In Her Skin by Kim Savage

In Her Skin

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 sta...

Details In Her Skin

TitleIn Her Skin
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Reviews In Her Skin

  • emma
    I read this book in one sitting on a train ride. And that’s about all I can definitively say at this point. That train ride took place in November, which is to say two months ago. As I’ve said before, kids: Learn from my mistakes!!! Don’t tell yourself you can write a review later when you haven’t taken notes!!!!! Because then you’ll be forcing yourself to write about a book you can’t remember after sixty-plus calendar days have passe...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Let me try to explain what reading this book is like - it’s like throwing your mind into a fucked-up, manipulative, scary world, and not knowing which character to empathize with. But knowing all the while that you can’t put it down, that you’re totally engaged in the writing and the narrative. The compelling thing about this story is that it is about a girl who has lied to an entire family, saying she’s their long-lost child, but you ...
  • S.M. Parker
    Okay, this is dark. Really dark. The thing is, I *love* dark YA so page one felt like coming home for me. I suspect I didn't breathe during the short time it took me to inhale this book. I guess I did, sure, but my inhales were jagged, ragged things because THIS BOOK. Not only are the mystery and con brilliantly executed, but the writing is spectacular. The voice is so damaged and beautiful it made me ache. The story is rich and layered and so fi...
  • Ruth Lehrer
    IN HER SKIN is Savage’s third novel and she just gets better and better at dark suspense. Jo Chastain has an identity disorder of her own making. She is trying to morph into a girl who was lost at the age of nine. When she thinks she’s succeeded in integrating herself into that girl’s seemingly lovely life, everything starts to spin off course. The reader knows that things are not as they seem, but all my guesses were wrong. It’s not unti...
  • Erin Dunn
    Thank you to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for provding a free copy of In Her Skin By: Kim Savage in exchange for an honest review., I loved In Her Skin! This is my favorite Kim Savage book so far. Everything about this book is so well done. The story, the characters (Especially Jo and Temple), the writing, and THAT ENDING! The entire book is fast-paced and the pages just flew by as I raced to the end to s...
  • Meaghan Shea
    I absolutely loved this book! The plot twist really caught me by surprise and wasn't something I was expecting. The story kept me so on edge that I couldn't put it down (I read it in one afternoon!).
  • Bridget Hodder
    Five stars, for a read that kept me up late to finish, then kept me awake after the light was out! Unforgettable characters and shocking twists to satisfy the most jaded thriller addict!
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Well, well, this was a deliciously messed up book! And I am going to give you a list of reasons why you too would like this book! (Because look, reviews for mystery/thrillers are hard, because spoilers, and you definitely want to go into this one blind!)It's a quick, addictive read. I read it in just a couple hours, in one sitting in fac...
  • Rachael (RedRchlReads)
    4 stars!RTC
  • Julie Kingsley
    I fell into this book headfirst, and it was a good long time before I came up for air. Kim Savage, vividly and wickedly, takes the reader on a wild ride, where nothing is as it seems, and the divide between good and evil is as thin as a gossamer curtain flickering in the wind.
  • Victoria Coe
    WOW! I could not put this book down. Kim Savage's masterful story IN HER SKIN is creepy in the most delicious ways. Highly recommend for mature readers. I received an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryIn Her Skin is the third novel from YA author Kim Savage, and centres on the story of a young homeless girl who takes on the identity of a missing schoolgirl in order to live with ‘family friends’ and get off the street. But her new home life may be more complicated than she imagined.At first I thought In Her Skin was going to be a magical realism book, because it opened with the sugge...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 3.5 StarsI knew from the synopsis, that this was going to be a darker, grittier read, but wow! This was quite a twisted tale of a con that didn't got exactly go according to plan.•Pro: Savage's writing in her last book was quite beautiful, but the style she employed here was very different, and perfectly fit this story being told from Jo's point of view. She was not refined or polished, and the writing reflected that, which I thought di...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3 starsAkin to thrillers such as E. Lockhart's Genuine Fraud, Kim Savage's In Her Skin details a teenage con artist who impersonates a girl that went missing nine years ago. There's always a lot of potential in these books for suspense and action, but it ended up falling a little flat for me. Although it wasn't as bad as Genuine Fraud in the sense that things actually happened and it wasn't just detailing how this girl got into the con, I couldn'...
