“In Mo Hayder's latest, DI Jack Caffery and Flea Marley once again work together (and apart), this time to solve a mystery with enigmatic African ritualistic involvement. Hayder's smart, damaged characters are nuanced and complex, and this uncanny, eerie, and unforgettable thriller will stay with you.”
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
In her eerie and hair-raising thriller Skin, Mo Hayder trails her two unforgettable protagonists as they race to staunch a rising tide of blood in a sweltering port town. When the decomposing body of a young woman is found, the wounds on her wrists suggest an open-and-shut case of suicide. But Jack Caffery is not so sure. Other apparent suicides are cropping up, and they all have a connection to Elf's Grotto, a nearly bottomless network of flooded quarries just outside the city. Caffery begins to suspect a shadowy and sinister predator, someone--or something-- that can disappear into darkness and slip into houses unseen. Working alongside Caffery is rough-and-tough police diver Flea Marley, but while pursuing her investigation, she stumbles upon something far too close to home that no one--not even Caffery--can help her face. Skin is a penetrating dissection of family, friendships, and the evil that can tear them apart--or bind them together. Devious and disturbing, it introduces one of Hayder's most horrifying villains yet.