Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Release Day Book Brief: Skin by Christian Baines

skinTitle ~ Skin

Author ~ Christian Baines

Publisher ~ Bold Strokes Books 

Published ~ 1st November 2017

Genre ~ M/M Thriller, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy





Kyle, a young newcomer to New Orleans, is haunted by the memory of his first lover, brutally murdered just outside the French Quarter.
Marc, a young Quarter hustler, is haunted by an eccentric spirit that shares his dreams, and by the handsome but vicious lover who shares his bed.
When the barrier between these men comes down, it will prove thinner than the veil between the living and the dead…or between justice and revenge.


Sally’s Book Brief

One of the best things about being a reviewer is that there's an opportunity to try new things and read books that perhaps might not have been offered on the third party booksellers sites. My “since you bought A, you might like B" offerings tend to stick pretty closely to historical fiction or non-fiction with an occasional sci-fi. But since I was lucky enough to see this charming young author at the excellent ShiMMer event in July, when his latest release popped up on the review list I thought I'd give it a try.

I'm so glad I did. Skin couldn't be called a romance, even though the main plot driver is that men will do a lot in the name of love. It's part murder mystery, though the mystery is whether the perpetrator will get away with it. It's a thriller to the extent that I had to put it down once or twice to get my breath back. There are paranormal elements with an inclination towards spine chilling horror. Add to all that a sharply laconic style and deft, if heartwrenching, descriptions and you have a riveting read.

The story follows four young men. Kyle is recently arrived in New Orleans and when he meets Antoine it isn't long before they are taking their first steps into a new yet very loving relationship. Meanwhile Marc is another recent arrival but he meets Ash, a very different kind of man, and soon their relationship is anything but loving. Antoine's murder sparks off a series of harrowing experiences for both Kyle and Marc as they try to survive with little money in a dangerous  world that is happy to exploit them. Kyle in particular is put through the wringer as he tries all and any means to find out who was responsible for Antoine's death, but Marc too suffers as he is drawn further and further into Ash's ugly and corrupt world.

So, to recap, not romance but a very satisfying novel with some heart-stopping moments. Read it, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't normally read 'thrillers' but am willing and able to tackle this one! It sounds so good.