Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In Her Skin by Kim Savage

Rating: 2-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine. When Jo takes on Vivi's identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late... [+ More].

I didn't enjoy the POV in which the story was told but that is not what killed it for me. The story is told in the voice of Jo (now Vivi) talking to her now sister Temple (but without Temple being there). For instance, "I saw you come in and my talked to your parents..."

Anyway, I found this story too slow for me. A lot of blah blah blah and no actual action. The mystery of what actually happened to Vivi was interesting, though but the way the plot was played out didn't work for me.

Vivi disappeared when she was 9, was in third grade, and was "gone" for seven years. Why was it expected that she remembered her friendship with Temple, the Lovecrafts, her teacher? Seriously, are you supposed to remember so may details of when you were nine years old? Because I don't remember shit of when I was younger.

I found Temple to be Amy from Gone Girl and I was excited thinking that the story would pick up but I was disappointed.

And Jo, so street savvy and a con artist at impersonations, turned out to be a disappointment too; bland and a goody two shoes. So much you could've done with all that "street smart" but did nothing?!

At the beginning I was like "so Vivi is back and two days later they take her to the symphony?" I don't know how people would actually behave in a situation like this, but I sure expect more emotions and real actions (and conversations too). The way the Lovecrafts reacted to her return seemed off, but given the developments of the second half of the book (and the discovery of what happened to Vivi) it now made sense (but I still didn't like it).