  • Dania
    Incredible! Hauntingly beautiful. I was in a mood for a thriller and this one delivered.
  • Jeanne Ferruolo
    Make sure you have some time when you pick up IN HER SKIN by Kim Savage because once you enter Jo Chastain's world you will be hard-pressed to leave it. I read this book in one sitting. Dark, creepy, gripping. Savage gently navigates the reader through unfamiliar worlds -- the Tent Cities of Boston to the Brownstones of the elite. The reader experiences the lives of the cons and their targets -- only we're never quite sure which is which. Savage'...
  • Molly
    I don’t want to write too much because of spoilers but I LOVE this book! Dark, very dark and although I really like Kim’s other novels - this is my favorite by far. My recommendation is for you to get your hands on this book and read it today!
  • Kim Savage
    Lots of stars, because: mine.But really, if you liked In Her Skin, I'm here to tell you where you can find out other cool stuff about the world of Jo, Vivi, and Temple.Want a guided tour of the locations in In Her Skin? Check out my video on and I'll show you the Boston Public Library, the Public Garden, and King's Chapel Burial ground, among other creepy/cool places!Want a peek at the images I used to ground me while I wa...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionWhat a twisty ride this book was! Kim Savage knows how to take you on a journey with her books—and you’re not always sure you’re going to end up somewhere pretty. That was definitely the case with this one.What Fed My Addiction:Life hijack. I don’t know what it is, but I’m always fascinated by stories where the main character takes over someone else’s life. ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    GRADE: A-4.5 STARSJolene Chastain is homeless since her mother’s murder at hands of her boyfriend. She decides to become Vivienne Weir, a girl kidnapped at age nine. Jo, now Vivi, can’t believe how easily she fits in with the Lovecrafts, almost too easily. Something isn’t right. New sister Temple cryptically let’s Vivi know something is very wrong.I held my breath the entire time while reading IN HER SKIN. Jo/Vivi was easy to embrace as a...
  • Ally (book__ventures)
    In Her Skin is a book everyone will want on their list for 2018. Kim Savage hit this one out of the park. Jolene Chastain is a girl who has learned how to survive. She grew up conning with her mother and many boyfriends. But, after her mother’s last boyfriend killed her, Jolene had to go on the run. She finds her way to Tent City in Boston, Massachusetts where she lives with Wolf. But, Jolene has always wanted more. A family, safety, love. Jole...
  • Kat
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan for an E-Arc copy of this novel.In Her Skin had an intriguing synopsis listed. I have never read Kim Savage before, but now I’m going back to read her other novels. I found this book to be a great suspenseful, strange read. Jo Chastain is a young woman posing as a missing person to gain access to the Lovecraft family. As the novel pushes forward Jo and the reader start to realize that things with the family ...
  • Haley
    *I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*I thought I could trust you. You conned me. You conned me. You conned me. What a dark ride this was. Kim does a fantastic job with these characters. Jo and the Lovecraft's are well developed and will surprise you with their past and present actions. Nothing about this story is convenient and that's what makes it so great. This is the second book I've read by Kim Savage and will co...
  • Booklover101
    Loved it
  • Doctor Eric
    Great read! Enjoyed it all the way through.
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    Read more of my reviews at!*Review to come!*Actual rating: 3.5 stars
  • Kay Kuever
    I really had no idea what to expect when I started In Her Skin. From the beginning, I felt so much empathy towards Jo and her tragic and (again, in the beginning) vague life that led to her life as a homeless teenager in Boston. And then immediately the book takes a somewhat stalkerish turn when Jo finds Temple Lovecraft, steals her wallet and stumbles upon an article of the missing nine-year-old with close connections to the Lovecraft family. I...
  • Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
    "We push the door open and prowl the hall, stealthy, and you are funny, making exaggerated hush signs and tiptoeing. You're corny, and its cute, and you treat me like a dumb younger sister, and I sense that you're leading me into trouble but I am so okay with it, because trouble with you is fun, old fashioned, clean fun, stealing poems and spotting ghosts, and I am charmed."....This young adult story features a 15 year old girl, Jo Chastain. As a...
  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    Initial Impressions 3/25/18: This book was so binge-worthy and I didn’t want to put it down! The writing was interesting and kept the story moving with a few nice twists along the way! Once the book started getting into the meat of the plot, my mind started to turn towards some theories (which DUDE turned out to be correct and then some) and things got quite dark. I really liked the fluidity of a lot of things, from relationships to plot to dem...