After reading Pig Island a while ago, I must admit that Skin by Mo Hayder disappointed me slightly. I was expecting, if not more gore, at least more shock factor. There were parts in Pig Island where the hair on the back of my neck threatened to leap off; it was a truly chilling work of crime fiction.
But then came Skin, which seemed from the posters stuck around stations on my commuting line to be promising something at least as harrowing as Pig Island, if not more so. Yet the promise: ‘This killer wants something you have. Skin.’, whilst not being actively misleading, does infer a level of chill which seemed to me to be lacking. Having said that, perhaps it’s a good thing it’s not there; or perhaps it is there and I was just expecting even more. Either way, it’s certainly worth reading.