Beneath the Skin by Caroline England @CazEngland #BeneathTheSkin


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No-one remembers your past. But you do.

‘Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.’

It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets.

Antonia has a secret. A secret so dark and so deep that she can barely admit it to herself. Instead, she treats herself to Friday night sessions of self-harm while her husband David is at the pub, and her best friend Sophie is drinking too much wine a few doors down.

Nobody close to her knows the truth about what the teenage Antonia saw all those years ago. No-one, that is, except her mother. But Candy is in a care home now, her mind too addled to remember the truth. Antonia is safe. Isn’t she?

The lies start small. They always do. But when the tightly woven story you’ve told yourself begins to unravel, the truth threatens to come to the surface. And then what’s going to happen?


It is strange that extreme opposites are like walking on a tight rope and it just depends on which side you fall off as to how your life pans out. It is like that for Antonia when I first met her in the story as she was self harming. The pain and the pleasure, extremes but she has to have one to get the other. The whole story is like that really. I met 4 couples, all very different people, all connected, all individual people the world sees them as but it really isn’t who they are.  What you see isn’t what you get.

To be honest this story really got Beneath my Skin as it made me look at people close to me and wonder if I really ever know anyone and my conclusion was I really don’t think we do. It is just that some people have darker secrets than others. Loved this story because it opened up the real them and the other side they showed others. It made me shiver inside at how easy it is to deceive and be deceived.

There are very different relationships between them, some way back to school days while others have come into this tangled web through relationships and marriage. I was like a moth with this book, I didn’t really like any of these characters but I couldn’t stop reading about them. There were shocks and revelations that just threw me and I had to catch my breath. It is about how they live with the choices they make too. Through a bottle or been seen as an Ice Queen with little emotions, it makes for a fascinating read.

This is the debut novel of Caroline England and it is so beautifully written it just flows effortlessly with each of the characters being very distinctive and memorable. Looking forward to more from her in the future.


Caroline England

Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline became a partner in a Solicitors’ practice and started writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. In addition to the publication of her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by ACHUKAbooks, Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, was published by Avon HarperCollins on 5 October 2017. My Husband’s Lies will be published by Avon HarperCollins on 3 May 2018







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