women felt, how alone and counting only on themselves they were.

  • Bekki Pate
    2019-05-08 01:12

    brilliant! the way Nicci French weaves her stories and intertwines her characters is enviable, and the way she switches from one female protagonist to another, and then another so seamlessly just shows how good of a storyteller she is. i'd definitely read more of her books in the future

  • Wijnand Marchal
    2019-05-11 23:26

    Dit type boeken is ideaal voor de verveelde forens om te beluisteren. Ik reken het niet tot de hoogstaande literatuur en zal het niet zo snel op de bank of op het strand lezen, maar onderhoudend is het wel.

  • Lisa Hyatt
    2019-05-22 02:14

    Love this author! I want to read all her books.

  • Clare
    2019-05-06 22:36

    Review to follow.