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In Her Skin

In Her Skin

A Novel

Kim Savage

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


A dark, suspenseful young adult novel about crime, identity, and two girls with everything to lose.

Fifteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain takes on her biggest heist yet—impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and she hopes to cash in on a little safety, some security. She finds her opportunity with the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family tied 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 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. When hidden crimes come to the surface and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold on to an illusion of safety or escape the danger around her before it’s too late. In Her Skin is Kim Savage at her most suspenseful yet.

I was seven the first time Momma taught me how to be someone else.

Sitting cross-legged on the street holding a coffee can for change, I’d listen as she’d tell me to remember how in a past life, I was blind. Straightaway, my eyes would...

Praise for In Her Skin

“The mood of this psychological suspense story is appropriately dark and ominous, with a definite gritty edge . . . Obsessive and haunting.” —School Library Journal

“A dark, enthralling tale of truth, lies, and parallel lives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The mystery of Vivi’s disappearance lends a sinister cast to seemingly harmless interactions. Jo may act rock hard, but her vulnerability and longing are what give this thriller its stakes.” —Booklist

“Savage layers charade upon charade [in] this dark story full of sinister characters. . .An ambitious, twisted story of adopted sisters that raises intriguing questions about privilege, poverty, and morality.” —Publishers Weekly

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Kim Savage

KIM SAVAGE is the author of the critically acclaimed novels After the Woods and Beautiful Broken Girls. She lives with her husband and children north of Boston, Massachusetts.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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