Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Under the Skin


In this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory—our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion.


Under the Skin drew me in right away. The first 60% or so was amazing. I kept wondering what is really going on and Isserley was so strange. I loved reading about her, but then after the big reveal it just fell short. Afterwards I just thought oh, okay. It was just a bit disappointed in the rest of the book.

Isserley picks up hitchhikers every day. Only muscular male hitchhikers. She makes some small talk and makes sure no one is waiting for them and if not she abducts them. She doesn't look like much of a threat, just a tiny girl, so they never see it coming. The way she goes about it and how she is so weird I just loved. For a while it is just like what is happening? Why is she abducting these men? Why do they have to be muscular men? What happens to them once she drops them off at the farm? Why does Isserley wear her crazy glasses that hurt her eyes? Why does she have this strange self image problem? What has she been through to get to where she is now? It is all very mysterious and fun to read.

The problems start once it is revealed what is going on. At first it was just made me shudder. Then it just kind of fell flat for me. How it all ended and such was just not as good as the first parts. By the very end it was just like oh, okay. It just...I just wish it would have been better. I like the idea a lot, but the final execution was just not as good.

Rating: ★ ★ ★


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