Under the Skin by Michel Faber

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Hailed as "original and unsettling, an Animal Farm for the new century" (The Wall Street Journal), this first novel lingers long after the last page has been turned.

Described as a "fascinating psychological thriller" (The Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who picks up hitchhikers with big muscles. She, herself, is tiny--like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. 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. At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory--our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory, a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok, Under the Skin has been internationally received as the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured.

About Michel Faber

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Michel Faber's work has been published in twenty countries and received several literary awards. He lives in Scotland.
Published July 16, 2001 by Mariner Books. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Romance, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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If the talk goes in one direction, Isserly lets her man go, but if she gets the answers she seeks, her breath grows shallow, her heart races, and she flips the switch that will drug the man through his seat, incapacitating him long enough for her to drive him back to her remote farmhouse, where h...

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Isserley always drove straight past a hitch-hiker when she first saw him, to give herself time to size him up.

May 02 2000 | Read Full Review of Under the Skin

Book Reporter

In the first of a series of inversions, Faber puts a female in the predatory role in an erotically charged opening, made all the more ironical when we discover that Isserley is not only sexually mutilated, but is an alien creature whose purpose on the roadways of the Scottish Highlands actually i...

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I cannot reveal too much about the storyline as it would spoil it for the reader, however, I found it to be a very intriguing read and strangely compelling, I found myself turning the pages and read this book in two sittings.

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